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4 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Muffins



I’m well and truly in Mum mode. I’m spending my days doing nothing more than lying on the couch reading with my son, walking around the block with his hand in mine, sitting at the bench together eating snacks and watching him as he rides his bike and plays with the neighbour’s cat.

This truly is the extent of my days.

I do not recall ever feeling so exhausted and even as I write those words, I know too well that in six month’s time I will consider the fatigue I feel now a good day.

I’m one of the few people who do not find exercise energising. In everyday life this is manageable. I’ve reached a stage in my pregnancy where I can drag myself out the door and around the block (at three year old pace) but I then spend the remainder of the day counting the minutes until bedtime.

I have been wondering if, to a certain extent, this is how it is meant to be. Perhaps those pregnancy hormones are aiming to make me feel so zonked that I just want to lax out with my family and do nothing more.

I learnt years ago that it is better to listen to my body and my intuition than it is to fight or ignore it. So that’s what I’m doing. I’m hoping that energy and motivation will return, but if not, I will have no concerns about not having enough one on one time with my beautiful boy before our precious little baby arrives.

4 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • 10 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 2 ripe bananas, peeled and quartered (approximately 300 grams)
  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa
  • 3 cups almond meal
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F. Grease the holes of a mini muffin tray. I made 16
  2. Place the dates and banana into your processor and blend at high speed until the mixture is smooth and very well combined. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until the mixture is well combined and resembling a thick, chocolate cake batter.
  3. Spoon the mixture into your prepared tray, press the mixture down into the holes and smooth over the top. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool in the tin for 15 minutes before gently transferring to a cooling rack.
  4. Eat and enjoy.

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Rach_the_vego March 16, 2015 - 7:41 pm

cool – so there is what I will be doing with those ripe bananas 🙂 Now I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Thanks.

Bianca Slade March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

No worries. I hope you enjoy it. x

Monique-Chris Kauie-Hill March 17, 2015 - 5:38 am

Hi just wondering if anything other than almond meal could be used I love all your recipes as they tick most of the foods we can eat but nuts is off the list for us….any suggestions would be great!

Bianca Slade March 18, 2015 - 7:39 am

I do have some nut free loaves that are very similar, I will aim to publish them over the next fortnight. What flours do you typically like to use?

Kellie B March 19, 2015 - 12:40 pm

Hi – if i was to use normal flour in this would i use 3cups ??

Bianca Slade March 20, 2015 - 5:48 pm

Hi Kellie, I have tried it with normal flour, if you test it out be sure to let me know how you go. x

Kellie B March 21, 2015 - 6:02 pm

Hi Bianca – pardon my silly qtn abt using normal flour, but I gave it a go using 1.5 cups SR Flour and a cup and a half of almonds. Whipped it all in the thermo and it wasnt a huge success but not too bad either. Will work on it. Thanks

Bianca Slade March 25, 2015 - 10:40 am

Not silly at all!! I really appreciate the feedback and I hope you have better luck next time. x

MjB March 25, 2015 - 10:22 am

Hi Bianca
I love your recipes but note a lot of them ask for medjool dates- which I can’t get where I live! Could I substitute normal dates?
Thanks so much! I love your recipes, everything I’ve tried so far is a hit!

Bianca Slade March 26, 2015 - 11:52 am

Thank YOU!! That is great to hear! Yes you can sub normal dates. You may need to double the amount required and pre soak them in water. I hope this helps. Bianca

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nina April 16, 2015 - 12:44 am

Hiya. What do you mean by ‘turn half way through cooking’? Turn over? In the pan? Thanks.

Designs By Korey-Linn April 19, 2015 - 12:47 pm

By turn, she most likely means turn the pan 180 degrees so if its in the long way back to front, turn the pan 180 so that the back part is now in the front.

Bianca Slade April 20, 2015 - 4:05 pm

Exactly. Thank you. xxxx

Bianca Slade April 20, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Turn the pan around so that the end that was facing the front is now facing the back. If your oven cooks evenly you may not need to worry about this. x

Pearl Chan July 4, 2015 - 10:09 am

Can I use honey instead to sweeten? How much honey would you recommend?

Bianca Slade July 6, 2015 - 11:24 am

Hi Pearl, I wouldn’t sub this one with honey as the dates provide bulk and texture as well. We have a chocolate cake that doesn’t contain dates and uses honey if that helps at all. https://wholefoodsimply.com/chocolate-filled-chocolate-cake/

Jen Pickering July 26, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Perfect choc banana flavour! Loved eating it warm!

Bianca Slade August 2, 2015 - 4:13 pm

Thank YOU!! x

Cédric Icower August 13, 2015 - 11:10 pm

I just shared this recipe to a friend of mine and hi asked me if I can repalce the date by another ingredient ?
Thanks a lot for all of your great recipes

Bianca Slade August 28, 2015 - 11:05 am

I have only made it this way sorry. x

Pia November 4, 2015 - 10:04 am

Hi Bianca, can you advise me if you think it’s possible to replace the almond meal with something nutfree? Thanks

Bianca Slade November 18, 2015 - 7:59 pm

I have only made it this way but often almond meal can be replaced with other plain flours. I hope this helps. x

Andrea Hurley September 2, 2016 - 10:24 pm

I use ground sunflower seeds and it works fine!

Mikayla September 10, 2016 - 7:45 pm

I just made these muffins and the ‘brownie balls’ and in a huge vote of confidence the critique from the man of the house was ‘these are unreal’. Thank you for sharing your super easy and guilt free recipes!!

Bianca Slade September 12, 2016 - 4:36 pm

Thank YOU for the feedback!! That is great to hear!!! Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x


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