Banana Pecan Muffins

Banana Pecan MuffinsI had been wanting a Vitamix for what feels like years. I see it mentioned over and over on so many blogs. At first I thought it was just a pricey blender. Then I found this page showing 52 video demonstrations of everything it can do. After seeing all that I really wanted one. So I went to work trying to convince my husband that I needed yet another appliance. This was a tough sell since I have so many appliances. My Kitchenaid blender was working just fine and it was a rare event that I even pulled it out. The Vitamix is not cheap… as in >$600 however Costco carries them and does demos once a year or so and they sell them for $394 I think. The trick of course was finding out when Costco was carrying them and then waiting. Delayed gratification is so not my thing. Imagine my excitement when I find out that the Costco nearest to me had them for that entire week. It was the final day. I talked my hubby and kids into grocery shopping. I was so excited. We got there and Ron seemed receptive to me getting one. And then…. there was no demo to be found. I was crushed. It would be months until I might have an opportunity again. Then a couple of weeks later we were at Costco and low and behold the Mighty Vitamix was there. It was hard to contain my excitement. I stood there watching the demo and asking countless questions and of course sampling many different treats. I was so sold. Ron… not so much but he did however agree!! I love this thing! I use it several times a day – everyday. These muffins are made using it. I’ve made them a couple times now. They are fun to make and always disappear in a day or two. These muffins are grain, gluten, dairy, sugar, soy, corn, and brewers yeast free. They are low to moderate carb and are GAPS legal. They make a great snack or a quick on the go breakfast. They are just sweet enough, dense and moist. I hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

Banana Pecan Muffins

3 over ripe bananas

4 pitted dates

3 eggs

1/4 tsp sea salt

1/4 cup coconut oil

2 cups lightly packed almond flour

1 cup roughly chopped pecans

Add bananas, eggs, dates and salt to Vitamix. Blend until smooth and there are no date pieces visible. (The Vitamix is so impressive – the dates I used were very dry and hard and it was still able to puree it into invisible bits.) Next, add coconut oil and mix briefly. Add almond flour and mix until well blended. Pour/scoop muffin mix into a large bowl. Fold in chopped pecans.Line 12 regular sized muffin tins. Divide batter equally for 12 muffins. Using an ice cream scoop is easiest. Bake for approximately 50 minutes at 325. Store in airtight container in the fridge. I actually enjoy these best cold.

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9 thoughts on “Banana Pecan Muffins

  1. YUM!! Can’t wait to make these when I get home from vacation!! I love my Vitamix! It whips up my morning frozen fruit smoothies in a second, but I’ve never tried making any kind of batter with it…this will be fun to try!!
    Did you use CA dates? Or medjool? I would think either kind would work…

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    • I used medjool. I made another dozen yesterday too. So good.
      I know what you mean about loving your vitamix and kinda missing it. We are leaving on vacation soon and I have actually contemplated taking it with us. We are staying in a condo so that I can still prepare all of our own food and it would be really great to have it particularly for super smooth quick morning smoothies.

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  2. I’ve been itching for a grain-free, sugar-free dessert, but want to use unripe bananas because I don’t want to wait for our bananas to ripen… do you think this would still taste good? Or should I wait for them to ripen? šŸ™‚ Thanks!

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  3. Crap… I just made the batter & it’s all ready to bake… but I don’t know at what temperature! Your recipe says 50 minutes, so I’m assuming that it’s probably not that high… but I have no clue.

    I know you probably won’t see this comment within the next five minutes, so I’ll just guess for now & hope everything turns out all right!

    But, just for future reference, could you add in the temperature to this recipe?

    Thanks so much! The batter smells yummy so far, and I hope I guess the temperature correctly! I can’t wait to eat these! šŸ™‚

    BTW… I put the bananas in a plastic bag together (because one was already in one, so I just popped the other two with it) and they ripened well. šŸ™‚

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    • Oh No! I’m so sorry. I am assuming I baked these at 325 because of the 50 minute time frame. Now I need you! Could you let me know what temp and times you used and how it turned out? I feel terrible. I really hope these work out for you despite my slip up.

      Good to know that the bag trick worked. I’ve never had to do that.

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      • I posted a reply earlier, but I think I forgot to submit it! I ended up baking the muffins at 350, for around 30~ish minutes. I think next time I will bake for longer, because they were just a little bit spongy… BUT still very tasty! šŸ™‚ Thanks so much!

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