Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

These Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins are vegan, but more importantly, they're  moist, delicious, and healthy. So everyone, vegan or not, is going to love them. They're vegan, because they don't contain eggs or butter. There's no refined sugar, either.

Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Besides, obviously, bananas and blueberries, these muffins are made with spelt flour, coconut oil, walnuts, and a flax egg. Which I'll talk about a little later here.

About Spelt Flour

Spelt is an ancient grain that's thought to be about 9000 years old. That's pretty ancient, right?! It's a grain that's in the wheat family, but spelt is a completely different species from our familiar bread wheat. Although spelt is not wheat, it's important to note that is still does contain gluten. Like most whole grains, spelt is high in protein, fibre, vitamins, minerals, and carbohydrates. It's nutritional profile is similar to whole wheat, but it's thought to be more easily digested than wheat. You can use spelt flour in the same ratios in any recipe calling for wheat flour. Here's more detailed info on spelt: What is Spelt?

Spelt Vs Whole Wheat Flour

Being that the two flours are similar nutritionally, and that both have gluten, the main difference for me, lies in the taste and texture that the two flours give to baked goods. Spelt flour gives you a lighter and softer baking result, and has a very mild, nutty and slightly sweet taste. It makes a great substitute for white flour when you simply want more nutrition. Depending on what you want your result to be, either flour works great.

Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

Coconut, The Wonder Oil

I'm not going to tout the benefits of eating coconut oil.There's been so much hype about it. However, it is great for cooking and baking. And it's super useful as a natural alternative for all kinds of cosmetic uses. But I'm just going to talk about cooking and baking here, of course. Coconut oil is a highly saturated fat. Like butter. And, like butter, it's a healthy addition to any diet. In very small quantities. Both are real, and not manufactured foods. The difference  is, of course, that coconut oil is a very good substitute for butter in a vegan diet. It also works really well when you want coconut flavour in your recipe, like in these Coconut Shrimp Tacos, or this Jackfruit Curry.

OK, Now About That Flax Egg

Many cooks and bakers who eat a vegan diet are familiar with a flax egg. Flax eggs make a great egg substitute in baking. If you haven't heard of it, or tried it, it may sound strange to you. But really, a flax egg is simply a tablespoon of ground flax seed that you soak in a few tablespoons of water. When soaked, the seed becomes a glutinous mass, much like an egg. The flax egg works like an actual egg as a binder in baked goods. Pretty simple!  And it works. This recipe is proof of that.

Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

I used maple syrup as the sweetener in this recipe and I also added walnuts for a delicious nutty crunch. Even if you don't adhere to a strict vegan diet, it's always a good thing to widen the ingredient horizons. These healthy banana blueberry spelt muffins are so good, it doesn't matter if you call them vegan (except to vegans), they will get gobbled up fast. And they are every bit as quick to whip up as your standard flour & egg muffins.  But far more nutritious.

Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

How To Make Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

5 from 9 votes
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Delicious and easy to make vegan banana blueberry muffins made with healthy spelt flour, coconut oil, flax, maple syrup and walnuts.

Course: Quick Breads & Muffins
Cuisine: American, Canadian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 240 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
Flax Egg
  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 3 tbsp water
Muffins
  • 2 cups spelt flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup blueberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped
  • 3 very ripe bananas peeled
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°

  2. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners, or use a non stick muffin tin

  3. In a bowl, combine spelt flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, blueberries, and walnuts.

  4. In another bowl, mash bananas with a fork or potato masher

  5. Add maple syrup and coconut oil to the bananas, and combine

  6. Add banana mixture to the dry ingredients, mixing quickly to just combine and moisten. Don't over mix.

  7. Spoon mixture into muffins cups, dividing evenly.

  8. Bake in center of oven, about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  9. Remove from oven, and cool on a wire rack

Recipe Notes

Tip for mashing bananas: Sometimes a fork is awkward to use in a bowl, and a potato masher is too big. Try using a pastry blender instead.

If using frozen blueberries, use from frozen, without thawing. 

Nutrition Facts
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
Calories 240 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Sodium 152mg 6%
Potassium 264mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 9g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 5.9%
Iron 8.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins
Vegan Banana Blueberry Muffins
Vegan Banana Blueberry Muffins
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24 thoughts on “Banana Blueberry Spelt Muffins

  1. Love it. I am a huge fan of spelt flour which I use regularly and prefer to whole wheat for its texture and flavor. Only yesterday I made vegan brownies with spelt flour and loved them 🙂 . Here the flavors are so good together, the blueberries, walnuts and banana!

  2. I am also a fan of spelt flour and use it often in muffin recipes. Can’t wait to try this recipe Colleen… have pinned to try. Thanks for sharing ♥

  3. Spelt is my go-to flour. You are right about it being ideal for fluffier baked goods as apposed to the whole wheat. These muffins look soft and light. Delicious! 🙂

  4. I can’t say no to a banana blueberry muffin, especially when they have a hint of maple. I’m totally sold on this! Have a great weekend, Colleen!!

  5. These look so healthy and delicious~! And I never knew about ‘flax eggs’ – love learning something new! 🙂

  6. I never know that until I translated spelt to German and that’s when I realized it’s Dinkel. We use it a lot in our own baking in central Europe. I would make your gorgeous muffins with blueberries collected in the forests in July. 🙂

  7. I’m definitely adding this to the list of must-try recipes! I’ve always wanted to bake with spelt flour but have been looking for the perfect recipe. Love all the ingredients in this one. And they’re healthy! Bonus!

  8. I love to use spelt flour in my kids’ muffins! The flax eggs are the perfect solution to keep things egg-free – I know a surprising amount of people (especially kids) who have egg intolerances.

  9. I’ve never tried spelt flour but you have me convinced! And these muffins look beautiful and like the perfect way to get started!

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