I used to eat Luna Bars for breakfast every day. The chocolate-raspberry and caramel nut brownie were my two favorites, with the cookies n’ cream and the peppermint bars taking a very close 3rd and 4th, respectively. I used to buy 20 bars at a time, stocking up every 4 weeks and driving the checkout clerks at Whole Foods bonkers, at least the ones who rang up each flavor separately. I preferred the ones who cheated, gave me the “10% off case discount”, and rang them up all at once.

After the 1-2 year Luna phase (not to be confused with a ‘lunar phase’, which is related to the illuminated portion of the moon and is much less than 2 years…), I went into oatmeal phase and stayed there, switching between Quaker and Kashi brands, for almost a year. I grew tired of washing my oatmeal bowl at work every morning, and those days when I didn’t wash it, I felt icky and it was harder to wash the next time, further enhancing the annoyance. And plus, homemade oatmeal for dinner, laden with brown sugar, dried cranberries, and walnuts, is much better, and I like to do that once a week to keep the oatmeal vibe alive😉.

Then those granola bars, those lovely granola bars, came into my life. I make different versions of them regularly, recently using barley in place of oats (more protein & fiber) and dried blueberries for the fruit (which ain’t cheap, so that won’t happen often, that’s for sure). They are perfectly chewy but still crunchy, healthy but still somewhat sweet and tasty, and most importantly they are filling.

I’m still in granola bar phase, but every so often it’s nice to rotate something into the weekly mix, and generally that rotation includes muffins. I was inspired by a plethora of posts using bananas and chocolate chips over the past few weeks, including David’s banana cake and Kristin’s banana chocolate walnut cake, and set out to make a healthy breakfast version to use some bananas I’d frozen (cryogenic-style, to preserve their ripeness) a couple of weeks ago.

[For those of you turning your nose up, stop it. Right this instant. Those ‘naners are perfectly edible and when baking, the darker they are, the better. I like to let them get really dark before freezing them, as they’re most tasty at that point.]

I’m also recently turned on by non-all-purpose flours, and after a little research I surmised that bananas and spelt flour would be soulmates, or something. Ironically, I’d just bought some for a focaccia recipe (stay tuned, friends), so out of the freezer the ‘naners came and after a little thawing, straight into the oven they went, along with some spelt flour, some walnuts, and chocolate (banana’s other soulmate; it has more than one..).

The end result? Like I said, a match made in heaven, for certain.

Have any of you used spelt flour? And if so, what for?

Mo’ breakfast:
Tomato-Poached Eggs
Homemade Granola Bars
Oat Bran & Fruit Muffins


Muffins, Muffins, bo-buffins,
Banana-fana fo-fuffins,


Spelt Banana-Chocolate-Walnut Muffins
Adapted from Wednesday Food Blogging

printable version

Did I mention these lil’ muffins are vegan? Probably not, since I’m not a vegan. It just sorta happened that way, as I was searching for ultra-healthy adaptations. And FYI, the flax seeds are a great substitute for eggs that provide loads of fiber and omega-3’s (1 T ground flax seeds + 3 Tbsp water (or other liquid) = 1 egg). Lovely even for us non-vegans.
2 tablespoons organic flax seeds, ground
1/4 cup water
1 cup wholegrain spelt flour
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1/2 c chocolate chips, optional
1 T dark Jamaican rum
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup walnut oil (or vegetable oil)


Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin tin with cooking spray; set aside. Whisk ground flax seeds and water in a small bowl; set aside.

Combine spelt flour through chocolate chips in small bowl. Combine rum, bananas, sugar and walnut oil in a larger bowl, add flax mixture. Add dry ingredients, a half cup at a time, and stir until combined. Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake for ~30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in muffin comes out clean. If necessary, cover with a piece of aluminum foil to prevent over-browning.

*Of note, various sites claim that, although spelt flour is not gluten-free, it’s tolerated by people with wheat allergies. Anyone know why?

10 thoughts on “Banana-fana-fo-fuffins

  1. Katherine says:

    These are so good! When you eat them for breakfast, can you manage to eat just 1? You are single-handedly making my Cooking Light subscription somewhat obsolete…

    • Katherine – Oh yeah – one will def fill you up! But yes, they are good and stopping at one is still hard!

      Jenn – yeah, totally freeze those ‘naners!!

      John – thanks – you’re too funny!

  2. Mmm. These look awesome, Heather! And I love your tip on freezing the ‘nanas as soon as they reach peak-overripeness…I’m always rushing around trying to use them up, but DUH – freezing is just as good! And chocolate and bananas of course belong together. YUM.

  3. AWESOME and so healthy for you. My first experience with this flour and I like it.
    Just made this for an afternoon snack for me. I feel guilty so I will of course have to share them with the hubby but he better hurry up and get home or these will be my secret until I make them again. I am fascinated with the ingredients and the taste, simply astounding. Just ONE, NO WAY!!! Great recipe.

  4. Natasha says:

    I bumped into your blog a few days ago looking for some recipe, now I do not remember what! but I came across this one and and tried it today. I am allergic to egg, so I am on the lookout for eggless desserts which are few and far in between!

    the great part was that you do not really need to step out to a store to buy any major stuff, most of the ingredients are available at home. They have turned out to be lovely. I will send some pictures across.. my family loved it! And esp when I told them how super healthy it is, it was awesome. No eggs, no cream, no butter, mostly whole-grain flour, flax seeds.. is there a healthier cake!!


  5. QuarterInch says:

    Hi, Heather! Love your blog. You have a lovely sense of humor. How would i make this recipe without the sugar…what is a good substitute? I don’t have even sugar in my house and don’t want it. I use pure stevia for everything. Would that work in this recipe? I am not a cook that is why i am always lurking around good cooks, so please be specific. Thanks!

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