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Vegan Banana Sunbutter Muffins

There are times for flakey, cake-like muffins and there are times for denser, heartier ones. When I came up with the recipe for these bad boys I was definitely searching for the latter. I wanted something small that would still fill me up and tide me during that midday hump and these muffins were just the ticket. They are perfect as pre-workout fuel, a mid-day pick me up or even a late-night snack. Did I mention they are also gluten-free, (optionally) sugar-free and only took me 30 minutes to make beginning to end.

Vegan Banana Sunbutter Muffins

Adapted from here


  • 3 ripe mashed bananas
  • ¼ cup sunflower seed butter
  • 1/3 cup turbinado sugar OR 1/4 tsp concentrated stevia powder (I use New Roots organic stevia)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax mixed with 4 tbsp water
  • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup raw buckwheat groats, ground (makes about 1 1/4 cups buckwheat flour with a milder flavour than store bought)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 tbsp whole buckwheat groats
  • 1 tbsp whole flax seeds


  1. Mix first 6 ingredients until creamy.
  2. Stir together buckwheat flour, baking powder and salt.
  3. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet mixture stirring to combine.
  4. Stir in seeds, whole groats and flax.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees 18 – 20 minutes in a lined muffin pan.
Yields 10 muffins.
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  • Reply Ali June 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    These look great! Where do you buy the buckwheat groats in Toronto?

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 27, 2012 at 9:51 am

      Bulk bins! Either at whole foods, Qi on roncessvalles or a bulk store at bloor and ossington I can’t quite remember the name of but is excellent and cheap! That’s just off the top of my head I’m sure other stores carry it as well.

  • Reply Megan June 26, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Yum! These looks delicious. I love Sunbutter, it is the perfect combination of sweet and salty! The muffins sort of look like scones, they’re so cute 🙂

    • Reply the healthy hipster June 27, 2012 at 9:46 am

      They are definitely sweet, savoury and hearty like a scone! But cute and lil’ like a muffin. A nice balance just the way I like it 🙂

  • Reply aspiringsteph June 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Yummy!! You should try it with Tahini as well. I made a very similar recipe before with tahini and chocolate chips + pecans = holy awesomeness

  • Reply Gillian June 29, 2012 at 8:33 am

    These look fantastic! I am all over sunflower butter these days!! I had some very special granola and a coconut flour muffin for you the other night – so sad the picnic didn’t work out!

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