Healthy toasted millet banana muffins made in one bowl! So delicious, they are vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.
These crunch-wonderful banana muffins are made with a nutritious, inexpensive, gluten-free alternative to nuts: millet.
What Makes these Millet Muffins so Healthy?
As banana muffins go, these are already pretty wonderful. In taste, most definitely, but also because they are:
- Vegan (no eggs, no dairy)
- Naturally sweetened (banana and a bit of maple syrup)
But the addition of toasted millet makes them extra-nutritious.
What is Millet?
Millet is naturally gluten-free, rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6, and folacin) and offers calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.
Here’s more good news: one half cup (cooked) serving has 11 grams of protein. Wowzers! You can buy it in bags, or in bulk at health food and natural grocery stores.
Use Millet as a Nut Substitute in Baked Goods
Millet can be used to make porridge and polenta, but I learned to love it most in graduate school, as a frugal alternative to nuts in some of my favorite baked goods. You can use it raw, but if you want the flavor to shine, give it a quick toasting in the oven. Case in point these muffins.
How Do I Toast Millet?
Toasting millet is quick and easy.
The millet is toasted when it has a fragrant toasty smell and has darkened to a light golden brown.
Give these homey muffins a try, they are a perfect introduction to the goodness of millet!
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