Banana Ginger Ale Muffins with Garbanzo Flour

Garbanzo flour, ginger, pecans--what more could we want from a muffin?
Garbanzo flour, ginger, pecans--what more could we want from a muffin? | Source

Breakfast, Lunch, or Dinner--Banana Ginger Ale Muffins are a Happy Surprise!

In continuing my recipe experiments using garbanzo flour, I've worked out this zingy banana muffin recipe.

If you've seen my garbanzo flour peach cobbler and the banana bread you have a good idea of how my experiments are going so far. I'm glad to say that I was not disappointed with my newest one!

Reading up on the ways garbanzo beans have been used in the past, especially in other countries, I'm thinking through ways I want to use them today. Having given up on soy beans and tofu products for the most part, I am liking garbanzo flour more and more.

So, what's different about this garbanzo flour banana muffin? The addition of ginger isn't so surprising, but ginger ale to replace the traditional milk might be a little unsettling. Good thing it's ginger ale!

You can read more about the benefits of garbanzos via the links to my other garbanzo flour recipes. Also called chick peas, garbanzo beans are packed with vegetable protein, as well as having a full history of other names, including Indian pea and Bengal gram.

Boasting ingredients that are gluten free as well as cow milk free, these muffins have no white sugar. They do, however, have lots of protein, and most of all, they have great flavor.

Yes, Banana Ginger Ale Muffins are good enough for breakfast, morning breaks, and after school snacks. Good as in tasty, and good as in healthy!


First, Some Tips for Making Banana Ginger Ale Muffins


Eggs should be room temperature, so set them out of refrigerator about 20-30 minutes ahead of time. Also, consider using a healthy Egg Substitute.

The quality of Ginger Ale is important. Off brands may use pepper to simulate the flavor of ginger. Check the label of any brand before you buy it. I use the 365 brand--no HFCS, with real ginger.

Batter will be smoother than most muffin mixes, but do not over mix.

Watch baking time carefully and try to barely under bake garbanzo flour recipes.


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Light banana flavor balances garbanzo and real ginger flavors beautifully.High protein garbanzo flour gives a grainy texture but the muffins are light.Real ginger ale replaces milk and gives a bit of zing to these muffins.Coconut oil replaces butter and does a great job of it.
Light banana flavor balances garbanzo and real ginger flavors beautifully.
Light banana flavor balances garbanzo and real ginger flavors beautifully. | Source
High protein garbanzo flour gives a grainy texture but the muffins are light.
High protein garbanzo flour gives a grainy texture but the muffins are light. | Source
Real ginger ale replaces milk and gives a bit of zing to these muffins.
Real ginger ale replaces milk and gives a bit of zing to these muffins. | Source
Coconut oil replaces butter and does a great job of it.
Coconut oil replaces butter and does a great job of it. | Source

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Garbanzo Flour
  • 1 Cup Oat Flour
  • 1 Tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 4 Tablespoons Honey
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1 Large Banana
  • 1 Cup Ginger Ale
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pecans
4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Garbanzo Flour Banana Ginger Ale Muffins

Instructions

  1. Sift the first 5 ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl beat the egg slightly, then mix in honey and coconut oil. If using the egg substitute, make that up then mix these two ingredient into it.
  3. Cut the banana up and blend into the wet ingredients with a potato masher.
  4. Slowly mix the ginger ale into the wet mixture.
  5. Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, pouring about 1/4 of it in at a time.
  6. Stir only until flour mixture is moistened. Do not make a smooth batter.
  7. Fill greased muffin pans or cups 2/3 full.
  8. Bake at 350º for 20 to 25 minutes.
  9. Makes 12 medium-sized muffins.

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Food and Health Issues:


Garbanzos, also know as chick peas, are not the only healthy foods many people miss out on:


• If you need to lower your cholesterol check this food out.

• Want to know more about a healthy sweetener?

• Want to know more about cow's milk allergy and link to some recipes?


Garbanzo or Chick Peas, It's Panelle

More on Good for Us Foods


A look at a few foods that might surprise you:


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• Are almonds really good for us?

• What are the benefits of ginger?

A cranberry sauce bran muffin!

Another perspective on ginger's usefulness.

• We knew ginger shared properties with anti-inflammatory drugs!



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Discuss Baking With Garbanzo Flour Here :) 66 comments

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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

I admire conviction with a focus RT... another great hub!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Hey, thanks. Necessity facilitates motivation...or something like that.

These turned out really well. I hope, however, to work on a pecan glaze for them...eventually.

The garbanzo banana bread is still our favorite so far.

Appreciate that you stopped in and commented.


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davenmidtown 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

It is cooling off here so soon I will try out these recipes of yours. I found garbonzo flour at the co-op for fairly inexpensive in bulk. The Agavi has worked out well for me... I have pretty much cut sugar out of my morning routine. All thanks to you!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey Author

Garbanzo flour isn't a bad bargain, usually, partly because it's often used with another flour since it has a strong flavor on its own. So glad the agave has been a benefit. Honey seems to work well with the garbanzo flour since their flavors balance instead of compete. I'll be using it in the banana bread recipe next time.


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iZeko 4 years ago

These sound as good as your garbanzo flour banana bread. I like using honey, instead of sugar. Voted up!


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