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Banana Ginger Ale Muffins with Garbanzo Flour

Updated on May 11, 2016
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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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      Au fait:

      Glad you found this recipe now because it's perfect with fall's apple cider, hot or cold. My favorite for use with the garbanzo flour is using it with bananas, but I don't like hot peaches. My husband loves the peach cobbler…to each his or her own, yes? :)

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      C E Clark 2 years ago from North Texas

      These sound delicious and healthful too! I'm going to have to check out that recipe for peach cobbler as well. A great introduction to garbanzo flour.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      beingwell:

      Thank you for taking a look at this muffin recipe and for your input!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Wow! This is a really great hub! Voted up and shared!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      KoffeeKlatch Gals:

      It is a different recipe, but I'm looking forward to doing more work with the garbanzo flour. The more I learn about it, the more I want to use it, and having good experiences so far has me rolling some ideas around the back of my head. :) Thanks for checking it out. Hope you enjoy these muffins.

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      Susan Haze 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This recipe sounds interesting. I like that it's gluten free and has no sugar. It sounds like something I could eat. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      So glad you enjoyed this hub, Natashalh. Hope you get to enjoy this ginger recipe soon! Appreciate that you stopped by.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      This recipe seems really cool. I love ginger and cooking, so I'll have to try it out.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      formosangirl:

      Hope you can find this healthy flour soon and try these yum muffins out. I'm planning to make them when relatives visit in January because everyone who tries them is surprised and pleased with them. It's fun to serve them to company! Thanks for checking this recipe out and letting me hear from you! :)

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      I love ginger ale so I can imagine how tasty this muffin can be. I have never heard of garbanzo bean flour before and will look for it at my food co-op.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      carriethomson:

      It is good--I'm on a ginger kick again, both for taste and its health benefits. I hope you enjoy these muffins--they are a fun surprise for family and guests. :)

      Thanks much for stopping in with you comments!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      i like the zing of ginger in all dishes!! im sure m gonna like this one too:))

      carrie

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      SanneL:

      Hi, and thanks--appreciate your visit and input very much!

      Hope you enjoy your muffins. :)

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      SanneL 5 years ago from Sweden

      Those muffins look great, now its my turn to be tempted!

      I will definitely whip up a batch of those very soon.

      Thank you, voted up and useful.

      Sannel

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      carcro:

      Thanks much for stopping in with you comment! This is a neat combination for muffins, particularly for those who are allergic to cow's milk. Garbanzo flour is high in calcium, as well as protein and fiber, among other good stuff, making it an extra good choice for those avoiding cow's milk.

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      Paul Cronin 5 years ago from Winnipeg

      Those muffins look great, definitely have never tried anything like a banana ginger ale muffin, but I like bananas and I like ginger ale, so it sounds like a good combo. Thanks for sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      You are welcome--I appreciate your visits!

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Thanks a ton!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      We've heard wonderful reports about Loma Linda's approach with diabetic children. I think they would be willing to talk with you and evaluate whether you should stick with MUSC or consider their approach. Here's a link to the LLU Children's Hospital:

      http://lomalindahealth.org/childrens-hospital/our-...

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      We go to MUSC for his needs I can talk to them if they do not give me the answers I want to hear which does happen I will try the hosp in Cali thanks for the info!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      No problem! I was just hoping you would see my last reply. Thanks much for letting me know you did!

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      my pc froze up and it was not posting my replys sorry

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cutters:

      So sorry to be so long getting back to comments--the afternoon turned upside down! :)

      I am uncertain about the benefits of garbanzo flour and oat flour, as well as honey and even the natural ginger ale for a child with type 1 diabetes. I only know enough about a child having type 1 diabetes to be able to say that it would be extremely important to work closely with a pediatric nutritionist. What area of SC are you in? Have you considered a consultation at the children's hospital at Loma Linda University in California for your child's needs?

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I am wondering if I can use this for someone who has type 1 diabeties?

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Do u think this would be good for someone who has type 1 diabeties

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      I pay close attention to your cooking hubs because my oldest child is a type 1 diabetic, I want my child to eat something that is not going to wreck havic on my child's system

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cutters:

      Hey--thanks much! I'm a little late on my plans for today's batch, got side-tracked with a new hub, but they'll be coming out of the oven shortly. A weird thing happened, I had more than enough for 12 muffins--enough for 12 mini muffins--maybe I was just distracted with my hub. I may have made an uh-oh batch. 8-]

      The only thing I did differently (that I know of!) is add more cinnamon, more than doubled it, actually. The experiments never end...

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Cloverleaf:

      Ah, friend, I believe I'm going to whip up a batch of these easy muffins in the next hour. Come on over for a cup of coffee and have one on this beautiful fall day.

      Good to hear from you, I appreciate you kind comments very much!

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      Cutters 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Looks really good I will try when I get a chance and let you know how it came out!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      prasetio30:

      Thanks very much for your visit and input. I hope you both like the muffins!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      RTalloni, now it's your turn to make me feel hungry! I love the twist of adding ginger ale into these muffins, I have just got to try it :-)

      Voting up / Useful / Bookmarking

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      PWalker281:

      You'll like using the Sun Crystals, I feel sure. That's good that you like the stevia in coffee. I only like to drink it in tea or fruit punches/aids. I wish I did like it in coffee, but agave works very well for that drink. Honey doesn't do it for my coffee, either.

      Sharing helpful input is one of the best aspects of interacting on HP! :) Thanks again for coming by with input and questions.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love banana and I found delicious muffins here. Thanks for share with us. I'll show this to my mom. Well done and vote up!

      Prasetio

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      anglnwu:

      Hey friend! I hope you come to enjoy baking more due to trying this recipe. :) I've got some more garbanzo recipes I want to develop...they are waiting on the back burner for now, though. :)

      Appreciate your visit and input very much!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I will definitely check out the Sun Crystals hub, RT. I like stevia for coffee and tea and my protein shakes but have never tried it in baked goods, so it's good to know how to use it when cooking. The apples with the extra seasoning sounds delicious. Might give it a try. Thanks again the baking advice :-)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      homesteadbound:

      So glad you like this recipe--thanks so much for stopping by and letting me know!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      PWalker281:

      Hi again, friend! I discussed using stevia in baked goods in my hub on the Sun Crystals product. Stevia does not allow baked goods to brown like we are used to, therefore, it's recommended that stevia be combined with sugar, honey, or agave for baking. Stevia is a sweetener that I like, but only with certain foods. Hope you can check out the Sun Crystals hub for more info.

      Any strongly flavored fruit would work well. Something milder, like apples, could work as long a sweet variety is used with a good strong dose of cinnamon and nutmeg, and maybe some added ginger. Of course your taste may vary, but that's what would work well for us. Let me know if you do an experiment! :)

      Thanks much for stopping in with your Qs. Hope this is helpful!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Moon Daisy: Thanks much, and no problem--been there, done that myself. Took me a while to figure out that comments don't show up immediately on all hubs, but that hubbers could set their hubs up so that comments must be approved. It's a good thing for that rare bird of a commenter. I don't think I've had to use the option to shut out a commenter, but it is an option.

      Thanks again for your interest and input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      PWalker281:

      If only there were more time to experiment--it's fun! :) Glad you are liking what you see and I hope you find the good stuff at your health food store.

      Thanks kindly for your input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      Cooking is not my forte, either, but with all the available flours and sweeteners these days, here I am developing recipes!

      Thanks for reminding me to check your answer to my Q on your ginger hub--more research on it, maybe... I'll be linking that hub to this hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Moon Daisy:

      Thank you kindly! Hope you like it lots!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      Thanks so much for letting me know that your family enjoys these recipes! These are a little different with the ginger ale, but quite tasty! I'm looking forward to hearing if anyone adds other spices--the garbanzo flour can handle them!

      Thank you for your kind input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jessica:

      So glad you like the sounds of this recipe--keep us posted on your ideas. :)

      Appreciate your visit!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Sneha Sunny:

      Hope you get to enjoy these soon! If you make any adjustments let us know...

      Thanks for coming by!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      I've to say this recipe looks interesting. I'm quite the reluctant baker but this looks doable. Will be trying--first have to get garbanzo bean flour. Rated up.

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      I'm glad you're doing the experimenting, RTalloni, so I don't have to :-)! This recipe deserves bookmarking, for sure. Should be able to find real ginger ale in my local (as opposed to big box) health food store. Rated up and useful!

      P.S. What do you think about using stevia in recipes, as opposed to the agave or honey?? And what fruit could I substitute for the banana (not my favorite fruit) in this recipe??

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      This sounds like a very interesting recipe. I'm book marking this one.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Karen N:

      Thanks kindly! I hope you get to enjoy these one day. :) Honey does work well in most baked goods. Appreciate that you stopped by!

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Yum, this sounds like the perfect recipe for me, I love bananas, and I'm a ginger freak! (Not to mention trying to be wheat-free).

      (I keep posting comments and then they disappear, so sorry if you end up seeing a few messages vaguely like this one).

      Thumbs up and bookmarked!

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      PWalker281 5 years ago

      Glad you are doing the experimenting, RTalloni, so I don't have to :-)! Bookmarking this one. Should be able to find real ginger ale at the local (not big box) health food store. Rated up and useful!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Well I'm not much of a cook - I can follow a recipe and all, but I cannot come up with one - but I recently wrote a hub about the health benefits of ginger (powerful stuff!) so any recipes where you can work that spice in would provide another health angle, as well.

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      Moon Daisy 5 years ago from London

      Ooh, sounds like my perfect recipe! Bookmarked and thumbs up!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      It was interesting to think it through, do a little research, and find that the real ginger ale does a good balancing act with the garbanzo flour. I mentioned in one comment that I want to work on a pecan glaze, but I'm also thinking of adding some other spices as well. If anyone out there experiments with spices I would love to hear about it--we can only eat so many! :)

      Thanks bunches for stopping in, friend.

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi RTalloni, your garbanzo flour recipes are a bit hit in our family, especially the peach cobbler.

      Ginger ale in muffins sounds interesting, looking forward to trying these.

      Thanks for sharing and voting up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      MsDora:

      It really is easy, and such a treat for gluten intolerant people--something you can eat and share that others will enjoy too. Hope you find it helpful in every way!

      Thanks much for stopping by!

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      Jessica 5 years ago

      This sounds delicious and also gives me some cooking ideas. The combo sounds also really neat and would have never thought of this.

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      Sneha Sunny 5 years ago from India

      It looks so yummy!!! I'll try these out...

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      Karen N 5 years ago from United States

      Sounds delicious, you always come up with such interesting recipes. And I also like the thought of using honey for baking, it's so much healthier for you.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      IZeko:

      They really were good. I'm learning what flavors balance with the garbanzo and looking forward to deciding on what direction to go with another recipe.

      Thanks bunches for your kind input!

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      Now that is interesting adding ginger ale to a muffin recipe. I bet that gives them real good flavor.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 5 years ago from The Caribbean

      Seems easy enough and worth a try since I'm gluten intolerant. Thanks.

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      iZeko 5 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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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      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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      David Stillwell 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

      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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      David Stillwell 5 years ago from Sacramento, California

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