While working on the post for preserving nuts (see here), I made a lot of chocolate almond butter. I mean, really, a LOT. So I started looking for creative ways to use some of it in recipes (stuffed pancakes, anyone?). Earlier in the summer, we posted a recipe for Whole Wheat Linzer Muffins (almond muffins stuffed with raspberry jam) and that got me thinking–would using almond butter as stuffing work? Turns out, the answer is a delicious YES!
These muffins are satisfying and filling. I used a regular banana muffin recipe and filled the muffin cups with a tablespoon of batter. I topped that bit of batter with a small ball of chocolate almond butter, then filled the muffin cups the rest of the way. Very easy and, if you have a small helper with you, they could make the little balls of almond butter for you and get some real world application for their budding play dough skills!
Almond Butter Stuffed Banana Muffins (makes 12 muffins)
- 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour (or all-purpose)
- 3/4 cup organic coconut sugar (or organic cane sugar)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
- 1 large farm egg
- 1/3 cup butter, melted and cooled
- 1/2 cup chocolate almond butter
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line the cups of a muffin pan with paper liners or oil. Set aside.
- Make 12-1″ balls from the almond butter and set aside.
- In a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Mix well.
- In a larger bowl, wisk together the bananas, sugar, egg and butter. Using a wooden spoon or spatula, fold in the dry ingredients and mix just until all the flour is moistened.
- Drop a tablespoon or so of batter into each muffin cup. Place one ball of almond butter into each muffin cup.
- Fill the cups with batter and bake for 15-18 minutes. Check for doneness using a toothpick. Tops should be browned and the toothpick should come out clean.
- Let cool in muffin cups for 10 minutes. Remove muffins to a cooling rack and let cool completely.
- Muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen in individual freezer bags for up to 6 months.