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Banana Carrot Muffins

These banana carrot muffins made with homemade date syrup are nutritious enough for breakfast, but just as satisfying as dessert.

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword banana muffins, muffins
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soak Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 12


Carrot Banana Muffins:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil , melted
  • 1/2 cup homemade date syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 banana , mashed
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (or seeds from 1 vanilla bean)

Chocolate Ganache Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup homemade date syrup (recipe follows)
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil , melted

Date Syrup:

  • 8 ounces medjool dates , pitted
  • 1 cup filtered water


Make the Date Syrup:

  1. Stick dates in 1 cup of filtered water and let soak for 1 hour or up to 24 hours (I stick it in the fridge if they are going to be soaking for more than an hour). Once softened, throw the dates in a food processor or blender (with the soaked date water) and process until smooth.

For the Muffins:

  1. Whisk together the flours, salt, baking powder, and nutmeg. Set aside.

  2. In another mixing bowl, whisk the date syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut oil until incorporated.

  3. Next, add in the eggs and bananas and whisk until combined. Finally, fold in the carrots.

  4. Pour half of the flour mixture into date mixture and whisk until combined. Next, add in the buttermilk and stir. Finally, add the rest of the flour mixture until everything is incorporated and you are left with a thick batter.

  5. Evenly distribute the batter between 12 cupcake tins (they should end up about 3/4 full) and bake for 20 minutes or until golden on the top.

  6. Remove from oven and let cool.

For the Chocolate Ganache:

  1. Use an electric mixer to mix all the ingredients until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Spread over muffins and enjoy!