Bananas + Macadamia Nuts + Coconut Oil = Bomb-Ass Muffins

by Allen Gil March 30, 2015

Bananas + Macadamia Nuts + Coconut Oil = Bomb-Ass Muffins

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I'm going to begin this recipe by silencing all critics of the paleo diet who condemn paleo muffins to be oxymoronic.

The argument is, if you're eating paleo, you really shouldn't be stuffing any kind of bakery treats into that bod because, by their nature, baked goods are a no-no.

But let me tell you something, you glib sons of bitches. Muffins are a human right, and nobody—not even Robb Wolf—is going to take them from me.

It will be a cold day in Hell when I pledge myself to a muffin-less existence. Partly because they are comforting and can be very nutritious, but mostly because they are fluffy and buttery and make me feel good.

I'm pretty sure after "esteem" and "belonging," Maslow meant to add blueberry scones to the hierarchy.

So, here we have a recipe for a paleo, banana-based muffin or bread with macadamia nuts. It isn’t very sweet, so I’d recommend planning to use these as either a breakfast supplement or when you need a satiating snack full of medium-chain fatty acids.

Paleo Banana-Macadamia Nut Bread or Muffins

  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c. Madhava Organic Amber Agave syrup
  • 1 T pure vanilla extract
  • 2 c flax meal
  • 1 ½ t baking soda
  • ½ c melted coconut oil
  • 1 T sea salt
  • 1 c crushed macadamia nuts


    1. In a blender (because it’s stupid easy that way) combine bananas, eggs, agave, and vanilla, blending until it becomes a smoothie-like consistency. Put aside for now.
    2.  Measure coconut oil and heat in microwave for less than 30 seconds. It melts quickly.
    3. Combine flax meal, baking soda and sea salt in separate, large bowl. This is where you’re going to be mixing so make sure it’s big enough for the wet and dry ingredients together.
    4. Once the coconut oil is cool enough that it will not fry the eggs (I know, weird,) add it to the blender mixture. Swirl it around a little.
    5. Pour the blender mixture into the big bowl of dry ingredients and combine with a large spoon or other appropriate baking implement.
    6. Add macadamias.
    7. Admire the bowl of sludge before you. This step is crucial.
    8. Pour into lined muffin tin or greased loaf pan. I went with the loaf pan. I know, that whole muffin speech. Hypocrite.
    9. If baking muffins, place into pre-heated 375˚ oven and set timer for 10-15 minutes.
    10. If you choose the loaf pan, it will need to bake a bit longer, closer to 20-25 minutes.
    11. Check often by tapping the middle lightly. If you stick your finger all the way into it and feel like you may have a second-degree burn, they’re done! If not, it’s very likely that they need a few more minutes.

    Special Instructions:

    Now, I’ll be the first to say it: they’re f*ckin’ ugly. The flax meal makes your batter look more like mud than you’d probably like, but if you can get over what this snack lacks in beauty then you can begin to reap its health benefits.

    No grain, so you’re body won’t have any inflammatory reaction; plenty of “good” fats from the macadamias, flax meal and coconut oil; and a muffin-like option when you need a bite of something comforting. No need to fall off of the paleo wagon when you can make smart substitutions.

    Feel free to improve on this recipe as you see fit, because everything is interchangeable.

    • Add different nuts
    • Use cinnamon to give it some depth
    • Throw in some blueberries or other fresh or dried fruit
    • Exchange flax meal for almond meal (bet this would be an awesome swap)

    The combinations really are endless.

    My final special instruction is to eat these in moderation because flax meal has… let’s just say a powerful amount of fiber that could blindside a baker who’s never used it before. Gorge with care. ::Winky face emoji::

    Allen Gil
    Allen Gil


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