No eggs? No problem. Eggs are often thought of as a must-have for baking. This is because they are an excellent rising agent (I almost typed eggcellent, would you have ever forgiven me?). Along with eggs, baking soda, honey, and yeast help as well. So one part the egg does that yeast and baking soda don't do is also help bind the ingredients together. For that bananas are wonderful, however they do not really aid in rising so along with them you'll need baking soda like in most egg baking as well.
You can also use bananas and/or applesauce in a pinch for recipes that require eggs when you are out. Or a bit more oil than you'd like to use in a recipe? Swap some or all of it out for applesauce. If you want it to have LESS banana flavor use slightly greener bananas. The less ripe the banana the less banana flavor, but they'll still bind like a champ. I recommend if your plan is to stay away from the bad stuff (MSG, broken proteins or amines), then using just spotty bananas will suffice for banana flavored things. It has really good flavor without too much of the bad stuff (blackened bananas are bad for you. sigh. I love them - but nature is right, rotten isn't good for me or you).
Banana anything is usually good but often not amazing. Whenever folks would cook for me as a vegetarian they'd usually serve up a banana something for dessert. And it was generally decent tasting but nothing to rave on about. Bananas cooked in rum or over a campfire might send me, but alas no muffin did that. It was always. "yum" in the tiniest print. I think there are two fruits that go extraordinarily well with bananas: strawberries and blueberries, but they get to fight over who wins. You win by eating them. These muffins can be made with fresh or frozen blueberries OR fresh or frozen strawberries. These have blueberry. See the bounty!
So on with it. Banana muffin time.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- 1 and 1/2 Cup whole wheat flour (as usual, you may use the flour you favor or do a combo)
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/8 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp allspice (this is my favorite spice in this recipe and I feel makes it less ordinary)
- 1 Cup slightly heaping blueberries (or strawberries)
- 2 lightly spotted bananas
- 3/4 Cup olive oil (you can get away with less and always add up to the 3/4 to make sure the flour combines)
- 3/4 Cup vegan sugar ( or sneak less in there until the family noticeably gets irritated with you)
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Combine dry ingredients except sugar (sugar always goes with wet ingredients). Add the 1 Cup auxiliary fruit and toss to coat in flour. Chop bananas in a separate mixing bowl until small bits, cover in the oil, sugar and vanilla. Beat senseless until nearly fluffy like eggs or butter would be and once well combined scrape into the dry ingredients and combine well until no dry flour remains. I use a 1/4 Cup scoop to pour into paper lined muffin tin. Cook for 20-30 minutes. My oven in Portland, Oregon took 28 minutes the longest of all my muffins your oven in Istanbul may take longer. The tops should have golden brown kisses and start to crack with fault lines and when pressed spring back just so. Then perfection.