Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Glazed Banana Orange Walnut Muffins

The only fats are the walnuts which provide satisfying crunch to a delicious fruit fulfilling treat.
I still am coping with extreme guilt. A few weeks ago was a good friend's birthday. I made orange banana muffins with Valencia orange zest that turned out awful. The chunks may have been too large. Maybe I acquired a bad orange. Extremely bitter tasting zest ruined flavor of the entire muffin. Plus, I forgot the walnuts! Ugh. Such a mess. I wound up bringing sliced strawberries. Although washed and hand sliced, strawberries lacked "from the heart" sentiment.
Thus, I went back to the drawing board and naturally recreated muffins without fresh grated orange zest. Located in the spice aisle, McCormick's makes this great Valencia Orange Peel that comes out in tiny granules. It doesn't overwhelm moist, blissful muffins and strangely enough far sweeter without atrocious bitter taste.
Sweet, irresistible muffins are then topped with a simple coconut milk and orange juice glaze. Banana and walnuts provide all the oils needed. I think my friend will adore these so much more than original failed idea. Recipe makes 12 muffins. It's hard to eat just one.

Introducing something refreshing and vegan every Wednesday!
Now this post is participating in Virtual Vegan Potluck's new weekly link party as a dessert entry. I found out about this weeks ago, but just decided today to join the fun. Are you a 100% vegan, cruelty free blogger wanting to participate in sharing a recipe in one of eight courses? Well, find out all the exciting details here by vegan lady blog hostesses: An Unrefined VeganBunny Kitchen, and Canned Time.

Glazed Banana Orange Walnut Muffins Ingredients and Preparation

1 large banana, ripened
1/2 cup Tropicana No Pulp Orange Juice
1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
2 cup flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon McCormick's Valencia Orange Peel
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup walnuts

Orange Coconut Glaze

1/2 cup coconut milk
1 tablespoon orange juice
1/8 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix banana, orange juice, and vanilla almond milk together. (I got it all smooth in a blender).
In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, McCormick's Valencia Orange Peel, cinnamon and salt.
Add wet to dry, stirring evenly.
Lastly, add apple cider vinegar and walnuts. Stir again.
Pour about 1/4 cup of batter into muffin tin.
Bake for 23-25 minutes. Fork should be clean if done.
Let cool.

Pour glaze over cooled muffins.
Sprinkle extra McCormick's Valencia Orange Peel atop.
Yummy goodness. May be hard to stop at just one.
Perfect with strawberries and a cold glass of almond milk.
Sharing is caring- makes belly happy that's for sure! However, humor aside, cannot wait to see what my friend thinks most of all.


  1. Hey lady! Nice to see you at the weekly Potluck!! Thanks for sharing and hope you'll make it a habit :-)

    1. Hi dear sweet Annie! So glad to have finally remembered! I will do my best to share recipes and visit fellow cyber vegan friends as Virtual Vegan Potluck Link Party wages on. Thanks for the incredible opportunity as always to network! <3

  2. These look amazing! Cheers for sharing them with us all out here in the blogoverse. I live in Tasmania and love seeing recipes that I can adapt to our humble little state where we find it really hard to get a lot of the ingredients that you guys get in your supermarkets, even in specialty stores. Glad to see that this one is easy peasy :)

    1. Awwww. I feel for ya! I know what it's like to want ingredients that aren't available in your neighborhood grocery or locally for that matter. I hope this recipe and others like it bring you joy. Thank you for visiting and for making cheerful compliments! xoxo

  3. [ Smiles ] I am cool with this vegan recipe of yours.

    Thank you for sharing!