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Banana Cocoa Muffins

Banana Cocoa Muffins

Serves: 24

Category: Breakfast
Author: James Rohrbacher
Tags: Kid-Friendly

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These moist, cocoa-rich muffins are a delicious breakfast treat and they contain some surprise ingredients to enhance their nutrient density!

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20 Medjool dates or 40 regular dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup coconut water
2 cups garbanzo bean flour
3/4 cup millet, ground into flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons sodium free baking powder
1 cup natural cocoa powder
1 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
1 1/2 tablespoons ground chia seeds
1 1/2 cups chopped apple
8 very ripe bananas
2 teaspoons alcohol-free vanilla extract or pure vanilla bean powder
2/3 cup cooked garbanzo beans
9 ounces fresh spinach
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 cups walnuts, chopped
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut


Soak the dates in coconut water for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line muffin tins with paper liners and spray them very lightly with olive oil.

Whisk together the garbanzo bean flour, millet flour, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa and cinnamon and chia seeds in a small bowl.

In a high-powered blender, puree the dates and the soaking coconut water, apples, bananas, vanilla, garbanzo beans, spinach and apple cider vinegar until smooth. Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the walnuts and coconut until evenly distributed. Then fold in the flour mixture until just combined. Do not over mix.

Fill the muffin tins full and bake for 60-70 minutes, rotating in the oven after 45 minutes. They are done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the muffins cool in the muffin tins on a wire rack for 20 minutes, then remove from the tins to the wire rack and cool completely.

Refrigerate or freeze in Ziploc bags.

Calories 231; Protein 5 g; Carbohydrates 41 g; Sugars 20 g; Total Fat 8 g; Saturated Fat 2.5 g; Cholesterol 0 mg; Sodium 70 mg; Fiber 6.7 g; Beta-Carotene 630 ug; Vitamin C 7 mg; Calcium 69 mg; Iron 2.1 mg; Folate 54 ug; Magnesium 86 mg; Potassium 564 mg; Zinc 1.2 mg; Selenium 9.9 ug

Comments (25):


Sandy Leeann

04/19/2014 06:33 PM

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Soooo good! Looking forward to making these myself!


05/15/2014 04:11 PM

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Sandy - where did you try these muffins?


05/15/2014 05:22 PM

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Sounds Interesting. Where do you find or how do you make your own garbanzo bean flour?
This comment was last edited on 05/15/2014 05:25 PM


05/15/2014 05:24 PM

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You can find that flour at an Indian grocery store, protein rich.

Victoria1111 replies:

05/06/2017 09:48 PM

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I have a grinding mill that I can grind beans in to turn them into flour.


This is the Nutri Mill that I have that turns beans into flour.


05/15/2014 05:28 PM

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Gives nutrition info "per serving" but no indication of what a serving is. One muffin? Two? Three?


05/15/2014 05:59 PM

Rated this recipe: (no rating) says serves 24 at the top of the recipe. So, I would assume 1/24 of the recipe most likely.


05/15/2014 06:02 PM

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you can also make your own garbanzo flour with dry beans and a high speed blender like a blend tec or a vitamix or a food processor.
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05/15/2014 06:44 PM

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Has anyone tried these with a different gluten-free flour? I love garbanzo beans, but I hate it as flour. Every single item I've used it in (or bought with it as an ingredient) has a metallic aftertaste for me.
This comment was last edited on 05/15/2014 06:44 PM

Victoria1111 replies:

05/06/2017 09:50 PM

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I do not like garbanzo beans, or the flour either, I use millet flour instead that I grind myself.


05/15/2014 08:18 PM

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Has anyone tried quinoa flour?

Joy Eden

05/16/2014 06:39 PM

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I think I'd try these with fresh spinach, and chop it fine, rather than cooking it. Or puree fresh with the liquid ingredients.
Is Rohrbacher a chef? - oh, I see that he is and contributed a few recipes to Eat to Live Cookbook.
Might try these with carob powder instead of cocoa, too.
I wonder, if using whole spelt flour, how the leaveners - soda and baking powder - would be adapted. And if you'd use the same amount of liquid or change that.
Wondering if chickpea flour might absorb greater or lesser amount of liquid than spelt would.
This comment was last edited on 05/18/2014 05:06 PM


05/17/2014 11:06 AM

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To Sandy Leeann...have you tried these muffins? You should not post a 5-star rating if you haven't made the recipe yet. Misleading.


05/18/2014 04:19 PM

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Obviously if sandy said they were yummy then she ate them and liked them, so that would qualify her to make any rating she chooses.

Mary O'Neill

05/21/2014 01:22 PM

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This recipe is very worth taking the time to make....these muffins taste especially good after they have cooled and mellowed a bit...
Very rich, moist and filling-- I used Swiss chard for the greens, and white kidney family who are very picky, even liked these!
5 star rating


05/26/2014 11:00 AM

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Made these last night and they're delicious! Yum! 5 star rating
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Diane Foley

06/06/2014 02:35 PM

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Congrats to Mr Rohrbacher for this recipe! He is an excellent chef.... This is really the first fully ETL-compliant muffin recipe that I have found to have a good enough texture to serve to my family. The muffins are best if they cool down from the oven and firm up a bit, and freeze and reheat wonderfully as well. I used purchased garbanzo flour I had left over from another recipe, and chopped frozen spinach.


06/21/2014 10:19 AM

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Loved these! Diane is right, the texture is very traditional. I found oiling the muffin papers was not needed, you don't taste the garbanzo bean flour, they work without the coconut (which I forgot!!), and they worked with subbing in frozen mixed greens (I did not have any fresh spinach). All in all, we really like them - I already ate too many. I did have to play with the baking time, my oven temp is not right and the thermometer I bought to hang inside has stopped working too!

Elaine Garces

07/29/2014 07:36 PM

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Very good recipe. Great ingredients. I learned a lesson: if toothpick comes out clean it's overdone. Will be even better next time. Wonderful muffins. Thank you.


11/04/2014 06:42 PM

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Been looking for muffins with greens and only beans. Really tastes good and has muffin texture. I do have a little bitter taste at the back of my throat after eating 5 mini muffins. Do you think it is the spinach or the baking soda? Still - for E2L recipe it is awesome


12/23/2014 10:49 AM

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Really pleased with the way these turned out. I made them exactly as written, but the container of spinach I purchased was only 5 oz. Also found that I only needed to bake for roughly 25 mins. in my oven. Eating two for breakfast with tea right now ... very filling and delish! Thanks for another great recipe which will fit into my regular rotation.

Linda P.

04/15/2016 03:36 PM

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Recipe has been slightly revised by Chef James.


01/25/2017 09:52 PM

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Just wondering if they are correct measurements in the recipe?? It says it makes 24 muffins. 1 cup of cocoa powder, 8 bananas seems an incredible large amount to use. Or did I miss something here. Please help anyone. Thanks heaps


08/07/2017 12:50 AM

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I had these for breakfast this morning.  They do take awhile to make.  I was concerned that the amount of spinach would make them very un-muffin like, but they were surprisingly good considering all the spinach they had them.  They aren't something I would want very often.  They did give me heartburn.  But there were fairly good.


07/08/2018 05:32 PM

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I cut the ingredients in half and it still made 18 muffins. My VitaMix had a rough time blending the dates with only half the recipe, so suggest blending ingredients in a different order. They had a nice flavor but stuck to papers even though I sprayed them. After 45 minutes I think they were too dried out. I'll try watching the time better the next time I make them. 3.5 stars


05/10/2019 09:43 PM

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Made the full recipe. I used what I had; a few substitutions: coconut/almond milk instead of coconut water; half turnip greens & half spinach, 300g chopped dates in place of 20 Medjool dates and only soaked for 10 minutes (didn't need more time). Used silicone cupcake liners, so didn't need oil and they don't stick. Doesn't all fit at once in the Vitamix (just a comment, not a problem). 45 minutes at 350F was plenty.

This turned out so well that will be making this again and again.

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01/24/2020 04:55 PM

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I love these for breakfast or a snack.  I have modified as follows:  pecans instead of walnuts. almond flour instead of millet flour.  I also cover them with tinfoli while baking -- they are much moister when done!