Banana Bread Muffin Tops

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I have a couple recipe “blogging rules” that I always try to follow: If I don’t feel a recipe in my heart, it doesn’t go on the blog. I’m true to that, especially over the past few years. Sometimes I drive myself a bit nuts (like the multiple recipes I tested this week and did not post). Also, if I can’t imagine myself (honestly) making the recipe again in the future, it doesn’t get posted. Eric gives me the low-down too. No sugar-coating.

It’s not that the recipes are horrible or that we don’t eat the leftovers (I will pretty much eat anything that I make!), but sometimes they just lack a certain je ne sais quoi. When you know it, you know it.

Anyway, after one bite (and 2, 3, 4, 5…) of these muffin tops, I knew it was going on the blog. No second guessing. My heart, mind, body, taste buds all screamed OH HECK YES.

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Granted, these fall under that unfortunate category of “tastes much better than it looks” – why do the homeliest foods always taste the best? This photo shoot was…interesting, to say the least. But really who cares what they look like? If you love chewy, gooey, dense, and naturally sweetened muffin tops you will adore these. These are not fluffy like a muffin. This recipe is simple to make (if you can throw things in a food processor you are golden!), uses common pantry ingredients, and the banana bread flavour is just heavenly – especially when served warm with a pat of vegan butter. I tested a batch the other night and we happily enjoyed some cuddled up on the couch watching our favourite shows. Sketchie curled up in my lap on a blanket…always.

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Even better, there’s no added sugar (thanks to the banana and date purée), unless you count the chocolate chips (covering my ears and singing la la la la laaaa) which you can easily replace with walnuts.

Actually, I think my favourite part about this entire recipe is that I didn’t dirty a single muffin pan! I don’t know what it is, but I would rather climb Mount Everest than clean out a muffin tin.

Anyone?

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Banana Bread Muffin Tops

Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, refined sugar-free

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Ultra dense and chewy, these banana bread muffin tops make a great running-out-the-door breakfast or snack. Sweetened with banana and dates, there are no added sugars (and the chocolate chips can be easily swapped for walnuts). Try them warm served with a pat of vegan butter, nut butter, or coconut oil.

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9 large cookies
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Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe bananas, peeled (230 grams banana without peel)
  • 1/2 cup packed pitted Medjool dates (125 grams pitted dates)*
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 + 1/8 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 cups gluten-free rolled oats, divided
  • 3-4 tablespoons non-dairy chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Add the peeled bananas, pitted dates, coconut oil, and vanilla into a food processor. Process until smooth. I let it run for a minute or so.
  3. Add in the cinnamon, baking powder, and salt and process again until combined.
  4. Add in 1.5 cups of the rolled oats and process for only 4-5 seconds, just long enough to roughly chop the oats.
  5. Remove processor from the base and then remove the blade and set aside. Carefully stir in the remaining 1/2 cup rolled oats and the chocolate chips.
  6. Spoon a large portion of dough (about 3-4 tablespoons or so for each) onto the parchment. Do not press down on the dough to flatten - simply leave it in a mound on the baking sheet.
  7. Bake cookies for 10 minutes, rotate the pan, and bake for another 7-9 minutes until golden brown on the bottom.
  8. Immediately transfer the baking sheet onto a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Then lift off muffins and place on the rack to cool completely.

Tips:

Make sure you use very soft Medjool dates. If you are using firm dates, be sure to soak them in water until softened before proceeding with recipe.

PS – We’re looking into why some of you didn’t receive the first newsletter (be sure to check your “social” and “promotions” folders if you use Gmail, by the way). I will most likely post the info on my book page in the near future in case you did not receive it. Stay tuned!

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1 Grace January 17, 2014

I have everything for these at home, right now!
I am making these to-night.

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2 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 17, 2014

whohoo :) hope you like!

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3 Lydia January 17, 2014

Think I’ll make these today too! My newsletter was in my junk mail, so I bet that’s where those ones that “never arrived” are too.

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4 Angela January 17, 2014

Yea, I think some were, but some readers also commented saying they checked the spam/junk and it wasn’t in there either. So strange!
Enjoy the muffin tops :)

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5 Erica { EricaDHouse.com } January 17, 2014

I’m such a sucker for banana bread! I’ve also found that the most unfortunate looking food often tastes the best.

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6 Lex January 17, 2014

These look amazing! I have everything but the dates… sounds like a quick trip to the store is needed then hello friday night baking!

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7 Courtney January 17, 2014

I’m making these this weekend! I was looking for more uses for the coconut oil I just bought and these look delicious! and healthy :)

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8 Hayley@healthyregards January 17, 2014

I am SO excited I have all these ingredients because I am making these like this weekend, they are perfect, THANK YOU!

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9 Heather J January 17, 2014

These look great!

Just wanted to mention this oddity: I signed up for the newsletter using my hotmail account and I never received a confirmation. I tried twice then used my Gmail address instead. I received the confirmation right away and it didn’t even go to my Social or Promotions box.

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10 Angela January 17, 2014

Ahhhh the plot thickens!!! Thanks for this info, this is super helpful. I’ll pass it along to my IT man (aka Eric lol). Will keep you posted!

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11 Katie @ 24 Carrot Life January 17, 2014

You’ve done it again. These look awesome and I love that they don’t have any added sugar (the chocolate chips definitely don’t count). My cookbook email went to my spam so I hadn’t seen it until you suggested to check there in your last post. Just thought I’d let you know! Can’t wait for the cookbook.

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12 Angela January 17, 2014

Well I’m glad you found it one way or another!

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13 Emma (This Kind Choice) January 17, 2014

These look amazing. Okay, maybe in a homely way ;) , but I’m sure they TASTE fabulous. I love the idea of using dates and banana as sweeteners.
I also always enjoy hearing about your recipe development process!

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14 Amy @ The Little Honey Bee January 17, 2014

These look amazing! I was planning on making banana bread this weekend but I might just have to change that plan now…

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15 Laurie January 17, 2014

I agree on the muffin tins. I HATE cleaning them!

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16 Christine @ Gotta Eat Green January 17, 2014

Wow these look amazing! I’m drooling over here. YUM – you better believe I’m making these this weekend!

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17 Maryea {happy healthy mama} January 17, 2014

Nothing wrong with homely food! I can just imagine how good these taste. :)

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18 Sherry January 17, 2014

here here! (to the muffin pan comment!) these look so good – can’t wait to try them. I’d also be curious to know how often you do actually remake a recipe. I find that even if it’s really good there are usually so many other recipes that I come across that I want to try that I hardly ever make anything twice.

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19 Aishah @ Coffee, Love, Health January 17, 2014

I love bananas, dates, and chocolate and I always combine the three so this is perfect lol Thank you for your great ideas and inspiration!

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20 Jordan Lynn // Life Between Lattes January 17, 2014

Your “blogging rule” really works! I always trust your recipes because they have never let me down. And these look like no exception, and I especially love these because I’ve avoiding added sugar/ dessert for January! Woo hoo!

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21 Natasha January 17, 2014

I am going to make these…I frickin’ love anything banana! Thanks for the recipe :)

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22 lizzie January 17, 2014

well i am salivating so i’d say you did an adequate job with the photo shoot on these bad boys ;)

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23 Randi January 17, 2014

I just made them and they are DELICIOUS!!! When you eat them while still slightly warm, it feels like you are getting a warm comforting hug. True comfort food! This recipe will definitely become part of my repertoire. Thanks!

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24 Stacy January 17, 2014

I am already enjoying the doughy, soft and chewy granola bars you posted last week. Will be making these banana muffins asap. I think it would be great if you posted nutritional info with your recipes. Thanks and keep up the good work.

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25 Joanna January 17, 2014

Thanks for posting a gram measurement for the dates. I love being precise in baking and everyone has their own version of half a cup. Looks good.

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26 Liz January 17, 2014

These look so delicious! And chocolate chips most definitely do not count as added sugar–they’re basically a health food anyway, right?? lol

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27 Abby @ The Frosted Vegan January 17, 2014

I am totalllly on board with you on this one. Sometimes a recipe is all “ehh ok” but not good enough to tell people “This is wonderful! Make it!”. I would hate to know that someone made a recipe and hated it, only to find out that I hated it too! : )

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28 Averie @ Averie Cooks January 17, 2014

Muffin tops are the BEST! Ive been known to de-capitate many muffins, just for the tops :)

Love these little tops you made. Perfect snacks!

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29 Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health January 17, 2014

i like to cover my ears on those moments too. love this recipe, I will have to try this sometime because I am always in need for grab n go breakfasts

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30 Ellen Keating January 17, 2014

These sound so yummy and I love that all of the ingredients are things you can get your hands on easily! Xx Elle
stridewithpride.net

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31 Monica January 17, 2014

I just made these with chopped almonds instead of chocolate chips and added a little bit of coconut sugar and cocoa powder and they’re delicious! :) can’t wait to eat more of them tomorrow morning!

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32 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 17, 2014

So fun!! I love this idea!

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33 Stefanie January 17, 2014

Thank you so much for this recipe! Gotta love sweet treats that are simple and healthy!

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34 Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 17, 2014

I have everything on hand to make these! Can’t wait!

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35 Kathy January 17, 2014

I’m making these this weekend! Thanks for the recipe! They look great.

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36 Lauren (@PoweredbyPB) January 17, 2014

These sound amazing, love the ingredients. Definitely going to try.

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37 Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl January 17, 2014

I love that these are naturally sweetened with dates! Dates are like a magic food. But I love even more that there’s no cleaning a muffin pan…. I hate that too! ;)

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38 Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor January 17, 2014

I am definitely making these this weekend. I already have all of the ingredients!

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39 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 17, 2014

Oh my gosh. You had me at banana bread but when I saw the chocolate chips I got even more excited!! These sound delicious. I have mad respect for bloggers who can take those less-than-sexy looking foods and turn them into delicious looking photos. You never fail at that, Ange! :)

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40 Kaila @healthyhelperblog! January 17, 2014

LOVE that these are fruit sweetened! My favorite type of baking to do!

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41 Suzanne @ hello, veggy! January 17, 2014

That is a lesson I am continuing to learn, especially with being so busy though it’s tricky! So,entires I feel as though I NEED to post something but I try to refrain if it’s actually no good. Thanks for the reminder to blog with my heart :)

Muffin tops are totally the best part of the muffin. I’m excited to make these :)

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42 Emilie January 17, 2014

This looks incredible! Given how much I love banana in just about everything, I can’t wait to try these!

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43 Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} January 17, 2014

You had me at banana bread! These may not be the most gorgeous food but I agree, homely foods tend to taste the best! As for the ingredients, I pretty much always have all of them at home, perfect!

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44 Laura January 17, 2014

I would rather shovel my driveway than clean a muffin tin! Thank God for paper muffin cups.
Yumm need to try these tomorrow!

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45 Mel January 17, 2014

Based on your “rule” for posting recipes, now I know why all your recipes are so amazing! I am doing these tonight….yay! :)

PS…can’t wait for your cookbook to come out!!!

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46 char eats greens January 17, 2014

Can’t argue with good baked goods, even if they ain’t pretty looking – they have a good heart (err, centre) I’m sure ;)

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47 Laura (@cocktailsandgelato.com) January 17, 2014

Oh my goodness, so glad to hear of someone else who HATES cleaning the muffin pans! Honestly, I’d be right alongside you climbing Mt. Everest instead of scrubbing away at those stupid oddly shaped pans.
I’ve got all the ingredients (just bought the dates for my smoothies) so I’m looking forward to trying them tomorrow! Cheers, Laura

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48 Amanda January 18, 2014

Yes, because cleaning one muffin pan is like cleaning 12 individual and impossibly small pans. Ugh, the horror.

Anyway, these are on the menu for Saturday morning. Love the simplicity. LOVE that there is no refined sugar (my arch-nemesis). Especially LOVE that your blog is helping me rock my way back to healthy after a lifetime of wallowing in the Standard American Diet.

Thank you!

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49 Laura January 18, 2014

Oh yeah! I love this recipe and just pinned it! So excited to make these for the family! Perfect on a Sunday morning!

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50 Lynn January 18, 2014

You need to buy a muffin top pan. They are awesome! Chicago Bakeware make them. They turn every muffing into a crispy muffin top.

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51 Julia January 18, 2014

I love how natural and flavorful these are! The perfect recipe to make for breakfast this morning!

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52 Noordhang January 18, 2014

These look marvellous – I shall get the ingredients and make them this week. Can I use extra virgin olive oil rather than coconut oil? I hate the taste of coconut oil, I’m afraid.

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53 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 19, 2014

I haven’t tried it with anything but the coconut oil, so I’m not sure how it would impact the flavour.

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54 Grace @ FoodFitnessFreshAir January 18, 2014

Making these – today! I love that they’re 100% sugar free. I may or may not add some peanut butter into the mix, too.

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55 Bonnie January 18, 2014

Breakfast!!! Thanks!

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56 Sarah January 18, 2014

Yum! I love banana bread – will have to give these a try!

Btw…I think your cookbook email went into the junk folder because you used the word ‘spam’ in the text…I think filters pick up on that. Just a thought!

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57 Caitlin January 18, 2014

i love and appreciate your blogging rules, and oh yes, do these look like home runs. and i LOVE the ingredient list. the homeliest food is always the most delicious!

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58 Letty Flatt January 18, 2014

Not only is your recipe a keeper–pinned–your pans have patina like mine!

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59 Homemade Hearts January 18, 2014

Wow, these look amazing – love the mix of bananas and dates as sweetener! And also, thanks for sharing your blogging rules! This is such a great idea! Your blog is so inspiring, can’t wait to receive your recipe book!!!

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60 Linda January 18, 2014

These ARE fabulous. I did make a couple changes just cause I wanted to try something. A long while ago I soaked a ton of dates in some water. Then I put them in my blender and chopped it all up, dates and some/most of the water. Put that in the freezer. So, decided to try it with 2 tablespoons of my date paste and used chopped walnuts in place of chocolate. Gotta tell you they were so good I ate 3 of them standing over the stove. Good job!

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61 Kate January 18, 2014

These look insane. I love that they’re full of delicious & healthy ingredients :)

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62 Betsy January 18, 2014

Was just wondering what to eat for breakfast when I opened my email and voila! These are in the oven right now and smell heavenly. Can’t wait to eat one (or a few) as I watch the snow fall outside my window! Thanks :)

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63 suzanne January 18, 2014

These sound delicious! I also love muffin tops – once bought a muffin top pan – but it did not work the same because ultimately the lower half was more like the bottom of a muffin! I will be sure to make these this week

I can only imagine how hard you work in the kitchen – when I make something and it does not come out or is not popular with my family – it so upsets me bc I usually feel excited about making something new (and often it is not even an original – just a recipe or maybe something I am tweaking a bit). That is why I love your site – always great recipes. So just know that your hard work pays off! Glad to hear you eat even the ‘not blog/book worthy’ recipes though – that would be a phenomenal waste of money/food if you didn’t!! ( I think I was very poor in a past life because I have issues with wasting food!

Hope you are having a nice weekend :-)

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64 suzanne January 18, 2014

BTW – I have some date crumbles – am thinking I could soak them as they seem more firm than the larger medjool dates…but likely easier to measure out. how long do you usually soak dates for?

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65 Kathy January 18, 2014

They’re not even out of the oven yet, but I know these will be delicious. I know, because I tasted the raw dough (is that wrong?), and it was SO YUMMY. Thanks for another great recipe. I will be making these on a regular basis.

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66 Courtney January 18, 2014

So funny… I thawed some frozen bananas this morning, and so I was googling “healthy banana chip muffins” and the recipes just weren’t cutting it. So I figured – OSG must have a banana muffin recipe somewhere in there. It was meant to be!

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67 Katelynn January 18, 2014

Sounds delicious – and simple! They seem like an easy weekday morning, grab-and-go breakfast item. Do you know how well they keep?

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68 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 19, 2014

Ours havent lasted more than a couple days, so I’m not the best person to ask! heh

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69 Katelynn January 19, 2014

I guess that’s a good sign!

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70 Lynn March 7, 2014

Katelynn, I’ve been making these in a double batch once a week (again — I had to start making a double batch so they would stick around long enough for us to actually have breakfast by Friday! They’re so good!) But in my experience, they’ve kept really well for 5-6 days in a ziploc or tupperware. I think the moisture of the dates/bananas/coconut oil really helps.

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71 Kira - The Healthable Old Soul January 18, 2014

Muffin Tops are so much fun to eat and make!!! I love using real vanilla extract to bring out all the delicious flavors!

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72 Alexandra Aimee January 18, 2014

These look So good! AND gluten free!

— Alex at brainyGirlsBeauty.com

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73 Katie January 18, 2014

Angela, I just wanted to say thanks so much for all the thought and love you put into the recipes that you post! I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I love your website and keep coming back because I feel like I can trust that every new recipe I try will turn out phenomenal! I am never disappointed! Your dedication is definitely appreciated =)

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74 Melissa @ nourishbymelissa.com January 18, 2014

Just found tomorrow’s breakfast! Love how simple the ingredients are :)

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75 Leigh January 18, 2014

Ugh, muffin tin cleaning is the worst. I am totally on board with these! We’re leaving on holiday in a couple of days and these will be great airplane snacks! And I won’t waste any fruit! Looking forward to making these!

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76 India January 19, 2014

These are in the oven. My lesson learned: don’t use a rubber spatula to stir a mixture in the food processor. There’s going to be a bit of plastic in my tops (oops). I noticed in your picture you used a wooden spoon, good call!

I haven’t received the newsletter either & have gmail. It’s not in a hidden folder either. :(

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77 Lieran January 19, 2014

Came online today for the inspiration for my cooking day, a good replacement for my banana bread. Will try these instead!!

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78 Ms.J January 19, 2014

Made these this morning , how yummy!

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79 Gabby @ the veggie nook January 19, 2014

Love the idea of just making muffin tops- thats the part we all like the best anyway :) Hard to go wrong with the combination of bananas, dates and chocolate!

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80 Martyna January 19, 2014

I’ve just made them with orange and almond dark chocolate pieces. They are soooo good :) Thank you for the recipe!

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81 Liz January 19, 2014

Made these and they are so good!!! They will be added into tiny lunch boxes this week. Thanks for sharing.

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82 Sarah January 19, 2014

Beautiful photographs! I’ve wanted to do something like this, but with carrot pulp from my juicer mixed in, like a carrot cake-y type muffin. One day.

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83 Sarah January 19, 2014

These look great! I love when I can bake goodies without adding sugar. Thanks!

On another note, as much as I love the recipes, I’d love to see a workout routine/music post sometime soon. I’m stuck in a rut and you always seem to do a great job inspiring me on those :-)

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84 Catherine @ foodiecology January 19, 2014

I just made these this afternoon–and whoa! are they delicious. Luckily I had exactly 2 over-ripe bananas and the perfect amount of dates and oats. Didn’t have chocolate chips, but they are tasty with pecans, too! Thanks for sharing!

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85 Sarah January 19, 2014

I don’t have any dates, do you think I could substitute dried apricots? (By the way, your blog has become the place I go for ALL of my recipes now. Thanks for sharing! :-)

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86 Ivana January 19, 2014

I made these this weekend and they were a hit! Glad I got to save a couple for snacks this week. So gooey and soft and finally a way for me to enjoy the flavour of dates.

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87 Shayna Teicher January 20, 2014

It’s past midnight right now and I’m just about to pull my first attempt of these out of the oven…OMG. They were really that simple – food processor, mix and done. yay! my late-night taste buds thank you these are so moist and delicious. They were for Monday morning breakfast tomorrow…but they might not make it that long. Nomnomnom

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88 Munchiedog January 20, 2014

And that is why I love your recipes and blog… Every single thing I have made (which has been quite a few recipes) are delish! Thank you for being such a high achiever. It is so appreciated.

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89 Caitlin @ teaspoon January 20, 2014

I like to hear that only the best of the best are on the blog :) These looks like a perfect sweet treat while trying to keep some new year’s resolutions!

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90 candice January 20, 2014

I didn’t read all 84 comments above, but any info on how these are once frozen? I’m having a baby in a month and looking for your healthy recipes to make and freeze ahead of time (to keep my sleep-deprived self from eating easy-to-reach junk food!). Do you have a category for this?

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91 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2014

Hey Candice, Congrats on your baby to be!
I dont have a category for this yet, but thanks for the idea.
I think these would freeze well, but I havent tried it yet (we ate them too fast!)

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92 Sarah January 20, 2014

Made them on Friday. So so soooooo good! Didn’t measure but I dumped some walnuts and dark chocolate chips in the mix. They were amazing!

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93 Catherine @ Chocolate & Vegetables January 20, 2014

I’ve had some bananas kicking around in my freezer for ages–think they might just have found their use! These look delicious.

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94 Samantha January 20, 2014

These are delicious and super easy to make. Love them!

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95 Laura January 20, 2014

I can’t resist the chocolate chip banana combo! I used Earth Balance instead of coconut oil and they came out delicious. I also found your email in my spam folder of gmail, but happily preordered your book. Thanks for a delicious snack, and another, and another… :) Yum!

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96 Roni January 20, 2014

Just made these. INSANE. My bananas were under ripe and I didn’t put chocolate chips and they still came out crazy good, definitely a welcome edition to my collection.

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97 Andrea January 20, 2014

Thank you for this recipe Angela. I’ve made it 3 times since you posted and they are so addictive. They are a pleasure to make and a delight to eat. I’m taking some to my friend who is a new mother and I hope they are a hit with her too.

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98 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 20, 2014

Hi Andrea, I’m so happy to hear this! Thanks for letting me know. :)

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99 Melissa January 20, 2014

Made these with date sugar (just ground up dates) because I didn’t have any whole dates. They are absolutely fabulous. Will definitely make these again! Thank you :)

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100 Shawnna January 20, 2014

These are amazing!!! My kids didn’t get the whole “muffin top” concept, but they loved them when I called them “healthy cookies”.

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101 Lisa B. January 20, 2014

Made these tonight … quite yummy! Thank you!

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102 Lynn January 20, 2014

Once again you have come up with an incredible recipe:) I made these cookies and thought I would share them with my grandkids. I made them Friday and they came Monday and guess what? There was only one left!!!! I cut it in 4 pieces for them to shre and they gobbled them up. The cookies were unbelievable for something with so few ingredients. They are super good, fresh out of the oven with a cuppa Rooibos tea:) Thanks again Angela for your inspiration

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103 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine January 21, 2014

I just made these and they are FABULOUS. Oh wow!!! :)

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104 Brooke January 21, 2014

Just made these today — incredible! My boyfriend says he prefers these to regular muffins, and I agree! I will definitely be making these again.

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105 Kaitlin January 21, 2014

Made these on Sunday during the (American) football semi-finals. Omni parents loved, omni husband said meh (but then I caught him eating more). I LOVED them, especially warm and melty.

Thanks for sharing another excellent recipe!

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106 Olivia Schwister January 21, 2014

Hi I am making these right now. Can’t wait BUT is the coconut oil suppose to be 1/4 c in liquid or solid form because that could be two different measurements. Thanks.

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107 Pari January 22, 2014

Hi Angela — silly question, but are virgin coconut oil and extra virgin coconut oil the same thing? Can’t wait to make these!

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108 Curvygurl January 22, 2014

Thank you so much for this recipe. I love it, and am making the second batch right now. It is wonderful to have recipes with no sugar added. Also, thanks for including weight measurements — this is my favourite way to bake, and so much more accurate, especially for weird shapes of ingredients (like bananas and dates!).

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109 Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine January 22, 2014

I commented yesterday on how I made these and they were wonderfulThey were completely gone in a day and I can’t wait to make them again! They were so great I just had to comment again. I’m dreaming of my next batch! :)

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110 Brooke January 22, 2014

So easy & ridiculously amazing. Thank you!!

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111 Rosanna January 24, 2014

Angela, I just LOVE your recipes!!! I also love the way you describe how you do it and why!.. Can’t say enough of how much I just enjoy reading your blog and cooking your recipes (sometimes I tweak them a little based on what’s in hand!)… This one I will follow to a T! Can’t wait for the cookbook to be released!

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112 Katy Wilton January 24, 2014

These were so good that I lied to my boyfriend and told him they were not so great, in hopes that I could save them for myself. Thanks for this one!

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113 Leigh January 24, 2014

Hi Angela,
I was wondering if you knew, if one were to just process the soft soaked dates, how much paste that would make? I have some premade from previous recipes and would like to use it for this one.

Thank you in advance

Looks sooo yummy!

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114 Tara January 24, 2014

These were amazing and very easy to throw together! Definately a breakfast staple!

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115 Tara January 24, 2014

Have you tried it with frozen bananas? I always have those on hand.

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116 Jenn January 24, 2014

Made a double batch for my three boys tonight, they were a HUGE hit. Super easy to make, will be replacing my traditional banana muffins. Also nice to see a nut free (school safe) snack! Have a great weekend!

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117 Anne January 24, 2014

Any suggestions on alternatives to dates? Haven’t been able to find them where I live (Chile).

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118 Tabita January 25, 2014

Hi Angela. I must say i love you blog posts, the style of writing, recipes, way of life, everything. Keep up the good job

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119 Shaun January 27, 2014

Do you melt the coconut oil before you put it in the recipe or do you leave it solid?

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120 Angela (Oh She Glows) January 28, 2014

Nope, you dont have to :)

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121 Rachael January 27, 2014

These look delicious …know anything I could sub for the oats I’m gluten free and have bad reactions to oats..thanks

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122 Amy January 31, 2014

Delicious! These turned out great! I used chopped toasted pecans instead of chocolate chips. Thanks for a great recipe!

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123 Lynn February 1, 2014

These make amazing pre-workout snacks if you’re looking for a little extra boost before a tough workout.

And I ran out of chocolate chips (seriously – who does this???) so I made them with chopped dried cherries.

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124 Julia February 1, 2014

These are delicious! Thanks for the recipe!! I’ve made them twice with walnuts and today with walnuts and cacoa nibs. Yummy every time! You’re awesome!

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125 Benji February 2, 2014

Holt shit. i just finished making these and ate a fresh one out of the oven. amazing.

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126 chelcie @ chelcie's food files February 3, 2014

made these today and they are SO delicious. I will definitely be whipping up another batch asap.

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127 Becky February 4, 2014

This are amazing! Thanks so much for the recipe. :)
I didnt have chocolate chips on hand so i added blueberries instead and they are awesome.
Gonna make these again for my in-laws when they visit this weekend.
YUMM!

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128 brrenda February 5, 2014

Wow, these are awesome. I have made the recipe a couple of times. Last time I made them I doubled the recipe and froze them. thanks so much.

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129 Aimee February 5, 2014

Hey Angela! I was hoping so badly that you could tell me the nutritional info on these babes. I’ve made them 3 times (no chocolate) with 1/4 cup toasted pecans and they are amazing. I snack on a few throughout the day but am currently watching my weight and need to know if these are helping my figure or if it’s pure sabotage.. Please help!

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130 Christabel February 5, 2014

These turned out delicious. They seem a little soft in the middle post-baking. I’m assuming this is normal given how much banana is in them?

They are delicious!!

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131 Christabel February 5, 2014

They’re so delicious I had to repeat myself apparently. Haha.

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132 Emma February 6, 2014

Once I’m able to haul myself out of the house for a grocery shop, I am making these! (Have everything but the dates. Will need to start buying those- they just seem so extravagant to me! =/ but maybe we need a little extravagance?)

Let me know if you’d like me to send you a bag of our coconut sugar sweetened chocolate chunks! Keeps things really cane sugar free =)

emma@zimt.ca if you want to get in touch!

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133 Lisa Claudia Briggs February 7, 2014

Running out the door to buy chocolate chips and dates…need something warm and delicious this morning…thank you (bless you!). And can’t wait for the new book! xox

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134 Susan February 9, 2014

Hi Angela. I’m new to your website, and just wanted to say how much I love it. While I’m not vegan, I am exploring how to eat more plants in fun ways, and how to generally increase the nutrient-density of my life. I’ve been trying many of your recipes over the last month or two. I just made these ‘muffin tops’ yesterday and they are a hit with my two little girls. Next up, kids, lentil walnut balls! Yeah! Keep up the great work!

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135 Dani February 9, 2014

Yum :) looks fantastic! I cant wait to try these tonight. Thx for sharing

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136 Nicole February 10, 2014

These were amazing! I discovered your blog a couple of days ago and everything I made has been spot on but these were by far my favorite. I did substitute out the chocolate chips in favor of walnuts and I wanted to eat the whole tray.

I served my “muffin top” (which the really do look like) in a bowl with warmed almond milk. The perfect thing on a cold day for a sweet tooth like mine.

Thanks so much for this amazing recipe. It really hit the spot.

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137 Melissa Mantooth February 10, 2014

Just made these tonight for my 14 year old son to take to lunch tomorrow. They are great! We ate a lot of the batter before we even baked them! That’s one bonus of baking vegan – no worry about uncooked eggs when you sample the batter.

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138 Jessica February 11, 2014

Made these over the weekend and they are SO good! It’s also filling and I don’t mind the look of them at all.
Just starting on my Vegan journey and your blog has been such an inspiration and valuable resource.

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139 Lindsey February 14, 2014

I have made these five times since you posted this! My family, including our two little boys, love these – and I even make it without the chocolate chips. Thank you so much!

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140 trudy furini February 15, 2014

I am waiting for these to come out the oven :) the wet mixture tastes pretty good, well, I had to try did I……….really looking forward to try them. I thought i might melt some chocolate to dip them in as i added nuts to the mixture not chic drops…..will let you know how they turn out :) many thanks for the recipe :)

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141 Heather February 16, 2014

I made this recipe about a week ago and LOVED how these turned out. I am making them again today but I’m going to swap the chocolate for raisins. Thank you for this delicious and easy recipe!

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142 Tess February 18, 2014

These are YUMMY! I used the unsweetened carob chips, very tasty, and would try nuts next time. Maybe both. They are filling and they DO taste like banana bread only better. My 18 yr old son loved them too. I will be making this quick easy recipe more than once!

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143 Matti February 18, 2014

I made these for the first time the day after you posted the recipe. Since then, they have become a grab and go daily snack at my house. I started using applesauce instead of coconut oil and they didn’t lose anything. I also just tried it with pumpkin instead of the applesauce and that worked great too. Probably used about a half cup of pumpkin purée instead of oil, and then followed the rest of the recipe adding chopped walnuts and chocolate. I wrap them individually after they cool and then throw them in our lunch boxes each morning. It is perfect, delicious, and filling! Thank you!!!

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144 Brooke February 18, 2014

This is one of my all time favorite recipes, I have made them five times in three weeks. So easy and delicious! I love the idea of using applesauce and pumpkin!

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145 Molly p. February 18, 2014

Could steel cut oats work for this recipe? Thanks! Love your blog.

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146 J. February 18, 2014

I was just at the supermarket, looked at the dates and said to myself, I’ll pick them up next time and grabbed raisins instead…
I’m kicking myself now! Would I be able to substitute raisins for the dates? I also sometimes have prunes in the house, how about those?

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147 Erika February 19, 2014

Would this recipe work if using a blender? I don’t have a food processor and I would really like to try this! All the ingredients sound amazing!!

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148 Ellie H. February 27, 2014

Yes, just take everything out of the blender and place it in a separate bowl when you mix the banana mixture with the oats (and later the chocolate chips). It doesn’t work as well in the blender as in the food processor, but the tops still taste delicious no matter how you make them!!!

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149 Danielle February 19, 2014

I just made these tonight! OHHHHH my gosh. They are delicious. And I have your vegan brownies cooling right now too :) I’m so glad I found your site! Keep the recipes coming!

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150 Cecilia February 19, 2014

I don’t have virgin coconut oil, can I use olive virgin oil???

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151 Cecilia February 19, 2014

I was reading other comments! will use apple sauce or pumpkin instead of the coconut oil. Thanks :)

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152 Malina February 21, 2014

Would I be able to freeze these?

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153 Angela (Oh She Glows) February 22, 2014

I can’t see why not!

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154 Rhonda February 21, 2014

I’m looking for nutritional information on these addictive treats!!!

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155 Joyce February 22, 2014

I have made these 3 times since first downloading the recipe. They are wonderful. The first time I made them exactly according to the recipe. The 2nd time I decided to add a carrot and to make them a little smaller (yield of 12 vs. 9). These were good but not as good as the 1st time. Today was my 3rd time, following the recipe with the exception of changing up the spices a little and again making 12 vs. 9. I have been using toasted chopped walnuts instead of chocolate chips each time, but maybe next time I’ll try the chips. I’m usually off early in the morning for a 6:30 am lap swim or to the fitness center for a core/cardio exercise class. The smaller size is enough to give me the energy I need but not so full as to interfere with the exercise. Thank you so much for the recipe.

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156 Charlene February 25, 2014

I have been making these about once a week for the past month. My boyfriend jumps for joy when I tell him I’m making “The Tops.” These are amazingly delicious, and a huge, huge hit in my household. Thanks so much for sharing! LOVE these!!!

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157 Marlene February 27, 2014

I really want to make these but I don’t have a food processor. :( Any suggestions for making these without a food processor?

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158 Ellie H. February 27, 2014

BEST COOKIES EVER.

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159 Angeli March 1, 2014

Thanks for another great recipe. I substituted peanut butter for the coconut oil to try to reduce the fat content and the texture and taste are delicious. A great muffin top recipe to ward off getting a muffin top while still getting your banana bread fix :)

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160 Angeli March 1, 2014

Oh and to Marlene’s question…I don’t have a food processor either. I just made them in the blender and mashed up the banana with a fork first. Worked great. Just had to go slow and pulse at 5-10 second intervals and then mix it around with a butter knife.

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161 Sandy March 2, 2014

I just baked these and they are amazing. So easy to do and the perfect snack.I love that they are whole grain and naturally sweetened too. Keep going with these amazing recipes!

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162 Jack March 2, 2014

Made these today with two optional items: (1) heaping tablespoon of cacao nibs, and (1) heaping tablespoon of shredded, unsweetened coconut. I’m definitely planning to make these again – very much a keeper recipe. Thanks for another good addition.

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163 Andrea March 3, 2014

These are amazing! Loved that I didn’t have to clean out a bread pan, or muffin tin for that matter. And the tops are my boyfriend’s favorite part anyways. He ate ’em up like they were going out of style!

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164 Azalia March 8, 2014

Made these last night for breakfast this morning. Awesome! Easy clean up too. My Hispanic spektical family commented “no saben mal…” In other words’ not bad’. Which means (I am going to take another when no one is looking) a lot of a must eat-meat family.

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165 Emily March 11, 2014

I think I have made these at least once a week for the last month…
I cannot be stopped!
Thank you for this amazing recipe–the banana and date purveyors of my neighborhood thank you as well.

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166 Erena DiGonis March 13, 2014

Love the ‘just the muffin tops’ idea. And really who cares how they look if they taste great!

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167 Ingrid March 15, 2014

ha-ha, I share your hatred of cleaning muffins pans … it makes me unreasonably angry!
just about to order your new book … hopefully it won’t take too long to get to Australia.
Ingrid from Sydney, Australia

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168 Amanda March 17, 2014

What is a good substitute for medjool dates? any suggestions?

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169 Vivian Law March 17, 2014

My sister told me about your cookbook and blog last night. This recipe caught my eye and inspired me. I ordered the book last night and made these today. Healthy and super tasty, thank you! I made them with an extra banana, currants instead of chocolate chips, date coconut rolls(didn’t have enough medjool dates) and fresh grated Jamaican nutmeg.

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170 Angela March 18, 2014

I made these this morning and they’re chewy/underdone inside — is that true to the intent of the recipe? Love your blog and make something from it almost weekly! Thank you for your work!!

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171 Marian March 24, 2014

Made these. Loved these. Took them on vacation to Puerto Rico. Thank you for sharing!

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172 Leah March 26, 2014

I’ve made these three times in less then a week! My kids seem to think they should just always be an option. LOVE them! So yum!

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173 Karmen March 29, 2014

Hi Angela! I started eating, baking and cooking vegan a few months ago and your website is such an inspiration. I have tried so many recipes and have loved them all! My kids actually ask for seconds and request recipes many times. Now here is my question, and it is probably a silly one, but I’m still new to this…when your recipes call for a certain amount of coconut oil, do I melt it before measuring or just measure it as a solid?

Thanks so much!!

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174 marie April 2, 2014

Hi there, I really want to make these but i don’t have dates. I do have prunes -can I substitute those? or maybe raisins would be better??

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175 Vivian April 7, 2014

O.M.G.- i am not one to leave comments, but i really felt that it would be rude of me to fully indulge on these babies without thanking you for such a great recipe! i swapped out the dates for organic raisins because dates are a little pricey and i rarely use them. They turned out just slightly sweet and so yummy- my one year old loved them and is enjoying one as i am typing this. this will definitely be a regular in my household- perfect for on-the-go breakfasts. THANKS!

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176 Nadine April 9, 2014

I just made these, but I had run out of dates so I subbed 1/4 cup of coconut sugar and they turned out great, I will definitely be making them again when I have more dates (LOVE banana and dates together). Thank you so much for all your recipes, me and my 10 month old boy eat your recipes at least once a day! It is so nice to see a fellow Canadian girl having so much success.

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177 Steph April 12, 2014

I did the same as Nadine as I vastly underestimated the number of dates in my house. :x

Tasted great. A nice Saturday morning treat! And a great way to use up some funky bananas!

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178 Sarah Arends April 9, 2014

This are delicious! Thank you!

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179 Sarah April 13, 2014

These are awesome!! They are a little crunchy on the outside and wonderfully chewy on the inside. Thank you!!

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180 Susan April 16, 2014

I got up at 6:30 this morning & made a batch of these muffin tops. I ate one and I’m really full, but they’re super good. I’m leaving for the gym soon, so the bloated feeling won’t last for long. Thank you for all your hard work in developing these recipes Angela; they give me something to feed my family instead of having separate meals for different diets.

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181 Lindsay May 1, 2014

Made these twice now and they are so good. Thank you so much for adding the weight of each ingredient. I use my scale all the time when I bake. It’s so much easier!

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182 Pam May 4, 2014

I Love these! I made a double batch & froze them. At first I though I would have to reheat them to eat them BUT found I love them right out of the freezer – they aren’t solid, but close! Takes me time to eat & I enjoy them so! TY for such a great recipe!

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183 Amy May 10, 2014

Making these tonight!
I just wanted to tell you that I pretty much make at least 3 of your recipes a week at our home, whether it be a meal or something sweet. We love your recipes!

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184 Kelly Pomeroy May 16, 2014

I love this recipe!!!! I tried it as written the first time. The second time I was in the mood for blueberries, so I added about 1 heaping cup of frozen blueberries and 1/4 cup ground flax and a little more oats. It was fantastic!! Great recipe and great website Oh She glows woman!!!! Thank you for sharing great wholesome food!

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185 Lizzie May 20, 2014

These have become a staple in our house – they are a perfect snack for my eight-month-old daughter and I to share!

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186 suzi May 20, 2014

Hi – I need your help. I am looking for a banana nut bread recipe, it was featured on pinterest and showing step by step with your daughter. I thought I’ve saved, but now I can’t find it. I really liked the recipe. Could you help me please? Thank you! Suzi

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187 Randi June 2, 2014

I’ve been making a batch of these every week for the past 3 months as a nutritious and guilt free sweet treat to eat on my strict diet. Thinking about having one after dinner (or before ;)) helps me get through the afternoon sugar cravings. Great recipe, thanks!

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188 Katherine June 5, 2014

I’m allergic to dates and would like to know if anything can be substituted in their place.

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189 Fran June 9, 2014

I only discovered this amazing website less than a week ago and this was my first recipe. Thank you for the inspiration these are amazing :) you have brightened up a rainy day over here in England :)

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190 Luke June 21, 2014

Love this recipe. I only seem to get six at a time though lol

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191 Mikayla June 26, 2014

They are absolutely AMAZING!

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192 Johanna July 6, 2014

Made these this morning and they were perfect. I was looking for something easy and fast that my 3 yo would eat, and these were a huge success! I added chia seeds and pecans. I’ll add nutmeg next time–these are sure to become a staple. Thanks! And funny about the muffin tins. I love muffins and have been wondering where your vegan muffin recipes are. Now I know! :)

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193 Saskia July 13, 2014

I am planning to make these for my daughters first birthday. I have been looking for a nice recipe without artificial things or too much sugar. This contains all things she can already eat, so I am very excited! Thanks!

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194 Angela (Oh She Glows) July 14, 2014

I hope you all enjoy the muffin tops and happy birthday to your daughter!

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195 Ally July 21, 2014

This recipe may have been posted months ago, but I am here to say it is still strong! I made some this morning, conflicted between the apple pie ones and these. I sort of made a mix of them both (using the ingredients I had), and it still tasted great.
Subs: No dates, applesauce instead of coconut oil, regular salt, instant oats; made half of batter with fresh apples and the other with chocolate chips. If I were to make them again I would use a little less cinnamon- but that’s just my taste!
The apple one tasted like apple pie and the chocolate chip one hit the spot when I was craving chcolate. :) Overall: delicious! Even for me, a not-baked-oatmeal-lover.

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196 Rachel July 25, 2014

I made these today with my son (3yrs) and a friend of his. Big hit! these are lovely and I love that there is no added sugar! We ate them up like candy. They will be made again and doubled and then frozen.
I am in love with your blog and always turn here to look for something new to add to our rotation of meals. Though I tend to add meat to some of the dishes ;)

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197 Jeanine August 14, 2014

Loved that these were super fast to throw together, I used my Vitamix. Was out of coconut oil so I used half grass fed butter and half olive oil. Delicious, and my 18 mo. old loves them!

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198 Sarah Vaughan August 19, 2014
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Really tasty, packed with flavor and they taste like they are naughty but they aren’t.

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199 Christie August 25, 2014
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Oh my goodness! These are so delicious! They tasted just like the really buttery, fatty muffins that I loved before I had to go gluten free. Thank you Angela!

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200 Roxane August 28, 2014
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The kids approved of this treat! My youngest was even eating the batter raw off the spatula. My eldest took and bite and said: “this tastes just like a muffin! You can’t tell the difference.” :)

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201 Nadine August 28, 2014
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I absolutely love these. They taste awesome. I’ve made them several times. The first time I used walnuts instead of the chocolate chips. The next time I used hemp seeds. Today I used sunflower seeds. These are soo easy and quick to make. They are a perfect snack for my two year old. When I’m done mixing the dough I take my large ice cream scooper with a release handle and I always get exactly 9 cookies. No mess. Thank you soo much.

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202 Mack August 28, 2014

How many calories would one of these have?

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203 Jocelyn August 29, 2014
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These are a great alternative to muffins. As long as you make them expecting them to be muffin-like instead of cookie-like, you will be happy. These were definitely kid-approved as well.

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204 Stephanie August 31, 2014
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These are wonderful! Very soft and moist, slightly dense and chewy. Probably the best gluten free muffin I’ve tried.

Once a month I set aside one day to make snacks/desserts to throw in the freezer, as we are “on the run” people. These muffins are always on the list and always the first thing we run out of, even when there are cookies or brownies.

I usually skip the chocolate chips in lieu of pre-soaked dried fruit ( wild blueberries are the kids’ favorite) or carob chips.

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205 Hefeden August 31, 2014
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We love these muffin tops and have made them many times. Perfect exactly as written. Thank you!

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206 jen September 14, 2014

These are so good! I added a bit of pure maple syrup as well. So delicious!

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207 Joanne September 16, 2014
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Made the recipe this evening… modified it by using 1/4 C evaporated cane sugar instead of the dates and used my hand blender to mix everything….they are a hit – super delicious and quick to make. This is a new favorite. Bringing them to a work breakfast potluck tomorrow.

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208 Tawny McLeod September 18, 2014
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I made these last night! They are the PERFECT headed-out-the-door breakfast. Also, they are great pre-workout food. Perfecto.

…forgot to rehydrate the dates before I used them, however, that didn’t seem to be a problem! I still inhaled them.

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209 Heather L September 28, 2014
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This recipe is a favourite in our house! With no nuts, it’s great for school. I scoop it in my tiny scoop for kids size. I don’t quite think of them as muffin like though…more of a soft cookie. Love how easy and quick these are too.

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210 Meredith September 29, 2014
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These were absolutely delicious – a new favorite! I acutally thought they might not be sweet enough and was thinking of adding a touch of honey – then I tasted the batter and realized they were already plenty sweet! I love finding recipes with no added sugar that are actually good to eat – even if they fall in the tastes better than it looks category :) Any chance you could post the nutritional information – I didn’t see it anywhere. Thanks!

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211 Nancy Song October 8, 2014
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Amazing!

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212 Hannah October 11, 2014
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Delicious! Made a batch of these and took them on holiday for snacking :)

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213 Chris October 14, 2014
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Delicious, waiting to get the verdict from my daughter as she comes in from school. I perhaps should have been a bit more generous with the chocolate chips. The smell of these is still lingering in the kitchen – yummy.

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214 Jasmine October 15, 2014
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This recipe is too good. It is just too good. It makes the other food I eat jealous. I added six tablespoons of small dark chocolate chips because I was going to serve them for dessert. The dates and banana alone make it naturally sweet enough though. Another fantastic recipe. Thank you.

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215 Angela (Oh She Glows) October 15, 2014

“it makes other food I eat jealous” – haha! love it.

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216 haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine.com October 16, 2014

I can’t even tell you how many times I have made these and love them! THEY ARE INCREDIBLE!

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217 Kristy November 18, 2014
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I doubled the recipe ( I had a lot of bananas that needed to be used ASAP ) and baked it in a 9×13 pan. I baked them for an extra three minutes They turned out great!

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218 Mark November 25, 2014
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Hi Angela I made these on the weekend and they were AWESOME! But I’d like to ask, how might I make them into cookies so they crisp up abit more? Thank you!

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219 Hayley White November 26, 2014
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These were such a hit! The only thing is that they took quite a bit longer to cook, but I’m not sure if I messed up the recipe. Also the chocolate never quite rehardened so they were a bit mess! :) Overall, these are extremely delicious and I’m be making them all the time!

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220 Jasmine November 29, 2014

I have made these several times now and I remain a fan. A hardcore fan with a jersey and season tickets. Last time though I didn’t have enough dates so I added about two tablespoons tamarind with the date mixture and it was good. IF you are a fan of tamarind than use a bit (no more than one or two tbsp) for a hint of tang and tart. Great recipe Angela!

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221 Ruveen November 30, 2014

I cannot believe these do not have flour in them or added sugar. They are SO good!! I used an ice cream scoop and got 10 perfectly rounded mounds. They are dense but light at the same time. I totally agree with you, so happy I didn’t dirty a muffin tin. I hate cleaning them. Thanks so much!! I’ll definitely be making this again & again.

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222 ali December 19, 2014

These are absolutely amazing!!! Made them earlier for my boyfriend as I am trying to get him to start cutting out the junk, however wasn’t planning on having for myself (trying to avoid carbs and sugar pre-vacation)…but after smelling these babies I couldn’t resist.
I used steel cut oats instead cause it was all I had and just cooked them for about 10-15 minutes longer. Also used regular dates and soaked them like you suggested and it worked perfectly.
UNBELIEVABLE…I had 3…oops, but I don’t even feel that guilty because they’re good for you!(diet starts tomorrow)

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223 Carol December 26, 2014

I have made these many times, and my family loves them. I add hemp for some extra protein. Do have the nutritionals for this recipe? I looked but I can’t seem to fined them. I enjoy your website, and your cookbook.

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224 Dale O January 1, 2015
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I literally just made these 5 minutes ago (omitted the chocolate chips) and they are AMAZING!!!! Quick, simple and super yummy, mmmmmm….

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225 Ashleigh January 3, 2015

Could I substitute something for coconut oil? Looks delicious – making these for post baby freezer snacks (along with all your other recipes).

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226 Stephanie January 7, 2015
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I just made these this morning, and the kids LOVED them. There is one lonely muffin top left, and I am sure it will be gone by the time I get home from work. This recipe will be made again, and I am sure it will be VERY soon! Thanks!

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227 Cat January 7, 2015
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Just made these over the weekend – phenomenal. The dates make them sweet enough that you cannot even tell there is no refined sugar in these! My boyfriend had no idea that I fed him a cookie that he didn’t need to feel bad about eating. Added bonus – these took no time at all to make! Thank you, Angela, for creating another recipe that I could feel good about eating.

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228 Monika January 7, 2015

SO DELISH!!! A new favorite:)

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229 Lori January 8, 2015
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My kids and husband absolutely love these, and so do I! I added a tbsp of raw cacao, lucuma powder and ground flax to mine just to give them a little extra oomph. The lucuma replaced the vanilla because of where I live I cannot find good quality vanilla.
These are a must have around the house on the weekends!

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230 Emily January 8, 2015
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I made these last night and the banana date batter was so good I could’ve just eaten it up and been thrilled. These taste very sweet, I can’t believe there’s no actual sugar in them! They also taste just like banana bread! A perfect morning treat or anytime snack!

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231 Andrea January 11, 2015

These are so delicious and so simple to make!
Do you think a variation would work by changing the banana to peeled apples and leaving out the chocolate chips and making an apple cinnamon version?

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232 Liz January 14, 2015

I made these tonight! The texture was perfect- soft and chewy like oatmeal cookies.

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233 Lucy January 14, 2015
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Wow! Such a simple recipe, but I am seriously in banana chocolatey heaven! (I made a batch around half an hour ago, and they’re already gone!) I show my enthusiasm with exclamation marks!!!!!!

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234 Terri Castro January 15, 2015
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Just made these and your Vegan Chili recipe to freeze for later and I am loving it! You make vegan eating so easy. :) <3 thank you!

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235 Leslie January 18, 2015

These were absolutely delicious! *****

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236 Jessica January 20, 2015
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I had tons of bananas that we right on the edge of getting too old. Usually I just freeze them, but I have been craving some banana bread. My usual recipe is full of white flour and sugar. This recipe is amazing! Usually “healthy” muffin recipes are too dense for my liking, but these are perfect. I subbed 1/4 cup honey in for the dates and it is just the right amount of sweet.
Thanks for the great recipe! Another one to add to my file.

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237 Kate January 25, 2015
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Just made these. OMG!!!! Love, love, LOVE them. And they are so easy! These will definitely be a regular recipe- especially for when we have overnight guests!

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238 Conniecrafter January 29, 2015

my daughter shared this recipe with me and I just love them, tfs!

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239 Carla January 30, 2015

This was the first recipe of yours that I tried and brought me to your website and I’m planning on buying your book. So far this week I’ve tried 4 of your recipes and we have liked all of them. I’m not vegan, I do eat turkey, chicken and seafood, but I’m always trying to find new whole food recipes to add to our daily menus.

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240 Chantal February 16, 2015

The book is awesome! A must have :)

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241 Emma February 1, 2015

Just pulled a batch of these out of the oven and am so excited to try them! (Well, I sneaked a little dough out of the bowl which ended up in my mouth tasting delicious…:D ) But can’t wait to try them baked the way they are supposed to be. Yum yum!

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242 Danielle February 1, 2015
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Made these yesterday and they are delicious. Wondering what the nutrition/calorie breakdown is.

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243 Lori February 2, 2015
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Just made these… and wow. They were out of this world. I’m trying to reduce processed sugar, but have quite the sweet tooth and these absolutely satisfied me with no compromise. Let me repeat…. NO COMPROMISE! On my favorites list. Thanks mucho!

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244 Katie February 7, 2015
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Just made these with pecans and coconut shreds instead of chocolate chips…amazing!

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245 Caitlin FitzGibbon February 8, 2015
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I just made these banana muffin tops and they were delicious!! Taste like a mix between oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and banana muffins. My fiance loved them too! I just want to mention that when I wanted to find the recipe again, it was hard to search. They didn’t come up in the muffin section, or under banana in the index. So most people may not come across this recipe.

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246 Jen February 8, 2015
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These were lovely. Putting them in my kids lunch boxes for a special treat and I’m gonna undoubtedly binge on the rest. Used a slightly smaller amount of oil and still were uber moist. Thanks!

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247 Ingredient1 February 9, 2015
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Had some bananas that were super ripe so we gave this recipe a go. We love the scone-like consistency and how easy they are to whip up! We can definitely see this as apart of our weekly repertoire :).

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248 Fred February 9, 2015

Do have substitute for the 1/4 c of oil? I’m a heart patient and oil is a no-no.

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249 Lisa February 14, 2015
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made a double batch this morning…they are to die for!! Yummy…

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250 Dale February 15, 2015
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Wow, made these last night to try out. I just made another batch today with a slight variation – a spear of pineapple. These are amazing, and I can’t wait to make them again and again.

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251 Julia February 16, 2015

These were so easy to make and simply delicious! This recipe is a keeper- thanks for sharing :)

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252 Chantal February 16, 2015
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Just made them….they are so good and my daughter love those! I feel better feeding my kid good homemade food! Very quick and easy to do :)

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253 amanda February 19, 2015
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These are the greatest muffins ever. I’m obsessed and tell everone they HAVE to make them. I dont think I’ve ever been disappointed with any of your recipes and we cook from your site and book 5 or 6 times a week. Amazing!!!!

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254 Jayne Eaton February 21, 2015
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Just made these and eating one right now for my breakfast! Yummy! Yummy! In my tummy!

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255 Sara P February 23, 2015
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OMG these are amazing! I had all of the ingredients on hand except the dates so instead I added an extra banana and a few teaspoons of agave.

I’m supposed to be a on a detox from sugar starting tomorrow so I made half of these with choc chips and the other half I used blueberries instead. Both taste so yummy! And this was so easy to make too! I found my new fav gluten free recipe!

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256 Nena February 25, 2015
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Hi,
These are delicious, but I am wondering if you or anyone else know how many calories are these awesome cookies.
Thanks
Nena

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257 Michael March 7, 2015

Could you give me the calories per muffin top

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258 Sherrie March 9, 2015

Thank you. She who Glows!!! So happy to find vegan, GF recipes for my darling daughter. -& me too~

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259 Catherine March 19, 2015
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Taste fabulous! Do you have the nutritional breakdown?
Many thanks. Xx

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260 Holly@ Mean Mother Cooker March 23, 2015

These look great! I tried to make a healthy banana bread last night and it turned out a bit, well, “not right”. So these Banana Bread Muffin Tops look like a great recipe to make a healthy snack! I will be trying this recipe later and throwing my effort from last night! Thanks! X

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261 The Tipsy Runner March 23, 2015

These look great! Dates are the best….

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262 Shari March 23, 2015

These look amazing Angela! I am super excited to make them later today, I have some bananas just waiting for me to use them. Oh and I very strongly dislike cleaning muffin pans as well. Have a great day!

Shari

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263 Michelle March 23, 2015

I love you put your heart into your work!! Thanks for giving us only the best quality!!

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264 Colleen March 24, 2015
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Just made these for the second time in two days! Didn’t last long, so good:)

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265 Michelle March 24, 2015

After eating the breakfast cookies regularly (to which we added lots of hemp hearts) I found these quite sweet – more cookie-like rather than snack/breakfast but delish!

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266 Amy March 25, 2015
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Should I melt the coconut oil or use it as a solid? Thanks, I’m really loving these ingredients!

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267 Amy March 25, 2015

I’ll go with solid…

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268 Ellie H. March 27, 2015
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Melt the coconut oil so the oil blends better and the muffin tops are creamier! These are the BOMB!

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269 Cindy March 28, 2015
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Hi Angela, from Ottawa..
I picked up your cookbook last year and I haven’t put it down. It’s become my go-to for everything. LOVE love love it!

I just made the muffin tops in hopes of swaying my meat-eating, sugar craving husband over from the dark side. (He was eating a cheeseburger this morning for breakfast as I head out to a spinning class…oye!)

P.s. They look deelish

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270 Stephanie April 6, 2015
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These are amazing and I am considering marrying this recipe. I cannot thank you enough for creating these.

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271 Constance Rex April 7, 2015

Hi. We live in Dubai and I don’t know where to find gluten-free oats here. Would this recipe work using traditional, ordinary oats instead? Thanks for your input on this.

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272 anonymous June 5, 2015

If you are not sensitive to gluten, regular rolled oats will do. :)

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273 Kathleen April 7, 2015
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I made these for afternoon snacks while I’m at work this week. They are perfect and satisfy my sweet tooth without making me feel like I went on a sugar bender.

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274 Tanysha April 13, 2015

I swapped the dates and the coconut oil for maple sryup, hopefully it works :)

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275 Shavon April 18, 2015
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These are INSANELY good!! I will definitely make them again!

Thanks,

A New Vegan

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276 Michele April 21, 2015
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My husband, our toddler, and I love this recipe! We’ve been making these for a few weeks now for breakfasts and snacks, and we can’t get enough. We’ve been playing with it s bit by adding shredded apples, and extra cinnamon and oats (to absorb the excess liquid), and that’s has quickly become our favorite way to prepare and eat these cookies! My question is about freezing. Have you tried freezing this recipe at all, in either cooked or dough form? We’re going out of town and will be staying with a friend who doesn’t own a food processor, and we’re trying to find a way to bring these with us!

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277 Elly July 6, 2015

I froze them and they were delicious – we even eat them while they’re still frozen.

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278 Kristynotkirsty April 29, 2015
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Love these. Love. Thank you for sharing.

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279 Shelby May 11, 2015
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I’ve made this recipe numerous times, it’s such a hit in my house! I use fruit instead of chocolate, just to lower the guilt factor for a breakfast treat. It’s equally remarkable with blueberries and/or strawberries. And it’s so easy to make. Yum, yum, yum!

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280 Melissa May 14, 2015

I have made these several times and we are addicted! My 10 mos old baby loves them (without chocolate chips :). I didn’t have enough dates on hand this time, so I used 1/4 cup of organic raisins and there were just as good.

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281 Little Cooking Tips May 21, 2015
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What’s not to like in those ingredients? This is a health boost like no other!:) Loved your recipe Angela. How did you think adding those dates? Excellent choice!!!

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282 Brandy June 8, 2015
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These are in the oven right NOW! I’m so happy to find something without nut butter in the recipe! My daughter is allergic to nearly all nuts, and refuses Wow butter. THANK YOU!!! They smell heavenly!

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283 Krista P. June 10, 2015
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I love your website. I am newly vegan (since Jan 2015) and your site has been a great resource. I love cooking and its only been more fun since becoming Vegan. Trying SO many new things. So I would like to extend a thank you. And say that these ARE AMAZING!!!! So tasty. Just the right amount of sweetness, and guilt free! I make a double batch and freeze half. They are still perfect out of the freezer.

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284 Alyssa July 3, 2015

I have been making these regularly now, and they are amazing! My 14 month old daughter loves them (I don’t put chocolate chips in hers though!). I love that there is no sugar in them, they are such a perfect snack for her!

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285 Elly July 6, 2015
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These are delicious! I also altered the recipe and made them like Clif Bar knock-offs. I spread the mixture out in a sided cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, scored them with a pizza roller, baked them at 350, then cut them when they were done. I individually wrapped them in plastic wrap and froze them. They were really successful.

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286 Laurel October 16, 2015

what an awesome idea! I will have to try that out the next time!

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287 Priscilla July 7, 2015
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This is one of my favorite recipes! Thank you so much, love when my bananas get ripe enough.

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288 Kelly July 14, 2015
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My 16-month old loves these! It’s always a bonus finding something she loves too.

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289 Majbritt July 15, 2015
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Holy cow, these are amazing! I was looking for a sugar-free, wheat-free treat that I could make for my hunny, and came across this recipe. I added raw organic chocolate nibs instead of the chocolate chips, and I am in heaven! Thank you thank you thank you for the best and easiest treats ever!! I’m not sure how many of these my hunny will get to eat – I just keep popping more of them into my mouth! Gonna have to make a banana run today so I can make more. Yum!!

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290 Liz July 25, 2015
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These are absolutely divine!! My roommate and I make them at the beginning of the week and then freeze them to bring to school. So great with some added chia and hemp too.

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291 Caroline August 4, 2015
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Hi,
I’m 17 and I just started to be vegan. I gave a try and your recipes are absolutely delicious! These muffins are sweet and easy to bring on the go. I will definitely make them again.

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292 Rachelle August 6, 2015

These were yummy! I made a batch to freeze for nursing snacks and kindergarden snacks (nut free) I’m sure I’m going to need to make a second before school starts!

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293 Aimee August 11, 2015
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We call these cookies in my house and I make them with my almost three year old twins at least once a week. My daughter actually knows all the ingredients that go in them by name :) I love to eat them straight out of the freezer.

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294 Katie August 18, 2015
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Just made these….. they are soooo yummy!!! The only problem is trying not to devour them all in one sitting…

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295 Diana Maier August 22, 2015
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These were absolutely delicious!

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296 Martina August 25, 2015

Hi there, any idea how long will they last – few days – in or out of the fridge. trying to find recipe for kids for school. thanks

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297 Andrea September 19, 2015
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Just tried these for the first time. They came out of the oven 12 minutes ago and they are literally all gone, as in every single one. My teenage sons each ate one, then descended on the cookie tray. Off to triple the recipe in hopes we might still have some for tomorrow!

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298 alysha October 4, 2015

Mmmmm these look amaze! Have had a banana muffin craving as of late….

Just wondering, I have been reading through some of your recipes, and I notice that a large majority of them include a food processor, do you have any alternatives to using a processor?

Love your blog by the way!

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299 Alex October 7, 2015
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I just made these…. SO GOOD. I am looking forward to waking up early tomorrow morning just so that I can have one of these with a cup of coffee. <3 Thank you, Angela!

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300 KAte October 8, 2015
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Yum!

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301 kaitch October 12, 2015
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Wow!! Loved these! Great for the school lunch boxes (and mine!) Even the batter was yummo

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302 Laurel October 16, 2015
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Just made these and they turned out fabulously!! so moist and soft. I omitted the chocolate chips and added pepitas, and didn’t even add the full 1/4c of coconut oil! Softening the dates with warm water made it super easy to blend as well! thank you so much for such an easy delicious recipe! <3

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303 Hannah October 19, 2015
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Yum! These were fabulous thanks so much Angela!! Just found your website a few weeks ago and I’m so so happy!!! I’ve tried many recipies and their all 5 star in my book!!

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304 Christine October 21, 2015
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Just made these! SO GOOD!

Mine came out a little too moist- not as “baked” as I think they were supposed to be. I’m guessing my two bananas were just a bit larger than normal ;) Would baking these a little longer, maybe at a lower temp, help at all? I’m useless in the kitchen when it comes to improvising ;)

Thank you!! Love these!!!!!

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305 Laura November 4, 2015

Such a great recipe! We make these at least every other week and the kiddos love them along with mom and dad. A great snack for school lunches or a treat in the morning! Thank you for sharing all you wonderful recipes and looking forward to cookbook number 2!

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306 Star November 25, 2015

Hi, I don’t have dates, can I use raisins instead? Thank you.

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307 Leeanne November 30, 2015

Made these last week for some friends with new babies…wanted to give them some healthy snacks to have handy! HUGE hit with everyone, tripled the recipe. Added some ground almonds and hemp hearts for added protein. Thanks for the keeper!

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308 Meg December 17, 2015

Love your site angela! Could you replace the oats with something else? Coconut flour, almond flour perhaps?

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309 L.A. February 16, 2016

Hi Meg,

I am going to try replacing the oats with quinoa flakes.

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310 L.A. Perkerson February 17, 2016

Hey Meg,
I just made these and replaced the oats with quinoa flakes and the chocolate chips with walnuts and they turned out great! Hope this helps!

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311 L.A. February 17, 2016

Hey Meg,
I just made these. I replaced the oats with quinoa flakes and the chocolate chips with walnuts and they turned out great! Hope this helps.

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312 Meg February 17, 2016

Thanks love!! That helps a lot!! I will try them out :D <3

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313 ali January 12, 2016

these are amazing!!!! perfect!

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314 Liz February 24, 2016
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Whoa! These are my favorite of all time! All of your recipes are amazing- but these are my new fave! Thank you for saving me from all the horrible breakfast cookies I was making!

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315 Angela Liddon February 26, 2016

Thanks, Liz! I’m glad you like the recipe. :)

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316 Katrina Salmond February 27, 2016

This recipe is amazing !! Finally an awesome cookie that’s filling, naturally sweetened and doesn’t contain nuts or seeds!! :)

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317 LaTrance March 31, 2016

Hi Angela!

Can I use Kamut flakes instead of rolled oats?

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318 Angela Liddon April 28, 2016

To be honest, I haven’t tried the recipe with kamut flakes, so I’m not sure! I know a few readers have had good results with quinoa flakes, though. If you experiment, I’d love to hear how it goes. :)

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319 Georgina April 10, 2016

Hello! Is there an alternative to oats? My stomach doesn’t tolerate them.

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320 Angela Liddon April 15, 2016

Hi Georgina, Oh that’s a tough one! Since the oats make up a large proportion of this recipe I really don’t know if they can be substituted. My guess would be a mixture of quinoa flakes, ground nuts, and a different flour could work, but it would be an experiment for sure!

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321 Trudy April 16, 2016

Just looking at the picture makes me salivate. What can i substitute for rolled oats? I have a very bad reaction to it.

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322 Angela Liddon April 18, 2016

Hi Trudy, That’s a tough question! The oats make up a large proportion of this recipe, so I’m really not sure if they can be substituted. My guess would be a mixture of quinoa flakes, ground nuts, and a different flour could work, but it would be an experiment for sure! If you try anything, I’d love to hear how it goes. Good luck!

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323 Carleigh April 17, 2016

These are amazing!
Should I store in the fridge?

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324 Carleigh April 18, 2016
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Hi! These are so easy and so wonderfully delish!

Do they need to be stored in the fridge?

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325 Carolyn April 20, 2016
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Thank you for this recipe! I was mildly obsessed with the banana muffin tops before the arrival of my son last summer. Since then, they have become a staple in my freezer for quick mama-snacks, and now I make them without chocolate for my little guy to eat, too (baby-led weaning at it’s best!). They are my go-to food gift for expectant friends, and yes: muffin tops for the win!

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326 Angela Liddon April 21, 2016

Quick freezer snacks are so helpful with a new little one around! I’m so glad you’ve been enjoying these muffin tops so much. :)

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327 Cole May 6, 2016
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I’ve never reviewed a recipe before, but immediately after making these I felt the need to say that they are absolutely amazing and are incredibly easy to make.

I love the fact that these are relatively healthy for a dessert due to all of the fruit and grains they contain, and I also love that this recipe can be modified in so many ways. I added shredded coconut and they were a perfect addition to all of the other flavors. Next time I make these I’m definitely gonna add some pecans or walnuts as well.

I also want to note that you don’t need a food processor to make these, I mashed up all of the ingredients in a bowl with a spoon and that worked really well.

Be sure to give these a try!

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328 Angela Liddon May 9, 2016

Thanks for the great comment Cole!! I’m so glad to hear the recipe was a hit.

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329 Jess May 22, 2016

These are really good! I slightly under-baked mine, (did not use chocolate chips) let them cool, and they were perfect.
Even just the banana/date mix was amazing! I could easily eat a bowl of that! Thanks for the recipe!

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