sugared chai latte banana muffins.

by Janetha on February 1, 2013

in guest posts,recipes

hey! i am on the beach. while i am gone, i have a series of guest posts lined up from many of my fabulous blogging friends. enjoy!


sugared chai latte banana muffins

Hi everyone, I’m Kristina from spabettie, where you will find plant based recipes, wellness and juicing, and two of the sweetest dachshunds I’ve ever seen.

My career background is a strange mix of accountant and spa director, which is where spabettie comes from – rather than a love of spaghetti like many guess… I do like spaghetti, though. I love food in general, really – and love the community that I have found myself in because of it. While my favorite part of blogging is creating recipes and sharing them with the community of faithful readers and fellow bloggers, my second favorite part is sharing some of my hamster-wheel thought process that is a soundtrack to my days: from my new favorite shoes in this years "it" color of emerald green and bringing back those ribbon barrettes from grade school, to nodding in agreement that yes, the television cannot be looked at when we hear the beginnings of the Sarah McLachlan commercial and having in depth conversations about my new emerald green shoes.

oh, wait… All the important topics are covered over at spabettie. and did I mention the cute dachshunds?

Either way, I made you muffins.

chai latte banana muffins

sugared chai latte banana muffins

adapted from tropical banana bread with sugared macadamia crumble
dairy, egg, soy and gluten free, vegan
makes 12-15 muffins


  • 2 tablespoons flax seed, ground
  • 1/3 cup water 1/2 cup coconut milk (So Delicious carton)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup butter (dairy and soy free)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • 3/4 cup gluten free all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup chai powder (Natures Flavors)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • pinch sea salt


  1. Combine flax and water, set in refrigerator to thicken.
  2. Combine coconut milk and apple cider vinegar, set aside.
  3. Cream together butter and maple syrup.
  4. Add bananas, milk and flax mixtures, combine.
  5. Add flours, do not stir – add chai powder, baking soda, xanthan gum and salt, mixing into flour then mixing together with wet ingredients, until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared (sprayed, floured) muffin pan.
  7. Bake at 350 for 22 – 25 minutes, or until inserted toothpick comes clean.
  8. Enjoy warm, or cool completely and coat in sugar.

gluten free vegan banana muffins

Looking for more muffin recipes? I have a assembled a collection of my favorites. …and because cupcakes are really just muffins with lots of frosting, and some might eat that for breakfast, I’ve included some cupcakes too.

broccoli cheese muffins 
broccoli cheese muffins

cherry zucchini crumb muffins

blueberry pumpkin hemp muffins

mixed berry oatmeal muffins with crumb topping

orange creamsicle cupcakes

peanut butter chocolate cupcakes

chai spice hominy cupcakes

pineapple flower cakes

Thanks to Janetha for having me here today, and thanks to all of you for reading – Cheers! 

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momma b. February 1, 2013 at 6:18 pm

Oh man cutest little pups!! Those faces are to die for – not to mention your mouth watering muffins and cupcakes!!

I’m going to try the banana muffins this weekend – I have SO many blackened bananas just waiting to be used!

Thanks for a timely post, you’re a doll!!


Elizabeth @ My Neon Running Shoes February 2, 2013 at 6:14 am

Holy yum those look amazing!


Jenn February 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

I need to make these this weekend!


kristen @ livinlifeinlouie February 2, 2013 at 7:12 am

holy muffins! I want to try all of these! Thanks for sharing :)


Courtney February 2, 2013 at 10:41 am



Hayley@pbrunnergirl February 2, 2013 at 1:12 pm

I absolutely HAVE to try some of these muffins! I love having them on hand to snack throughout the week!


Neil February 2, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Wow those look good. My next food cheat = YOUR fault! :)


christina February 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

um YUM!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 4, 2013 at 9:37 am

I need to get my hands on some chai powder! These sounds great. I’m always a fan of banana in bread-creations.


Heather @ Better With Veggies February 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Oh dear – I’ve already eaten dinner and now I’m hungry again! :)


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