Is it weird to say these Zucchini Banana Buckwheat Muffins would go perfectly with a glass of milk? Almond or coconut milk, of course 😉 I know that’s usually what’s said about cookies – nothing better than a cold glass of milk and a fresh plate of chocolate chip cookies. However, these Paleo muffins might even be a better pairing.
This buckwheat muffin recipe is grain free, dairy free and nut free. In addition, these muffins are only sweetened with bananas and contain zucchini – perfect for a healthy Paleo snack.
What is Buckwheat Flour?
Do you know what buckwheat flour is or what it’s derived from?
To be honest, I didn’t know it was grain free until last year. I knew buckwheat flour was gluten free, but even that is misleading. The name “buckwheat” actually comes from a Dutch word that means beech wheat. This is in reference to the fruit of the buckwheat that resembles a small beech nut. (1)
So, buckwheat is not related to wheat. But instead, it’s a fruit that is closely related to rhubarb. The fruit is dried and ground into a flour. Therefore, it is indeed grain free and Paleo friendly.
This hearty flour has an earthy, nutty taste and ranges from reddish-pink in color to dark brown. Buckwheat is quite nutrient dense as far as baking flours go. It contains fairly high amounts of manganese, copper, magnesium, dietary fiber and phosphorus. In addition, the protein in buckwheat is a high quality protein, containing all eight essential amino acids, including lysine. (2)
How To Make Zucchini Banana Buckwheat Muffins
These zucchini muffins are made in the food processor. However, a high powered blender would work as well. The reason for blending the ingredients is to get a silky smooth batter.
First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Next, add all ingredients to your food processor.
Blend, stopping to scrape the sides every so often, until the batter is smooth and even in texture.
Next, pour the batter into a lined muffin pan and bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes. This recipe makes one dozen muffins.
Lastly, remove the muffins and cool to room temperature on a cooling rack.
How To Store Zucchini Muffins
These muffins can be kept at room temperature in a sealed container for 2-3 days. However, I recommend storing them in your fridge. They can also be frozen and then reheated in the microwave.
If you’re looking for more buckwheat recipes I have a few others on my site:
Healthy Zucchini Banana Buckwheat Muffins that are only sweetened with bananas, grain free, nut free and Paleo friendly.
*Coconut flour is added for texture – making these muffins more dense. This ingredient is optional, but necessary to achieve the texture shown in these photos. If you want a lighter, more airy muffin, replace the 2 Tbsp coconut flour with 3 Tbsp arrowroot flour and bake for just 15 minutes. Both results taste wonderful but produce slightly different textures. (I preferred these muffins with coconut flour, but my kids liked them better with arrowroot.)
**If using silicone muffin liners, let the muffins cool a couple minutes, then remove them from the muffin liner.
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