Chocolate Chip Peach Banana Pineapple Walnut Almond Flax Sugar-Free Muffins

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not the greatest cook in the world, but I think I may have reached new heights in today’s cooking adventure.  And really, it wasn’t a matter of making something that tasted bad, it was a matter of being completely absent minded in the kitchen.  The only thing that crossed my mind as I began putting ingredients in my bowl is that I didn’t have any zucchini (the recipe was originally titled “chocolate chip zucchini muffins.”  They were doomed from the start.)    I DID, however, have a couple of peaches in the refrigerator that needed to be used (I’m not even going to begin to comment on the genius behind substituting peaches for zucchini.) So I grated up my peaches (peaches don’t grate well, by the way) and put them in the bowl. I continued down the list, adding flour, salt, baking powder (the wrong amount of baking powder, incidentally) to the bowl until I got to “eggs,” and realized we only had one. Oops! So I jumped online and found that I could use bananas as an egg substitute, as well as flax seed. (In the interest of making these as healthy as I could, I added both.)  I continued on until I came to “1c honey” and realized we were out of that, too! AND we didn’t have any sugar. (Are you beginning to see a pattern here?  The worst part is that I knew we were out of sugar and honey before I ever even started, it just didn’t occur to me until I already had everything else inside the bowl.) I wasn’t about to give up, though, so I scrounged around, trying to find something to use as a sugar substitute and came up with… a can of pineapples. (I get points for sheer ingenuity, right?)  When it came time to add the chocolate chips, I  only had two cups (the recipe called for three), so I decided to add almonds as a filler (I don’t know, they’re both small and solid, it made sense to me at the time.)   But, of course, I didn’t have enough of them, either (you can’t make this stuff up, people.)

In the end, though, they actually weren’t half bad! For anyone wanting to purposefully repeat this muffin disaster (it is, after all, full of healthy stuff!) here is the recipe (keep in mind, it’s tripled for our family):


6 c. flour

3 tsp salt

3 tsp baking soda

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1 c. cocoa

1 egg

2 bananas

3 tbsp flax seed + 6 tbsp water

2 c. oil (I used roughly 1 1/2 cups of coconut oil and 1/2 cup olive oil… because we were getting low on coconut oil :::rolls eyes:::)

3 c. pineapple puree

2 c. chocolate chips

(approx.) 1/2 c. slivered almonds

(approx) 1/2 c. walnuts

2 grated peaches





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8 Responses to Chocolate Chip Peach Banana Pineapple Walnut Almond Flax Sugar-Free Muffins

  1. Elena Rulli says:

    Ahaha! Rina, you remind of me standing in my kitchen and looking blankly at the content of a semi-empty refrigerator… My husband is the cook in our small house, but he still encourages me to dare in the kitchen… Husbands: so patient and sweet and… Resigned :)
    Anyway I don’t think you are half a bad cook as you write and I’m glad to read that you and yours are fine.
    Wishing you all the best (not only with the stove)

    • Rina says:

      Elena, I’m just an extremely absent minded cook… which makes for some interesting adventures in the kitchen. :)
      “Conversatio in Caelis”: One of my best friends is from Germany, it’s nice to “meet” you.

  2. LOL!!!
    Reminds me of my own baking / cooking adventures!
    I just tell everybody, I created a new recipe… if it tastes good that is…

    Great blog btw!

    Greetings from Germany!

  3. Mrs. Parunak says:

    Wow, what a delightful story! I’m glad your “creative” muffins turned out well! I think you get full points for ingenuity.

  4. Brian says:

    Rina, you can’t cook, huh? What will you tell us next? Your 3rd born doesn’t talk and your husband’s never revelated?

  5. Rina says:

    What’s it going to take for you to believe me, Brian? Am I going to have to burn your dinner next time you come over? :)

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