Saturday, October 23, 2021
The Bookish Vegan Presents:

Vegan Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Pecans Inspired by Confessions in B Flat

4 stars and 2 devoured muffins

Two things:

1. These muffins are so simple. You will eat them for DAYS. 

2. Confessions in B Flat by Donna Hill is a unique and powerful book that left me with new perspectives and a greater understanding of Civil Rights. 

It’s 1963 in Harlem. Harlem is pulsing with Black Culture and the fight for equality is strong.  Jason Tanner has arrived from Georgia to spread the message of passive resistance as taught by his mentor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Meanwhile, poet and activist Anita Hill supports Malcolm X and achieving freedom “by any means necessary”. When the two meet and fall in love, will it be enough to unite them through their differing ideologies? 

The more I read, the more involved I became. This historical romance blossoms based on what was going on during that time period and I loved watching Anita and Jason’s relationship  develop as they fought for freedom. I loved the positive relationships they both had with their families and the endless support they gave each other despite their contrasting beliefs. I also loved how they argued and debated. One very unique and helpful thing Donna Hill did was in the midst of the plot and current events in the book, she linked articles and YouTube videos of the actual news/speeches. That way, readers can go right from the page to the actual source. Confessions in B Flat truly provides you the means for further education. 

Pick up this book. It is exactly what continues to happen in this country. History is right here, right now. 

Black.Lives.Matter.

Recipe for Vegan Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips and Pecans

I chose this recipe because I believe banana muffins should be in everyone’s arsenal, just like this history.

  • Yields: 20 muffins
  • Prep time: 10 mins
  • Cook time: 25 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer almond)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • Vegan Chocolate chips and pecans to your liking (or other fillings like walnuts, dried fruit, etc.)

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a muffin tin with liners or spray the muffin tin with oil.
  • In a large mixing bowl, mash the three bananas.
  • Add the non-dairy milk, oil, sugar, vinegar and vanilla. Mix until the mashed bananas are integrated.
  • In the same bowl, add the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well, but do not overmix. It should not be soupy. It’s okay to have lumps.
  • Add the chocolate chips, pecans, or other fillings. Mix.
  • Add the mixture to the muffin liners. They should be about 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden on top and a tooth pick or fork comes out clean. Enjoy!!

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