Banana muffins you've probably heard of, but baobab might have made you scratch your head. For those who have yet to try this African Fruit let me introduce you to this superfood.
Baobab is a rich source of Vitamin C which means it is a potent immune system booster. The Vitamin C in Baobab also contributes to healthy looking skin. Because Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron, it is also beneficial for those who are anemic. Baobab is also highly alkaline which can help balance the body's pH balance. Bonus!!
The high fiber content of Baobab means that it will slow down the release of sugars into the blood stream and it is also excellent for digestion. The soluble fiber in Baobab makes it a prebiotic which is the fertilizer for probiotics! This prebiotic in Baobab also contributes to a good night's sleep, so eating some is part of a good sleep hygiene routine!
In this recipe, I am using Baobab powder which is made from the dried pulp fiber of the Baobab fruit.
I was tempted to call these “Balboa Muffins” for my friend and Jubilee Road co-host, Jami, because that's what she called Baobab when I mentioned it in our podcast. Couldn't give her too much of a hard time since I also mispronounced it for a while as well. Personally, I prefer to mispronounce it. I say BOW-bab (sounds Chinese) but “they say” it's BAY-o-bab.
Whatever you call it, Baobab is a superfood that will help you power up your health. Here's the Baobab that I've been using in this recipe.
My Dried Hibiscus Flowers came from Trader Joe's but don't worry if you don't live near a TJ store. You can also purchase dried hibiscus online here.
If you don't want to bother with soaking the dried hibiscus flowers, just snip them up in small pieces with some kitchen scissors. The soaked ones are easier to bite into because dried fruit tends to be a bit chewy.
Baobab Banana Muffins with Hibiscus Flowers
- 2 TBSP butter, for buttering the pan if you don't use paper liners
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar if you prefer)
- 2 ripe bananas (if your bananas aren't ripe, try adding 2 tbsp maple syrup)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour or gluten-free baking mix (2 options listed in post)
- 2 TBSP ground flaxseed
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2 TBSP Baobab powder
- Dried Hibiscus Flowers, optional
- Maple Syrup, optional
- Drop a few hibiscus flowers into a cup of hot water to allow them to soften
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Butter the wells of the muffin pan
- Mix bananas in a mixer till creamy.
- Add in the two eggs, vanilla extract, coconut sugar, and maple syrup
- Add in dry ingredients, including Baobab
- Divide batter into muffin wells (I prefer to use unbleached paper liners but if you don't use them, use butter to keep the muffins from sticking)
- Add some hibiscus flowers to the top of the muffins
- Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean
If you prefer gluten-free, I have made these with both the Trader Joe's gluten free baking mix as well as Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Flour.
Hibiscus can be beneficial for lowering high blood pressure and high cholesterol, as well as improving digestive, immune system, and inflammatory problems. It can help to remedy liver disease and reduces the risk of cancer.
Hibiscus can also speed up metabolism and aid weight loss. Hibiscus is rich in vitamin C, minerals and various antioxidants.
With the combination of Vitamin C rich Baobab and Hibiscus, the potassium rich bananas, and high fiber count, these bananas are an excellent snack for kids and adults!
This is a beginner recipe, in fact my 10 year-old-daughter made the muffins in some of these photos. Let's start baking! Don't forget to pin this for later!