No Meat Zone Recipes: Vegan St. Lucia Muffins

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2 cups spelt flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 banana, mashed
1/2 cup coconut nectar or agave nectar
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1 cup light coconut milk
2 tbsp dark rum
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, lightly toasted

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
2. In another bowl, combine the banana, coconut nectar, coconut oil, coconut milk and rum.
3. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir just to combine. Fold in the coconut flakes. Spoon the mixture into a muffin pan lined with muffin cups and garnish with more coconut, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool for about 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Store muffins in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Nicole Axworthy | @aDashofVegan
Nicole is a writer, editor, wife, and mother of two adorable rescue cats, Leola and Eli. She loves animals too much to eat them, and she's discovered that teaching others through food is a very effective vegan outreach tool. On her blog, A Dash of Compassion, Nicole aims to spread a positive message about healthy eating while celebrating all things sweet.

Photo credit: Nicole Axworthy

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