Makes: 6 large or 12 small

Paleo / Gluten-free / Vegan / Dairy-free / Refined Sugar-free

My daughters school had a fundraiser recently, selling sausages and muffins….Ick... I won't go into that, but not wanting her to be left out I whipped up some healthy banana muffins with that are totally flour-free, scrumptious, fluffy and moist. 

Give them a go, and feel free to change the nut butter flavours. These would work well with cashew or peanut butter too (Make sure you are choosing a peanut butter that batch tests for aflatoxin.)

This recipe also uses something near and dear to me


For thousands of years raw apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used as a powerful antibiotic, anti-viral, and anti-fungal tonic providing a broad spectrum of health benefits. 

Raw organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is made from fermented, crushed apples that have not been treated with toxic pesticides, making it one of nature’s purest and most potent remedies. One amazing superpower of ACV is it's naturally occurring enzyme called “the mother”, which is a strand-like composition of protein molecules, nutrients and beneficial bacteria.

"The mother" is also the brown, mysterious stringy looking sediment that can be seen floating at the bottom of the bottle. If the bottle does not contain this when you flip it upside down, then put it back on the shelf. However, I haven't come across an organic ACV yet that doesn't have one.

It is important to note that "the mother" can only be found in raw organic, unfiltered ACV and not in conventionally processed clear vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar is packed with vitamin C, B1, B2, B6 and contains nutrients and minerals such as potassium, pectin, calcium, ash and acetic acid that work synergistically to establish an alkaline, disease-resistant environment that helps our bodies to maintain a healthy pH level.

When consumed regularly, here are some of the health benefits you may experience:

  • Improved immunity - kicks butt at fighting infections
  • Can help to lower high blood pressure and bad cholesterol
  • Promotes strong bones and teeth
  • Aids weight loss
  • Helps normalise HCL (Stomach acid) 
  • 1 Tbsp taken in water before a meal can help to better digest the food to follow

We should be eating some form of fermented food each day, and what could be easier than adding a dash of ACV to our water in the morning or using in place of other vinegars to dress our salads. Make sure you always shake the bottle first to ensure you are getting some of the mother in every drop! 

Almond butter banana + hazelnut muffins


1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup hazelnut butter (alternatively just add more almond butter)
2 ripe bananas*
2 1/2 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar**
1 tsp pure vanilla essence
3 flax eggs if vegan, or 3 organic eggs***
1 tsp baking soda
almond meal for sprinkling on top


  1. Preheat oven to 180°C and grease or line 6 deep muffin tins.  
  2. Place all ingredients except the almond meal in a blender or food processor and whizz together. Process until a smooth consistency is achieved
  3. Pour even amounts into prepared muffin tins. Top each muffin with almond meal if desired, or leave it off, this is completely optional. 
  4. Bake for 20 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when inserted


* A banana is ripe when it is well spotty, they are the most easily digestible at this stage - so let them get spotty - and organic! 

**For those of you who would like to learn more about the many benefits of ACV, click here for a great resource and here if you would like to read up on the damaging effects of aflatoxin. 

*** To make a flax egg, pop 3 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl with 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, mix together and let stand for 15 minutes. This is the recipe for one flax egg, triple for the above recipe

If you eat eggs, then just replace the flax eggs with organic grass-fed free range eggs however these will no longer be plant-based, but they will be light and fluffy. 

*Refined sugar-free


Hayley Richards

Hello! I'm Hayley - a certified nutritionist and holistic health coach by trade, a living & whole-foods chef and wellness enthusiast by passion. I'm amazingly blessed to live in sunny Nelson NZ with my gorgeous partner and three delicious daughters.