These hearty black sesame muffins make a filling and nutritious breakfast. Made with black sesame seeds, bananas and brown sugar. Then topped with pumpkin seeds, a little dash of turbinado sugar and baked into delicious golden brown muffins.
Black sesame is not the first flavor you’d think would work well in a muffin. And when I first suggested the idea to my husband his candid response was something like “ugh no don’t do that”.
I experimented anyway and when he inevitably came searching for the fresh-out-of-the-oven goodies, I gave him one to try and his response was “Wow these are great, what are in them?”
So, lesson being— don’t judge a muffin by its ingredients!
These muffins are healthy and have the sort of “healthy” but tasty taste. They are not overly sugary but the dash of turbinado sugar and pumpkin seed topping add a crispy and delicious crunch.
I’d say these muffins fall into the same category as these Banana Date Oat Muffins. Perfect for a healthy breakfast, paired with yogurt, fruit or a healthy smoothie like this Simple Carrot, Apple, Kale & Ginger Smoothie.
- Black Sesame Seeds — Find these somewhere in the spice section at the grocery store. For the best price though, check Amazon first. I found a much better price compared to my local grocery store.
- Tahini — You only need a couple tablespoons. Tahini is often used in hummus and other dips. The tahini flavor pairs very well with the black sesame flavor.
- Bananas — These tie the recipe together in my opinion, adding both flavor and moisture. Use extra ripe or black bananas for the best results.
- Cloves & Cardamom —spices for some extra flavor
- Pumpkin Seeds — These are a great topping, adding a little crunch and pumpkin flavor without being overpowering (since they aren’t mixed into the batter).
- Turbinado Sugar — In general, turbinado sugar is great for lightly sprinkling on top of all your muffin recipes, and these muffins are no exception!
- Brown sugar — Brown sugar gives these muffins the golden glow. You could substitute this for white sugar if needed but my preference is strongly for brown sugar!
- Regular muffin ingredients— flour, baking soda, baking powder, butter, canola oil, milk, and an egg
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These hearty black sesame muffins make a filling and nutritious breakfast.
- 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup black sesame seeds
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- ¼ tsp cloves, ground
- ⅛ tsp cardamom
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- ¾ cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup canola oil
- 1 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 2 bananas, mashed
- ⅓ cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tsp turbinado sugar
- Preheat the oven to 400F. Grease or line a 12 muffin tin with muffin liners.
- In a large bowl, mix the flour, black sesame seeds, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cloves and cardamom together.
- In a separate medium-sized bowl, mix the melted butter and brown sugar together. Mix in the canola oil, milk, egg, tahini and mashed bananas.
- Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until just combined. Do not over mix.
- Divide the batter evenly into the 12 muffin tin cups.
- Top the muffins with the pumpkin seeds. Then, evenly sprinkle the turbinado sugar over the muffin tops.
- As soon as you place the muffin tray in the oven to bake, decrease the temperature to 350F. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the muffins are golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
- Store these muffins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
- Category: Muffins
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 muffin
- Calories: 249
- Sugar: 11.9g
- Sodium: 344mg
- Fat: 14.9g
- Saturated Fat: 4.4g
- Unsaturated Fat: 9.5g
- Trans Fat: 0.2g
- Carbohydrates: 26.9g
- Fiber: 1.5g
- Protein: 3.9g
- Cholesterol: 31mg
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