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