Vegan banana & peanut butter cupcakes

Vegan banana & peanut butter cupcakes

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Prep: 25 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Makes 16
Employ some clever tricks to achieve a dairy-free bake - egg-free mayonnaise, almond milk and margarine fit the bill

Nutrition and extra info

  • Dairy-free
  • Egg-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per cupcake

  • kcal295
  • fat14g
  • saturates3g
  • carbs40g
  • sugars28g
  • fibre1g
  • protein2g
  • salt0.7g
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Ingredients

  • 240g self-raising flour
  • 140g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda

    Bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, is an alkali which is used to raise soda breads and full-…

  • 240g egg-free mayonnaise
  • 2 large or 3 small ripe bananas, mashed
    Banana

    Banana

    bah-nah-nah

    Probably the best known, most popular tropical fruit, their name probably derives from the…

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 25g vegan dark chocolate chip

For the icing

  • 80g vegan margarine
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 25ml vegan milk (we used almond milk)

    Milk

    mill-k

    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a complete food. While cow…

  • 2 tbsp smooth peanut butter

Method

  1. Heat oven to 170C/150C fan/gas 31⁄2. Line muffin tins with 16 cases. In a bowl, combine the flour, sugar, 1⁄2 tsp salt and bicarbonate of soda. In a second bowl or a jug, mix the mayonnaise, mashed bananas and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix with a spoon until just combined (don’t overmix or your cupcakes will be heavy). Spoon the mixture into the cases and bake for 20 mins.

  2. When the cupcakes come out of the oven, sprinkle the chocolate chips over – they will melt and then harden again, so don’t touch them.

  3. For the icing, combine the vegan margarine and icing sugar in an electric mixer, then add the vegan milk and continue to mix on a slow speed until completely combined. Turn the mixer up and combine for a further 3 mins. Finally, stir in the peanut butter. Pipe or simply spread the icing on top of the cakes. Store in an airtight container and eat within 2 days.

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McDowally
17th Jan, 2017
5.05
Probably some of the best cake I have ever tasted.
sarah_star
15th Aug, 2016
5.05
I was a bit worried when I tasted the wet ingredients and thought it tasted a bit too much of the mayonnaise. But I needn't have worried. After cooking the mayonnaise taste disappeared and everyone -- carnivores included - enjoyed them. Added chocolate chips to the mixture too and made them in cupcake size rather than muffin size which made double the amount of cakes. Taste reminded me of Reece's peanut butter cups.
lizleicester
27th Aug, 2015
5.05
Really only needed to be dairy and gluten free so I used 4 x small eggs instead of the mayonnaise, and gluten free flour. I couldn't find dairy free chocolate so just left it out and the resulting cakes were certainly sweet enough with the delicious hint of peanut butter icing.
forestnuter
19th Sep, 2014
5.05
An absolutely delicious recipe! I was a bit sceptical at first with the 20 minutes at gas mark 3 but they came up beautifully and were perfectly cooked. It was also quite liberating to make a cake recipe without eggs; the vegan mayonnaise worked well. One thing that didn't quite go according to plan was the chocolate chips. Although they melted they did not lose their shape and very much stayed as chocolate chips. As a result they mixed into the butter icing when applied. This was not problem, they still tasted great, I just wasn't able to get them to melt fully by simply leaving them. Interestingly though, I did achieve a nice marbled effect by applying the butter icing before the chocolate had fully reset. But a delicious recipe and will no doubt be making again!
Stacey13
20th Aug, 2014
5.05
These are amazing! I used 4 small eggs instead of egg-free mayonnaise, as I can eat eggs but not dairy. I added a bit of extra peanut butter to the icing to balance out the sweetness. I mixed the icing using a wooden spoon as I don't have an electric whisk. I will definitely make these again!
someoneailsa
15th May, 2014
5.05
I made these cupcakes for my daughter's 3rd birthday party as 2 of her friends have egg allergies and 1 of them is also on a lactose free diet. There were no cupcakes left at the end of the party and I had so many mothers come and ask me what were in the cupcakes as they were so delicous, they couldn't believe it when I told them they were vegan. I used muffin cases instead of cupcake and only got 13 out of the recipe. Highly recommend this recipe as a winner regardless of whether or not you are vegan!
gelaw23
14th May, 2014
Any tips for making this as a non vegan recipe?
Stacey13
20th Aug, 2014
5.05
Hello. I used 4 eggs instead of the egg free mayonnaise, and they came out fab! :)
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