Vegan Banana Muffins with Salted Pecan Brittle

Makes 12

Ingredients

For the Muffins                                                                 For the Buttercream

4 Ripe Bananas                                                               200g Vegan Sunflower Spread

75ml Coconut Oil – Melted                                              225g Icing Sugar

150g Light Muscovado Sugar                                          1 tsp Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Paste

300g Spelt Flour                                                               For the Brittle

2 tsp Baking Powder                                                        200g Sugar

½ tsp Salt                                                                         6 Tbsp Water

½ tsp Nutmeg                                                                   75g Pecan Nuts – Roughly Chopped

1 tsp Bicarbonate of Soda                                                1 tsp Salt

 

Method

Preheat oven to 180c/Gas Mark 5

Mash Bananas in a bowl with a fork or use an electric mixer. Once smooth, add the Muscovado Sugar and Coconut Oil. Mix together the Flour, Baking Powder, Bicarb, Salt and Nutmeg.

Gently fold the Flour mixture into the Mashed Banana until combined. Fill a muffin tray with paper Muffin Cases and fill to ⅔ full with the Muffin Mix. Bake for 20 minutes or until Golden Brown and allow to cool completely.

While the muffins are baking, whisk together the Sunflower Spread, Icing Sugar and Vanilla until smooth. Cover and place into the fridge until needed.

To make the brittle, first line and grease a flat baking sheet for when the brittle is ready. Place the Sugar and Water into a heavy based saucepan and heat gently without stirring until the liquid has become clear with no sugar crystals. If there are any sugar crystals around the edge of the pan, dampen with a pastry brush to dissolve them into the mixture.

Once clear, turn the heat up to a medium high heat and allow the sugar to cook until it turns to a rich, amber coloured liquid. Add the Salt and the Pecans quickly to the molten sugar whilst being careful not to splash it on yourself, pour immediately onto the lined baking sheet and allow to cool completely.

Break the brittle by tapping with a wooden spoon, keep some chunky pieces for decoration and crush or chop finely some of the remaining pieces and add to the Vanilla Buttercream.

Pipe a swirl of the buttercream onto each of the muffins and place a piece of the brittle on top

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