To help celebrate May 4th (one of Snez's favourite days) why not try my Dark Side Muffins. Dark Chocolate and Banana – you can't go wrong!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 35 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Serves: 12
Course: Dessert, Treat
Cuisine: Australian
Dietary Requirements: Dairy-Free, Gluten Free, Vegetarian


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 2 bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil melted
  • 4 medjool dates
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons 85% dark chocolate chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cacao nibs


  • Pre heat over to 180ºC.
  • Lightly spray or coat inside of a standard muffin tray with coconut oil.
  • Blend 2 bananas with all ingredients (except dark chocolate and cacao nibto form a batter.
  • Transfer to bowl and fold through dark chocolate chunks.
  • Spoon mixture in to tray (you can use patty pans if you prefer).
  • Decorate the tops with remaining banana and the cacao nibs.
  • Bake for 30 – 35 minutes depending on oven.
Nutrition Facts
Dark Side Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 231 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 214mg6%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 84IU2%
Vitamin B3 1mg5%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Vitamin K 1µg1%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.