Carrot, Banana & Kale FODMAP-friendly muffins

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I slipped in a secret ingredient in my muffins this week.  Guess what it is?


I know what you must be thinking… but really, most people love carrot cake and  zucchini bread…and these are sweet treats made with vegetables.  So, I say, give kale a chance!

I didn’t go crazy with the kale, just add some finely sliced kale to boost the nutrition in my muffins.

My first go around with this recipe was a fail.  Not a complete fail, I mean, I ate at least 2 of the muffins…but not good enough to post about it.   But…I think I got it right this time.

I know it’s a bit out there for some people to eat kale never mind put it into a muffin recipe…but sometimes you really do need to step out of your box, right?

I substituted in some quinoa flake cereal for some of the flour in this recipe.  Ancient Harvest makes quinoa flakes which you can also use to make a hot creamy breakfast cereal.  The quinoa flakes look like this…quinoa flakes

I tossed some almonds with cinnamon and sugar and put a bit of this mixture on top of the muffins before baking. Mmmmmm…nuts and cinnamonCheck out these babies…muffins in tin

Yup. So. Good.kale muffins done


10 replies on “Carrot, Banana & Kale FODMAP-friendly muffins

  • Liz

    This looks so delicious! I am able to eat small amounts of oatmeal(1/4 c.), and organic white corn chips (handful/cup)now and am looking forward to a quinoa “challenge.” I’ve been enjoying something lately that may be tolerated by others as well: PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter. It is 85% less fat than regular PB, so may not be a trigger. Total Fat: 1.5g, Sugar only 1g! I eat it on a freckled ripe banana, or put it in my almond milk, banana, & spinach smoothie (for those who don’t like veggies in their smoothies, the PB2 & banana is all you can taste!:) There is also a second version of PB2 with cocoa powder, but no additional sugar in that. I hope it falls into the “legal” category! So, wanted to pass this on for scrutiny. You can get it at most food stores now.

      • Well Balanced - Food - Life - Travel

        Not sure Becca about PB2 chocolate–I am sure that PB2 hasn’t been tested. Marshmallows made with corn syrup–not high fructose corn syrup should be okay–in reasonable portion.

  • Alicia

    Going to have to try these.

    I am starting to try more kale reluctantly.

    I was surprised to see your comment above about Almond Milk. Since I can’t do soy or regular dairy, I thought Almond milk was safe… but sounds like it might not be?

    • katescarlata

      Alicia, I initially thought Almond milk might be OK…but many of my clients have had subtle trouble with it. Almonds are a source of fructans and GOS–these are water-soluble fibers. So, in theory these water-soluble fibers could stay in the liquid that is drained from the almonds into the final milk product. Almonds are allowed on the low FODMAP diet but only in a portion of 10 almonds at at time.

      Try small amounts of kale and see how you do. I am in LOVE with the Olivia’s organic baby kale available in the US. OMG…I have found a new addiction. Love it in salads with a Dijon mustard dressing I make myself with lemon juice, splash of red wine vinegar, Maille Dijon, Olive oil and sea salt and pepper. Seriously yum. Kale chips are fun to make too. Hope your body likes the kale!

  • Nina


    I hope this message finds you well! My name is Nina and I’m a writer for SHAPE magazine.

    I’m working on a recipe roundup “Veggie Desserts” and I was wondering if it would be alright to use (and get a photo for) this recipe. Please shoot me an email at

    Thanks so much for your time!



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