There are big decisions to be made in this world.

Is it better to sleep with your contacts in? Or take them out after you’ve cut two jalapenos and still have burning fingers even though you’ve showered a grand total of five times and may or may not have dipped your fingers in a bowl of bleach?

Exactly how immoral is it to “borrow” a box of rubber gloves from lab for jalapeno-cutting endeavors such as this?

How immoral is too immoral?


If your roommate leaves rotting (i.e. not green) bananas on top of her refrigerator for more than 48 hours, can you control the urge to curl up into fetal position and stress eat an entire container of nutella using only your index finger as a spoon at the thought of a yellow banana in your apartment?


Or is the compulsion so strong that you really have no choice but to mash them together with sugar and flour, mix in some mango and ginger, bake at 350, and then bring them into work in order to bribe your coworkers into liking you?

Do you even realize before it’s too late and they are all eaten within an hour that your roommate didn’t even get to try one?!?!?  Oops.

Your bad.


This is why sometimes decision-making by yourself is just too hard.

It’s really a team effort kind of a thing.  Majority rules.

I say tomorrow morning at 10AM EST we all meet to discuss some of life’s most important issues.  Jalapenos.  Bananas.  Good chocolate.  Which lab I should choose to do my PhD in.  Whether my hot pink leggings really are inappropriate for real life.

No, really, I can make that happen.  You see, I’ve been invited by Gevalia to host one of their BeanChats tomorrow!  So tomorrow at 10AM, if you want to talk to me LIVE and IN PERSON, all you need to do is go onto the Gevalia Facebook Fanpage and click on the little BeanChat icon on the left hand side.  We have important things to discuss (see above).

See you there!


Mango Banana Muffins with Crystallized Ginger
Makes about 18, adapted from Joy the Baker 


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 mango, cut into chunks
  • 1 cup crystallized ginger, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350.  Line two muffin tins with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas well.  Mix in the oil, sugar, and vanilla.  Whisk to incorporate.
  3. Sift in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, and salt.  Use a wooden spoon to mix until all ingredients are just combined,.
  4. Stir in the mango and the crystallized ginger, mixing until just combined.
  5. Transfer batter to the muffin tins, only filling cups until 3/4 full.  Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 minutes before transferring out of the pan and onto a wire rack to cool.

I am submitting this to Bake with Bizzy!


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85 Responses to Vegan Mango Banana Muffins with Crystallized Ginger…and Wanna (Bean)Chat?

  1. Lol I’m sure your roomate didn’t even notice that her bananas disappeared! These look fantastic, I always overlook mango for baking.

  2. Nice job going all vegan with these muffins. They look amazing. Ouch! with the eyes girl.

  3. I LOVE crystallized ginger. I had a box from my girlfriend who brought that back from London or me. It was sooo yummy. I see your recipe earlier I would have use them to make these delicious looking mango banana muffins. Oh stop my drooling!

  4. Claudie says:

    Alright, so first, those muffins look delicious. (I’m seriously considering not saying that anymore, because I have yet to see something made by you which doesn’t look that way 😛 )
    And second: well, decision-making might be tough on your own, but you seem to be making pretty good ones judging from those pics. I’m sure your roomie will understand + you can always make her sure more over the weekend, right? 😉

  5. Lora says:

    All overripe produce should be fair game everywhere. These muffins look divine even to a non-vegan like me.

  6. girlichef says:

    TASTY! I love everything packed into this muffin. Bean chat, huh?

  7. Oh, YUM. These look and sound delcious. What a great flavor combination.

  8. That pretty exciting! These mufins look sooo good!

  9. Sarah S. says:

    These are fun! And you know that I love that they are vegan!

  10. Karen says:

    I love crystallized ginger… so perfect with the mangoes!

  11. Kalyn says:

    I can’t help you with those moral dilemmas, but the muffins look delicious. What a great combination.

  12. Gloria says:

    These bananas look like mine!!! I have the samew he,he,..These muffins look amazing!!! LOL gloria

  13. Miriam says:

    Yes, you DO have important things to discuss. 🙂 Great recipes. Watch out for those jalapenos. :), [email protected]Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  14. Katie says:

    I stole a box of nitrile gloves from my lab in grad school for cutting butternut squash (I have a weird skin reaction to them), but they really come in handy for peppers too. I say steal away! And bring me some muffins while you’re at it.

  15. Mary says:

    You’ve found a great way to use the “leopards” your roommate leaves for you. Your muffins sound delicious. As a mate of fact, I’d love to have one with my morning coffee. Have a great day, Joanne. Blessings…Mary

  16. Shannon says:

    you didn’t even try one?? 🙁 fo’ shame, I would’ve grabbed one right out of the oven! Glad to hear they were a hit, though!

  17. Oh my gosh these look sooooo good! I cant beleive you didn’t try one. That is BLASPHEMY!

  18. Ur Gevalia bean chat sounds soo exciting , me love the page already , thanx to ya :-)))

    Muffins to work or school or health club sound so good , they say u never run outa frens if u bake cookies , lol!!
    Or maybe have too many , if there is anything called too many pals:-) (even FB limits us to 5k )

    ha ha!

    Of course the muffins look perfect for the columbian cafe am sippn rite now , and with ginger , ahh , me so WANT …

  19. Michelle says:

    I have so had to choose between sleeping with contacts or sticking fiery fingers in my eyes!

    Will try to make the chat if I can get some things done early enough.

  20. Maria says:

    The muffins sounds delicious, especially when we haven’t had bananas for soooo long (due to extreme prices because of a cyclone that destroyed the banana fields…).

  21. That Girl says:

    OOOOOHHHH I feel you. I always take my contacts off pre-jalapeno, but if I don’t sleeping in them is a must.

  22. sra says:

    Just yesterday I read in the newspaper that sleeping with your contacts in could ultimately blind you!!! Your photos are droolworthy, as always!

  23. Bean chat sounds like a fun concept, food blogging is really innovating. Banana and mango, never tried them together but they usually grow in the same country, so they should complement each other:)

  24. Veronica says:

    The muffins look DELISH!! I can’t stand to eat a banana that doesn’t have a green tinge myself, but I don’t cringe at blakened bananas either–I almost always have them on hand for baking. The blacker, the better! 🙂

  25. joythebaker says:

    these look absolutely incredible!!! nice job! crystallized ginger!? you’re a genius, for sure.

  26. I’ve wondered the same thing about taking gloves from work to cut peppers. I’ve started keeping freebie samples from vendor shows to eliminate that moral dilemma from my life.

    If I were your roommate, I would be happy that the bananas got to fill their purpose in life, whether I got to eat them or not.

  27. Raina says:

    Major yum combination of flavors for a muffin! Bean Chat sounds fun:)

  28. Rachel says:

    Bean chat, tempting. I’ve never done that kind of thing before but this seems like a cgood occasion to start!

  29. Your muffins look and sound wonderful, Joanne! Mmmmm….mango and crystallized ginger- I need to eat one of these! I would love to join you tomorrow morning and will try to make it!


  30. aki! says:

    I only just started baking again (it’s that temptation of nutella) and I have to say that these look great.

    I think I’ll be in class when you have your chat (or asleep…or both).

    I had no idea you were getting a PHD. I can’t believe you have time to do that and run a blog.

  31. You’re lucky to have access to those gloves. I seem to forget the gloves every time…and with regret, too. Those suckers can burn!

    Lovely looking muffins btw. 🙂

  32. These muffins look like a much better idea than letting bananas rot. Good decision! Also, rubber gloves for cutting chiles is a very good idea.

  33. Megan says:

    I feel the same way about bananas… not green = rotting. Ha ha. It was the right thing to do to bake them into those gorgeous muffins!

  34. I don’t blame you at all. Those bananas were begging to be turned into muffins.

  35. Bananas are my all time favourite fruit. these look awesome 🙂 and hot pink leggings are suitable for any time 😉

  36. Polwig says:

    Nothing immoral here these look amazing

  37. Julie says:

    oh oh!!!! your roommate should have told you you could have her naners and then she might have gotten to sample a muffin!

  38. OohLookBel says:

    My heart skips a beat at the thought of ANY bananas in my house (they’ve been exorbitantly expensive since a cyclone earlier this year). When I can afford them again, I will make these delicious mango-ey gingery muffins (can’t wait!).

  39. Johanna GGG says:

    good questions, yummy muffins but why does everything have to happen on face book these days! I remember when chats were just on the web – anyway hope it goes well! And I am sure your roommate will be confident that there will be lots more yummy muffins – esp if she continues to leave yellowing bananas about

  40. Elizabeth says:

    Darling, I totally feel you, when one of my roommates’ bananas starts to mature, I need to either bake with it or throw it in the freezer. Also, crystallized ginger is the best.

  41. RJ says:

    good luck with picking a PhD lab! I baked my way through grad school using my lab as my taste tester 🙂 it’s handy having a bunch of people who will eat whatever you put in front of them– kept me from eating it all myself 🙂

  42. Pam says:

    I just happen to have ripe bananas on the counter… YUM!

  43. awh the mango makes it so exotic! 🙂

  44. Carolyn Jung says:

    Ginger and banana are so heavenly together. I love adding crystallized ginger to a loaf of banana bread.

  45. That is one beautiful recipe Joanne! Cant believe it has two of my fav fruits and oil! Good one to take care of those rotting bananas staring at me for 4 days now!

  46. Muffins are the perfect way to use up those ripe bananas. I lock mine in the freezer (peeled and in chunks for smoothies and “ice” cream so they can’t watch me from the fruit bowl on the counter. 😉

    I would love to chat with you tomorrow, but as much as I love you 10 AM = 4 AM here and I don’t love anyone that much that early. 😉

  47. debbie says:

    I always have rotting bananas around. I only like to eat them when they are still slightly green…..Love you muffin recipe. I don’t have enough recipes using mango and I love mango!!!

  48. The fear of ripe bananas – I have it too.
    The self-medicating with Nutella – works wonders.

    These look great!

  49. banana good, mango good, ginger good… banana + mango + ginger = pure awesomeness of a muffin!!!

  50. Having made hundreds (maybe thousands!) of banana muffins, I can recognize a good recipe and this one is a winner!

  51. The addition of crystallized ginger must have added an extra kick to those tropical muffins!

  52. Those muffins look amazing! I would love to eat one now with my tea.



  53. Dawn says:

    I’m a huge crystallized ginger fan too. I can’t belive I have some that has lasted in my cabinet as I love snacking on it. These are added to my list. I find one of the best things about vegan baking is you can eat the batter with no worries of getting sick. 🙂

  54. I’m sure the perks of being your roommate far outweigh the occasional loss of a banana or two!!

  55. I’ve had Joy’s recipe bookmarked for ages and JUST HAPPEN to have 2 ripe bananas sitting around right now (and a mango!) … But I think I’m taking a page from your book and using crystalized ginger instead. SO excited 🙂


  56. Victoria says:

    I’m lucky because I get to talk to you live and in person already 😉 And that Nutella thing? Been there, done that. Remember Trainspotting? lol

  57. kellypea says:

    Since my eyeballs recently survived a hit and run with jalapenos (and I should seriously know better) I’m wincing on your behalf. But these muffins are snapping me out of that empathetic moment. Yum. I haven’t made muffins in way too long!

  58. Beth says:

    I don’t know who to feel worse for. You and your contacts, or your roommate and the missed muffins.

  59. Kristen says:

    Those were definitely too ripe to eat, so you were completely justified in making those amazing muffins. Sorry Roomie.

  60. Reem says:

    Wow what a wonderful combination of flavors… Delicious!!!
    These looks great… Yummmm…

  61. kankana says:

    Niceee . I leave banana at times just so they get too ripped and then i make bread. These muffins would be my next attempt.

  62. These sound simply amazing, I will have to give them a test this weekend 🙂

  63. Jeanette says:

    I actually buy extra bananas once in a while so we can make banana bread or muffins. Your roommate will never know what she missed out on!

  64. Reeni says:

    Anything with crystallized ginger in it makes me extremely happy! Bananas and mango are perfect for it. Sorry I missed your bean chat!

  65. These muffins look a-mazing!! Love that they are vegan too!

  66. ~Bee says:

    Hmm, I wonder what they’d be like non-vegan? Either way, they look DELICIOUS!

  67. noone says:

    Were those my bananas?!?!?! Hahaha, oh man these look so good, I want one!!!

  68. Anonymous says:

    Google is not being a friend to me the past couple of days. I’ve been trying to comment on this post. I may have to post anonymous to get it to go through. grrr! These look delicious, Joanne! I love mangos so much. They must taste fantastic with the ginger. Yum! Be safe this weekend! Candace

  69. Deborah says:

    I’m bummed that I didn’t read this post a day sooner so I could join in the chat!! But I definitely don’t want to miss out on these muffins. LOVE the addition of the ginger!

  70. First, I want to put your mind at ease. Wear those shocking pink leggings, just not when you are blogging.

    Smartie, all you have to do is put mango in something and it is good but the other ingredients also speak for themselves.

  71. tigerfish says:

    Beanchat? Not Bananachat? My bad.


  72. daphne says:

    bananas and mango!? divine! still waiting for prices of banana to drop here in aus!

  73. grace says:

    those bananas aren’t rotting, they’re perfect! in fact, the browner, the better, as far as i’m concerned. 🙂 nice muffins, joanne!

  74. I am loving your mango and banana creation, Joanne. I hope you figure out which lab to go to, as that can be a big decision… but of course, they have to accept you pink leggings, and all. 🙂

  75. Kerstin says:

    Mango and banana sound fabulous together! Have you already done all your rotations? Good luck deciding 🙂

  76. Yasmeen says:

    Gorgeous, Joanne! I too love candied ginger — I use it often in baking around Thanksgiving, and recently added it to a lime tea cake. Delish.

    Just love coming by here and reading what you have to say. You always make me laugh! I need to catch up on a few days’ posts… been MIA due to insane work commitments (what else, right?)

  77. Esi says:

    The muffins look great. I need to try vegan baking.

  78. Cara says:

    I confess I’m wicked (yeah, I said that) behind in my reading and I kept this one unread for weeks until I could really delve into it because I thought there were beans IN your muffins! But don’t worry, I’m only disappointed that I missed your chat. Still love the muffins. And totally approve of stealing gloves from the lab.

  79. Marisa says:

    YUM-o! That combo sounds amazing. And on the hotpink leggings topic – a resounding YES.

  80. These muffins are full of so much goodness!

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  82. Beata says:

    yum! I’m always looking for new things to make with my overly ripe bananas!

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