Banana Love Muffins


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What We Do:

Banana Love Muffins is changing the world one muffin at a time. Moist, delicious banana muffins are the perfect breakfast or treat. Always dairy-free and egg-free, entirely vegan, with no refined sugar, added fat or cholesterol, and made with 100% whole wheat flour. Our four classic flavors include, original – just banana, chocolate chip, wild blueberry, and walnut, plus we have seasonal favorite flavors throughout the year.

At Banana Love Muffins we believe you get what you give. Every time someone buys Banana Love Muffins we will make a donation to help at-risk kids get fresh fruits and veggies.

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In the beginning:

As a young teenager, one day I picked up a tattered cookbook in my mother’s kitchen, looked around to see what ingredients we had, and began making the most scrumptious banana bread. Gifting loaves and loaves of it over the years, people would say, “This is the best banana bread I’ve ever had!”

“One day I’m going to start a banana bread business…” I would respond; guarding the recipe and the “secret ingredient.”

After adopting a vegan diet, I realized I had to adjust the recipe to be in-line with my values, so out went the dairy and the eggs. Ever striving for optimal health, I began making other changes to the recipe; replacing the white sugar with dehydrated cane juice, switching to whole wheat flour, and removing the fat. And when I muffined it, the light bulb went off, and Banana Love Muffins was born.

Everyone deserves a delicious treat. Banana Love Muffins are perfect for people with egg or dairy allergies, who follow a vegan diet, or are concerned with the amount of fat, cholesterol, and refined sugar they are consuming. And even if you’re not concerned with any of that, you will love Banana Love Muffins, because they are really, really good.

What Have We Learned: 

If you have a quality product and work hard, that’s half the battle. Stay the course, stay true to your values, stay positive, trust your gut, don’t get distracted, and don’t get discouraged. Other people’s business strategies are not your business strategy. Ask for help, which I don’t do enough. Sell, sell, sell.

I truly believe things happen at the time and way they are meant to, so if that big order I’ve worked long and hard to get doesn’t materialize, I believe something bigger/better is waiting in the wings.

Some of the best things I’ve learned are some of my favorite bits of Banana Love Wisdom like: “Most everything you want is just outside your comfort zone,” beginning is easy; continuing is hard, and I try to remember what Thomas Edison said, “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”

Always keep your sense of humor.

What We Love: 

I love when people say, “Wow!” after tasting Banana Love Muffins. And, that’s the most common reaction. But, what I love most is changing the perception of what people think a vegan baked-good is; especially one with no added fat.

I run across a number of people who have issues with dairy or children with severe egg allergies. I love how excited they get when they realize they can actually enjoy Banana Love Muffins

I also love that, in some small way, we are doing our part to help the community get healthy by not only offering a healthier treat, but contributing to causes that promote eating fresh fruits and vegetables.

I love that we are helping people, the planet, and the animals in such an easy, delicious way.

What Is Next For Us: 

Banana Love Muffins is really just getting started. Now that we have our new packaging, we are focusing on expanding to a variety of retail outlets. We will also focus on increasing sales to food services. Banana Love Muffins are perfect for cafes, schools, businesses, hotels, and really should be served at the White House and House and Senate dining rooms. Banana Love Muffins can quite literally help our government trim the fat.

As a new business, I want to make sure we successfully build the brand with our classic muffins before we venture into other pursuits. I’ve got a zillion ideas rolling around in my head, but I want to make sure we don’t crash and burn by doing too much too soon. If we keep at this trajectory, there will be time enough to do everything.

Changing the world is hard work, but we’re doing it one delicious Banana Love Muffin at a time

Awards/Acclaim

http://www.washingtonpost.com/express/wp/2013/08/27/going-bananas-over-a-new-line-of-muffins/

http://www.wjla.com/articles/2013/08/shark-tank-holds-auditions-in-washington-93138.html

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