Baking with Bananas

Tonight I was in a baking mood and decided to cook up a batch of muffins! I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to make the muffins that were on my list, back in this post. They are healthy banana oat muffins. I like making muffins for other people, it’s always a nice treat to give to friends or co-workers. I’ll keep a couple for myself and my family and bring the rest to work!

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I made a few tiny tweaks to make them even healthier. I decided to replace the fat-free milk for vanilla almond milk and I also decided to throw in some flax seeds to get in some more omega-3’s! Omega-3’s provide a lot of benefits. They are good for increasing concentration and memory, better sleep and better skin among other benefits.

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I was a little bit nervous at first because the batter seemed pretty liquidy but in the end it worked out because the muffins came out more moist, which I prefer. If you like drier muffins I would suggest using 1.5 bananas rather than 2 bananas, if they are larger.

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Voilà!

Very quick and easy recipe. They are perfect for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack.

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Crazy for Granola

Peanut Butter Granola

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I love granola. I use it in plenty of ways, for breakfast, as a snack, on top of my cereal, on top of my yogurt, etc. However, I do find that it can be a pretty expensive purchase in the grocery store and even worse have disgusting amounts of sugar, which none of us need!! That’s why I have resorted to trying to make my own granola as much as possible. I came across a recipe from Shape Magazine that I find really quick and yummy. Once again, as always, I am posting a very versatile recipe! Therefore, you can tweak some of the ingredients for others to make it more to your liking. It only takes about 3 minutes to prepare and 7 minutes to cook (woohoo, more time for watching TV!).

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 c. oats

To make it healthier: Use natural peanut butter, add chia seeds, add flax seeds, use almond butter, etc.

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. Combine peanut butter and honey in a bowl and microwave until peanut butter melts (approximately 20 seconds). Stir.

Stir cinnamon and vanilla into peanut butter and honey mixture. Add oats and stir until oats are completely covered in peanut butter mixture. Spread out oat mixture onto prepared cookie sheet and bake for 7 -8 minutes until granola is slightly browned. Let cool until granola is crunchy.

Just make sure not to overcook it otherwise you it will taste like burned toast!!

What do you like to put in your granola? 

 

What’s on My List?

Here are a couple of recipes I’ve come across that are on my list of things to make in the upcoming weeks. they all seem pretty quick and simple.  Try them before me and let me know how they turn out!

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I’ll be making these banana oat muffins to bring to work this week! Check them out here.

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These look like a really easy snack! Check them out here

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Definitely trying this out this weekend! Click here for the recipe.

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Haven’t gotten around to trying this whole kale fad yet but I plan to get on board soon. Check out this single skillet black bean, sweet potato and kale dish from Goop here.

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Here’s a recipe for an avocado, shrimp, rice and cilantro dish. I think I’ll try replacing the rice for Quinoa. Check it out here.

Which will you try?