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Healthy Banana Bread/Muffins
Category > Food
One of my favourite past times has got to be trying new recipes. Specifically, creating healthy alternatives to otherwise guilty pleasures. Part of living a healthy lifestyle is not depriving yourself, but rather making small adjustments with big rewards. One of my commitments when I started this blog was to share all things that helped and worked for me, as such I am trying new recipes all the time and when they work out, I share them.
Usually, I try a recipe and if it’s good, I take pictures when I make them again to show the prep/ingredients etc. However, with this one, I am far too excited to wait and wanted to share them NOW! Imagine guilt free banana muffins…mmm…I stumbled on a version of this one on Pinterest (follow me here), made a few adjustments and ran straight into my kitchen to put my ripe banana’s to good use.
What you’ll need:
- 2 ½ cups Large Flake Oats
- 1 ¼ cups of 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
- 2 eggs
- 4 x 1g packets of stevia
- 1 ½ tsp of baking powder
- ½ tsp baking soda
- 2 ripe bananas (the more ripe, the better flavour you’re going to get)
- A blender
- Pre-Heat oven to 400 F
- Spray a muffin tin with some cooking spray – unfortunately these do not work with paper muffin liners. They might work with the silicon ones
- Place all the ingredients aside from the Oats into a blender
- Slowly add the Oats ½ cup at a time stirring in between to ensure that the oats get blended and don’t just stay floating on top
- Divide the batter in the 12 cup muffing tray
- Cook for 20 min or until a toothpick comes out clean, do not overcook or they will be tough
With all my recipes, feel free to make your own adjustments without compromising the healthiness of them. For example, feel free to add:
- An extra banana for a flavour boost (I would recommend this)
- Decrease the Oats and replace it with some vanilla or banana flavoured protein powder for the extra protein boost
- Add some dried banana chips for added crunch
- Add some cranberries (mmm…I love banana bread with cranberries)
- Add a small amount of walnuts
Ta-da! Delicious, no butter, no sugar, no flour muffins! To be honest, I’ve been having a really difficult time lately with an extremely heavy workload and snacks like these keep me on track. I remain focused all day because I keep my blood sugar up – also meaning that I don’t crash. I learned my lesson the hard way, in the past when I kept “trucking along” like I was superman and not stopping to eat something, my attention deteriorated throughout the day, I’d get grumpy and ended up feeling ill with a migraine & skipping the gym….oh not to mention, binging when I got home. When you skip meals, it is hard not to inhale food in the evenings….a time that you should be winding down and limiting your intake.
Feel free to share your variations in the comments below or just general thoughts/comments. I love reading them!!!
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I just made these this morning, and they are great! I ground the oats using my food processor to make oat flour so that these muffins had a smooth consistency. Great tip for subbing in protein powder. I used 1.5 C oat flour, and 1 C vanilla protein powder. Thanks for the recipe!
These look amazing- thanks for sharing! Will be making these tomorrow morning for the hubby!
Glad to see your posting again- we miss you!!
These look delicious! But since I am lactose intolerant, do you know if I can substitute the yogurt for another ingredient? Thanks
@elandeen Thanks for sharing your own tips!!!!!!!! Glad you liked them :)
I think there are some dairy alternatives! Rice-based yogurt contains whole-grain rice and is free of soy and wheat. Or, if you're ok with Soy, Soy-based yogurt is low in fat and a good source of Protein. I would add a bit more (about 1/4 - 1/2 cup more Oatmeal to thicken the batter since Soy Yogurt isn't as thick as the greek. Happy Baking!