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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Banana Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Chip Muffins

A healthy muffin?  Yep, it exists and I found the ultimate recipe on pinterest of course.  I changed it up a bit because I never follow a recipe as written (curse of being a "foodie").  And I can officially say this is one of the best health food muffins I have ever eaten.  No all purpose flour, no whole wheat flour, no refined sugar............sigh...........A clean eaters muffin paradise.  The sweetness from the banana and honey is just so special........I love you little muffin!

The original recipe can be found here on GreenLite Bites.  I now follow her on her blog and facebook and will surely be using more of her recipes in the future.

Now, although I call these muffins, due to the fact that I used almond flour, you are not going to get that standard muffin top, and these are going to be more flat.  No big deal, right??  Let's just call them a cup instead of a muffin to be politically correct.  I mean who wants a "muffin top" anyway, and at only about 130 calories/serving you don't have to feel one bit guilty about eating one of these beauties.  You've got a powerful protein punch in these little guys too! SCORE!




So here is my version of the recipe below.  You should try this.  It was a great after school snack for my kiddos and when the neighbor kids found out about them......well, let's just say I had a full house of kids within 10 minutes.  LOL!  That's what I call "Kid Tested, Mother Approved."

Ingredients:
2 cups almond meal/flour
1 cup oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup light vanilla soy milk
2 eggs
1 TBSP. baking powder
1 tsp. pure vanilla
1 TBSP ground flax seed
2 TBSP honey
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (you could leave these out entirely and the muffin would still be good, but seriously.....ok, moving along.....)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Spray a muffin tin with non stick cooking spray
And then it's super easy.......mix all of the above ingredients together!  Divide the batter into 15 muffin cups (yes, it makes an odd number of muffins......just go with it).  These muffins should bake up perfectly in 20-25 minutes.  Set your timer for 20 minutes.  When the timer goes off, just watch those babies closely so you don't over bake them.  They will start to get brown around the edges.  It took mine 22 minutes to be just right!  Leave them in the pan for about 15 minutes or so to cool a bit and they will be easier to remove.


Please note this is the ONLY picture I got of the entire batch.  Seriously, the neighbor kids killed 'em!  OK, and I helped.......

Enjoy!!!  I'm going to have a little "snack" and  a glass of skim milk to wash it down with!

Debbie

29 comments:

  1. You're my hero:) love the combo of bananas and dark chocolate!! I can sub almond milk for the soy, right??

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    1. awwww......you're so sweet! And yes, you can use whatever kind of milk you wish!! Enjoy!!

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    2. YUMM! I am allergic to tree nuts and my husband has a gluten allergy. Can I just omit the almond flour? If not, what do you recommend. Also, can I use coconut milk? Thanks for your help!!

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  2. Debbie! Banana/choc chip muffins werea staple for my kids lunches and now you've given me hope to eat them 'clean'!!! Thanks for the recipe ♥
    Denise

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    1. Yay!!! Hope you love them as much as the kiddos and I did :-)

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  3. Great recipe!!! Just shared on my Stay Healthy Fitness Wall this morning:) Keep up the fabulous work and Stay Healthy~ Darla

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    1. I hope you enjoy them!!! Thank you for sharing and you keep up the excellent work as well!

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  4. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, but whenever I attempt to use almond flour, my bread comes out really wet..it's cooked, just kind of a gooey wet texture?! Do you know what i'm doing wrong?!

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  5. Yum! Thank you for this. I was seeing all these "healthy" muffin recipes online with white sugar and all purpose flour and had to laugh.

    I totally missed the part where you said 15 muffin cups and filled 12 to the brim. It took a lot longer and they're still a little underdone, but just perfect otherwise. Will definitely make them again. :)

    Cecilia

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    1. I can't count the number of times I've made these. Just a little note for my own records, to add a little bit of salt. Thanks again!

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    2. Awesome Cecilia! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. hey,
    am excited to try out this recipe... can i substitute the soy milk with almond milk?

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    1. I used vanilla almond milk and they turned out great!

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    2. Yes substitute with the milk of your choice.

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  7. Do you happen to know how many points one of these would be on Weight Watchers PointsPlus Program?

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  8. WOW! I made these yesterday with almond milk and seriously can not get enough of them! I have been sharing with everyone because they are that good!(and so I don't eat them all myself) Thanks for the recipe!

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  9. How many carbs per muffins are they?

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  10. My daughter is allergic to tree nuts what other alternative flour could I use instead of almond?

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    1. I used white whole wheat flour and they turned out great.

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  12. I love early morning too - and I think I would love it even more with one of these muffins!
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  13. Where's the recipe I saw on Pinterest? This isn't the same picture ... the other one looked scrumptious!

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    1. http://fitandhealthywithdebbie.blogspot.com/2012/10/banana-oatmeal-breakfast-muffins.html#.U_NNpWK9KK0

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  14. Thank you for this great recipe. Where have you been all my life???

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  15. Can you use Greek yogurt instead of milk in this recipe?

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