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."
2 cups almond meal/flour
1 cup oats
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup light vanilla soy milk
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.....)
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!