Another Banana Muffin recipe? Why don’t mind if I do!
Trying new combinations is the name of my game, and I’m always looking for ways to improve my baking skills, keeping things healthy while also not making them taste like a brick lol!
I had two perfectly ripe bananas ready and of course muffins were my go-to on a Sunday morning (y’all know that’s prepping time!)
I must say this is one of my favorite outcomes so far, super moist, lightly sweet and just overall delicious!
Enough about how good they came out, here’s the deets!
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 whole large egg
1/2 cup Lakanto golden Monkfruit sweetener (It’s a 1:1 replacement for sugar that has no effect on blood sugar, a great option for diabetics! Get it here)
Combine the wet ingredients and Lakanto first, then add in the dry ingredients:
1 1/2 cup Kodiak Cakes Power Cakes Buttermilk pancake mix
1/2 Extra fine almond flour (I used Kirkland brand from Costco)
1/4 cup of Enjoy Life Foods mini chocolate chips
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet mixture just until incorporated! Then using an ice cream scooper (my favorite muffin making tool) or measuring cup, fill a pre-lined/sprayed muffin tin and bake in a 350F preheated oven for 19-22 minutes, until the muffins are just starting to turn golden brown at the edges.
Once a toothpick comes out clean, remove from the oven and allow to cool before enjoying. They are so delicious, a great addition to breakfast or a sweet snack for the kids to enjoy!
See below for the calorie and macro information (makes 18 muffins )!
It’s so easy to get caught up in what we can’t do, that we fail to challenge those thoughts and find what we are truly capable of.
Prior to injuring my knee during the first day of track practice my senior year, I was a competitive track and cross country athlete, and pretty decent at basketball.
Things were going great, with a full ride scholarship and career in the navy waiting for me. A week from my Annapolis Naval Academy physical, I tore my ACL long jumping.
I was devastated, broken and felt like the world was crumbling around me. I’d worked so hard, studied my butt off, trained extra hours at the school gym, only to have it all taken away by a hard packed sand the coach forgot to rake after a rare California rain.
This sent me into a deep depression, because I had been depending on this coming to fruition to rescue me from the heartache and pain at home. It was my exit, the saving grace that would make things right in the world, and it was taken away in an instant.
The following months were a major challenge, my parents couldn’t afford all of the co-pays for my physical therapy, and after 2 sessions it was up to me to “self-rehab”.
Because of that, I had zero confidence in my abilities to run, jump or attempt much if any of the athletic feats of prior years.
Only when I decided to join the military 3 years later did I start testing the waters...and I slowly began to see it was possible to overcome my self imposed limitations.
That was 14 years ago, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the experience, the struggle and the lessons I gained from those challenging times.
I’m ready for another challenge, and so this Monday I’ve officially signed up for the Air Force Half Marathon in September, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Stop letting fear hold you back...your past should serve you, not keep you locked in a cage. Use what you’ve been through to fuel you for a better future, and you’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish.
What fears are you facing right now? What have you overcome? Feel free to comment or send me an email, I’d love to connect with you!
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We loooooove pumpkin muffins during the week (also makes amazing pumpkin bread!)
I’ve made several versions of these, but by far this combo is my favorite!
Here is the recipe:
First, preheat your oven to 350F.
Next, prep a 12 muffin tin with nonstick baking spray (I use paper cups lightly coated with PAM).
In a medium bowl, combine your dry ingredients:
2 cups Kodiak Cakes Buttermilk Pancake mix
1/2 cup Level-1 Protein Vanilla Ice Cream, Cinnamon Cookie Batter (or Pumpkin Spice Latte if you still have it)
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
In a larger bowl, mix together:
1-15 oz can of pumpkin purée
1 large mashed banana
1 whole egg
1/3 cup Almond Milk (unsweetened) *substitute with regular almond/coconut/dairy milk if desired
1/4 cup olive oil
2/3 cup Lakanto monkfruit sweetener (get it on Amazon here)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Fold in the dry ingredients until well incorporated, then lastly mix in 1/3 cup of dark chocolate chips. Using an ice cream scoop, divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups.
Bake for 18-20 minutes at 350F, turning around half way. They’re done when a toothpick comes out clean!
Makes 20 muffins! 116 Calories 5.7g Protein 19.4g Carbs 4.9g Fat
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Kelly is a loving wife, mother, veteran, life-long athlete, personal trainer, and self taught cook with a passion for helping others. She hopes you will be inspired to live a healthier lifestyle while enjoying delicious meals cultivated in her home, and shared at your own tables.