In true Shayla fashion, I forgot to update this thing. What’s funny is that I really enjoy writing even though I’m not particularly good at it. I’ve always taken a “whatever” approach to the things that I’m mediocre at. However, there is something I’m very good at doing and that’s what this post is about today.
That thing is baking! When I started this weight-loss journey I stopped baking. I’m sure you can imagine why. It’s hard to stay accountable when you’re sabotaging yourself. But!!! You can have treats on occasion and it doesn’t even have to be a bad treat. I have a terrible sweet tooth and pastries are my downfall. When I was looking for a way to use up some ripening bananas, I found this beaut by GimmeDelicious.
Layla, the curator + composer of GimmeDelicious, posted this delectable healthy banana muffin recipe and I’m all over it. I made a few minor adjustments but she gets full on credit for its awesomeness. This recipe makes 12 small muffins or 6-7 large muffins. You can make it dairy free and I’m pretty sure a flax egg would do the trick if you need to substitute those eggs. Gluten free subs would work great too!
Healthy Banana Nut Muffins
What you’ll need:
- large + medium sized mixing bowls
- baking spatula
- hand mixer (not necessary but will help)
- measuring spoons + cups (all of them pretty much)
- Large dinner spoon
- 2 cups flour (WW or GF flour will work too)
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp old-fashioned oats, plus 1-2 tbsp for sprinkling (get the GF kind if you need it!)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 cup ripe bananas, mashed (that’s about 2.5 med bananas)
- 2 eggs
- ½ cup honey (or maple syrup or agave)
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips, raisins, pecans, walnuts, etc (e.g. your choice!)
What to do:
- Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly grease a muffin pan with butter, oil, or insert liners.
- In the large mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Be sure you saved some oats for later. Set aside.
- In the medium mixing bowl, mash that banana. Add the eggs, honey, olive oil, almond milk, and vanilla. On a low speed, mix until combined.
- Combine the wet with the dry and mix with the spatula until fully incorporated. Stir in your fixin’s.
- Pour the batter into the cups until it’s about 3/4 full. Sprinkle with those reserved oats because it’ll make them pretty.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, until browned on top and cooked through. You should use a toothpick to check the doneness. The toothpick should come out clean.
- Remove from the oven and cool. Slather it with butter, more honey, peanut butter. Go crazy, you deserve it.