05 Feb These Are More than Just Muffins
At first glance, these may look like ordinary, (healthy of course,) banana muffins. They have all the ingredients a typical banana muffin has (which I bet you’re curious about just what those ingredients are because you know if I make them, they are HEALTHY and TASTY so have no fear – I’ll share the recipe at the end) BUT it’s what they represent, to me, that makes them more than a mid-morning snack.
I have always cooked and baked healthy – that’s nothing new. But, what is new, is how I made them, when I made them and what was going on while I made them.
I was holding my son, who didn’t feel good and did not, by any means, want to be put down. I was holding him, in my left arm, (my weaker arm) all 23 ½ lbs of him, AFTER just doing a power lifting workout that morning. Does that mean a lot to you? Well…maybe not…BUT it means a whole lot to me!
First of all, I set my alarm for 6AM so I could get up before everyone else, while the house was still quiet and peaceful, and enjoy my workout. (Which, by the way, would NEVER have happened, oh, let’s say, 6 months ago or so.) So, not only did I get up early and crush my workout, but my arms and shoulders were S…O….R…E, sore!!! And then my little man needed to be held and he was all snotty-nosed and puffy-eyed and pathetic and so of course, I accommodated him. Which meant that I held him in one arm and baked with my other.
Which means…that I’m getting stronger! It means the daily workouts I’ve been doing at home are paying off in big ways! I can carry my kids around easily! I can easily give them piggy back rides and I can hold them in one arm and cook or do other various things with the other. That’s HUGE for me and it means A LOT to me and I’m damn PROUD of myself for it!
But wait….there’s more! (I know you’re excited.)
While I was making these muffins, holding my son in my tired arms, I was also on a conference call with my team! We were discussing strategies and getting some training on how to help people make the same kind of positive changes that I’ve been making and continue to make every single day!
So, after all of that, what do these muffins specifically mean to me? They mean CHANGE. They mean the start of something NEW and WONDERFUL and INSPIRING and EXCITING! I am not the same person I was when I started this journey back in October of 2015. ..
And the muffins are proof of that!
Are you wanting to bake some life-changing muffins also? Well, here’s the recipe…
Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 12 cup muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
Add bananas, honey, vanilla, oil, egg, milk and yogurt to a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until well combined, smooth and creamy. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined. Gently fold in chocolate chips.
Divide batter evenly into muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool muffins for 5 minutes then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling. Muffins are best served warm and even better the next day.
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