Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

 Do you ever have too many bananas and they ripen too quickly before you can eat them all?  For some reason I always do!  I am like a banana hoarder, and I hate to run out of them since I use them daily in my post workout shake.  I had 2 really large very ripe bananas hanging out on my counter and a recipe that I had been wanting to try.  Last night my little one and I gathered all our ingredients, the food processor and some muffin tins.  It was the perfect cold and snowy night to bake.  These made a great snack for her, she has been picky with her eating some days and she also loved them with breakfast this morning...as did I!

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

2 1/12 cups of Old Fashioned Oats
2 ripe bananas
1 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbsp ground flax seeds
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin tins with foil liners.
  • Place oats in food processor and pulse for 10 seconds or until oats are well chopped.  Then add all ingredients, except chocolate chips and walnuts, in processor until well blended.  Stir in chocolate chips and walnuts then divide among muffin tins, mine made 18 muffins.  
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until toothpicks come out clean. 
Nutritional Facts (input in My Fitness Pal) Per muffin- Calories: 99, Fat: 1g, Carbs: 18.6, Protein: 2.8, Sugar: 8g, Fiber: 1g
*Store in an airtight container on the counter.  You can freeze and save for later as well.

I had 2 for breakfast with 2 scrambled eggs, 3 Applegate chicken & sage sausage links, and a cup of coffee.  I usually workout about an hour an a half after breakfast so this is a perfect pre-workout meal for me.  I love breakfast...I don't know how people can skip this meal!

Today is day 2 of the #SweatPink #NoExcuses Challenge.  I have had a few people ask for the daily challenges for this week.  The total challenge is 4 weeks long, so when I get next weeks on Sunday I will post the schedule so you can be prepared.  If you want to see what others are doing you can search the #sweatpink or #noexcuses on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.  Yesterday #noexcuses was trending on Facebook...awesome!  I saw a lot of plank pics, and I posted mine too!

Here is this weeks schedule of challenges:
Monday 1/12- Hold a 30 second plank (any variation)
Tuesday 1/13- Walk or Run 1 mile
Wednesday- 1/14- 10 Burpees
Thursday- 1/15- 20 squats (any variety)
Friday- 1/16- #FreeFriday, choose any activity and share
Saturday-1/17- Share a healthy snack or recipe

To get involved:
*Complete the daily challenge and take a pic (of you, your timer, treadmill, workout selfie) and post to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (any or all) with the #sweatpink and #noexcuses.
*You can also tag myself @angelenamarie1 on Twitter and Instagram, and post your pic to my Facebook page.  Depending how many people participate and tag me, I may do a giveaway at the end of the 4 week challenge!
*Have Fun!  The challenge is meant to keep you moving and focused on reaching your goals you have set for yourself...just keep moving one workout at a time!

I also wanted to share a link to an article posted by Oxygen Magazine about How to Eat to Grow Lean Muscle.  It has so much great information about women, lifting and nutrition, you really should take a few minutes to read it then bookmark it.

Lastly, don't forget tomorrow is Week 2 of our Wild Workout Wednesday Link Up.  Be sure to stop back by and add your link to a fitness or healthy living post, it can be recent or something from the archives you would love to share!  Thanks to everyone who linked up last week!  We look forward to having you back next week! 

I am linking up Running Rachel and Fitness Cheerleader for #MotivateMe Monday...Yea, I know it's Tuesday and I am a day late to the party, but as they say better late than never ;-) 

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