Friday, September 9, 2016

The BEST banana muffins

You guys. Can we just take a minute to talk about muffins? I know it's Friday (TGIF!) and everyone is busy making plans, but for real: we need to talk about these muffins.

I love banana bread, but not all banana breads are equal. Being the banana bread expert that I am, I need to taste the banana.  I need to have the crunchy texture of walnuts. Lots and lots of walnuts. And of course, a few handfuls of chocolate chips never hurt.

These muffins are all that and more. Other than the chocolate chips, they are jam packed with healthy goodness and don't contain any refined sugar or dairy. They definitely don't taste as healthy as they are (this is a good thing, especially for my sweet tooth). I took these to work and they disappeared. And before you ask: no, I did not eat them all myself. Have I convinced you to try these yet?

How about now? 

INGREDIENTS (makes 12 muffins)
4 medium ripe bananas
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons coconut oil
3/4 cup almond flour
1/3 cup packed coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup chopped walnuts
1.5 cups chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Add eggs, coconut oil, and vanilla to the bowl and stir until well combined. Add almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt to the same bowl and stir until well combined. Next stir chocolate chips and walnuts into the mixture, reserving a few tablespoons of chocolate chips. Evenly distribute batter into a muffin tin and sprinkle remaining chocolate chips on top. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Once done baking, let cool and enjoy!

On a completely different note, I've been struggling with how often to post and what content to include. I started this because cooking and writing are two of my passions, but I never realized how much work goes into a blog (spoiler alert: a lot). I've watched more YouTube videos on HTML and website design than ever before, though to be fair, I'd never seen a HTML or website design YouTube before. On top of that, I CODED something- I've never been much of a technology person, so this is a pretty big deal. I'm learning how to balance my IRL job with this blog and I haven't found the happy medium yet. I'm also learning to balance how much I share about my real life. My natural inclination when writing is to just write and let whatever is happening with my life come out, but just like life, TMI is real and there is such a thing as too many pictures of my dog. That's all to say: this is definitely a work in progress. Thanks for bearing with me.  

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