Monday, January 27, 2014

Recipe: Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

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Friday, a surprise came to Southwest Louisiana – a surprise in the form of ice and snow! Here in the south, we aren’t used to this type of weather – which caused roadways, bridges, schools, and area businesses to close. I work in an outpatient clinic and was told not to go into work, so I enjoyed a nice iced-in day at home!

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After attempting to make a mini-snowman (my “snow” wouldn’t stick together as it wasn’t the powdery type), I decided to bake. I don’t often get the chance to bake…so I took my opportunity for what it was worth!

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These little guys were so tasty, I decided to share with you!

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins
Adapted from: Paleo Grubs

Ingredients:

  • 2 very ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup creamy almond butter
  • 1 tbsp honey or other sweetener of choice (may add more for additional sweetness)
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • (optional) 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped pecans or walnuts (the tbsp is for the topping) – I used pecans

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 6 cup muffin tin with muffin cups.

In a medium sized bowl, mash the bananas together with a fork. Once bananas are mashed, add eggs, almond butter, honey (or sweetener of choice), coconut oil, and vanilla. Use a hand mixer to combine. 

Once combined, add in coconut flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, baking soda, pecans or nut of choice (optional), and salt.

Continue mixing with hand mixer until all ingredients are blended well. Distribute the batter evenly – this makes enough to fill six muffin cups.

Sprinkle reserved chopped nuts on top of muffin batter (optional).

Bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

Serve with a nice warm cup of coffee or tea and enjoy!

This recipe yields 6 muffins.

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Gather ingredients – yes, I like my bananas THAT ripe. :0)

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These muffin cups were perfect for a cold Winter’s day!

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Mashed bananas

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Note to self: cold bananas right out of the freezer will cause your melted coconut oil to harden (duh)…

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Mix well!

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Chopped pecans

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Ready for the oven!

While the muffins baked, Madalynn and I watched a tiny bird who was seeking shelter from the cold in a plant on my patio!

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Sweet bird! I had to remind Madalynn, “Birds are friends…not food!”

Speaking of food….

After 25 minutes of baking, the muffins were ready!

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Delicious, moist, and wonderful – I enjoyed every bite. At only 160 calories per muffin, I allowed myself to have two!

(If you don’t find the muffins sweet enough, you could always add a drizzle of honey on top.)

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These muffins didn’t make it through the weekend! :0)

What is your favorite type of muffin? Favorite breakfast food?

24 comments:

  1. 160 cals per muffin?! Sold! I am not a Paleo person, but I would definitely give this recipe a try. I love guilt-free indulgences!

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    1. Right? When I figured it up, I had to recalculate twice because I couldn't believe it! Haha! If you try them, I hope you enjoy!!

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  2. You definitely got more "snow" than we did! We got sleet. I'm hoping for more tomorrow and Wednesday! ;-) The muffins look yummy! I so wish I liked to bake and cook. I just like to eat but not prepare it lol!

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    1. Hope you guys get snow this week!! We are out on two snow days as well. I love love love to bake...I just don't like eating the extra calories! Hah!

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  3. Those look so yummy!! Can I fly to come see you? I will take your ice storm over my feet of snow.. I'm sick of this cold stuff..brr...

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    1. Come on over!! Everything is shut down here so all we would be able to do is bake! I like this plan already....haha! Stay warm...hope Spring comes soon for y'all!

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  4. I literally just made banana bread yesterday in hopes of combating the cold weather as well.
    Your recipe looks amazing.

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    1. Great minds think alike!! :D Hope you enjoyed!

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  5. So funny that I read this post today cus yesterday my husband got a business call from LA and I thought "gee, I wish I was there right now" turns out it's snowing there too! I love to bake and like making pumpkin stuff!

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    1. Ok that's funny! Hope you are staying warm!! :D

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  6. Oh these look GOOD....Pinning this recipe for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  7. those look yummy! Right now I am on an eggs for breakfast kick, I love them scrambled with a little cheese on top.

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    1. Oooh yum! I love eggs with spinach and turkey bacon! :0)

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  8. Wow those muffins look so yummy.
    I tend to be pretty boring and have cereal most days for breakfast!!

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    1. I know what you mean...I was on a cereal kick until a few weeks ago. Cheerios are my favorite! :0)

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  9. I LOVE your Eeyore mug!!
    @heatherlas

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    1. Thanks so much, Heather! So do I...it's my new favorite! :D

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  10. Yummm.. banana muffins are my favorite.. this recipe looks simple to make, soo gonna try it and surprise the kids with a treat. Thanks for sharing

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  11. Wonderful recipe and the whole wheat flour gives them so much more "bite" and rusticity!

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    1. I couldn't agree more! Glad you enjoyed!! :)

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