Looking for the ultimate healthy chocolate chip banana bread muffin recipe? LOOK NO FURTHER. High protein, high fiber, gluten free ready, and easy to make, these are perfect for meals and snacks! Friday Catch Up at the end of the post!
It has been one helluva week, amiright? Ok, enough shoving allthewords together. Ok, I’m done now, really.
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins
Sunday, I had 2 ripe bananas and an emotional state ripe for a breakdown. Solution? Get in the kitchen, problem solve, and come up with a new recipe. I ended up messing up the recipes slightly by a) not doing math properly and b) running out of a few ingredients and c) I just plain forgot a few of the ingredients that I planned on, but that just meant that I got to be even scrappier than usual. Luckily, though, I was well prepared with brand spanking new bags of mini chocolate chips and my favorite healthy baking flours.
I already have a not so healthy chocolate chip banana bread recipe, and originally, I had planned on making those so that I could reshoot the pictures. But after the crazy triple chocolate donut extravaganza and knowing that I would have a bajillion more baked goods as well as tastebuds that prefer a healthier tasting option, I endeavored to strike a middle ground between healthy, hearty, and soul-satisfying. I think I #nailedit (ok, so I lied to you earlier).
I love baking with chickpea flour and whole wheat pastry flour. The first was my first alternative flour that I experimented with, and the second was a find that has revolutionized my healthy baking. Whole wheat flour can be incredibly dense and heavy, as can chickpea flour–combine the two, and you are usually looking forward to a hockey puck. HOWEVER. Whole wheat pastry flour is much lighter and fluffier (ie, it is for pastry), which makes it PERFECT for healthy baked goods!
In the days since I created this recipe, I haven’t been able to stop eating it (or the other one, which I will share soon). Just sweet enough, not overly banana, hearty but not heavy, and studded with CHOCOLATE, this healthy chocolate chip banana bread muffin recipe is high fiber, high protein, relatively low in added sugars (depending on the amount of chocolate you heap in there or your choice of sweetener), easily made gluten free, and just freaking awesome. Need I say more?
Make this healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffin recipe and you can feel good about shoving baked goods into your face 😀 Check out the substitutions for even more ways to make it rock!
Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins (High Protein, Fiber, Gluten Free Ready)
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Looking for the ultimate healthy chocolate chip banana bread muffin recipe? LOOK NO FURTHER. High protein, high fiber, gluten free ready, and easy to make, these are perfect for meals and snacks!
- Wet Ingredients:
- 1-2 (about 100-200 g) Ripe Bananas, Mashed*
- 1/2 Cup Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/2 Cup Liquid Egg White
- 2-3 drops Vanilla Stevia (or 1 tsp Vanilla Extract + 2-3 drops liquid stevia or 2 TBSP sweetener)
- 2-3 TBSP Maple Syrup
- 1/4-1/3 Mashed Ripe Avocado***
- 1 TBSP Flax Seed Oil
- Dry Ingredients:
- 120 g (about 1 Cup) Whole Wheat Pasty Flour**
- 60 g (about 1/2 Cup) Chickpea Flour
- 3/4 tsp Baking Powder
- 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 TBSP Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Desired amount of chocolate chips****
- Heat oven to 350*. Line and spray mini loaf tins or muffin tin with liners and or parchment paper. Mist liners with cooking spray.
- Mix wet ingredients and dry ingredients (not including chocolate chips) in separate bowls until each mixture is well incorporated.
- Add wet to dry and incorporate, then add chocolate chips) and fold in.
- Divide batter evenly among muffin tin and or loaf pans.
- Cook for 15 minutes, then rotate pan. Cook additional 5-10 minutes (less for muffins, more for mini loaves). Additional 15-20 minutes for normal sized loaf pan.
- Removes, let cool, and enjoy!
* for a sweeter and more moist muffin, use more banana (up to 2).
** for Gluten Free version, use Gluten Free All Purpose Flour (make sure that binder is included within the mixture)
***For additional moisture, add in 1/4 ripe avocado
**** I liked mini chips!
DOESN’T THAT LOOK AMAZING??Healthy AND delicious? These Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins have it all! #recipes #yum Click To Tweet
Friday Catch Up
I could try to explain everything that has gone on this week, but I will try to spare you the full shebang and instead offer you the posts from the week.
- Positives and Big Fat Negatives
- Giving Myself Grace (Dealing with Infertility and ADHD)
- Five Pieces of Indispensable First Race Advice (Running Coaches Corner)
- Currently: One HELL of a Week
Alright, what is taking us into the weekend?
1) I spoke with my doctor yesterday, and we are going to try the Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) next. I’ll speak to this more in a bit, but we are definitely past the excitement stage of this whole process and into the getting scared part. I didn’t get the same feeling of confidence from my doc when I talked to him, but that could be because I called him while he was on the El, lol.
2) Ridley is back to her normal crazy self! After only eating from my hands for the majority of Thursday, she finally started eating normally (from her bowl) and drinking water that afternoon. Because I’ve had so much trouble with night sweats while sleeping in our bed, I slept on the couch, and when Alex tried to put Ridley into her crate, she refused to leave me. Poor little girl still wanted her mommy! I know how she feels. Thursday morning, she was up and ready to eat, and she was a little tired, but she played with her friends at the park and tried to eat goose poop. #shesback
3) I’ve gotten a few really lovely compliments that a) make me feel warm and fuzzy and b) made me think of yet another project to work on. Ah, the life of an ADHD creative.
4) I was at Walgreens getting Pepcid (for the dog) and browsing around when I saw a fantastic card that I just had to get for Alex. I’ve already written in it, so I’m not going to take a picture of the inside, but here is the outside:
and on the inside, it says “(It’s More than it Looks Like)”
It just felt perfect.
5) There was a $10 Sangria pitcher special at dinner last night. How did they get away with it, you ask? Well, if there was any actual alcohol in it… it wasn’t in my glass. I am a lightweight, I chugged my first glass, and I could have driven us home. NYC has the best sangria. Virginia’s is terrible (because of ABC law). I am now skeptical of Chicago’s, but I am willing to think that it might just be this place.
And that’s about it. Well, there is more, but not that I’m ready to share yet. To be continued. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Do you ever buy greeting cards just because? Even if you don’t have anyone to give them to?
What are your favorite flours to bake with?