Work Hard. Play Hard. Eat Baked Goods (really!)
Here is a fabulous healthy MUFFIN recipe that is a real game changer for baked goods. If anyone ever told you you can't have a super healthy diet AND eat baked goods was just plain wrong (thank goodness!) This recipe for Gluten-free Vegan Banana Almond Meal Muffins is off the charts! These tasty muffins are also low in sugar and are oil-free. They make a great pre-morning workout meals, a snack mid-day, or an after-dinner treat.
We truly don't have to give up the things we love to eat in order to have a balanced diet - What DO need to do is learn how to create healthier alternatives and substitutes that make the things we love better for us and yet still enjoyable. After all, Life is ALL about BALANCE!
Here is a highly recommended recipe from a blog I love, The Minimalist Baker. Her blog is another great resource for healthy recipes and substitution options.
2 flax eggs or sub 2 small eggs
2 medium ripe bananas
3 Tbsp agave nectar, maple syrup or honey if not vegan
3 Tbsp unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup almond meal (ground from raw almonds - not almond flour or pre-ground store-bought)
1/2 cup + 2 Tbsp oat flour (ground from GF oats)
Optional toppings: chopped nuts, rolled oats, crumb topping
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a muffin tin with 8 paper liners.
In a large bowl, prepare flax egg by mixing flaxseed + water and letting rest for a few minutes.
Next add bananas and mash. Add agave, baking powder, vanilla, almond milk and stir.
Add almond meal and oat flour and stir once more. Taste to see if it needs more sweetener. I added a touch more because I prefer sweeter muffins.
Bake for 25-34 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and they become somewhat firm to the touch with a little give.
Remove and let rest in pan for 5 minutes. Then cool completely on a cooling rack. They can be tender when they're warm.
Store in an airtight container or covered with plastic wrap for several days. Freeze for longer storage.
Let us know if you enjoy these healthy goodies as much as we do! We love to share healthy recipes with our 5 WAYFIT Community because we love sharing the joy of tasty healthy recipes that fuel us for our day and our workout AND taste great!
Feel free to send us YOUR favorite recipes and maybe we will feature one of them next time!