Banana Bread Muffins

This recipe was originally for banana bread.  But I found that the muffins baked better than a whole loaf of bread and it made it easier to make a grab-and-go snack that was already portioned.  I knew I would love this recipe just looking at the ingredients.  It has 5 bananas!  These banana bread muffins is made with only whole foods and is SOS free, meaning it has no added sugar, oil, or salt.  These banana bread muffins can be enjoyed at any time of the day!

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This recipe was adapted from here:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 5 bananas!
  • 1/2 cup date paste (or 10 dates)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (or 1 small apple)
  • Optional: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Combine millet and oats in a high-speed blender and process into a flour.  Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add baking powder and stir.
  4. Blend together bananas, date paste or dates, and applesauce until well combined.
  5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir.  Add walnuts, if desired, and stir.
  6. Pour into muffin pan (I use a silicon pan) and bake for 20-22 minutes.
  7. Allow to cool and enjoy!

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This recipe is amazing for so many different reasons:

  1. If you already have date paste on hand, this is such an easy recipe to make, since all you have to do is blend the ingredients together! If not, you can just use 10 pitted dates which is even simpler.
  2. Millet is a grain that is not expensive at all!
  3. Only whole foods are used, so it is a healthy treat!

Banana Bread Muffins

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Date Paste

Dates are known as nature’s candy.  That is because they are naturally sweet.  Whenever I am craving something sweet, I eat a date.  They are especially good stuffed with a little peanut butter!  Since I have been eating SOS free lately, meaning no sugar, oil, or salt, I have been using date paste as a natural sweetener whenever I bake.  Since dates are a whole food, they are a much healthier alternative to processed sugar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound pitted dates
  • 1 cup water

Directions:

  1. Soak dates in liquid overnight or for several hours until most of the liquid is absorbed.
  2. In a food processor, process dates and liquid until completely smooth.

I store the date paste in a mason jar in the freezer where it will last longer and since it doesn’t freeze solid, I can just take it out and use it as soon as I need it.

This recipe yields 2 cups.

I usually make date paste to add in baked goods, but sometimes I’ll spread some date paste on top of an apple.  It tastes like a caramel covered apple! Delicious!

Sweet Jubilee Smoothie

Most of my smoothies I have had recently included bananas in them.  When I first made this smoothie without a banana I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.  I actually intended to have this smoothie with tomorrows breakfast (I currently have to make my smoothies the night before so I don’t wake the roomies with the vitamix), but I took a small taste and liked this smoothie SO much I had to have it immediately.  I knew I had to share this on the blog so I can make it again!

Sweet Jubilee

I got this recipe from Simple Green Smoothies following their 30 day challenge.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup kale (or other leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup grapes*
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1/2 orange

Directions: Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth!

*I used frozen grapes for a colder and thicker smoothie.