Quick & Easy Healthy Dark Chocolate Banana Muffins
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Do you ever make something so scrumptious that then when you walk back into the kitchen like an hour later……. EVERY LAST CRUMB of it is gone already?!?! With my family, these muffins were one of those things! This recipe was created quite awhile ago and is still one of my favorites! Which reminds me……. I haven’t made these in what seems like forever. Hmm, I think these muffins are going to be showing up on the Zanders’ kitchen table sometime pretty soon 🙂 So there’s not really a thrilling story behind how this muffin recipe was created….. It was one of those days when I was in a baking mood, but when searching through recipes, they all sounded SO bland and boring! Even everything on Pinterest, which normally looks amazing, just looked……. BORING! Soooooo, I finally just set down the cookbooks, closed Pinterest, and decided to go adventurin’.
On a side note, YES, you can totally go adventurin’ in your kitchen. Have I mentioned how much I like adventurin’? Actually, so much so, that I will call literally every. little. thing. an adventure……. Who cares that I just went to the store to buy milk! I was adventuring. And no one would ever know differently. 😉 Life is so much more enjoyable when you keep it interesting and “adventure” as much as possible. An adventure doesn’t have to be something out of this world amazing. Learn to find joy in the simplest, smallest things in life. Even something as simple as creating a yummy muffin recipe can be a wonderful, joy filled adventure if you choose to make it one!
Wow, I get distracted easily……. Well anyways, let’s get to the recipe! Also, I FINALLY figured out how to get recipe forms here on the blog that are easily printable, so feel free to print this recipe out to save for later, to make again, or even to share with a friend!
Dark Chocolate Banana Muffin
- 1 Cup Oats
- 1 Cup Milk
- 2 Cups Flour
- 3/4 Cup Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
- 1 Cup Wheat Bran
- 1/2 Cup Flax Seed
- 2 1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
- 1/2 Tsp. Baking Soda
- 1 Tsp. Sale
- 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil (Or Butter Melted
- 2 Cups Bananas Mashed
- 3 Eggs
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with baking papers.
Combine oats and milk together in a small bowl and let sit for at least 5 minutes, until oats have softened.
In a large bowl, mix together all of the dry ingredients: Flour, sugar, cocoa powder, wheat bran, flax seed, baking powder, baking soda, salt.
Add the oat and milk mixture to the dry ingredients.
Add the mashed bananas, coconut oil, and beaten eggs to the batter, and stir until well combined.
Scoop batter into muffin tins lined with paper. (or well oiled)
Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes.
So what’s the reason for wheat germ and flax seed in this recipe? Well, there’s a lot of them! Would you like to look at some of the health benefits of wheat germ and flax seed? Okay, great! Let’s get studying! According to organicfacts.net (Which is a wonderful resource!) Some of the amazing benefits from wheat germ are…….
- It Boosts Your Immune System
- It Improves Heart Health
- It Helps Prevent Cancer
- It Has Anti-Aging Properties
- It Increases Athletic Performance
- It Improves Cellular Metabolism
- It Boosts Muscle Health
- It Helps Prevent Diabetes
Wow! Doesn’t that sound like a pretty amazing super food?! I sure think so!
So what about flax seed? Well, that’s just as amazing! Some of the benefits that come from flax seed are…..
- It Restricts Calorie Intake (it keeps you filled up)
- It Helps Healthy Hair & Skin
- It’s A Good Source Of Protein
- It Helps Prevents Cancer
- It Helps Improve Cardiovascular Health
- It Fights Inflammation
- It Boosts Immunity To Overall Sickness
Wow, Pretty cool, isn’t it? Just in case you were wondering if those ingredients actually mattered, yes, yes they do! My family normally always has these ingredients on hand, but I know that things like flax seed and wheat germ are not exactly a normal pantry staple for most people. If you don’t have these on hand, I would highly suggest getting them as soon as possible! We normally buy our flax seed, wheat germ, and other healthy dry goods at local bulk food stores; usually Amish owned. If that’s not an option where you live, well then I’ve got great news! You can actually order these ingredients online and have them shipped right to your door! I think that’s pretty awesome! Especially considering, that means you can skip the all day search & visiting 7 different stores. Really, It’s a win-win! I have provided the links down below, so have fun shopping and ordering these healthy super foods, without even having to leave the comfort of your home!
So now I want to hear from YOU! Are you going to be trying out these muffins? If so, let me know how they turn out for you! Do you cook with flax seed and wheat bran? If you haven’t before, are you going to try them? What are some of your favorite healthy baked goods to make? Let me know in the comments down below! I hope you all have a blessed day, and don’t forget to be looking for the sweet & simple! Now go do some adventurin’!
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