Recipe: Chocolate Banana Energy Muffins
After indulging on Thanksgiving and the gluttony with all of the leftovers, I NEEDED something healthy to cleanse my body. I wanted something that tasted good but was really healthy too. I love a challenge like that! I thought of all the healthy ingredients I could and packed them into these power-packed Chocolate Banana Energy Muffins. Even the pickiest of eaters will love these muffins!
The only thing that’s marginally “bad” for you in them is the mini chocolate chips (and you could leave them out). There are only 2 tablespoons in the whole darn thing, so really still not too bad. All in all, they are packing a good nutritional punch – low in calories (~130 calories), decent fiber (~3 grams), good amount of protein (~5 grams), low in sodium (~65 milligrams), and low in fat (~2 grams) <see complete nutrition estimates in steps below). So you could even have 2 J Let me walk you through the fast and simple steps.
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Here are the ingredients: flour, oatmeal, almond meal, wheat germ, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, egg, milk, vanilla extract, yogurt, honey, bananas, and mini chocolate chips.
Begin by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare your muffin tin by spaying with either cooking spray or by lining with paper liners. Set aside.
Combine all of the dry ingredients into a medium sized bowl (in no particular order)…flour, oatmeal, almond meal, …
…wheat germ, cocoa powder, …
… baking soda, and salt
Sift with whisk to remove any lumps. Set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients (in no particular order) (egg, milk, vanilla extract, yogurt, honey, and bananas).
(I was lucky enough to have been given a bunch of farm fresh eggs from my husband’s co-worker. So nice!)
Helpful Tip: When your bananas go brown before you have a chance to eat them – don’t toss them in the trash. Just toss them into the freezer (peeled or unpeeled) where they’ll stay until it’s time to bake these muffins or banana bread. They’ll keep in there well for months.
…the plain yogurt and honey. Tip: spray measuring cup with non-stick cooking spray for easy removal (the honey can stick to the sides of the measuring cup/spoon and cause inaccurate measuring).
Whisk to thoroughly combine.
Add the bananas – and if not extremely soft, like mine, mash well with a fork on a plate before adding. Whisk to fully incorporate the banana – okay to have a few small chunks of banana, but not a lot.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Using a rubber scraper, fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to over-mix. Use folding technique as outlined below.
To “fold” ingredients together: Hold the spatula in your dominant hand and grasp the far edge of the bowl (side that is away from you) with your non-dominant hand. Turn the bowl towards you with your non-dominant hand while simultaneously scraping around the edge (also toward you) and finish by folding the mixture over on top of itself. Return both hands to the far side of the bowl and follow-up by cutting through the center of the mixture with your utensil and once again folding the mix over on top of itself (again, turning the bowl simultaneously). Alternate scraping around the side and through the middle of the bowl until the mixture is just combined together.
Gently fold in the mini chocolate chips, if using.
Scoop the batter into prepared muffin tins. Fill the muffin tins 3/4 way full. I find using an ice cream scoop helps to ensure they are not too full and are even. I only had enough batter for 11 muffins. I feel cheated somehow. I guess that’s what I get for making up a recipe 🙂
Bake them at 350°F (175°C).
Bake for 18-20 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean after inserting in center of one muffin.
Note: if using min chocolate chips, you could notice some of the melted chocolate on the toothpick – which is okay.
Remove from muffin pan and place on a cooling rack – or enjoy hot from the oven if you can’t wait like me.
Look at how beautiful these are. They have great flavor, they’re moist, and not overly sweet. A delicious way to get some nutrition.
Here are some nutrition estimates for each muffin baked as described (I used low fat buttermilk and non-fat Greek yogurt – rest as shown in recipe).
Enjoy the comfort of food!
PS: If you see mistakes (i.e., spelling errors or inconsistencies in the recipe), please tell me right away. I appreciate any help I can get!