Banana Cacao Chip Muffins 1

Banana Cacao Chip Muffins

Serves: 4 (medium) or 6 (small)

Happy Tuesday! Yesterday was National Banana Day! So, although this recipe should have been posted yesterday, I decided to celebrate the day by eating the delicious banana recipe that I made Sunday! It couldn’t have come at a better time either because I had a few bananas that were perfect for baking! I had been thinking for a day or two prior what to make with them and couldn’t decide. So, when I asked the boyfriend what he wanted me to make, he coincidentally said, “Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.” PERFECT!! I jumped on baking them within 2 hours of his request! (I know, I’m such a good girlfriend ;)) This is what I came up with…which ended up pretty darn amazing!

Fit Ingredients

  • 1/2c (52g) ground flax (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 scoops (~45g) vanilla protein powder
  • 1/3c stevia (adjust based off the sweetness of your protein and your taste buds)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2c coconut milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp banana extract, optional
  • 2 tbs water
  • 120g (about 2 small bananas), mashed
  • 1/4c (28g) cacao nibs (or 1/4c – 56g mini chocolate chips)

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  • muffin tin
  • non stick spray

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Directions

1) Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees

2) Spray 4 muffin cups with non stick spray.

3) In a bowl mix your flax and coconut milk. Set aside.

4) In a second bowl mix your protein powder, stevia and baking powder.

5) In a third bowl, whisk your eggs, vanilla and banana extracts and water.

6) Mix your mashed bananas and coconut milk/flax into your wet ingredients.

7) Mix your wet ingredients into your dry ingredient.

8) Fold in your cacao nibs (or chocolate chips)

9) Evenly divide the batter between your 4 muffin cups.

10) Bake for ~ 25 minutes (They will still seem a bit soft when you remove them from the oven, but as they cool, they will further set)

11) Once the muffins have cooled, store in individual ziploc bags for an easy grab and go snack!!

Packed in my Ziploc! Look at all that cacao goodness! 😉

So, how did they turn out?! Absolutely delicious! I was in love with the texture, the banana flavor and the packed cacao goodness that was inside! The boyfriend (his were made with chocolate chips) even loved them! We both had one before out workout yesterday morning! And like I’ve said in the past, if he likes something healthy, it’s definitely a winner! 🙂

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Nutrition (per 1 out of 4 muffins – made with cacao nibs)

Calories: 208.8, Protein: 16.4g, Carbs: 15.7g, Fat: 10.9g (3g Saturated), Sodium: 68mg, Fiber: 7g (Net Carbs: 8.7g)
(per 1 out of 4 made with mini nestle chocolate chips)

Calories: 246.3, Protein: 15.4g, Carbs: 22.2g, Fat: 11.9g (4g Saturated), Sodium: 68mg, Fiber: 5g (Net Carbs: 17.2g)

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19 Comments
  • okay, can I just say I love you?? Seriously, I look forward to every one of your posts! This sounds freakin awesome, you really have a talent in the kitchen girl!! :D
    August 28, 2012
    • THANK YOU!!! You are too sweet!! I'm glad you enjoy them! (I enjoy eating them...lol) How was day one of your new routine? Your meals (dinner) looked awesome!!
      August 28, 2012
  • You need to write a recipe book! I'd so buy a copy!
    August 28, 2012
    • Haha! You are too sweet! Thank you! And I am soooo sorry to hear that you have to wait until Saturday at the dentist! That is not good! Are you able to eat much of anything? I couldn't imagine running with that aching pain!
      August 28, 2012
      • I'm so serious girl, you really should think about doing writing a recipe book. It would turn out amazing! Awe thanks. I've only really been able to eat soft foods, and I've been eating more smoothies as well. It seems like that has been the easiest thing to get down.
        August 28, 2012
        • I'm so sorry to hear that! :( The good thing is, I'm sure you have a million smoothie recipes in your pocket to use! I hope you get better soon.....and especially before your trip! And thank you! I hope to eventually to put a recipe book together. I've actually had a whole bunch of people contact me about writing one! But it's not quite that easy! lol Plus I'd have to create a whole slew of new recipes just for the book! Slowly but surely it may happen someday! :) Thanks for the encouragement though!
          August 28, 2012
          • Ha yes, that is one benefit of having an obsession with smoothies. I'm hoping I'm all healed & happy before vacation. I completely understand. One day though!
            August 29, 2012
  • Kathy
    I just made these. I used flax milk and one teaspoon each of alomond and maple extracts did not add the chips. They are cooling as i am typing. I may try doing half pumpkin and half bananas what do you think.....
    August 28, 2012
    • Kathy, let me know how they turn out! Banana, pumpkin is a combination you will see that I use frequently in my fall recipes! You just have to decide which flavor you want to be the dominant one! I am curious to know how they come out with those 2 extracts! Please report back! :) Have a great day!
      August 28, 2012
      • Kathy
        Tried the muffins, so moist and the extracts that i used is perfect. I will have to try the pumpkin/banana combo. and let you know! OBTW, I use the mini-bundt holders instead of the cupcake. I'm with everybody else on the cookbook:)
        August 28, 2012
        • That's great Kathy! I am so happy you enjoyed them! I will definitely have to try that flavor combination soon! I have been staring at my bundt pans forever and dying to use them, but most people don't have them, so I usually stay away. But, I think you have just sparked a need to use them! :) And thank you so much for encouraging the cookbook! You are too sweet! It blows my mind that so many people think I should make one! Such an amazing compliment! :) THANK YOU! Have a great night! Look forward to 'chatting' with you soon!
          August 28, 2012
          • Kathy
            Sarah, Made the banana/pumpkin muffins with 1/4 cup of blueberries added...fantastic! Just added a couple dashes of pumkin pie spice and still used the almond/maple extracts....maybe try walnuts next time.....isn't it fun!
            August 29, 2012
          • That's great Kathy! That is definitely quite the combination!! And yes, experimenting is sooo fun! That's how I got started doing this....just playing around in my kitchen trying to make all things healthier! I never thought it would turn out to be as big as it has become! I love it!
            August 29, 2012
  • Wow! This looks great! I'm always looking for easy, high protien snacks!
    August 30, 2012
    • Well then you have definitely come to the right place! I have lots and lots of them on here! Let me know which recipes you try! Have a great night! :)
      August 30, 2012
  • lina
    Can I use something else for baking powder??? :)))
    November 12, 2012

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