Monday, April 7, 2014

Love and Avocado-Banana Muffins

I have been thinking a lot lately about what healthy means and what people tend to associate with being healthy. 

It's important for us to begin to move away from the idea that being healthy = being thin/skinny. Being healthy is about what you put into your body, how you treat your body and although weight is part of it, it isn't the whole part. 

Ultimately, making food from scratch is one of the healthiest ways to eat. Depending on the ingredients you use, the food will likely still be less processed and filled with less preservatives than what you buy in the store and you can control what you put into it.
 Plus, you can find ways to use healthier substitutes and make the food even better for you! 

I have never been much of a baker but a few months ago, we had some bananas that were a little too ripe. I decided to try my first, from-scratch baking endeavor and made some pretty delicious banana muffins. 



Using my existing banana muffin recipe, I thought I would try some substitutions I've heard of to make my muffins healthier. I also have a recipe for avocado blueberry muffins so I tried to incorporate the ingredients used in that as well. In this recipe, we cut down on the sugar and fat by using a healthier fat (avocado) and some apple sauce, while cutting the sugar a little bit. 

Sometimes food tastes buttery, decadent and it just tastes like something that should be a treat. 

Other times, food just tastes like fuel, which isn't to say that these aren't tasty. 
These muffins blend the two to provide some delicious, healthy food in a bite size. 
I also topped these with some crunchy peanut butter which adds more goodness! 

Using a mini-muffin tin, these will make about 30 mini muffins.





Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 ripe avocado, seeded and peeled
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup apple sauce
tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
3 ripe bananas
1 egg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. 

Mash the avocado and add sugar, apple sauce, vanilla extract, oil and egg in a mixing bowl. 

In a separate bowl, mash the bananas really well. The riper they are, the better because the natural sweetness comes out. Add this to the mixing bowl with the walnuts. The walnuts add some texture to this recipe!

Add the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon. Stir until completely smooth. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins.

Bake in the oven for about 35-40 minute, until baked through all the way. 




Top with a little crunchy peanut butter and sprinkle a little cinnamon! 

These little guys can be eaten as a snack, or a small addition to your breakfast! 

Eat as you desire and  as always, I hope you enjoy!

Lots of LOVE,

Eva


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