Healthier recipe options but oh so good – Banana Muffins with Coconut Flour
I know it can be a challenge to eat healthy food all of the time and if you’re like me you occasionally like your treats. I can be particularly bad as I like both sweets and salty treats but over the last couple of years I have made little changes to our meal planning that has helped myself and my family overall.
We do eat quite healthy 90% of the time which I think is pretty darn good and we don’t deprive ourselves of our treats we just do it in moderation and I’ve found recipes that give us some healthier options for some of our treats.
One that I just tried recently was banana muffins with coconut flour. This was my first experience making anything with coconut flour so I was excited to try it out. I’ve been using coconut oil and even coconut sugar for over a year and I love both so the next step was trying out coconut flour. This recipe is also a wonderful gluten-free option. This is something else I’ve been trying out more gluten free recipes, you’d be surprised at how many good ones there are out there.
Here’s the recipe I found and adapted to what I had in the house and to my family’s taste bud preferences.
1 cup coconut flour
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
4 tbsp. melted coconut
3/4 cup milk (or almond milk worked for me)
3 tbsp. honey (agave nectar works nicely too)
1 tbsp. brown sugar (I used sucanat)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
Preheat oven to 350°.
Add the coconut flour f(or the best results you should sift the coconut flour), baking soda, baking powder, and salt all into a small bowl. Set aside.
In a separate larger bowl, beat the eggs together and add oil, milk, honey, sugar, and vanilla. Mix until it is all blended nicely.
Stir in coconut flour mixture and bananas until blended, you can also use a mixer on low. The batter will be thick but that’s what you want. Pour the batter into greased or paper-lined muffin pans.
These muffins don’t rise as much as regular muffins I’m assuming because of the coconut flour. In the end you get some wonderful tasting yet a healthier version of banana muffins (in my opinion). They don’t look like much but I found them to be quite tasty and like that they are made with coconut flour!
Other options we’ve done for healthier eating have been we switched out white rice years ago for brown rice and now my daughter prefers brown rice over white. We also like to have quinoa as a grain and I’ve had some great recipes with that such as a quinoa and black beans and our other favorite is to have our burgers without buns. We put sautéed mushrooms on them and other veggies and it’s fabulous. We prefer to have our burgers this way now.
There are lots of little things you can do to eat healthier, just don’t overwhelm yourself, try one at a time and go from there. Each little thing adds up.
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