Ever get tired of the store bought protein bars? Some are good and some are really bad. I used to buy a few and store them in the glove department for when I was on the move; you know, just incase I got hungry mid-day and the only thing nearby was something that would probably take me an hour or more to work off later in the day.
These days I prefer to see firsthand what is in the food I eat. I’ve noticed I am a lot less fatigued since I quit the fast meal, heavily processed stuff. These little protein bites are perfect to make if you need a quick recipe or just want something different than fruit/veggies for a snack.
I’ve made some no bake protein balls before and they went pretty quick. This time I added banana to the mix to give a little more moisture for the oats. They weren’t as firm as the previous recipe without banana, but they held up just as well with taste. Banana, chocolate and peanut butter are a recipe match made in heaven if you ask me.
Banana Protein Power Bites
Pretty incredible little ball of protein for those who enjoy bananas, oats and peanut butter.
- ¼ cup natural creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- very ripe banana, mashed
- ½ teaspoon chia seeds
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon mini chocolate chips
- Mash your ripe banana in a small bowl using a whisk.
- Add all ingredients to a medium size bowl. Mix well, either with a wooden spatula or clean hands. Using a tablespoon to scoop, roll into individual ball shapes and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Add cookie sheet to fridge for at least an hour to firm. Replace protein balls into a plastic airtight container and store in fridge.
- This recipe can be doubled.
Lately I’ve been trying to swear off bread for the most part, but I’ve been constantly running into some really yummy sounding muffin recipes on Pinterest and it made it hard to resist baking some. Breakfast has always needed to be some sort of variety for me. I could never stick to a routine bowl-of-cereal breakfast day after day, week after week. And so I am unendingly searching and testing for new recipes for breakfast. Afterall, we do dedicate our Sunday night dinner to it as well!
I was pretty much sold on this recipe when I saw “chocolate chips” in the title. You can pass off just about any healthy ingredient when you’re adding chocolate chips as well. So if you have some picky eaters in your home, chances are they will still enjoy these muffins. I just leave the “banana” part out at first. You never know, they may not even figure out there’s bananas in there too.
Know what else is great? Each muffin is 170 calories, easily leaving room for that much needed cup of coffee in the morning. That made going off the bread edge for just this week even more worth it!
Not to mention how much I wish I could put into words just how delicious these muffins are. I guess the best way for you to understand would be to just bake a batch yourself. If you decide to, come back and let me know how they turned out!
Skinny Banana Chocolate Chip Breakfast Muffins
A healthy take on banana and chocolate muffins that are easily assembled and take as short as 20 minutes to bake. Plus kids love them!
- 1½ cups white whole wheat flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 ripe bananas
- ¼ cup raw honey
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or coconut oil
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup plain nonfat greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
- ½ cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Using cooking spray, grease muffin tin well.
- Add dry ingredients: flour, baking soda and salt to a medium size mixing bowl. Whisk well.
- Using a blender, add banana, honey, vanilla, oil, egg, yogurt, and milk. Blend on high speed for 60 seconds. Add blender mix to medium bowl with dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, combine well. Next gently fold in chocolate chips.
- Add batter to muffin tin evenly and filling until they are 2/3 full. Bake for 20-22 minutes, depending on your oven. Check using a toothpick to see if they are throughly cooked through. If the toothpick comes out clean after you stick in the middle of muffin; they are ready to take out of the oven.
- Allow muffins to cool down momentarily before moving to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
- Muffins freeze for up to 3 months if needed. Just add them into a ziplock baggie and heat for 30 seconds in a microwave to thaw out when ready to eat.
Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen
I have to buy a gallon of chocolate milk each week because the kids drink half a gallon and I use the other half for these delicious chocolate milk, banana and peanut butter shakes that I drink post-workout for a refuel.
Chocolate milk is known to help replenish after a hard workout, or strenuous activity because it contains double the amount of carbohydrates and protein that you’ll find in regular milk or sugary drinks like Gatorade. It also has a high water content to recover hydration. Add that with your feel-good banana fruit and a tablespoon of peanut butter for additional protein and you’ll bounce back from that exhausting run in no time!
Chunky Monkey Post-Workout Shake
Good combination if you like chocolate milk and peanut butter.
- 1 cup low-fat chocolate milk
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter or almond butter
- 1 medium size banana
- 5 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients into a blender for 60 seconds max. Serve chilled.