Saturday, January 14, 2017

Flourless Chai Latte Banana Bread Muffins

This recipe for Flourless Chai Latte Banana Bread Muffins is perfect for breakfast or warmed as a snack.

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I love using warm spices during cold months, and chai is at the top of my list. The first time I tried this muffin recipe I used only chai spice, but the flavor wasn't strong enough. For my second attempt, I added more spice and Chai Latte concentrate. The chai flavor is perfect now and really shines through!

I used almond flour to make these muffins flourless. I also tried baking the muffins using ground almonds instead of almond flour, and it worked well. Note: Flourless muffins don't rise the same as recipes that use all-purpose flour.

I have a few other flourless recipes on this blog, including Flourless Carrot Cake Oat Bars, Flourless Pumpkin Spice Muffins, and Flourless Carrot Cake Muffins. I think this Chai Latte version is my new favorite.

Try this muffin recipe if you're stuck indoors this weekend and want to make your kitchen smell amazing.

I'm planning to enjoy one {or three} muffins this morning with my coffee before a yoga class.

Flourless Chai Latte Banana Bread Muffins
Yields: 12 muffins

2 cups almond flour
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup chai latte concentrate
2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
2 eggs
3 teaspoons chai spice**
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

How to~
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
*Mix wet ingredients - mashed bananas, chai latte concentrate, coconut oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
*Mix dry ingredients in a separate bowl - almond flour, brown sugar, chai spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add dry ingredients to the wet and mix only until combined.
*Add batter to lined muffin tins and bake for 25 minutes.

**If you don't have access to chai spice, Fit Foodie Finds has a great DIY Chai Spice Mix recipe.

{Adapted from all recipes Banana Muffins II recipe}

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

10 Healthy Breakfast Ideas

This list of ten healthy breakfast ideas is perfect for the new year, including green smoothies, muffins, overnight oats, and more.

Are you eating healthier in the new year? I read that it's best to start dietary changes with one meal and work from there. I realized I have a fairly long list of breakfast recipes on this blog. I picked ten to feature in this post, for healthy breakfast ideas in the new year. I typically eat oatmeal or a yogurt bowl for breakfast, but I like to mix it up in the morning with smoothies and muffins too.

Apple Cider Breakfast Muffins

This is my favorite muffin recipe, using apple cider, apple pie spice, and baking apples. Baking with apples should happen all year instead of just during fall months.

Superfood Kiwi Green Smoothie

I created this smoothie last winter when K and I were working through a 60 day "no added sugar" challenge. It's delicious and incorporates tons of healthy ingredients, such as kale, collard greens, and carrots. I promise it's tasty enough for breakfast.

Flourless Carrot Cake Oat Bars

Anything carrot cake-flavored that can be made healthier is perfect for breakfast. These bars have an oatmeal base and work well for snacks too.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Green Smoothie

This is a classic green smoothie {it's not green because the blueberries overpower the color!} that we enjoy regularly in my house. PB&J flavors can be made healthier when you add lots of greens and use unsweetened fruit instead of jam or jelly.

Lemon Cream Pie Overnight Oats

I love overnight oats - this is one spring version that's super creamy and easy to put together.

Apple Pie Chia Pudding

I was skeptical of chia pudding for a long time but this flavor combination can't be missed. The best part of this breakfast recipe is the apple butter stirred in for extra sweetness.

Chai Slow Cooker Steel Cut Oats

I made steel cut oats in the slow cooker for the first time with this recipe, after an early pre- Thanksgiving snow last year. Chai flavors are the best in oatmeal.

Green Smoothie: Chocolate Covered Strawberry

Cocoa powder is the star of this green smoothie, which is naturally sweetened with bananas and frozen strawberries.

Flourless Pumpkin Spice Muffins

You haven't put your pumpkin away for the year yet, right? I need to make another batch of these muffins soon. They are made with coconut flour and full of tasty pumpkin flavor.

Maple Cinnamon Chia Overnight Oats

I made overnight oats for the first time with this recipe, and it's also one of the first breakfast recipes posted on this blog. It's hard to go wrong combining maple and cinnamon flavors.

What's your favorite healthy breakfast?