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Almond Butter Banana Muffins

Do you really need an excuse to make these?

Do you really need an excuse to make these?

I'm sitting in a coffee shop right now being really coffee shop-y and contemplative about how much I enjoy writing this blog. I particularly love sharing my favorite recipes with my friends, who are constantly making them more delicious and more beautiful than I could ever imagine.

Sometimes I get to share my food in person, which is the epitome of satisfaction, especially when fights break out over who gets the last bite. Family Breakfast Friday became a tradition at our little Crossfit box in Queens over the summer, when we all decided eating was probably the best activity after a hard workout. I wanted to continue the tradition not to be stodgy or clingy to a sentiment, but because I know Family Breakfast Friday brought our crew a little closer together; it at least kept us from being hungry...or hangry.

This past Family Breakfast Friday (Valentine's Day Edition), I brought to the box probably some of my favorite early morning treats: Almond Butter Banana Muffins. As my good friend and lifting partner, Mel, commented, "they're like a really really good old fashion banana muffin!" They really are!

They're soft and spongy like real muffins, but they also have an added flavor of almonds and cocoa. They're not too sweet, not too indulgent. Perfect for a post-workout chat with friends. I hope you bring these to your group and maybe start a Family Breakfast Friday tradition of your own! (Original recipe from Gimme Delicious!)

Ingredients:

  • 4 bananas, ripe
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup butter or olive oil
  • 1/2 cup almond butter (Note: you can grind your own almond butter at Whole Foods!! It adds a nice, chunky, nutty texture to the muffins)
  • 1/3 cup coconut flour (x2 if you choose not to add protein powder to your recipe)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup cocoa or 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 scoop vegan or paleo vanilla protein (optional)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Line muffin tins with muffin liners (Valentine's Day themed ones if you're feeling it)
  3. Mash bananas in medium to large bowl.
  4. Add eggs to bananas and mix.
  5. Add olive oil to the mix.
  6. Add almond butter (Note: you might want to melt it in the microwave for 10-15 seconds to make it easy to blend with the rest of the ingredients) and vanilla extract. Mix well.
  7. Add coconut flour, vanilla protein (optional), baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt to the wet ingredients.
  8. Fill cups, leaving a little room for them to rise.
  9. Place in oven for about 15-18 minutes. Poke with a toothpick at 15 minutes, and if it comes out clean, you're done! I kept them in the oven for an extra 3-5 minutes to brown the tops, but you don't have to.
  10. Remove from oven and let cool for about 10 minutes.
  11. Eat and enjoy! Yields 12 outstanding mufifins!

Oh yeah, and the best part about these muffins is that they don't have to be Valentine's Day themed, obviously. Make them for your girlfriends, boyfriends, single ladies, single dudes, besties, Galentines, and lifting partners. Make them for yourself. Just make them! (yields 18 delicious muffins)

(Note: I changed the recipe slightly since I first posted this back in February, so I took off the f/c/p breakdown)

My coaches, my friends.

My coaches, my friends.