Banana Nut Muffins


You know the greatest thing about banana nut muffins?  They are good for dessert and breakfast!  My boyfriend’s mom always makes banana nut muffins and I never get time to enjoy them before they are all eaten up; therefore, I did a little research to find a healthy recipe for banana nut muffins!

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

(courtesy of Made Healthier)

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 bananas
1/2 cup skim milk
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup walnuts

Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

2.  In a separate bowl put in the bananas and cut in to small pieces with a fork.  Smash the bananas with your fork so that it is mostly mashed but with some small chunks of bananas.  With the smashed bananas, add in the egg, vanilla, and milk.

3.  Combine the dry ingredients, wet ingredients, and walnuts.  Mix briefly and pour into a nonstick muffin pan (or a muffin pan sprayed with nonstick oil).  If you really like walnuts, add some on top.

4.  Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

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Black & Blue


Not too long ago I tried my first smoothie that I actually enjoyed at Tropical Smoothie.  Since then I’ve been itching to try one of my own.  Yesterday morning I made a smoothie that I’ve entitled the “Black & Blue.”  I really enjoyed this smoothie, but the banana was kind of a drawback for me.  I don’t really enjoy bananas, and the smoothie I had at Tropical Smoothie didn’t taste like a banana.  Next time, I’m just going to put less banana in it.

I’m not much for fruits but I know they hold key nutrients that your body needs.  Smoothies are a great way to get those key nutrients faster and it tastes better.

Frozen fruit is a great way to make smoothies.  I happen to have some fresh banana and blackberries, but I used frozen blueberries.  Frozen fruit is actually better to use in smoothies because it makes it creamier.

Ingredients

1 whole banana
1/2 cup blackberries
1/2 cup blueberries
1/2 cup of milk

Blend it all up and you get a Black & Blue smoothies.  Smoothies are all about your own taste, so if you don’t like the way it tastes, add some more of each ingredient until you get the right taste!