I love muffins because they are easy to eat on the go, especially before or after a workout. They’re appropriately portioned, too! Bananas are a healthy pre-workout food as they contain complex carbohydrates for energy and potassium to prevent muscle cramps.
Check out these pre-workout banana muffins with walnuts and flaxseeds! Walnuts have healthy fats to keep you full and protect your heart and contain antioxidants. Flax seed contains fiber and protein to keep you fuller for a longer period of time – like powering through a Pure Barre class!
Banana Nut & Flax Muffins
Yield: 12 Muffins
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 very ripe bananas
- 1 egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1/3 cup refined coconut oil, melted
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, flax seed, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
- Whisk dry the ingredients together.
- In a separate bowl, combine the bananas, vanilla extract, egg, and almond milk.
- Mash the bananas with a fork and mix together the wet ingredients until almost smooth – little chunks of banana are OK!
- Add the wet ingredients to dry ingredients, whisking until mixture is smooth.
- In a small microwave-safe bowl, microwave coconut oil for about a minute on high until it is melted.
- Add the melted coconut oil to muffin batter. (Note: The reason you add this to the batter afterwards and not to the wet ingredients is because coconut oil will solidify if added to cold liquid – adding this step this will ensure this doesn’t happen.)
- Add the walnuts to the large mixing bowl and fold them into batter with a rubber spatula.
- Line a cupcake pan with cupcake wrappers.
- Fill each muffin about ¾ full.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Store in a air tight container for an on-the-go breakfast or snack – enjoy!
– From Pure Barre enthusiast, Gabrielle Terzano, client at Pure Barre South Jersey, NJ – Haddonfield.
About Gabrielle: My passion is living well, eating healthy and being physically fit. I want to motivate others and be a mentor for people to lose weight or change their lifestyle for the better. I take classes at Northeastern University for my Master of Science in Nutrition with a concentration in Obesity and Nutritional Health.
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