Stuffed Banana Bread Protein Muffins

I love muffins. And coffee.

I really really REALLY love coffee.

I could drink it all the time. Black. Nothing added. Just coffee in its purest form.

But I digress. This post is about protein muffins. Basically a staple in my busy life. They are filling, great for on-the-go, and well, they go excellently with coffee.

I adapted this recipe from Nutritionist in the Kitch. If you haven’t visited her website, go check it out! Chrystal has some great recipe ideas over there! I haven’t made anything that I haven’t loved from her.

These muffins have three of my favorite things:almond butter, bananas, and coconut oil! They are also packed with protein and are gluten free!!! What more could you want?????? 

As with all good banana bread, you need REALLY ripe bananas. The more ripe, the better!

image

After mashing those bananas, I add melted coconut oil, vanilla, the dry ingredients, applesauce, and protein powder. After gently mixing it all together, I am ready to construct these delicious little protein power packs.

image

I spray my muffin tins with coconut oil cooking spray and then fill the cups slightly less than half full with muffin batter.

image

I then take my almond butter and put about a half teaspoon on the batter in each muffin cup.

image

I top off the batter in each cup, filling it up to the top.

image

The muffins are ready to bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes, until golden brown and a tester comes clean.

image

These muffins are great hot or cold. The higher protein content and healthy fats keep you full for longer and make a great post workout snack. Oh, and they are also great with coffee.

image

But all things are good with coffee. :-) 

image

stuffedbananabreadmuffins

PB NRG Bites

People are always asking me what I eat. Or what I don’t eat. :-)

Or what to eat before they workout. Cue PB energy bites. I love these things. I eat them before and during most of my workouts. And occasionally just because I can. I got the idea from Gimme Some Oven and then changed them to provide a healthy, energy-charged pre-workout snack.

pbingredients

The peanut butter-honey-raisin combo happens to be my staple. But there are about 100 different combinations that would work. I’m sure some will show up later. But nothing is more inspiring that peanut butter. I love it. I eat it all the time. And it provides great fuel for my workouts and active lifestyle.  Chia Seeds are also another staple in my diet. You will see those little guys pop up in many of my recipes. Loaded with Omega-3s, fiber, and great for aiding in hydration in athletes, I try to sneak these into my diet as often as possible.

And so…

pbbites

PEANUT BUTTER ENERGY BITES

1 cup Old-fashioned Oats

1/2- 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (shredded)

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter (I prefer chunky varieties)

1/3 cup(or less) of Honey

1 HEAPING Tbs. Chia Seeds

1/2 cup Raisins

1 tsp. Vanilla Extract

Combine all the ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Place bowl in the refrigerator until chilled.

pbbites2

Remove and roll mixture into about 20-25 balls. I really like to use a cookie scoop for this.  Keep in a covered container in the fridge. ENJOY!

PBENRGbites

**Note: These aren’t low calorie, but they are a nutritious option for a pre-workout snack or quick on-the go burst of energy. Just don’t eat all 20 in one sitting 😉 **

pbbitesnutrition