Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

When quarantine started, I had a lot of trouble finding ingredients like flour, buttermilk, etc. With limited ingredients I was determined to come up with a delicious breakfast muffin and this one was a total hit! Besides… banana bread is all the rage right now and who doesn’t love chocolate and banana, right? This pancake mix version is amazing!

The texture is soft and fluffy just like any good muffin should be. 🙂

Dry Ingredients + sugars
In go the wet ingredients!


Give a good mix, then add chocolate chips!
Distribute and top with more chocolate 😀

Double Chocolate Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 4 or 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 4 Jumbo Muffins or 8 Regular-Sized Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Buttermilk Pancake Mix *
  • 1/2 Scoop Protein Powder *
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk*
  • 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar*
  • 5 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Large Mashed Banana
  • 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup White Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/3 Cup Chocolate Chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the milk and apple cider vinegar together and set aside for at least 5 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter, and let it cool.
  4. Mix the dry ingredients- flour, protein, salt, baking powder, cocoa powder, and the sugars together then incorporate the milk + apple cider mixture (it’s a buttermilk alternative), and also add in the egg, and last; the cooled butter.
  5. Mix everything together until it’s well incorporated but do not over mix.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chips and leave some extra for the topping!
  7. Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan ( I used a jumbo pan), and let it bake for 17 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done.
  8. Let it cool 15 minutes

Notes*:

  • You can Substitute flour for the buttermilk pancake mix, but I find that it makes these muffins ultra fluffy! You can also use self rising flour for the same effect.
  • Whey protein is optional but adds extra protein for breakfast!
  • Instead of milk + apple cider vinegar you can totally use buttermilk! (I didn’t have buttermilk so milk + ACV did the trick) 😉
  • Use more chocolate chips if you like them extra chocolaty. Or nuts for a delicious topping.
  • These freeze well for weeks or store well in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Enjoy!

-Hilda

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

Breakfast, Desserts, muffins, Recipes

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Our Italy trip is just around the corner, and I’m dreaming about the Amalfi Coast and the cliff-side lemon groves. So inspired by my dreams, I created these perfect lemony muffins that turned out amazing! They are zesty, sweet, and just perfectly soft. It’s a twist on lemon ricotta pancakes (which are packed with protein). Perfect for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up. My husband loved these, and I bet you will too! 😉

Lemon Ricotta Muffins

  • Servings: 6-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 large or 12 small muffins

Ingredients:

For the Muffins-

  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup softened butter
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 3 lemons
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk ( I used half & half)
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese ( whole milk)

For the Glaze (optional)-

  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  •  Juice + zest of 1 lemon
  • Splash of milk

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and butter your muffin pans
  • Beat the soft butter and sugar until creamy and set aside
  • In a separate bowl sift the flour,and salt and add it to the creamy butter and sugar mixture ( do not mix yet)
  • In the same bowl you used for the flour mix the rest of the wet ingredients
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and gently fold in together with a spatula until it’s just combined ( do not over mix if you want fluffy muffins) there will be lumps! Not to worry 🙂
  •  Pour the batter evenly into the muffin tins
  • Bake at 350 for about 23 minutes or until your inserted toothpick or knife comes out clean
  • Meanwhile make the glaze! Just mix the powdered sugar, lemon juice/zest, and a splash of milk until it’s a creamy glaze  ( if too thin add more powdered sugar, and if too thick add a little more milk)
  • Cool completely and then glaze it on top with the lemon glaze

Notes:

  • You can store these muffins in the fridge 4-5 days OR store it in the freezer for weeks- just pack them individually in plastic wrap, and defrost for a couple hours/the night before in the fridge. It makes such an easy yummy breakfast/ snack all week long!
  • **Substitutions**- you can substitute coconut butter or vegan butter for the butter. Although I have not tried- i’m almost 100% you can substitute coconut oil or canola oil for the butter as well 🙂

Cheers to lemons and summer!

-Hilda

Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

These delightful muffins are packed with protein, good carbs, and they are just perfect for the summer! My favorite way to eat them is with more yogurt on top, and a heaping spoonful of peanut butter or almond butter. Mmmm! These are perfect for a pre-workout breakfast or even afterwards! I also have them in the afternoon as a fresh delicious snack. SO GOOD! The best part is, that they are VERY easy to make. You mix everything in one bowl, bake, and then you’re done 😉 .

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Blueberry Baked Oatmeal Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Muffins 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Old Fashioned Rolled Oats
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s vanilla flavor)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 large mashed banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup of almond milk
  • 3/4 cup of greek yogurt
  • 2/4 tsp sweetleaf stevia or 2 tablespoons maple syrup (extra for more sweetness)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of blueberries

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 tin muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Mix the mashed banana, zest, and egg until well incorporated, then add in the lemon juice and baking powder, almond milk, spices, vanilla extract, greek yogurt, rolled oats and protein.
  3. By hand with a rubber spatula fold in the blueberries (gently).
  4. Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan, and let it bake for 18-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done.
  5. Let it cool 15 minutes🙂

** You can freeze these and defrost the night before if you want them for breakfast in the morning!**

Enjoy!

-Hilda

Apple Streusel Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

These muffins are an absolute joy in the morning with a warm cup of coffee! The spices, and the apples go so well together. It’s almost like eating a soft bite of apple pie. I used granny smith apples here because of the delicious tart flavor but you can use any kind. My picky husband loves these for breakfast! I hope you love them as much as we do.

A couple of things to note before you start:

  • Don’t over mix the batter
  • Make your own buttermilk by mixing 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and let it sit until it coagulates (about 5 minutes)
  • You can absolutely substitute greek yogurt for sour cream
  • It’s extremely important to have the butter SOFT at room temperature…it’s soft when it slightly springs back to the touch, and it’s nice and squishy
  • Yes, you can also substitute whole wheat flour for the white flour ( although I have not tried)
  • For the streusel- you can substitute the instant oatmeal packet for 3 tablespoons or 1/4 cup of rolled oats + 1 tablespoon cinnamon + 1 tablespoon sugar sugar to your liking
  • Storage- i find that it’s always best to freeze freshly baked goods as it tends to dry out in the refrigerator. I let these cool completely and then store them in a gallon freezer bag with all the air out, and then defrost one at a time over night if I’m having it the next morning. You can also pop one into the oven to defrost about 10 minutes or so at 350′ F the morning of.

Apple Streusel Muffins

  • Servings: 6-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Large Muffins or 12 Small Muffins

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (i like a lot of cinnamon)
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves (optional)
  • 5 tablespoons soft butter ( plus more for the streusel topping)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk ( or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 large granny smith apple chopped into pieces

Streusel Topping:

  • 1 package instant apple cinnamon oatmeal ( i used Trader Joe’s)
  • 3 tablespoons soft butter
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • honey drizzle (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 or 12 muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Separately cream the soft butter and sugars in a mixer until light and fluffy ( until it turns into a cream color/ consistency)
  4. Beat in the egg, and vanilla on low speed, then add the buttermilk and sour cream.
  5. Mix in the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves until everything is well incorporated
  6. Add the sifted flour mix into the wet mix until its JUST incorporated then turn off the mixer
  7. By hand with a rubber spatula fold in the chopped granny smith apple
  8. Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan, and let it bake for 15-20 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done. Let it cool for 10 minutes.

Enjoy! 🙂

-Hilda

Avocado Banana Muffins

Breakfast, muffins, Recipes

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I know the name of these muffins might seem a bit…odd? But they work…especially if you’re looking for a filling healthy delicious snack.

Personally, I love avocados and the idea behind this recipe was to create a delicious soft, and fluffy muffin without any processed oil. I wanted to use ALL the healthy fat that an avocado offered, and I was determined to create a hit. And I did 😉

These are so good for breakfast with a scramble, and some almond butter or peanut butter. Soooo good and packed with protein!

Avocado Banana Muffins

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Yields 6 Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rolled oats (blended into oat flour)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2/8 tsp stevia
  • 1 scoop whey protein (I used Hammer’s Vanilla flavor)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon ( i like more…)
  • 1 large avocado ( the bigger the better, and a good avocado makes it delicious)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 container siggis vanilla yogurt (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray a 6 or 12 muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Put all of the dry ingredients into the blender (oats-cinnamon) then place into a medium bowl.

Next, blend all of the wet ingredients (avocado-yogurt) in the blender until smooth, and gently pour it into the dry ingredients bowl with the chocolate chips and stir until just combined (less than 19 times). The key to the perfect muffin is to not over mix :).

Evenly distribute the mix onto the muffin pan, and let it bake for 26 minutes. Insert a toothpick  into the center to test if the muffin is done.

Let it cool 15 minutes & enjoy! 🙂

-Hilda