What to do about breakfast – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Breakfast has been a tough one for me while being Paleo. I end up with only about 5 minutes to grab something for breakfast after I run out the door. I am not a morning person, I think I mentioned that. I get up with exactly just enough time to shower, put on a touch of make up, get dressed and grab something out of the fridge for breakfast. Making eggs and bacon in the morning before I go to work? Just not an option.

This wasn’t a problem before I went Paleo. I would get up, turn on the Keurig and throw a bagel or toast into the toaster. Take a shower, grab cup of coffee, swipe some cream cheese on the bagel, and walk out the door. It was perfect. Except now, those easy to grab items are not options anymore. Most of the time, I will grab a protein shake out of the fridge or a banana and apple off the counter. But do you know what I find when I do this? I’m hungry for lunch by 10:30am.

Sometimes we plan ahead and make extra scrambled eggs and sausage the night before. Though truth be told, I am usually more focused on dinner. I have gotten to try so many exciting dinner recipes and I just haven’t given much thought or attention to breakfast. Until now.

It is still cold in Minnesota, imagine that. So I am still looking for comfort foods. One of my favorites growing up was banana chocolate chip muffins. My best friend’s stepmom would make them for us, fresh, when we got up in the morning on the weekends. So I decided to make the same tradition for my family.

This was really exciting too. We have an 11-year old. You know the age, where you ask what they think of your cooking and the response is something along the lines of “it’s kind of weird but good, I guess.” That is Landon’s usual response to my paleo cooking. It is a bit weird to him, no surprise there though. Most kids prefer eating spaghettios, mac & cheese and fish sticks. It takes him a little bit to get used to the meals now because in our house, meals did NOT used to be centered around vegetables.

But then I presented him with a Paleo Banana Chocolate Chip muffin when he woke up on Friday morning. Do you know what he said when I asked what he thought? “These are SUPER good! Can I have another one?” Yes, I finally did it. I finally impressed the kid with my cooking! Maybe the proudest Paleo moment I have had so far. I decided to add in a little boost of protein as well to help fuel my husband’s weightlifting. These will be a great grab & go item in the morning and they only take 30 minutes to prepare and bake!

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Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins

1 cup almond flour

½ cup protein powder of your choice (if you aren’t into protein powder, just sub in more flour)

1 tbsp coconut flour

¼ tsp sea salt

¼ tsp baking soda

2 eggs

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

¼ cup honey

2 mashed brown bananas

½ cup your choice dark chocolate chips, optional

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  • Preheat the oven to 350◦
  • Line muffin tin with paper cups
  • In a large bowl, mix together all dry ingredients – almond flour, coconut flour, protein powder, salt and baking soda.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together all wet ingredients – eggs, oil and honey
  • Once wet ingredients are well mixed, add in the mashed bananas
  • Mix the mashed bananas in and then combine wet and dry ingredients to the same bowl.
  • Fill muffin tin with mixture and top with dark chocolate chips (optional)
  • Bake for 23 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when pierced down the middle.

* Warning: My measurements are not perfect, this will only give you 10 muffins if you pour them thick like I do! *

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This is what a baking fail looks like.

It took a couple of tries to get the proportions correct with flour and protein powder. My first attempt was 1 cup protein powder, ½ cup flour and my muffins ended up exploding. Wouldn’t recommend that. They puffed up VERY quickly and started overflowing to the edge of the muffin tin so I had to remove them before they could contaminate the other muffins. The rest of the muffins puffed up just the perfect amount to give the right kind of muffin top (the kind on the muffic, not on the hips) and turned out delicious!

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