Gluten Free Apple Banana Carrot Breakfast Muffins

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Oh, how I love these breakfast muffins!  Let me count the ways!

  1. They are delicious!!!
  2. They are packed with nutrition!
  3. They are gluten-free!
  4. They are quick and easy to put together!
  5. The ingredients are crammed full of health benefits!
  6. They make for such a happy and delicious way to start your day!

Oh boy! I could go on and on!  These guys are loaded with yummy ingredients that go perfectly together to create a PERFECT muffin! Some of those ingredients are shown in the following pin, along with their health benefits!

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And that’s just some of the awesome ingredients in these things!  They are seriously crammed full of super healthy ingredients making them little nutrition powerhouses!  Let’s get to it!

GLUTEN FREE APPLE BANANA CARROT BREAKFAST MUFFINS

Ingredients (makes 9 muffins):

  • 3/4 cup gluten free rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond butter
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large honey crisp apple, cored, peeled, grated, and as much liquid as possible squeezed out
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup walnuts

Directions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Grease 9 cups of a muffin tin. Place the oats in a food processor and process on high until the oats have a flour-like consistency.

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2.) Add the processed oats along with all of the other ingredients (except the carrots, apples, raisins, and walnuts) to a medium sized mixing bowl.  Stir, mix, and mush all the ingredients together to combine completely.

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3.) Add the carrots, apples, raisins, and walnuts, and gently fold them into the batter.

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4.) Distribute the batter evenly between your 9 greased cups in the muffin tin.  Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes until the outside is shiny and set, and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

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5.) Allow to cool in the pan for 10-20 minutes, then remove from the pan and transfer to a plate.  If you carefully turn the muffin tin upside down, they should come right out.

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Breakfast perfection!

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YUMMY!  Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Bread Bites – No Bake!

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After I ate lunch the other day, I really wanted something sweet.  I was looking around Pinterest for ideas, and I saw this pin for banana bread.

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Um, yum.  This looked so good, but most of the ingredients in it are things that I don’t eat (gluten, refined sugar, etc.).  Not only that, in all honesty, I was feeling lazy.  I didn’t feel like baking anything.  The problem was that now I was really craving banana bread!  So, I went through the cupboards and fridge and found some things to throw together that would satisfy my craving, but I wouldn’t have to make anything.  Wa-la!  No bake banana bread bites.

Wow, these things are tasty!  I could seriously eat a whole batch in one sitting – but I refrained…kind of…I left three. 🙂  Okay, so let’s get to this recipe.

BANANA BREAD BITES

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free oat flour (you could also use 1 cup coconut flour instead if you have an issue with oats)
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 small pinch of stevia
  • sprinkle of sea salt
  • 1/3 cup mashed banana
  • 1/3 cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. Raw Honey
  • Optional add ins: 1/3 cup chocolate chips, 1/4 cup crushed walnuts
  • 3-4 Tbsp. Almond Milk

Directions

1.) Add all the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, stevia, and sea salt) to a large mixing bowl.  Mix together well.  Add the mashed banana, and stir in until well combined.  If you are adding in the chocolate chips and/or walnuts, add them now.  Mix well, and set aside.

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2.) Add the almond butter and honey to a small sauce pan.  Heat over low heat until melted together.  Add to the mixing bowl and stir to combine.  You will have a really crumbly mixture.

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3.) Add 1 Tbsp. of Almond milk at a time to the mixture until the mixture is a consistency that allows you to roll it into small balls that stay together.  I used 3 Tbsp. all together.

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4.) Use your hands to make small balls of the mixture.  Place in the refrigerator for 1/2 an hour.

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That’s it!  You’re good to go!  Banana bread craving satisfied without having to put in the work of baking any banana bread!

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You’re seriously going to LOVE these!  So delicious!  Enjoy!

Red White and Blue Oatmeal

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Happy Fourth of July!!!  We started our day off with a super yummy and patriotic breakfast. 🙂  This “red, white, and blue” oatmeal is a really easy breakfast with a fun spin, in that it is decorated as an american flag…not exact, but you get the idea!  Not only does it look neat, it’s delicious, and super good for you!  With raspberries, blueberries, and bananas, this breakfast has tons of nutrition in it!

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Woo-hoo!  All that nutrition in a delicious and satisfying breakfast!

I realized after making this that some cinnamon and almond butter would lend itself really well to this dish…hmmm, next year. Just kidding, this stuff is so delicious, I can pretty much guarantee it will make a reoccurrence here in our household in the near future!  Okay, let’s get to the recipe!

RED WHITE AND BLUE OATMEAL

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 cup gluten free oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg and 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup of each: chopped banana, raspberries, blueberries, plus more for decorating

Directions

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and spray an 8 x 11 baking dish with olive oil.  In a small bowl, mix together the oats, baking powder and sea salt.  In a larger mixing bowl, mix together the almond milk, maple syrup, vanilla, and eggs.  Add the oat mixture to the ‘wet’ ingredients and stir to combine.

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2.) Fold in 1/4 cup chopped banana, 1/4 cup raspberries, and 1/4 cup blueberries.  pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish, and spread out evenly.

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3.) Decorate the top of the oatmeal as an american flag, using blueberries for the upper left square corner, and bananas and raspberries for the stripes.

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4.) Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.  Remove and allow to cool a bit (5-10 minutes).

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5.) Use a spatula to cut out and transfer to a plate to serve.

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Yeah, that tastes as good as it looks!

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SO YUMMY!  Happy Fourth of July!  Enjoy! 🙂

Banana Sushi

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Okay, so this is the cutest snack ever!  I had some bananas on hand that needed to be used or frozen, so I remembered this fun and yummy snack that I had at a get together before.  Bananas are the main ingredient in these bites of delight, and that’s great, because they are SO great for you!

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So, as I was saying, I remembered this snack that I had at a friend’s get together a while back – banana sushi!  This stuff is great.  It looks kinda fancy, but really it’s so easy to throw together, and it’s up to you what to top it with!  I used almond butter as my base, then I topped that with chia seeds, finely chopped apple, crushed walnuts and some unsweetened shredded coconut.  SOme other possibilities could be any nut butter as a base, mini chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, dried or fresh fruit, and granola.  Really, you can top it with anything, which is what makes these so fun!

BANANA SUSHI

Ingredients

  • Bananas, peeled
  • nut butter of your choice (I used almond butter)
  • toppings of your choice

Directions

1.) Peel your bananas, and place them on a baking sheet.  Evenly spread your nut butter on the bananas, then sprinkle your bananas with your toppings.  Gently press your toppings into your nut butter so they will stick better.

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2.) Use a sharp knife to slice your bananas into pieces about 3/4 of an inch to an inch thick.

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3.) Place your the baking sheet with the bananas on it in the freezer for approximately 1 hour.

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4.) Remove from freezer and transfer the banana sushi to a plate.

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Simple, healthy, delicious!  Enjoy! 🙂