January 13, 2014

Banana Muffins

I explored Naturally Yours in Normal after swim practice on Saturday, hoping I'd find some Whole30 approved treats for myself.  And boy did I ever!  There is a whole row of bulk food bins with dried fruit and different kinds of flour!  And instead of paying mucho denero for big bags of stuff, I could just get what I needed and save the benjamins for other, more fun things, like bills.  (Oh it's fun to be an adult)
I left the store with almond flour, walnut oil, and unsweetened dried bing cherries!  So I marched my little self home and made these muffins.  I MADE MUFFINS!  And let me tell you, after 11+ days of no bread/bread-like food, these muffins had me dancing around the kitchen. 

3 Ripe Bananas (I used thawed ones I'd kept in the freezer)
1 1/2 Cups Roasted Unsalted Cashews (I only had salted, so I left the 1/4 tsp of salt out at the end)
1 Cup Almond Flour
2 Tbs Walnut Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Vanilla
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
Coconut Oil (to grease your muffin tins)

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Grind cashews in a food processor until fine.
3. Add walnut oil and blend until until well combined (making cashew butter).
4. Next, add the bananas and blend until it forms a sticky paste.
5. In a medium bowl whisk eggs, then add cashew / banana mixture along with almond flour, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Mix until it forms a loose batter.
6. Pour batter into greased muffin tins and bake for 12 minutes or until muffins are cooked through.
7. Let muffins completely cool on a rack before storing.
8. Stuff your boca and try to hold back tears of joy.

To someone who is not doing Whole30 and cutting out all things grain and sugar related, these might taste a little bland.  But for me they were exactly the pick me up I needed.  Techinically, they are not Whole30 approved because the program states that you shouldn't "Paleoify" junk foods/snacks.  (almond flour muffins, banana ice cream, etc.) because the idea is to rid your body of cravings for all things processed.  But oh well, the ingredients are all Whole30 approved, so I'm counting this as a win.

Original Recipe Found Here
Whole30 Day 11: banana, eggs w/onion and green pepper, bacon, bbq mixed nuts, two banana muffins, 2 cuties, unsweetened dried cherries, spicy egg fritata.
Whole30 Day 12: spicy egg fritata leftover, cutie, banana muffin, beanless chili, unsweetened dried cherries, banana muffin, pork chop, baked carrot fries
Whole 30 Day 13: spicy egg fritata leftover, banana, banana muffin, apple w/almond butter, beanless chili, 2 cuties, mixed nuts, dried pineapple, carrots w/guac, baked carrot fries

Overview: I made it past the 10 day hump!!  Wooooo!  I have so much more energy it's crazy!  I'm not constantly tired at work.  I'm not wiped out when I get home, it's easier to get up in the morning, and I even think I can start giving myself a later bedtime!  I don't hit the post lunch-2:00 crash/ravenous monster syndrome anymore.  I do find that I'm hungrier in the afternoons than in the mornings, but that's natural.  And I'm learning that it's OK to be hungry, because now, all it takes is a small palm-full of nuts or a few pieces of my beloved dried pineapple to tide me over.  (Trust me: dried pineapple is the shiz.  Better than the fruit rollups we all loved as kids) 
Cravings are still there, mainly when I'm bored, stressed, or upset about something, but I'm learning how to handle that too.  No crazy food dreams yet, so we'll see what this week brings on that front.  (The food dreams are probably trying to fight their way past the craziness that my brain already creates when I'm sleeping.) 
Groceries are more expensive, but I think that is balancing out ok since I'm not eating out at all.  Overall, things are going better than I ever expected!

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