We all have those times when we find ourselves opening and reopening the fridge trying to find that little something to snack on. We get busy and want something that’s quick and delicious. But sometimes we don’t make the best choice. It’s common to make unhealthy choices when we haven’t planned out meals or prepared snacks for the day. You can make these healthy muffins on a Sunday and have a healthy choice waiting for you every day of the week. They are a quick on-the-go snack that is also a fun treat. These muffins are sweetened only with fruit and have just 5 grams of sugar each. The addition of walnuts also gives a fun crunch and a great energy boost.
Almost everybody has noticed the boom in “Gluten Free” products. As you might know, this does not automatically make the product healthy. Most gluten free items are based off of white rice flour and potato starch--both of which do not do much for your health. These muffins are gluten free, but instead of using the standard blend of white rice and potato starch, they contain amaranth, oat and brown rice flour.
Amaranth has the most protein, iron, magnesium, and fiber of all the gluten free grains. It is also a good source of calcium, Vitamin E, Vitamin B-6 and lower in carbs than most grains. It seems like the number one flour to use--so why even bother with oats and brown rice, right? Well, for gluten free baking, if you only use one flour, the flavor can sometimes be overpowering and the texture too dense. You also miss out on the benefits of other grains. Quinoa is a grain similar to amaranth that also packs quite a nutritional punch, but it is about twice the price of amaranth.
With all of these wonderful health benefits, you are sure to feel good about eating this treat. If you want more of a dessert, you can reheat one and drizzle honey on top and enjoy with a cup of herbal tea.
Banana Nut Strawberry Muffins (makes approximately 11 medium muffins)
3 small overripe bananas
Juice of half a lemon
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup amaranth flour
½ cup brown rice flour
½ cup oat flour
¼ tsp salt
¾ cup chopped walnuts
2 egg whites
1 cup chopped fresh or frozen strawberries
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F on convection. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
Peel the bananas and mash them in a medium bowl. I recommend using the head of a whisk to mash quickly. Add in the lemon juice, vanilla, and egg whites. You can also put all these ingredients in a blender to speed up the process.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cinnamon, salt, baking soda, amaranth or quinoa flour, and brown rice flour.
Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Add the chopped strawberries and walnuts. Fill the paper liners with batter almost to the top. You can also gently push in more strawberry slices if you see any bald spots. Bake for 25-30 minutes, depending on how big the muffins are.
Let them cool completely before removing paper liner, and store in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information: (per muffin)
Carbs: 23 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 4 grams
Sugar: 5 grams
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