Wait! Don’t let the word “paleo” scare you off. It just means that these Chocolate Banana muffins are free from dairy, grains, and added sugars or sweeteners. They are made of only the most natural ingredients because some foods can taste good and be good for you, too. They are rich, sweet, and have all the aspects of your favorite chocolatey baked goods, but without all the junk. They are nicely balanced with carbs, healthy fats, and fiber, which makes for a great for pre-work snack, dessert, or even breakfast.
A lot of muffins are full of empty calories and laden with sugar, which can lead to insulin spikes and crashes. This can be very disruptive to energy levels and performance at work, not to mention a second wave of hunger before 10:00 a.m.
The bananas and dates are balanced with fiber, which slows down the way your body metabolizes the natural sugar. Since they are also filled with good fats from the coconut, it’ll give you steady energy throughout the day and keep you fuller longer.
As I’ve spoken on in previous posts, I am all moved in with my sister and brother-in-law and cooking to earn my keep. On Tuesday nights they alternate meals with their good friends, Katy and Patrick. (You might recognize Katy from a guest post on what it’s like to train for a half marathon as a new runner). Since I am the cook of the house and was not asked to be in charge of dinner, I decided that I was going to at least sneak in a dessert. My mind went straight to these muffins because they are SO easy and always a crowd favorite.
And as far as some paleo recipes go, the ingredients aren’t too crazy. The base is over-ripened bananas, which are never hard to come by and Kroger now sells dates in the produce section. Dates, coconut, and cocoa are all you need to bribe me to do absolutely anything.
To mix my bananas and dates, I use my immersion blender. If you don’t have one, I definitely suggest it. It’s my favorite toy of all time and it makes life much easier. If you don’t have one you can use a food processor, blender, or get after it with a wisk.
I have made these a bunch of ways, but for the best results, I suggest sifting your coconut flour. It just makes them a little fluffier and less dense. And it takes 30 seconds so why not?
- 4 small over-ripened bananas
- 5 dates
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp baking powder
- ½ cup coconut flour
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 3 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup Enjoy Life Chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a muffin tin
- Soak your dates in warm water for about 3-5 minutes until soft
- Pit them and put them in a bowl with the peeled bananas
- Blend bananas and dates until there are not any pieces larger than a dime (immersion blender or a wisk/masher will be fine)
- Add eggs and vanilla. Mix until well incorporated
- Sift your coconut flour and mix in all dry ingredients
- Fold in chocolate chips if desired
- Fill the muffin tin almost to the top. (it should make 10-12 large muffins)
- Cook for 35 minutes
Is anyone else a chocolate addict?
Have you ever used an alternate flour for baking? What’s your favorite?
Who is racing this weekend and where?! Tell me your other plans!