Yummy Banana-Cacao Muffins

Posted on September 4, 2013

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Yummy batter!

Cleaning up the kitchen after dinner tonight, an extremely rare occasion, I noticed we had a bunch of very ripe organic bananas. Had they not been the pricey organic variety, I would have just fed them to the hens, but these ones…I had to make good use of them. Since it’s only two more weeks until I’ll be racing the Gold Rush Mother Load 4-Day Adventure Race, there was no better time for me to be experimenting with baked goods than the present. Healthy, hearty cookies and muffins make great race food.

I mixed the following ingredients together and baked at 325 degrees for 18 minutes.

1 c           Pamela’s Gluten-Free Baking Mix (mostly white and brown rice flour)
1/4 c      Navitas Naturals Cacao Nibs
1/2 tsp  Bulletproof Upgraded Vanilla
1/2 tsp  Cinnamon
3/4 tsp  Baking soda (an ingredient also in my flour mix, otherwise I’d use 1 tsp)
1+c         Slightly overripe organic bananas (4 medium-small sized)
1/4c       Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
1/4c       Nutiva Coconut Sugar
1/4c       Health Garden Xylitol (from Birch)
4             Eggs from my free range hen, Gomezita

*most recently, the recipe has evolved to include:
1/4c       Woodstock Organic Coconut Shreds
1/4c       small pecan chunks

Tasty Banana-Cacao Muffins

Tasty Banana-Cacao Muffins

The batter tasted AMAZING…and the muffins were even better! The batch yielded 21, but I only have 14 left. I usually don’t eat much after my baked goods are done as I’d had enough with the taste testing, but these were TRULY DELICIOUS! And I love to share!

In the future, I’ll experiment with chia seeds (since I meant to add them but forgot), walnuts, fresh coconut and coconut flour.

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Power Balls

Since I already made a mess, I figured I’d try a deviation of a race food Shane loves, Homemade Protein Balls. Ha! I can’t help but to laugh there. 😀 I think he has some other name for it. Anyway, it was going to be a no-cook combo of Tahini, Cacao Powder, Chia Seeds, Protein Powder (whey based), and Coconut Oil. Unfortunately I spilled in WAY TOO MUCH coconut oil. It was like double again what it was supposed to be! I then started to make a larger batch but got sidetracked and forgot what I added. Ugh! Focus Jen! I contemplated turning them into cookies, but ended up adding LOTS of oatmeal. I rolled a few balls, but they weren’t sticking together too well, so I molded the mixture flat and will cut it into bars and eat that way. With as much as we spend on quality foods, I won’t let anything go to waste! FYI…I’d love to share this flop too!

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