Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Click here for a FREE copy of the "Top 10 MUST-HAVE Kitchen Gadgets"   Does using whole wheat flour in a recipe that also calls for butter and chocolate make it healthy? Let’s go with….yes! I had overripe bananas sitting on my counter that I didn’t want to let go to waste and a bar of semi-sweet chocolate that…..well, I just wanted to eat it. No justification needed. So I did what one does when faced with overripe bananas and I made banana bread. Or muffins in this case because they’re cute and hello built-in portion control! Click here for a FREE copy of the "Top 10 MUST-HAVE Kitchen Gadgets" Other than pancakes, I don’t do much baking or cooking with whole wheat flour so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I developed this recipe, but I was pleasantly surprised when I bit into my first muffin still warm out of the oven. It was moist and tender and loaded with banana-chocolate-cinnamony goodness. In fact, they were so good I ate three of them. Not all at once of course because that would be bad. Instead I ate them nibble by nibble each time I walked through the kitchen that afternoon. So much for portion control! I am a firm believer that calories don’t count when food is eaten in small increments while standing. 🙂 Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chunk Muffins   Save Print Author: The Krave Ingredients ½ cup room temperature butter ½ cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1 teaspoon vanilla extract ¾ teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon ½ teaspoon salt 3-4 very ripe bananas,...
Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

Tomato and Fresh Mozzarella Salad

After spending an indulgent week in Spain, I returned home and immediately found myself back at the office immersed in a 2-day BBQ bootcamp of sorts. Rough job, I know. 🙂 My colleagues and I spent time with award winning BBQ Grand Champion pitmaster Harry Soo, learning the art of competition-style BBQ. Harry flew in from LA to teach us about the art and science of low-and-slow barbecue. Harry and his wife Donna showed us how to make brisket, ribs, pork shoulder, chicken, tri-tip and tuna. Before we got to chow down on all of the deliciousness, he started the day by serving us what he affectionately calls Breakfast Fatty’s – scrambled eggs, cream cheese and apple fritters wrapped in pork sausage and bacon. I need a Zantac just writing that! Seriously, my job is the best but it’s a constant challenge to be around all of this food and stay in shape. I try really hard to eat healthy and stay fit, so this kind of food is just not what I normally eat, but it’s part of my job so I try to strike a balance which isn’t always easy. And because God obviously has a sense of humor, all of this waistline-destroying food was consumed just two very short weeks before a long awaited girls weekend in California. Aaarrrggghhhh! Breakfast Fatty’s and bikinis DO NOT go together! So needless to say after all of that decadent, salty, protein-heavy food, I have been craving food that’s fresh, light and seasonal. I’ve been eating a lot of grilled salmon and vegetables with just a little olive oil, salt and pepper and...


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