June 4, 2012

MORE Banana Nut Muffins

I know that this is not the first time I have posted a Banana Nut Muffin recipe. Maybe not even the second time.... BUT how do you not love turning too old to eat bananas into sweet healthy treats. With this recipe I decided to try and go so healthy I would feel good about eating these for breakfast.... no sugar, no butters, no oils. Leave that stuff out and bring on the yummy factor.

Banana Nut Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup  oats
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbsp unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup maple syrup
2 tbsp flax seed powder + 4 tbsp water
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
6 tbsp nut butter (I used a mix of walnut and almond, but any nut butter is fine)
3/4 cup water
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg

Mix flax seed powder and water, keep it aside.
Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well.
In a separate bowl, stir oil and nut butter. Now add the mashed banana, flax seed and water mixture, 3/4 cup water and mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix till everything is combined. Add the spices and lightly mix in. 
Spoon them into greased muffins tray - regular or mini sized work well.
Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degree F for 20-25 minutes or till the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Are you sick of pictures taken around my yard yet???? If you are now might be a good time to stop looking... BUT there is an awesome Iris picture to come.... 

Enjoying the colours of Spring.

I am smitten with these Iris's!

This might be one of my favourite pictures... 

I just love these pinks and greens.

Green tomatoes! 

My veggie patch is coming right along.... Do you like the weed that is front and center there?!

June 1, 2012



Considering my deep passionate love for avocados I can not believe that I have not yet made guacamole. I think that I just end up eating them straight from their shell and have not taken the 5 minutes to turn them into this amazing little side.

So easy and super addictive. Lets just get to the recipe..

3 ripe avocados
Juice of 1/2 lemon
3 cloves of garlic
2 TBS Salsa
2 TBS fresh minced cilantro
1 TBSP fresh minced mint
1 tsp cumin seeds
salt and pepper to taste

1. Just mix it all together! I Mashed 2 of the avocados and left one of them diced so I would have some nice chunks in there. 
2. Try not to eat the entire batch in one sitting.... at least share it!

3. Have fun with this recipe... next time I want to roast the garlic..... yum!

Avocado Fun Facts!!

*Did you know that avocados contain all 18 essential amino acids. These means that they are a complete source of protein all on their own! As an added bonus they also contain fiber, which make those muscle building blocks even easier for your body to digest and use!

*Avocados contain healthy fats that help your body boost your HDL's or "good cholesterol". These help the body fight free radicals and prevent diabetes.

*Avocados are anti-inflammatory! Thanks to the power house of nutrients contained in these green wonders. Serve this guacamole to your family members who suffer from arthritis.

*Avocados are also know are 'Crocodile Pears'.

*The portion of the avocado closest to the skin in the most dense in nutrients. Be sure to scrape this part clean with a spoon!