Almond Meal Banana Nut Muffins
These are a great for breakfast, snack, or dessert! We love these!
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Lilla’s Notes: Hands down the best almond flour muffin recipe I’ve tried…and trust me, I’ve tried a bunch! I use Trader Joe’s Almond Meal for this recipe. Also, I regularly buy more bananas than we eat and freeze the leftovers in a big bag. I break them in half before freezing them. That way I always have a stash to use for recipes! I only put half of the honey this recipe calls for. I also use 2 bananas, not three. We find them plenty sweet and super delicious! I use Trader Joe’s Organic Coconut oil in these, not butter. Also, I LOVE to add frozen blueberries–MMM! Banana/blueberry muffins! This past weekend I added 70% cacao chocolate chips…those were delicious with the bananas as well! Tips: I don’t put the chopped nuts. Wells likes these better without the added nuts. I LOVE that these are packed with protein too! We do like to heat them before eating and David likes to add a tiny dab of butter! I, however, don’t need the butter! Delicious!
I’m taking liberty to change an old adage. Not that I don’t like apples…but in our life this is more appropriate! A green drink a day keeps the doctors away….hopefully that will be true in our case! I started making this green drink recipe when I realized that we couldn’t possibly eat as many vegetables (especially green leafy vegetables) as we could drink. This is our favorite green drink recipe. It’s the one I make each morning and we carry with us…David to work, Wells to daycare, and mine goes to school with me. We have these nifty lifefactory glass bottles–although there are lot of different ways to transport them. Wells uses this cup. Anyway..you can make it in the morning, keep it cold, and shake it and enjoy at anytime of the day. This is a super healthy, vitamin and mineral filled snack..not to mention you’re drinking a TON of greens! I was in Whole Foods this morning and noticed that local, organic kale is $2/4. That’s a great price! When we first started drinking these I did add more fruit to help us adjust to the flavor…this is the recipe I use now. It’s easy to adjust to your taste by adding a little more fruit and/or coconut water. Soon you will adjust to the taste and may like the drinks less sweet like we do! PS-Wells LOVES these! He gets super excited when I turn on the Vitamix. He happily squeals “green drink!!”
Lilla’s Green Drink Recipe (Makes 3 servings)
- 2 c organic baby spinach
- 4 c organic kale leaves
- 1/2 organic frozen banana
- 1 c organic frozen berries
- 1 1/2 c water
- 1 1/2 c coconut water
- 2 T organic ground flax seed
- 4 ice cubes
Directions: Place all of the ingredients in a Vitamix/Ninja/blender in the order listed above. Blend until a desired consistency is reached. Drink immediately or cover and refrigerate. If refrigerated, shake before drinking!
Tips: Avoid the
tuscan kale from Trader Joes. It has a very strong flavor and is very rubbery. If planning to store and drink later, store in a bottle that doesn’t have much room left for oxygen. That way the drink will hold most of it’s nutritional properties better. Wash/rinse containers immediately…the remains of a green drink can really get stuck and become a pain to clean if left unrinsed!