I can hardly believe it is the middle of July! Can you? Why does the summer seem to always go by so fast? Even as a professor, despite getting out school mid-May, 3 months never seems enough. I know, I know cry me a river, right? Nonetheless, I hope you are taking time to do something fun this summer. For me – my happy place is the kitchen and I wanted to provide you with one of my favorite PCOS friendly recipes – Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins!
PCOS Friendly Recipes
For anyone who knows my husband – he is a man who likes to eat! However, as a personal trainer and rehab specialist, he tends to be a bit vain about his appearance and overall health. Believe it or not, of the both us, he tends to be the one more anal with his food. So needless to say, I am constantly looking for something healthy, that has fairly high quality ingredients to feed the “beast.” These Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins are not only fit for the Beast – they top off as one of my favorite PCOS friendly recipes.
Last week before a quick road trip to Maine, I was looking to clean out the fridge and any food that might spoil while we were away. I walked downstairs and there they were – staring me right straight in the eyes — a half dozen banana s– full of brown speckles and all. What was a girl to do? I could just do the ho-hum and make a banana bread. But that sounded too boring. Plus my husband would be complaining that I should not have made it after he hammered the whole damn thing 🙂
Pinterest Saves the Day!
So, I headed over to my favorite place — Pinterest (of course!) — and put into the search engine “healthy banana recipes” — and the recipe below was born. I have to say I am not a huge fan of taking something that is meant to be unhealthy and turning it into something else. I always find it often leaves something to be desired. But these muffins – these muffins – turned out pretty awesome. They were super-duper-moist! Want more PCOS friendly recipes check out my Pinterest page for lots of amazing stuff!
The only thing that makes me a little sad about them is that they have no fat. I feel that fat is something we need ample amounts of in our diet – especially folks with PCOS — who need healthy fats to support their hormones. So the easiest remedy for that is to slather a tablespoon of some natural peanut butter or even better – Kerrygold Butter!
I played with some different ingredients. I tried the recipe with regular brown sugar as well as Truvia brown sugar. I also played with different types of yogurts. I did not notice any substantial differences but I provided the nutritional information just in case you were curious. These are killer. Search no more for PCOS friendly recipes – these are the best!
High Protein Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
Makes: 12 muffins
- 1 cup (225 g) plain Greek yogurt (I used 2 % as that is what I typically buy!)
- 2 medium ripe bananas (200 g or 1 cup mashed)
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups (160 g) rolled oats (old fashioned or quick)
- 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar unpacked (I used Truvia Brown Sugar – Baking and only needed 1/8 cup)
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup (85 g) chocolate chips, mini or regular
- Preheat oven to 400F (204C) and prepare a muffin pan by spraying the cavities with cooking spray or lining them with paper liners**. Set aside.
- Add all the ingredients except for the chocolate chips to a blender or food processor and process on high until the oats are broken down and batter is smooth and creamy. Stir in chocolate chips by hand.
- Pour batter into prepared muffin pan, filling each cavity until it is about 3/4 full. Optional: sprinkle a few chocolate chips over the top of each muffin.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the tops of your muffins are set and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool in pan for ~10 minutes before removing. Store in an air-tight container for up to a week.
** if you decide to use paper liners just give them a quick spray with Pam or Cooking Spray just so you get the muffins out easier without sticking.
As noted above: Nutrition Info: 178 calories carbohydrates: 30 grams protein: 7 grams fat: 4 grams
With Truvia Brown Sugar & 2 % Greek Yogurt: Nutrition Info: 189 calories carbohydrates: 29 grams protein: 8 grams fat: 5 grams
Add 1 tablespoon butter = + 120 calories, 0 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of fat
Add 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter = + 90 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 4 grams of fat