Healthy Pumpkin Banana Muffins adapted from Food.com
1 3/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/3 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 overly ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cup + 2 Tbsp pumpkin puree
2 eggs, lightly beaten
3/4 cup walnut pieces
Preheat oven to 350º F and line a muffin tin with liners, or grease individual cups.
Mix flour, oats, bran, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices together in a large bowl. Whisk until combined.
In a medium bowl, combine sugars, bananas, applesauce, pumpkin, and eggs. Mix the wet and dry ingredients, just until combined. Fold in walnuts.
Fill muffin cups 3/4ths full. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: 15 large muffins.
Nutrition Information (per muffin): 175 calories; 4.3 g. fat; 29 mg. cholesterol; 241 mg. sodium; 32 g. carbohydrate; 3.5 g. fiber; 16.7 g. sugar; 2.3 g. protein
Result: If I’m being honest, these were the best muffins I’ve made to date…and I’ve made a lot of muffins. I’ve never heard of such a combination…banana and pumpkin, but between my craving for banana-nut something and my plentiful stocks of pumpkin, a Google search produced this match made in heaven. Anyways, the muffins were big, moist, nutritious & delicious. THE Perfect Muffin? I’m going with a yea! Edit: Mr. P walked in the door yesterday and said, “Those muffins were awesome…what kind were they?!” 😀
If you tuned in over the weekend, I confessed to NOT lifting weights or doing any form of strength training. Shame on me!! It shows, trust me! My once toned and athletic arms are looking more like a winged bat these days. Not okay!
We are lucky enough to have a home gym in our basement. Nothing fancy, but a treadmill in front of a TV hooked up with a DVR is a pretty beautiful thing. We’ve had our treadmill for nearly a year and I can honestly say that both of us use it several times a week, year-round. We also have a yoga mat, stability ball, Gym-in-a-Bag, hand weights (5# and 8#) and as of today, a mini stability ball and a 6# medicine ball. I. Am. Ready!
What helps keep me motivated with running is recording my workouts. That way, I can see progress…and lack thereof.
Last week there were a lot of “sick :(” notes on the days of the week I didn’t exercise. Typically, days read “hockey” or “X miles”, so I can easily track when and what I did. Obviously that’s working just great for cardio, but for weights I needed a new plan of action.
Enter printer paper, 15 minutes, and some markers:
Lower and upped body lifting routines. I’ll share the details tomorrow, but my GOAL is:
Lift upper body 1 day/week
Lift lower body 1 day/week
Upper & lower body 1 day/week
I reserve the right to change this up 😉 But this is what I’m going to attempt for the next few weeks and then reassess. Wish me luck (ugh!!)!
Questions: What keeps you motivated when it comes to exercise? And, what’s YOUR favorite muffin variety?
Have a super week!