I’ve been on-the-go first thing in the morning lately, like many of you. Sometimes it’s almost impossible to carve out the time to make a energy-sustaining smoothie or simple egg and veggie wrap – the things we try to feed ourselves through the week. Maybe we just run out of spare minutes to even grab the few ingredients needed to toss in the mini blender or can’t spare the 2 minutes to nuke a mini egg omelet. Whatever the reason, we just need something NOW to toss in the bag and bolt out the door.
These balanced little muffins can be a solution. You can even store them in the freezer in individual zip top freezer bags to grab and let thaw a bit while you get on your way. They’re pretty delicious with a slight chill on them and they won’t take long to get to room temp now that the temps are on the rise.
The batter is sweetened only with fruit and the fruits here are very purposeful. Blueberries and goji berries are full of antioxidants to mend your inner machinery. The bananas lend a lovely sweetness without completely blowing out your mind with an insulin rush like white sugar always does. When I used to eat a food or drink sweetened with even a little sugar it could muddy up my head and cramp my stomach all day long! A complete loss of a day. So glad there is a better way to enjoy a subtle sweet taste without trashing 24-hours of productivity and enjoyment.
If only to give your digestive system a break from wheat products, I’ve used quinoa flour as well as quinoa flakes here. I believe it’s a good idea to diversify the types of grains you use in baking and cooking. Do a personal experiment. Try using alternative grains and flours for a few weeks if you haven’t been using them already. They don’t necessarily have to be gluten-free if you are not intolerant. Give the grains lower in gluten a try, like spelt for instance. Tune in to your body and see if you experience any changes in digestion, skin appearance, or maybe clearer thinking.
If you find yourself in the mood to try some variations, stir in other fresh or dried berries, add some unsweetened shredded coconut for the chia seeds, or stir in a couple tablespoons of sunflower or sesame seeds. Enjoy your creation!
Blueberry Goji Banana Muffins
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, for greasing tins
- ⅓ cup quinoa flour
- ½ cup quinoa flakes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups blueberries
- 2 tablespoons goji berries
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- Preheat oven to 400℉. Grease muffin tin with coconut oil.
- Combine quinoa flour, quinoa flakes, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, whisk bananas and eggs together until smooth.
- Stir dry ingredients into wet. Blend in blueberries, goji berries, and chia seeds. Spoon batter into tins halfway full.
- Bake 20 – 25 minutes.