I’ll post the rest of our bloopers from the Shape.com photoshoot tomorrow! Let’s just say Gym Buddy Megan was in a crazy mood that day…
Gyms can be scary places and not just because of the man with the tank top specifically cut to show his nipples or the lady belting show tunes along with her iPod. There is a lot of strange equipment in gyms and sometimes it can feel easier to just stick with what you know (and what has little stick figure instructions pasted on the side, hello adductor machine!). But if you can put on yourgame face and try out some new stuff you will be well rewarded with a better and more entertaining (at least for the onlookers) workout. This week the Gym Buddies and I are on Shape.com demonstrating 28 low-risk moves to try with equipment you’ve probably seen lying around but weren’t sure what to do with it.
Now, on to the good stuff. And by “good” I mean “looks disgusting but tastes delish” recipe I promised you yesterday. This post marks the first official recipe I’ve ever made up totally by myself! Granted, it’s just a muffin recipe so it’s not like I invented baked Alaska but considering I’m the girl who baked a turd, this was like Cooking Calculus for me.
You may remember me complaining that due to my need to “healthify” every baked good I make, everything I cook turns into banana bread. And not even good banana bread. So when I decided to go low-sugar with my kids, I knew I needed to come up with a real banana bread recipe (which I make in muffin tins because we are too impatient in my house to wait for a loaf pan to cook, duh). The rules were that it had to be 100% whole grain (I know, I’m sorry primal friends!), no added white or brown sugar, no artificial sweeteners or flavors and still be edible. Oh and my kids will only eat muffins if they have chocolate chips in them so it’s pretty much Iron Chef up in here.
The results? 4-star reviews from all the little picky people in my house! I don’t think that has ever happened before unless it was funfetti birthday cake with slick-50 icing. Check it:
Um, I have no idea why this pic of Megan appears a second time but I can’t make it go away! Ah well, she’s cute times two.
Here’s the whole recipe (with optional variations)
My No Added Sugar Chocolate Banana Muffin Baking Experiment
1/2 c butter
1/4 c honey (you can probably omit if you want to get rid of all added sweeteners)
1 c unsweetened applesauce
1 1/2 c mashed bananas, about 3 (anyone else have the Wiggles stuck in their head now?)
2 c whole wheat flour (or oat flour or whatever)
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 oz chopped unsweetened Baker’s chocolate
Cream together wet ingredients. Add dry ones. Mix. Bake at 350 until done.
Variation 1: Omit honey and add 1-2 scoops vanilla protein powder for protein muffins
Variation 2: “Frost” with cream cheese whipped with 1 tbsp honey (adds more sugar obviously, but better than real frosting!)
Do you have a fave sugar-free/low-sugar recipe for me? PLEASE SHARE! E-mail it to me, link to your blog in the comments, copy and paste the whole thing in a comment… whatevs! Also, have you seen My Drunk Kitchen yet? This will be the best 5 minutes of your day, promise! Thanks Lindsey for the tip! I did not burn my boob making these muffins. (Warning for language)