Choc Chip Banana Bread Muffins

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins that are seriously delicious, easy to make, and just happen to be free of gluten, dairy and refined sugars! Read on so you can make your own!

So, after browsing on Instagram, and seeing so many phenomenal banana bread posts (like those from @amandafitlife and @rachelmansfield), I was inspired to give it a go myself!

As most of the banana bread recipes I came across contained eggs, refined sugars, dairy, grains, gluten or a mixture of all of these things, I wanted to try and come up with a recipe that was free of all of them!

This recipe is not only super simple but also requires very few ingredients. This is always important to me because when I want to bake I don’t want to have to go out and spend loads on getting the things that I need.

Anyway, this is the recipe that I came up with….

This recipe will make 10 mini muffins. If you want to make bigger muffins then go ahead, but remember that you may only be able to make around 4-5- if you want more, or want to make a large loaf then I would suggest that you double the ingredients. Happy Baking!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large ripe banana mashed
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp nut or seed butter of choice (I used Meridian smooth almond butter in mine)
  • 1 vegan egg (I used the egg substitute mix from NEAT foods)
  • 1 tsp liquid sweetener (Optional- I didn’t use any in my mini muffins)
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp + 1 tsp coconut flour (I used Sukrin coconut flour)
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp + 2tsp chocolate chips or chocolate chunks (I made chocolate chunks with Eating EVOLVED dark choc bar)
  • 2 tbsp seeds/ dried fruit etc (I used pumpkin seeds)

To make the muffins all you need to do is combine all of the ingredients (ensure well combined!) Then place a spoonful into muffin cases and put into a muffin tray.

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Once ready, bake your mini muffins for about 20 minutes, or until golden.

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Then devour!!

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Jackson’s Honest Chips

Jackson’s Honest Potato Chips are super simple, but taste divine! They have been carefully made, and slowly cooked with coconut oil so that they are seriously crunchy, amazingly flavorful and actually good for us!

What is even better is that Jackson’s Honest have ensured that their potato chips are suitable for vegan’s, and people following a paleo (or other grain free) diet. So everyone can enjoy their chips!

Potato Chips

Check out the range of flavors of chips above!

The chips- according to Jackson’s Honest:

With more than 7,000 years of cultivation heritage to call upon, the humble potato, born as it was in the Andes Mountains, takes on an entirely new flavor when married to organic coconut oil and salt from ancient sea beds. With 4,000 years of documented historical use as a food, coconut oil is the perfect partner to this root vegetable; it brings out the earthy and balanced flavor of the potato while the subtle minerals in sea salt bring a touch of umami.

I tried out the sea salt, purple heirloom, barbeque and sweet potato chips– and I loved them all! I think in terms of flavor the barbeque chips won!

New Chips Ready to Ship Friday 5/20 - Barbeque Potato Chips

What Jackson’s Honest say about their BBQ chips:

Central to any good barbeque is time and patience. Our low and slow potato chip cooking method brings out all the subtle flavors in our BBQ spice. We invented a ‘low and slow’ cooking method for our coconut oil potato chips that allows the savory potato to work in harmony with the tangy but sweet spice blend we created for these chips.

However,  in terms of crunch, taste, and chip satisfaction they were all equal winners!

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The Purple Heirloom potato chips made by Jackson’s Honest were an excellent snack by the pool! I loved them dipped in some nut butter (you can just about see the little box of PB in this photo!) IMG_1692

Just look at the color of the purple chips! Absolutely awesome 😀 Apparently, the chips have that intense purple color because they contain the same antioxidants as blueberries!

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I loved using the sea salt potato chips as sandwiches for dates with some creamy nut butter (because why not!) The sea salt chips also made for the ideal nacho base, and I loved using them as spoons for hummus and other yummy dips!

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The potato chips come in different sizes. Either they come in one serving size bags, or in bigger share bags. I loved taking the one serving bags, like this one above, with me on picnics and to the beach. Whilst the bigger share bags were great to have with friends, or to munch my way through during a film.

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The sweet potato chips were slightly sweet, yet a little salty- making for the ideal nut butter and berry spoon. Above is one of the sweet potato chips loaded with some creamy homemade peanut butter- it was ready and waiting to have a raspberry added!

A great aspect of the sweet potato chips is that just 15 of them contain more than 100% of the RDA of vitamin A! Absolutely awesome additional benefit for a chip!

I can’t tell you enough how tasty the chips from Jackson’s Honest are, but they are seriously some of the best (if not the best) potato chips I have ever eaten. Ok, so they are a bit pricey- but they are so much better than standard chips, and actually have health benefits, so, spend a little and go and get some to try! They are available in select stores, or you can purchase them online from the Jackson’s Honest site: https://www.jacksonshonest.com/apps/store-locator

 

Artisan Tropic Chips

Artisan Tropic is a family business that is fueled by a passion for healthy living and good food. Following illness in the family, the founders of Artisan Tropic came to realize how important nutrition is for health. The family wanted to share this with the world, and as a result, Artisan Tropic was born.

Artisan Tropic sells a variety of plantain and cassava chip strips that are super simple in their ingredients, but absolutely delicious! Their flavor range includes: naturally sweet, cinnamon, plain and sea salt. I loved them all.

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Can’t complain with plantain chips that big!

The plantain strips are made with three ingredients or less, and contain no preservatives or artificial flavors. The strips are awesomely crunchy and naturally sweet so that they make for a super healthy snack or side dish. I loved using the naturally sweet, and sea salt varieties as scoops for nut butters, guacamole, and hummus. I also loved munching on the cinnamon and naturally sweet plantain strips with my breakfast smoothie.

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I also loved them as a Saturday night movie snack on their own drizzled with some chocolate sauce!

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Or with some extra cereal, and even more chocolate sauce!

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You can buy the Artisan Tropic plantain strips from their website, here is the link: https://artisan-tropic.myshopify.com

The Artisan Tropic cassava strips also contain only three ingredients, and again have no preservatives or artificial flavors. The cassava strips taste awesome, similar to a potato chip, but with more flavour! Also, as cassava is more fibrous than a potato, they provide a more filling snack experience. I loved using the natural and sea salt cassava strips as dip scoops, and also really enjoyed using them as an alternative to tortilla chips for nachos!

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You can buy the Artisan Tropic cassava strips from their website, here is the link: https://artisan-tropic.myshopify.com

All of the Artisan Tropic strips that are available are also non-GMO, gluten-free, vegan and paleo certified- making them an ideal snack for all, including those on restricted or special diets.

For more ideas on how to enjoy the plantain and cassava strips check out the Artisan Tropic blog! Click here for 4 more awesome ways. 

 

 

The Natural Citizen- Organic Digest

The Natural CitizenOrganic Digest is a smoothie booster with a difference. It helps our digestive systems reboot thanks to a range of natural fibers, and it also helps to make smoothies rich, thick and filling- perfect!

The Natural Citizen makes an awesome range of smoothie boosters. I tried out their ‘Organic Digest‘- which is designed to help heal our digestive systems! The plantilicious smoothie booster combines gluten-free fiber from oats and Jerusalem artichoke, omega fatty acids from chia seeds, and the soothing support of Aloe vera, and as a result the Organic Digest can naturally support regularity and digestion.

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Check out the little chia seeds in the powder!

I really like how The Natural Citizen always steer clear of any added flavors and other “extras”- because it ensures that the booster will do you good!

Each serving of Organic Digest:

  • Provides 5g whole food fiber
  • Contains organic Jerusalem artichoke, chia seed, oat fiber, Aloe vera
  • Is certified organic, vegan and gluten free
  • Contains ingredients that are non-GMO and allergen free
  • Contains no added flavors or other “extras”

Organic Digest is a smoothie booster with a difference. The powder is pretty flavorless (which I like) as it ensures that I can add it to any of my smoothies without worrying about it affecting the flavor. Actually, Organic Digest does have a slightly sweet flavor which comes from the oat fiber and so if anything, the powder tastes similar to oatmeal- which is always good in my books! The powder was an awesome addition to my banana, kale and cacao smoothies as the oaty flavor helped to really intensify the other flavors!

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A great aspect of the Organic Digest powder that I loved is that it can thicken smoothies! I loved it because it helped me to create an incredible texture- making my morning smoothies that little bit more filling. The chia seeds also helped add a little extra texture- which I think is always good.

IMG_8686I always love to finish my smoothies off with a little bit of chocolate!

I also loved adding a spoonful of Organic Digest  powder to my banana ice cream, my oatmeal, and even to my banana and oatmeal cookies!

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You can add your Organic Digest to oats, like @rachaelsgoodeats did here!   

The recipe for @RachaelsGoodEats oats is on The Natural Citizen’s blog, and the link is here: Link to recipe for ‘Blackberry, Coconut and Zucchini bread oats’

A really lovely additional benefit of getting your smoothie boosters from The Natural Citizen is that you will be helping others! Every purchase results in The Natural Citizen covering the cost of three meals through donations to reputable charities. Which is really important because over 1 billion people around the globe are living with hunger. At the moment the Three for All scheme is only in the USA, but I am sure that as The Natural Citizen grows they will help improve the lives of people all over the world!

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For more information about the Organic Digest powder, and to learn more about The Natural Citizen themselves, head to their website by clicking the links throughout this post, or by clicking here: WEBSITE . You can also follow them on Instagram, and check out their blog!

The Natural Citizen Blog

 

Momentum Nutrition: Catalyst Pre-Workout

Momentum Nutrition’s CATALYST pre-workout supplement has been scientifically produced in order to help promote endurance, recovery, energy, and muscle growth, whilst reducing soreness. And it tastes great!
Like all of Momentum Nutrition’s products, CATALYST has been researched backed as MN don’t believe in pseudo-scientific ingredients that may or may not do what they’re supposed to. According to MN, the ingredients in CATALYST have actually been proven to work.
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Additionally, because MN believe that it is not enough just to include the right ingredients, their CATALYST pre-workout has been produced so that each serving provides true clinical doses of all the key ingredients needed for the beneficial effects. No need to double dose, or take on board huge quantities of supplements.
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Another great aspect of MN is that they are 100% transparent and honest. They promise that we will never see a proprietary blend on any Momentum Nutrition product. They also promise to never deceive customers by not listing the precise doses of each individual ingredient. I think that this is really important, especially when supplements can become dangerous if they are not taken as they should be.
I tried the Peach Mango and Blueberry Lemonade flavours and both tasted great! Not too sweet, and not too strong- which meant that I was able to train and race without a horrible taste or cloying lingering sweetness. A real revelation for me in terms of pre-workouts!
I loved how CATALYST contained no artificial dyes, sugar, or “filler” ingredients because it meant that I could concentrate on my performance and not on thinking about what horrible ingredients i had just consumed!
Read on to find out more about the ingredients…. 
MN’s CATALYST pre-workout combines some of the best ingredients for optimal results.
  • A non-essential amino acid that is needed in order for the body to make Carnosine which can delay fatigue in the working muscle by reducing the build-up of lactic acid. The result: greater muscular endurance.
  • Research suggests that Beta-Alanine can increase Carnosine levels by 20-80% at daily doses ranging from 2-6g.
  • CATALYST provides 3.2g, and this amount of daily Beta-Alanine supplementation can increase muscular Carnosine levels by roughly 44% over 4 weeks.

Betaine

  • Betaine is the amino acid Glycine with three methyl groups attached.
  • Over time, betaine supplementation has been shown to increase power output and/or muscular endurance at doses of 2.5g daily.
  • CATALYST contains 2.5g- most competitor pre-workout mixes only contain 1.25g.

Agmatine Sulfate

  • Agmatine can stimulate the release of β-endorphin which increases glucose uptake in muscle tissue, and is capable of improving performance (more glucose in muscle tissue) as well as supporting a lean body composition (less glucose in fat cells).
  • CATALYST provides 1000mg of Agmatine Sulfate per serving, about double what you’ll find in most pre-workouts.

Alpha GPC

  • Alpha GPC is the most bioavailable source of Choline and can help increase power output by increasing the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine which is directly involved muscle contraction.
  • Alpha-GPC is quite expensive by weight so most other pre-workouts often skimps on this ingredient.

Caffeine

  • Caffeine increases alertness, focus, and perceived energy in the average individual, and increases Noradrenaline which is responsible for concentration.
  • Caffeine’s effects vary between individuals, but the 250mg dose present in each serving of CATALYST is enough for the average individual to feel noticeably more alert and focused.

Theanine

  • Theanine is an amino acid that found almost exclusively in Green Tea.
  • Theanine reduces the negative side effects of Caffeine, and can even enhance the cognitive benefits.
  • CATALYST contains 100mg of Theanine per serving, roughly twice as much as what is in most other pre-workouts.

Hordenine

  • Hordenine is a naturally occurring alkaloid found in a variety of plants such as Barley.
  • Hordenine acts as a Monoamin Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI), meaning it blocks the enzyme (Monoamine Oxidase) responsible for the breakdown of Noradrenaline so it can amplify and/or extend the effects of Caffeine.

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