Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

Whenever we have leftover bananas, some sort of banana bread is the first idea that pops into my mind! My boyfriend and I buy a bunch of bananas every week to take to work in the morning and by the end of the week there is almost always extra ripe bananas that haven’t gotten eaten yet. The more brown spots on a banana, the riper and sweeter it is (it’s also supposed to have more antioxidants in them too!). I like to buy yellow bananas and after a few days pass a few spots will start to show up on them.

Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 standard muffins

Greek Yogurt Banana Almond Muffins

You will go bananas for these extra fluffy homemade muffins!

Ingredients

3 ripe bananas- my bananas had lots of dark spots on them (this is perfect because they are extra sweet, naturally)

½ cup vanilla or plain flavored Greek yogurt

1 egg

1 Tbsp. vanilla extract

¼ cup honey

½ cup brown sugar; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

2 Tbsp. melted butter

1 tsp. ground cinnamon; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

1 ½ cup flour

1 tsp. baking soda

¼ cup chopped almonds; plus extra to sprinkle on the tops of the muffins

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large mixing bowl, mash together the bananas until they are chunky with a whisk. Add in yogurt, egg, vanilla extract, honey, brown sugar and butter. Whisk together until everything is combined.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together the cinnamon, flour, baking soda and chopped almonds just until combined. Pour in the banana mixture and stir until all ingredients are combined. The batter will be light and fluffy. It will be the consistency of cake batter—it will also smell sweet!
  3. Line a 12 muffin tin with cupcake liners and spoon in the batter into the muffin hole. These muffins will rise a bit but don’t be shy about filling the batter almost to the top. They won’t rise over too much! Sprinkle a pinch of chopped almonds, cinnamon and brown sugar onto each muffin. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until muffins are a golden brown. Once muffins are cool, remove wrapper and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/06/greek-yogurt-banana-almond-muffins/

I really don’t have a basic ‘banana nut bread’ recipe that I use every time I make banana bread or muffins…this time I had yogurt that I wanted to use up so I used yogurt instead of oil and the yogurt makes the muffins fluffy, extra moist and cake-yyyy.

Sometimes I like chocolate chips in my muffins…sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I like to glaze the tops of my muffins and sometimes I just like em’ plain. You can alter this recipe to your preference. If you prefer a glaze, check out my Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Bread recipe HERE that I made a few months back! I do always like some type of nut  for an added crunch in my muffins or banana bread so I will use either almonds or walnuts; depending on what I have in my pantry!

Beware–these might be the fluffiest muffins you’ve ever had!

Fresh Fruit Salsa

April 2017 – Theme

Easy Ways to Reduce Food Waste

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, we’re challenging ReDux members to show how they reduce food waste. Whatever you would normally toss, use it up. Share tips for reducing food waste in meal planning, prep or using up scraps.

As part of this month’s theme, I decided to whip up this quick sweet treat! I always buy too much fruit at the grocery store and I always almost end up throwing some away or it starts to rot by the time I get to it. I had a carton of strawberries left over from Easter so I was thinking of making a jam out of it,  but I also found and apple and a couple kiwis that were extra ripe. I knew they weren’t going to last too much longer so a fruit salsa seemed like an even better plan. The best thing about this recipe is you can add any fruit that you have laying around in your fridge! All kinds of fruit can be added to this recipe! Since I was using fruit that was already ripe, I didn’t need to sweeten it too much because it was already naturally sweet.

I try my best to prevent food waste but sometimes it just happens, just like it does for many people. That’s why I try to never go to the grocery store hungry because I always get more than I need! Or sometimes my vegetables and fruits get forgotten in my refrigerator drawers. Check out the Recipe Redux link below to find other recipes on how to reduce food waste.

 

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Ingredients

12 strawberries; diced

3 kiwis; peeled and diced

1 apple; peeled and diced

1 Tbsp. honey

2 tsp. low-sugar fruit preserves ( I used strawberry)

Cinnamon-sugar Pita Chips

Instructions

  1. Dice all fruit and place in a large bowl. Add honey and fruit preserve and mix until all fruit is evenly coated.
  2. Place in refrigerator and let sit for about 20 minutes.
  3. Serve with cinnamon-sugar pita chips for dipping and enjoy this sweet treat!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2017/04/fresh-fruit-salsa/

I think cinnamon-sugar pita chips make a great addition to this salsa! Banana chips or cinnamon graham crackers would work as well too! This light dessert is perfect for saving all of your over ripened fruit that you don’t want to throw away. It makes for a healthy sweet treat that is fun to eat. 🙂

 
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Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Who said nachos can’t be healthy for you? Well you can feel great about eating these highly nutritious nachos for breakfast or even a snack! One of my old favorite college snacks was apples and peanut butter–so I recreated this snack into something a bit more fun..

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Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Apple Peanut Butter Nachos

Sweet and crunchy apple slices have a fun new twist with a comination of chocolate, peanut butter, coconut, and almonds!

Ingredients

1 large apple; sliced

1 Tbsp peanut butter; melted

2 Tbsp cup dark chocolate chips

2 Tbsp silvered almonds

1 Tbsp coconut flakes

1 Tbsp honey (optional, if you want them to be extra sweet)

Instructions

  1. Place apple slices on a plate. Drizzle the peanut butter, chocolate chips, almonds, coconut flakes, and honey (optional) on apples. Super easy, fun, and nutritious!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/05/apple-peanut-butter-nachos/

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Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

IMG_4739Chocolate OatmealI am a granola freak. I love crunchy granola, chewy granola, granola bars, and granola that is spiced up with all kinds of yummy goodness. First off, chocolate + peanut butter= the perfect combination… ever! This granola is loaded with bursting chocolate and peanut butter flavors. There are also bits of chocolate chips that will make the granola still together for more chocolate flavor.

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Crunchy Peanut Butter Chocolate Granola

Sweet, crunchy, chocolate-yyyyy, nutty, and most importantly healthy indulgence is what makes this granola extra delicious. Enjoy as a snack, or sprinkle on your favorite yogurt!

Ingredients

3 cups of old-fashioned oats

3 Tbsp unsweetend cocoa powder

1/3 cup slightly chopped almonds (or peanuts)

3/4 cup crunch or creamy peanut butter

2/3 cup of honey

1/4 cup butter

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/4c-1 cup chocolate chips (quantity is up to your preference)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix the oats, cocoa powder, and almonds until combined.
  2. In a microwavable bowl, melt the peanut butter, honey, and butter until combined. Stir until smooth then mix in vanilla extract. Pour over oats and and stir until oats are covered in the peanut butter mixture and are moist.
  3. Place in a cookie sheet lined with foil or a silpat mat and bake for 30 minutes, and flipping every 10 minutes. Once done, sprinkle in chocolate chips. Cool for about 20 minutes and enjoy!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/04/crunchy-peanut-butter-chocolate-granola/

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Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

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When 3:00PM rolls around…I need a snack. My snacks are usually always pretty healthy and involve a granola bar or fruit. These energy bites make the perfect little snack wherever you may be. These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day! You also have nothing to feel guilty so fill up on this healthy treat the next time your in need of a snack. I also like to top mine off with some sprinkles because why not?!

Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Energy Bites

35 minutes

Yield: 12 pieces

These little tasty bites taste like oatmeal raisin cookie dough–except they are healthy and loaded with energy and protein to get you through the day!

Ingredients

1/3 cup almond butter

2 Tbsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 cup oats

2 Tbsp raisins

Sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract. Mix with a spoon until combined.
  2. 2. Add in cinnamon and oats and mix until it is combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes and then roll into bite size pieces. Mix in some sprinkles if you want to make it look extra delicious 🙂
  3. Place back in refrigerator until you want to snack on em’. ENJOY!
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/03/oatmeal-raisin-cookie-dough-energy-bites/

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