Banana Oat Muffins

I’m *finally* back with a recipe!  Banana Oat Muffins 1

Since Marshall and I have moved up north to the Davidson area [while our new house is being renovated], I’ve had to do a lot more meal planning and packing my lunches. There are days when I have to leave the house at 6 am, and don’t get home until 7:30 pm…. a very long day indeed.

I was pretty good at packing my lunches, but the one thing I always had trouble with was SNACKS!

I needed the snacks to be portable, room temperature stable, and {of course} tasty!

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These muffins fit the bill perfectly! I made an initial test batch, but I wasn’t happy with the result… (too dry). But after a little experimenting with the recipe and technique, a moist and delicious muffin was born.

At about 110 calories per muffin it is a very filling, fiber rich mid-morning or afternoon snack!

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Banana Oat Muffins

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Yield: 18 muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder (preferably vanilla)
  • 1.5 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare a muffin tin with liners and spray liners lightly with coconut oil spray.

In a blender, place all ingredients, except for baking powder and baking soda, in the order listed. Blend until smooth.

Finally, add in the baking power and baking soda, and pulse batter an additional 2 – 4 times.

Pour batter into the prepared liners about 2/3 of the way full.

Bake for 9 – 11 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out {mostly} clean.

*Important* do not over bake!

Adapted from Toned and Fit

Nutrition per 1 muffin

  • 110 calories – 19 g carbs – 4 g protein – 2 g fat

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Our New Home

Long time no talk! I know I have been a little MIA on the blog the past few months, but I’m making a come back! I have a few recipe posts in the works currently to share, but I first wanted share what has been preoccupying a lot of the life the past few months.

House - Before Front Marshall and I bought our first home!

Now as any first time home buyers will tell you, it is never a simple process. And we just wanted to make it a little more complicated by adding a complete renovation to the mix.

Home - Tree Before

As you might be able to tell from the pictures below, we did not buy the home for the beautiful updates or its move-in ready charm. We bought this house mainly for the location and we think it’s perfect! We are centrally located to South End (our favorite area of Charlotte) and only 10 minutes from the city-center.  We are close to multiple of biking and running trails to easily stay active on a daily basis.

Since we are embarking on a whole-house renovation, I definitely wanted to take pictures of everything to make a nice “before and after” book. And when I say “renovation,”  I really mean a “gut” of the home. We are removing walls, adding square footage, and completing re-doing essentially everything you see. Here’s a room-by-room tour with notes with the future plans!

Front Living Room Before = Future Entry/Dining Room

This room is currently the only living space in the house, and we will be adding a larger living space at the back. Before Entry

 Front Living Before = Future Dining
Dining Before

Hallway to Bedroom Before
Before Hallway

Bathroom Before = Future Guest Bath Bathroom Before

Guest Bathroom Shower Before Shower Before

Guest Room Before = Future Office/ Guest Room Office Before

“Master” Bedroom Before = Future Guest Room

The two bedrooms are the best looking rooms in the house. We are not changing them much, but we are adding a master bathroom/bedroom in the back.
Larger Guest Room Before

Hallway from Dining/Kitchen to Bedrooms Before = Wall for Future Kitchen

This photo is taken from the current dining room looking toward the smaller bedroom. This doorway will be the corner of our future kitchen, so it will obviously be gone. Hallway Before

Dining Room Before = Future Kitchen

The wall you see will be removed, and our future kitchen will take over the entire current kitchen and dining room space. The focal point will be a huge island in the middle with a gas stove and griddle combo.

Dining Room Before

Kitchen Before

The current kitchen is tiny! The door seen opens to the back yard and that entire back wall will be gone! The kitchen will be open to the new living space and a laundry room will be attached on the left of the house.
Kitchen Before

Backyard Before

We have a great, large backyard! We have big future plans for this outdoor space! Think patios and gardens. Backyard

Now, did I think that buying a home would be in the cards within the first year of my move to Charlotte? Not a chance! Never in a million years would I have thought that it would be even possible to buy a home at 24 years old, let alone a complete home renovation. Needless to say, I finally feel like a “real” adult and am excited for the future!

Morning Front