Foodie Friday | Banana Smoothie Muffins

TGIFF…Thank goodness it’s Foodie Friday!

Let’s talk breakfast. Breakfast has been long touted as the “most important meal of the day,” but how many of us ACTUALLY eat breakfast? (No, your coffee doesn’t count.)

Personally, I have never been a regular breakfast eater – unless it is Sunday pancakes and bacon and eggs and toast and fruit and more pancakes. On the regs, I just have never started my day with a “real” breakfast. As someone who works out in the morning, I am one of those who DEFINITELY cannot eat anything substantial and attempt to do anything that resembles exercise *insert queasy green emoji here. I am always on the lookout for an “on the go” option that isn’t a McSomething or other. So when I came across these Banana Smoothie Muffins on PopSugar, I knew it was a must try!

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INGREDIENTS

3 ripe bananas
2 cups packed baby spinach
8 strawberries
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Puree the bananas, spinach, and strawberries in a blender. In a medium-size bowl, combine the flour, sugar, egg, oil, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Pour the smoothie mixture into the bowl and mix well. Put paper or silicone muffin cups in a muffin pan. Spoon the batter, filling each cup about three quarters full. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow muffins to cool on a rack and enjoy!

I will start by saying I got WAY more than 14 muffins (which was stated in the original recipe) out of this mix. Not complaining at all because that just means you get more results from your work – but just a note! I filled the muffin cups almost all of the way instead of the suggested 3/4 full and was pleased with the outcome.

Lookswise, they look like normal run of the mill muffins. You can see the freckles of spinach, but you would NEVER know there is spinach in these when you take your first bite. They are fluffy, spongy, banana-y, and tasted great accompanied by a nice cup of tea. Most important, they didn’t have that oh-my-gosh-i-just-ate-a-buffet-for-breakfast-and-now-all-i-want-to-is-sleep feeling. I think I could get in a breakfast flow with these yummy bites!

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So whether it’s a change up of your smoothie routine, adding some light flair to start your day, enjoyed as a midday snack, or a post dinner treat yo self, I give these a high five! Tell us what YOU think in the comments!

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