Hi! I’m Robin: wife and mom of 3 little ones!
We LOVE to eat and do a LOT of it. I have a BIG SWEET tooth so I ALWAYS find myself craving treats. But I hate the feeling of eating sugar all day long and after having kids I realized eating sugar all day is not helpful…Sugar crashes with kids can be less than ideal:)
So whenever I can, I feed my sweet tooth through healthy options.
One of my tricks is fruit. My kids LOVE fruit! Its sweet. Its fresh. It’s healthier than processed treats AND its delicious! Another trick has been healthy baked goods. I LOVE baking and because I find myself doing it often, when I can, I try to make treats that use natural sugars to sweeten and are low in fats.
Here’s one of my favorite Healthy Treats, Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins by Emily Fonnesbeck RD, CD, CLT. Emily Fonnesbeck’s blog is awesome. She is a Registered Dietician and has taught me A LOT about healthy food options. This was shared with her permission.
(Emily’s recipe is Chocolate Chip Banana Bread but I like muffins because they are super kid friendly and bake quickly) This recipe is gluten and sugar free, which means you’re not adding any eggs or sugar! How is that done? Well, follow the recipe guidelines and I’ll tell ya!
Coconut oil and ripe bananas! Naturally sweetened..
Ground Oatmeal Flour
This recipe calls for oat flour and I the first time I made these muffins, I didn’t have that at home but I realized I had oatmeal and a mill so I thought id give it a try. I turned on the mill, poured my oatmeal in and voila (seconds later) had fresh oat flour. You can buy oat flour from the store but if you have a mill, this is a quick, fresh, and usually cheaper option!
This is a simple mill you can buy like this one … WonderMill Grain Mill
It will grind all your flours in a few minutes. If you are gluten-free your probably very familiar with mills. I like to grind a little at a time and store in zip locks. My whole wheat flour is really all whole wheat.
Flax Seed Egg Substitue
One thing I learned from Emily is that almost any recipe can use milled flax seed in place of eggs. In this recipe you mix 3 tbsp of ground flax seed with 8 tbsp water, set aside and let it gel. That’s it! I’ve tried this with other recipes like pancakes and cookies and it works great also! Just to clarify, you can’t usually put flax seed into a mill, but if you have a power blender that works great to break down the flax. If you have a child with an egg allergy, try this substitute in your baking! Works great!
You can see above after the water has rested with the flax, the mixture starts to gel. Just use in place of an egg!
Always involve the kids!
- 3 tbsp milled flax seed
- 2 1/2 cups oat flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup mini dark chocolate chips
- 6 ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 tsp vanilla
Make sure you preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Prepare a loaf pan by spraying lightly with cooking spray or if you’re doing muffins like me, put cupcake liners in muffin tin or spray muffin tin.
Next, get your egg substitute ready.
In this recipe you mix 3 tbsp of milled flax seed with 8 tbsp water, set aside and let it gel.
While your flax seed is gelling, in a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chocolate chips and stir to mix.
Once my dry ingredients were mixed, I pulled out my blender and put in my 6 RIPE (for sweetest effect:) bananas, vanilla, gelled flax seed mixture and oil.
Blend all of these ingredients until smooth.
Then pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir just until combined.
Pour batter into muffin tins and bake depending on your oven 15-18 mins.
Healthy Living Tips from my Family
Prepare snacks ahead of time so you don’t eat junk because you’re starving
Sneak in veggies where you can so you and your kids need a lot! Such as in green smoothies and juices.
Switch to whole wheat breads, pastas, tortillas, etc.
Find recipes that make what you want but use alternative ingredients that make it healthy- protein pancakes, homemade chicken nuggets with pureed veggies, etc.