Almond Butter Banana Oat Muffins. V. GF.

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I’ll begin by apologizing for being blog-absent for the past two weeks.  I mentioned that we were renovating our master bathroom and it has become all-consuming to say the least.  Life with a puppy who just got spayed, teenagers, food jobs, ultra marathon training, life and a bathroom in disarray has left me missing my kitchen.  I did take about 30 minutes earlier this week to whip up some muffins – per everyone’s request and I managed to snap a few pics for a blog post in between cabinet painting. These muffins are nice and moist.  Packed with my favorite protein – almond butter and are in mini muffin form so they can be popped in your mouth as you run to your next task, errand or nearby paint brush 😉  I share a lot of muffin recipes as my family seems to gravitate towards them for snacking or on-the-go breakfast ideas.  I also love them pre-run.


Ingredients:

2 flax eggs – I used 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed and chia blend mixed with 6 tablespoons of water – let sit for 4 minutes until it firms up.  You can use flax seed meal if you don’t have the flax/chia blend on hand. 
1 & 3/4 cups gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Redmill)
1/2 cups gluten free rolled oats (I used Bob’s Redmill)
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup coconut sugar
3 very ripe bananas
1 heaping tablespoon of almond butter (I prefer Justin’s)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and spray your mini muffin pan with coconut oil.

Into your food processor, blend your rolled oats until a flour is achieved.  Then add your gf flour, soda, cinnamon and salt.  Pulse a few times to blend.  Then add your flax/chia egg, oil, sugar, bananas, almond butter and extract.  Blend until creamy smooth.
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I used a small scoop to fill the muffin reservoir 3/4 of the way filled.  Bake for 18-22 minutes depending on your oven. Insert a toothpick and remove – once the toothpick comes out clean they are done baking.  Remove from the oven and let cool.  Serve or store in an airtight container.  Our muffins were gone in 1 day flat.  I guess they liked them 😉
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I haven’t skimped on my running this week despite the urges to do so.  It’s my second week of higher mileage in my cycle so I know I need to get it done.  This week it looks a little bit like this:

Last week I finished out with 60 miles.  This week my goal is 65 but we shall see.

Sunday: 12.2 outdoor miles
Monday: 9.2 outdoor miles
Tuesday: 12.22 outdoor miles
Wednesday: Rest.
Thursday: 22.22 outdoor – pouring rain (sideways I might add) with 35 mph winds.  It was a very humbling, made me question what the heck I’m doing kinda run.  I am thankful for this Lucy Activewear rain jacket that cinched around my face to keep the rain out.  I loved it!  Large pockets to stash my fuel and phone.
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I’m also doing an instagram giveaway I wanted to open up on my blog too.

Garmin Vivoactive black smart watch.  This watch does everything from being a pedometer, tracking runs, rides and laps.  It also tracks sleep, texts and calls coming in etc.  Hello, can it do the laundry for me please?  To enter:

Be a U.S. resident.
Leave a comment on this post telling me why you would love to win this awesome watch.
Winner announced March 2nd both here and on my Instagram post.
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That’s it from me.  Make it an awesome day~

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37 Comments

  1. I have wanted an activity tracker for ages! I have a Garmin 220 for running, but would love to have all the information the VivoActive gives! Also, side note, your mileage is amazing! I’m in awe!!

  2. Hi Robin! I would love to have a VivoActive! I would wear it every day, to track all of my walking, swimming and stairs.Hopefully, you will select me! Thanks and hope you have a great day…ps…love your blog!

  3. I would love to win the Garmin because it will help with marathon training and help me see just how much I do At work on a daily basis!

  4. Robin,

    I would be absolutely ecstatic if I won the Garmin Vivoactive! I have been in love with it since it came out, but saving for a wedding and working in public education have made me unable to afford it. Not only would I LOVE having it for running (3 half marathons planned for this year), but it would help me start working on a bucket list item – a sprint triathlon! The swim tracking would be amazing. Not to mention, I am a terrible sleeper, so the sleep tracking would be really helpful for me.

    Ona side note, I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m looking forward to trying today’s recipe this weekend!

    -Laura

  5. I’d love this fitness watch. I have an older forerunner 10 that doesn’t have much life left in it….it would be great to win just as warmer outdoor running weather came around!

  6. I’m making these muffins as your other muffin recipes always turn out perfect and I love almond butter too. Would love to win as a friend wants to buy my fenix and the vivoactive looks easier and the display bigger

  7. I would love to win the awesome watch to better track my runs and my activities. My current Garmin is sometimes off from others I run with which gets frustrating when they are running right next to me. Go you for running the rain and wind!

  8. the pictures of your muffins make me want to go out and buy all the ingredients I don’t have!

    I would love to win because I love tracking all that kind of information! My fitbit seems to have bit the dust, and I use my garmin forerunner 10 for runs, but it would be nice to have it all in one place!

  9. Robin,
    Winning the watch would be so GREAT!!! I currently run with my phone using the Strava app, but it is so cumbersome having to wear my phone on my arm,..especially for the long runs,

    Thanks for your generosity with recipe sharing, thinking of trying out some almond butter this weekend

  10. This would be a huge step up from my current Fitbit, and would be an encouragement to be even more active to test out all its functions! Thank you for offering up this giveaway 🙂

  11. I would love, love, LOVE to win this garmin. I am becoming a Half Fanatic by running a half every month this year. I also hope to run a marathon in the fall as I continue my weight loss journey (I have 20 pound to go woohoo). I also have major aspirations to do a triathlon and this watch would the BOMB for all my training! Thanks so much for the opportunity. Now to try out these muffins.

  12. Congratulations! I’d love to win this watch to hold myself more accountable to my own fitness and daily movement goals. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!