Healthy Pumpkin & Honey Bran Muffins

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Autumn is my most favorite season, the colors (especially back home), the crisp fresh air, comfort food etc. Every year around this time I start my pumpkin craze, and this year is no exception and last night I made Pumpkin Bran Muffins. They make a great option for a healthy breakfast on the go, they freeze great, just wrap each in plastic wrap and store in a plastic bag in the freezer. These delightful pumpkin treats are moist and pack a nice little punch. Since they are made with bran it means full of fiber. The recipe calls for dried cranberries or raisins, I didn’t have either of these ingredients and I think they turned out just fine.

Each muffin, 218 calories, 5 grams of fat

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1½ cups honey
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 3 egg whites 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups wheat bran
  • ½ cups old fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins  

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray or use paper liners for easy clean up.

2. In an electric mixer or in a large bowl mixing by hand, add pumpkin, honey, applesauce and oil.

3. Stir in egg whites, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.

4. Add wheat bran, oats, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, salt and mix until combined. Stir in cranberries or raisins and mix until blended

5. Fill each muffin cup just about to the top. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 30-35 minutes.

Makes about 16 muffins (each serving, 1 muffin)

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Source: Skinny Kitchen

Healthy…Dessert?!

I know, I know. Healthy and dessert are two words that NEVER go hand in hand. When it comes to eating, I am a firm believer of balance. You can have your cake and eat your quinoa too. In fact, cake, cookies, chocolate…basically anything sweet…are my weaknesses.

So, I wanted to share with everyone a blog I am currently OBSESSED with: Chocolate Covered Katie.

This amazing girl dreams up the MOST delicious and…wait for it…HEALTHY recipes in the game. Trust me, you will still get your sweet fix with these healthy options.

I highly recommend you check her out. And while you’re at it, try the Cookie Dough Brownies. You won’t regret it.

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Happy Friday, my loves!

XO Erin

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Bites

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I love Peanut Butter, like spoon into the jar kind of love. I also love treats. You can see how this may be troublesome as my triathlon nears. I have been trying to learn about proper nutrition for multi sport athletes, and figuring out what works best for me and my body can often be a challenge. I however, feel no guilt whatsoever when I chow down on these little wonders.

You’ll need:

  • Bananas
  • Chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter
  • Two pots

Step One

Cut ripe bananas (maybe 3/8″ thick then spread peanut butter between slices and sandwich together.

Freeze slices until firm

Step Two

Start a double boil on the stove (one pot on top of the other) in the bottom pot put water, the top pot put your chocolate chips and melt.

Step Three:

Take frozen slices from the freezer and dip the slices into the melted chocolate.  Remove the excess chocolate and allow to cool on  waxed paper.

Put back in the freezer until you get your PB craving and enjoy!

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Happy snacking,

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