Weights and a Muffin

[donotprint] It’s been way too long since I made a batch of muffins and so in honour of the blueberry and banana combination that’s been featuring a lot lately…

Parfait, pancakes…baked oats…not forgetting the epic smoothie.No better muffin to bake then a “bee” filled one Smile

Healthy wholegrain spelt and banana muffins, bursting with berries and natural sweetness. I made hefty sized ones, though the recipe could be adapted to make 12 smaller muffins (though I would then be more inclined to call them mini muffins and would most definitely have to have two!)

A really simple vegan recipe that is positively fool proof. I see more muffins being made in the near future, it most definitely has been too long!

I mentioned last week about my injury, or briefly touched upon the fact that I couldn’t run. I’m on day 6 of no running and I’m slowly coming around the idea (the muffins are clearly a distraction).

On finding out I couldn’t run I immediately panicked and I will admit, as I admitted immediately to myself and my mum that I was slightly worried about gaining weight at too rapid a weight. Over the past couple of months I’ve managed to put on half a stone. My body has been craving more food and I’ve been listening and fuelling up.

After a day of feeling distraught I got my ass up and went to the gym. I love exercise. Not because I’m obsessed with, not because I want to loose weight but because it helps me to feel balanced, less stressed and more accepting of gaining weight as I know it’s the right kind. I booked myself in for an assessment and picked up my programme a couple of days later. A little cardio on the bike or cross trainer and I’m hitting the weights and loving it!!!! Smile

So here’s my first weight workout that I want to share with you; there will be plenty more to come. Although I’m looking forward to getting back to running when my lower back and hip have recovered, I don’t feel like it’s the be all and end all. Less cardio might be good for me and in the meantime I’m building a stronger healthier body.

Are you a cardio queen and weight loving wonder woman?

And now for the muffins Smile

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Vegan Blueberry and Banana Muffins

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Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 240g (2 cups) wholegrain spelt flour
  • 125g (1/2 cup) fresh blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) maple syrup
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flax + 6 tbsp water)
  • 250ml (1 cup) almond milk + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
  2. Mix together flax and water and set to one side for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile add lemon juice to milk and set to one side als.
  4. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon.
  5. In a separate bowl mix together mashed banana, milk, and flax eggs.
  6. Add wet to dry and divide mixture evenly in to a muffin tray for nine.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and allow to cool on a wire rack.

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9 Comments

  1. I love running, but I really do love weights since starting to use them over 6 months ago now. I am also on a running break due to a dodgy knee-17 days and counting!- but have been strength training the last week or so, and I am enjoying it more and more.

  2. Great looking recipe! I’m a bit of both although I’ve been trying to do a lot more strength training recently. Congrats on your weight gain, I’m in complete agreement regarding why you exercise, it definitely helps me to feel more balanced and accepting of weight gain when it happens 🙂

  3. Beautiful muffins!! I think I need to try these. So often healthy muffins have a look about them that kind of turns me off them, but these look perfect. Plus, I love blueberry muffins 😀

  4. OMG these are making my mouth water! Muffins are one of my favorite foods and it’s perfect that they’re vegan, because I don’t want to lose out on the yummy-ness when I go vegan next year!

  5. These exercises should definitely work (and the recipe as well!). Right nutrition is vital to make your exercises effective. I refill my energy supply with Military Grade Nutritionals. These supplements contain a bunch of vitamins and other natural compounds, which make them effective and safe. When you are full of energy, you are always ready for whatever exercises!