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Super Seed Oat Muffins (a.k.a real food)

There was a point when my diet only consisted of synthetic protein, sugar alcohols, and high sodium snacks. Anything that “fit my macros” and tasted sugary, was everything that I wanted – regardless of how awful it was for me.  I want to say that I’ve learned my lesson, because I have – but I will also admit that from time to time, I will reach for a protein bar (filled with chemicals) because I know its a low calorie/high protein option. #Guilty 

The other night I was reading this blog post by Grubbing with Jess, and it was all about nutrients and why they are so important. Her point is short and sweet – if you’re only eating to hit your macronutrients, you’re missing out on a lot of important micronutrients.

It was like a dull light bulb coming back to life moment

Yes, it is much easier to grab a Quest Bar when you’re running out the door than to make a sandwich or even a bowl of oats. But that protein bar is lacking many essential vitamins and nutrients that help your body far beyond “hitting your daily macros.” For a few weeks, I started relying on processed protein again and my body really started to hate me for it. I constantly felt foggy, bloated, and even hungry. And even though I wasn’t eating refined sugar, I was constantly craving something sweet – so more processed protein it was.

Enough was enough and I knew exactly what needed to change in order to not only look better, but more importantly to feel better. I started bringing a bowl of oats packed with seeds, nuts, and fruit to work with me and couldn’t believe the difference. I felt like a six hour shift was nothing; I had energy, I felt creative and motivated, and I didn’t have crazy cravings by the end of the day. #Winner!

Fortunately I have enough time in the morning to plan and prepare my lunch, but I know that’s not the case for most people. SO, I put together this super easy and extremely healthy recipe that anyone can make and bring to work or class with them! They are an oat based muffin with two different super seeds: chia seeds and flax seeds.

Just between these three incredible ingredients, you’re getting a ton of fiber, brain and heart healthy fats, natural proteins, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. All natural – always good for you – ingredients. Take that protein bar!

Super Seed Oat Muffins

These were definitely “use what you have” muffins and not only are those my favorite, but they generally turn out the best. Feel free to use or not use any of the seeds mentioned – I listed a few alternative options below! What is important is your base. { I used two pretty ripe bananas, 2 eggs, and 1 and 1/2 cup of rolled oats. – A great base for any healthy bread mix! }

• 2 ripe bananas, 2 eggs, and 2 tbsp. of agave (or natural sweeter of choice) | 1 and 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1/4 cup of chia seeds, 1/4 cup of flax seeds, and 2 tbsp. of cacao nibs { Optional: I topped mine with a little bit of cinnamon for extra flavor! } •

In a large bowl, mash your bananas until you’re smooth and have very little clumps – next, add in your eggs and agave, mix until completely combined

In a separate bowl, prepare your dry mix – oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, and cacao nibs – once evenly blended, pour your dry ingredients into the banana mixture

And now for the hard part – mix, mix, mix! 

The oat and seed mixture was the perfect ratio to wet ingredients. Often times working with oats and seeds can get a bit drying, but I’m happy to insure you that this recipe makes such a moist muffin.

Fill each muffin liner generously *these don’t need much room to rise!* and bake for roughly 15-20 minutes at 350ºF. If you prefer to put your muffins in the fridge or even want them to last a bit longer than 24  hours (a.k.a longer than in my house), I would stay closer to the 15 minute mark.

Bake and enjoy! Be sure to find the full recipe and nutrition information below! 

Nutrition Information! 

Makes 12 muffins, serving size 1 muffin: 112 calories, 4 grams of healthy fats, 17 grams of carbs *5 grams of fiber*, and 4 grams of protein

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4 thoughts on “Super Seed Oat Muffins”

  1. Hanna! These look amazing! And I loved your little blurb in the beginning. Indeed, when you make eating just a system of numbers: your weight, your caloric intake, your macros, you miss out on all of the actual nutritious ingredients and vitamins. Thanks for the reminder! Xo, Stephanie

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