I went to make a recipe I had for healthy banana muffins but I was missing some key ingredients like eggs and enough bananas. I wanted to bake and make something the whole family could enjoy as a healthy hold-me-over snack, so I took a chance and created my own!

I pulled out tons of ingredients that all have their own benefits and would make it tasty. I'm not usually a creator of baked goods because the science of it all intimidates me- plus I could go through it all to come out with a product that tastes bad and wasted all the ingredients!

Luckily, I did successfully make a yummy, dense, and filling muffin! I baked them in my muffin square pan from pampered chef since its, it's a fun shape! Below is the recipe:

Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
*I used my kitchen-aid mixer and dumped everything in at the start, mixed it for a little (maybe 3-4 minutes?). When it all looked blended, I put it into the pan!

2 c. oats
3/4 c. almond flour
1/3 c. vanilla whey powder
1/4 c. chia seeds

1 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
3/4 c.  unsweetened applesauce

3 Tbsp almond butter
2 Tbsp unrefined coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 small banana
1/2 c frozen blueberries

Fill muffin compartments to desired size (it won't really rise)
Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown

TIP: Eat within a day or two, or freeze and pull out when ready. I've had bad luck with muffins that are moist and made with applesauce going "bad" sooner!

Benefit of each ingredient:
(look them up on google for ALL the benefits and fun facts)

Oats- rich in antioxidants, high in carbs and fiber, help lower cholesterol

Almond flour-rich in vitamins and minerals, beneficial for heart health and lowering cholesterol

Whey powder- source of protein

Chia seeds- high in fiber, protein and omega-3

Almond milk- naturally contains vitamin E, contains added nutrients like vitamin D and calcium, good alternative to low-carb and diary free

Applesauce- contains fiber and vitamin C, naturally contains no fat and few calories

Almond butter-  good source of the healthy monounsaturated fats our bodies need, generous amount of magnesium

Coconut Oil- fatty acids in coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, aids immune system

Honey- claims to prevent cancer and heart disease, ease digestive problems, regulate blood sugar, and increase athletic performance but ultimately it is just a "less bad" option for sweetening

Cinnamon- boosts immune system, helps in weight loss, and personally I think it smells delicious

Banana- great source of potassium, provides energy

Blueberries- super fruit of nutrients and antioxidants, helps anti-aging