Banana Chia Muffins are a hearty and healthy breakfast or snack that your whole family will love. These muffins are made with whole wheat flour, quinoa, chia seeds, and banana so they pack a nutritional punch but still taste amazing.
These Banana Chia Muffins can be a healthy replacement for your favorite coffee shop treat. These good for you muffins have both quinoa and chia seeds for a superfood packed muffin that still tastes incredible.
Sometimes Mondays are just the worst, especially Mondays when you go to bed mentally going through your mile-long to-do list that seems to be growing by the minute. Today is that kind of Monday for me. Ugh. And although I can’t say that these delicious, quinoa and chia packed muffins will magically make the to-do list disappear, they will at least provide 15 minutes of happiness along with a huge cup of coffee. One small win to make Monday a little more bearable.
Now let’s talk muffins. These muffins have a healthy base of cooked quinoa, whole wheat flour, bananas, and chia seeds. To that, we add some simple ingredients – an egg, almond milk, some brown sugar for sweetness (can be omitted), and baking powder. After some time in the oven, the end result is a dense, rich, filling muffin packed with healthy ingredients. They are muffins you can feel good about eating and feeding to your family because let's be real, store-bought and bakery muffins are basically cake.
Healthy Banana Chia Muffins Vs. Bakery Muffins
|Banana Chia Muffins||Average Size Bakery/Grocery Store Muffin *|
* Source is Harvard School of Public Health
Can I Freeze Banana Chia Muffins?
To freeze any kind of muffin, first, cool them to room temperature. Once they are cooled, place in the freezer for 1-2 hours so they can begin to freeze. Once they are partially frozen, you can place them in freezer safe bag or container. Frozen muffins can be kept in the freezer for 2-3 months. To reheat the frozen muffins, you can pop them in a preheated oven or toaster oven for 3-5 minutes. You can also microwave them but they won't come out quite as good.
How do I Make...
- Vegan Banana Chia Muffins: If you want to make a vegan version of this muffin, you can replace the egg with a chia egg, flax egg, or a store-bought egg replacer.
- Banana Oat Chia Seed Muffins: Instead of the whole wheat flour, you can use oat flour. Make it at home by pulsing rolled oats in a blender or food processor until they form a fine flour. You can also use a combination of regular flour and oat flour to keep the muffins lighter. using all oat flour also makes these muffins gluten free.
- Banana Flax Chia Seed Muffins: Replace one tablespoon of chia seeds with flax seeds.
- Things to Mix In: These muffins are a great base recipe to create all kinds of fun muffin flavors. Add blueberries, raspberries, chocolate chips, walnut, or shredded coconut.
Looking for extra protein?
If you need to add some protein to your meal, there are lots of options. The easiest one is to top the muffin with some nut butter. I love using crunchy almond butter or peanut butter to add some texture. Another option is to make some hard boiled eggs to go on the side. This provides lots of healthy protein and is 0 SmartPoints if you are on Weight Watchers. If you want to add protein to the muffin itself, you could try adding some protein powder. I haven't tried this yet so I can't speak to how it would work. Lastly you could serve it with a big bowl of Greek yogurt and fruit.
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Banana Quinoa Chia Muffins
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- 2 U bananas, mashed
- 1 U egg
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk (or skim)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 cup cooked quinoa
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 tbsp. brown sugar (can be omitted or sub in honey)
- 2 tbsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Mash the bananas using the back of a fork. Add the egg, almond milk, and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
- Add the remaining ingredients and stir together.
- Pour into prepared muffin tins and bake for 25-30 minutes until firm and cooked through. If you want a banana slice on each muffin, just save 6 slices before mashing the bananas and place on top of the muffins before baking.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.
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