How much are bananas? 19 cents! Normally this would not be a hard question to answer. However if you are relearning how to hear with a Cochlear Implant it is daunting. There is a training tool for my device that streams sound directly from my phone. The website/app plays a sentence and then asks an open ended question. Yesterday I heard the full sentence and knew all the words…except mixed 19 with 99. What a milestone!! Even a week ago I could not tell you if ’tile’ and ‘towel’ were the same or different. Although I am far from up to par with my hearing with this new ear I am so hopeful and energized to continue the rehab process.
In light of bananas being 19 cents a pound, here is my own recipe for a healthy take on the classic banana chocolate chip muffin.
Protein Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins 15 muffins
- 3 extra large, ripe bananas, mashed
- 1 TBS pure vanilla
- 2 TBS ground flax seed
- 1/2 cup high protein milk such as Silk Ultra (vegan) or Fairlife 2%
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 TBS pure maple syrup
- 1 cup kodiak mix (or whole wheat flour)
- 1/2 cup PB2 powdered peanut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 cup monk fruit sugar replacement or other granulated sweeter/sugar
- 1/3 cup Enjoy Life dark chocolate chips (or other low sugar chocolate chip)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
Mix the first 6 ingredients in a bowl. Mix the dry ingredients, the rest of the recipe, in a second bowl. Combine the 2 bowls and stir the least amount as possible, just until combined. Divide among 15 standard sized muffin liners. I use silicone ones on a regular baking sheet versus a muffin pan with better, more even results. Bake for about 15 minutes on convection or about 18-20 minutes on standard oven. They’re done when a toothpick comes out clean after inserting it into the middle of a muffin. Each muffin has about 5 grams of protein and just under 100 calories. Enjoy!