So much for sunshine and warmth, HA! These last couple of days have returned to cold and cloudy, but hopefully it won’t last too, too long. I heard someone say that here in New England, all we talk about is the weather. That couldn’t be more true… we all get so excited when it’s over 60 degrees and the sun is out, that we immediately switch our gear to capris, short sleeve shirts and flip flops, or at least I do. Mother Nature, bring us more sun, pretty please. In the meantime, you can warm up in the kitchen with these sweet, Chocolate Banana Chia Muffins!
Let me start by saying, YUM. When you first look at this recipe, you will probably question the taste as they are made with chia seeds and dates and there isn’t any added sugar. But, I ASSURE YOU, these are SUPERB! The minced dates, mashed bananas and chopped up dates, along with some pure maple syrup, really sweeten up these muffins and give them such a depth of flavor and the chia seeds give these muffins such a nice crunch, along with providing your body with some good omega 3. Plus, they are made with unsweetened pure cocoa powder, which is such a strong antioxidant and who doesn’t love chocolate? I think these have become my favorite muffin.
If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they are great!!! These little seeds have become a new favorite around here. I throw them into baked goods, smoothies and even oatmeal. They give everything such a nice crunch and nutty flavor and they are packed with omega 3, protein, antioxidants, fiber and magnesium. Chia seeds are a super food, along with the better known, flax seeds and hemp seeds.
Oh, one other thing, they are GLUTEN FREE, made with oat and almond flour, another great natural source of fiber and protein! So, you don’t need to feel guilty about eating these chocolate muffins since they are packed with so many nutritional benefits! Enjoy.