I’ve been playing with this recipe for a while. I worry (maybe too much) that my two year old doesn’t get enough protein. He’s very particular when it comes to meats and he won’t touch eggs. So I wanted some other breakfast that would give him some protein in the morning to keep him filled and give him energy.
This is what I came up with. I adapted a recipe for fat-free muffins that I got from a church cookbook and swapped out a few things. First I used real sugar – it’s only 2/3 cup and the fake stuff isn’t good for you. Second I substituted a third of the flour with quinoa flour. What’s quinoa flour? Well I dropped some quinoa into a coffee grinder and made it into a flour. In most bread recipes you can swap out up to a third of the flour with other options – whole wheat flour, bean flour, or in this case quinoa flour. I opted for quinoa because it doesn’t have that gassy quality beans do and still has tons of protein.
Banana Protein Breakfast Muffins
½ Cup sugar free applesauce
3 egg whites
3 ripe mashed bananas
2 T. fat-free milk
¾ tsp. salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 ¼ baking powder
1 ¼ Cup flour
½ cup quinoa flour
Sift salt, baking soda, baking powder, flour, and quinoa flour together and set aside.
Mix applesauce, sugar, egg whites, mashed bananas, and milk in a mixing bowl. Add sifted ingredients into mixing bowl. Spoon the mixture into a muffin pan and bake at 325⁰F for 35 to 40 minutes. Done when you touch and it bounces back.
At the last minute I also added some frozen blueberries. Also, just so you know the texture of these isn't going to be like store bought box mixes. The quinoa gives it more of a corn bread texture, but they are still good. I recommend storing them in the refrigerator and slightly heat when ready to eat.
There you go, a wholesome breakfast muffin with protein to start your day. I know I've only been sharing recipes lately, but really that seems like all I'm getting done these days. At least I feed my family, right?? I did do one project today and I'm going to be sharing some new spring cleaning tips soon. Check out my tips from last year if you're starting already.