Protein Power Banana Squash Muffins
Who doesn’t love banana bread? It was a classic in my Nana’s kitchen when we were kids. Sad bananas become something magical with just a few basic ingredients and a little love. This recipe is an inspired creation based on years of memories in the kitchen with my Nana. A new spin on an old classic to appeal to my kids and husband alike. And I daresay something that might appeal to you too.
The other inspiration for this recipe came from an overabundance of squash! A friend grows a prolific garden every summer and always has plenty of bounties to share. When she asked if I’d like a blue squash they’d grown I said sure. She assured me it was a firm squash similar in texture and flavour to butternut and that we’d love it. I imagined a decent pot of creamy soup and perhaps some roasted squash with a dinner that week. And then she delivered a squash the size or my then two-year-old!!! Suddenly I had A LOT of squash and absolutely no idea what I was going to do with it! I made many pots of soup, I roasted large amounts of it, I cut it up into slices, chunks and cubes for roasting, steaming and pureeing. And then I froze all sorts of it! And then it hung out in my freezer for ages with no inspiration for what to do with it…
“It was a classic in my Nana’s kitchen when we were kids. Sad bananas become something magical with just a few basic ingredients and a little love.”
And so this recipe was born. I had created a version of these muffins that used shredded zucchini as well as the banana before, and it was a big hit! I imagined that switching the type of squash would only marginally change the overall muffin. Making it gluten-Free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free took a little more tweaking but was still a fun process! The best part about these muffins is that they do contain fruit, vegetables, protein, no refined sugar and are gluten-free. They also contain coconut oil and coconut milk for a punch of high-quality fat as well as hemp hearts for added Omega-3, Magnesium and Zinc! Not to mention the delightful touch of dark chocolate chips for antioxidant power and if desired, even more brain food with the addition of chopped walnuts! As far as healthy snacking goes, these should hit all the marks for you and your kids! If you try it I’d love to hear from you!