This pretty bowl of oatmeal

There isn't much to this post except this pretty bowl of oatmeal.

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Superfood Spotlight: Chia Seeds (and Overnight Chia Oats)

Ch, ch, ch, chia (seeds)!  These little guys have become quite popular in the health and nutrition realm.  After receiving a few questions from friends about them, I decided to do a little research and try them out.

Just a little background: Chia seeds are part of the Salvia hispanica, a flowering plant of the mint family.  This plant is cultivated in Mexico and Guatemala.  Chia seeds have been a staple food source for Native Americans for centuries. Aztec warriors (yes, warriors!) would eat chia during hunting trips, and on trips to trade products in which they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean.  

In summary:  Eat chia = run for hundreds of miles= become a warrior.  Need I say more?

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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Nut Muffins

Yes… yet another muffin recipe.  This is an altered banana bread recipe that has less butter and sugar, and made with whole wheat flour, oatmeal and flaxseed.

Flaxseed has been a recent hype in the health industry and becoming quite popular.  Flaxseed is a seed that owes it’s health benefits to three key components.

  1. Omega-3’s: these are the healthy fats that have positive effects on your heart health.  They also offer protection for your bones. 2 tablespoons of flax has 133% of your daily recommended intake.
  2. Lignans: these help protect against cancers by blocking certain hormone enzymes, and preventing the growth of tumor cells.
  3. Fiber:  (yay fiber!)  Flax has both the soluble and insoluble types.  A small 2 tablespoons of flax has 15% of your daily recommended intake.

You can add flaxseed to almost anything.  Foods such as yogurts, ice creams, smoothies, cereals, cooked veggies, etc.  It will add a slight nutty flavor… my favorite!

I got the chance to spend an amazing weekend at home and my mom and I made these delicious bites.  The added bananas makes them moist and sweet, and the oatmeal and flaxseed gave them a great nutty, chewy flavor.

Banana Oatmeal Nut Muffins

Makes 24 muffins
  • 1/3 c. melted butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ c. brown sugar
  • 6 ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • ¾ c. wheat flour
  • ½ c. flour
  • ¾ c. oatmeal
  • ¼ c. ground flaxseed
  • 1 ½ t. baking powder
  • 1 t. baking soda
  • 1 t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. nutmeg
  • ¼ t. salt
  •  ½ c. chopped nuts (of course!)
-Combine the liquid ingredients in a bowl (butter, eggs, sugar, bananas, vanilla)
-Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl
-Fold the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients, until no more visual powder
-Fold the nuts in
-Line muffin tins and bake for 20-22 minutes at 375 degrees
Dry Ingredients
Mix with the wet ingredients and fold in nuts
fresh out of the oven!