Muffin Going on Here

While brainstorming what to cover in this week’s blog post, I thought back on some of the blogs I’ve read over the years. One of the posts still influencing me today was a blog on muffins. So, this week I thought I’d mix it up and discuss something you’ll (maybe? hopefully?) remember for years to come… 

With a busy schedule, it can be hard to make sure you’re eating right and properly fueled for a big race or workout.  When you’re in a rush, the easiest foods aren’t always the healthiest.  What I learned long ago was that muffins can solve this problem. 

Muffins are easy enough to make and even easier to eat at any point throughout the day.  Traveling to a race early in the morning? Bring a muffin or two for breakfast.  Need a snack before squeezing in a ride after work? Eat a muffin. 

Of course, not all muffins are created equal.  Those muffins at the grocery store are just glorified cakes.  Not the best fuel.  A good healthy muffin recipe though?  That’s something you’ll remember for a lifetime. 

Now, back to that impactful blog post. That post on muffins was from a pro cyclist’s blog.  He wrote how the muffins had a good mix of nutritional ingredients like flax meal, bananas, whole wheat flour, and chocolate chips.  So, I downloaded the recipe and got my mom to make them.  They’ve been a family favorite ever since. 

When I talked to my mom about this post, she informed me that the recipe I downloaded all those years ago wasn’t much of a recipe after all.  Turns out, that pro cyclist never listed amounts for the ingredients (“add flour”) and my mom had to interpret the recipe on her own.  I’m sure anyone who knows a pro cyclist isn’t all that surprised…

Anyway, what follows is my mom’s recipe for cyclist muffins.  I’d give credit to that pro cyclist but it’s time mom finally gets the accolades.  They’re easy enough to make and while delicious right out of the oven (I may have eaten 1-2 while writing this post...) can be frozen for later.  Enjoy!  Thanks for reading!

Mom’s Ghostwritten Cyclist Muffins

 ·      3 bananas (the riper the better)

·      3 eggs

·      1½ cups milk (cow, soy, or almond)

·      2/3 cups honey

·      ¼ cup canola oil

·      ½ cup oats

·      ½ cup flax meal

·      1½ cups whole wheat flour

·      1½ cups white flour

·      ½ teaspoon baking soda

·      1½ teaspoon baking powder

·      ½ teaspoon salt

·      Chocolate chips (8-12oz)

Mash the bananas. Mix in the eggs with a wooden spoon.  Add milk, honey, and oil. Add the remainder of the ingredients, except the chocolate chips, and mix.  Stir in the chocolate chips. Put in greased muffin tin or put in paper muffin cups.  Bake for 25 minutes at 375°.  Makes 24 muffins.  Enjoy!