Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

I am back at it with the healthy baking.

A few weeks ago I posted about these sugar free Banana Breakfast Bars, which are pretty fab if I do say so myself.

Once again we ended up with a few slightly over ripe bananas and I thought I’d have another go at a sugar free baking.

This time I bring you virtually sugar free blueberry muffins.

These are not as sweet as the breakfast bars turned out to be, but what can you expect from baking without sweeteners, hey.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

All you will need:

2 very ripe bananas
250g Self raising flour
125ml Water
125ml Vegetable Oil
1 Egg
A drop of Vanilla extract
4 tbsp of Honey/Agave/Maple Syrup (optional)
1 tsp Biocarbonate of soda
2 tsp Baking powder
Blueberries
A sprinkling of granulated sugar and desiccated coconut

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Start by pre-heating the over to 200 degrees (fan). Mash your bananas in a medium sized bowl, then add the water, vegetable oil, egg and vanilla and honey. Stir until combined.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Sift together the flour and baking powders, before adding it to the wet ingredients. Stir until combined and then pop in the blueberries.

Divide between 12 muffin cases, then sprinkle over a little granulated sugar and desiccated coconut (this should add a nice little textured top to the muffins) and pop in the oven for 20 mins or until the tops are that golden brown.

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Obviously these aren’t going to be exactly like your traditional blueberry muffins, but by virtue of them being sugar free blueberry muffins, it means you can have two, right?

Enjoy!

Suager free Blueberry Muffins - Girlglobalising

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

I’ve tried many a healthy recipe before and trust me, when it comes down cake and baked goods a lot of the time they just don’t work out.

The consistency is weird, the taste is a bit strange and altogether it leaves you wishing that you’d just gone for the one containing all the sugar and butter.

Since being on the health bandwagon after Christmas, and returning home after the holidays to find some very over ripe bananas in my cupboard, I decided to throw some things together and see what the result was.

And it was actually alright. Pretty good really, which is better than alright. They are incredibly low in sugar, made with coconut oil and still taste nice.

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

All you will need:

3 very ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups Oats

2 Tbsp Coconut Oil (melted)

3 Tbsp Honey (or more or less depending on taste)

Cranberries, Desicated Coconut, Peanut Butter (or whatever extras you would like to add – nuts, seeds, chocolate chips…)

Preheat your oven to 200 degrees/fan

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

Mash the bananas really well and add to a medium sized bowl. The riper the bananas the easier this will be. Stir in the oats and check your consistency isn’t too thick or thin.

Melt the coconut oil and use the same spoon to measure out the honey. Using the hot spoon with oil residue will make handling the honey much easier. Stir into the banana and oat mixture.

Add in the rest of your ingredients, as many or as little as you want in the breakfast bars. Pop in the oven for 15-20 mins or until firm and golden.

Leave in the tin to cool and then slice and serve.

They should last a good few days in an airtight container. And enjoy!

Breakfast bars - Girlglobalising

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So we’re now over a week into the new year. Personally I’ve finally finished off the last box of Celebrations, there’s a few chocolate coins left hanging around and I’ve got a chocolate teddybear that I’m saving for a rainy day/PMS nightmare. Sadly I have no excuses left and it’s time to start the ol’ healthy lifestyle again.

For me it’s not too difficult to stay on the healthier side of things – I do actually enjoy fruit and veg and exercise and often if I’m in a bad mood it’s becuase I’m aware that it’s slipped and I’m anticipating getting it back on track. The festive period is a slippery slope and it’s not uncommon that we all fall off the wagon and face first into the roast potatoes. I’m no health guru but I do know a few bits and pieces that make living a slightly healthier lifestyle all that bit easier to manage. They’re a few pointers in the right direction and make a transition from full-on elasticated clothing period, to one where you feel a whole lot brighter and lighter at the start of the week.

Despite the title of this post I’m not actually advocating a detox here. As I’ve already said it’s taken me a week to get rid of the last remaining treats (and of course I’ve eaten them, rather than taken them to work like others would have…) and going from zero to ten on January 1st seems to me like a sure fire way of falling at the first hurdle. So I give you a detox-lite instead.

Get back in the flow:

For me once I’m off my game it’s so much harder to get back into things. For a week or two before Christmas I completely stopped exercising adn going to the gym. I just didn’t want to. It was raining and grey and the thought of getting all sweaty – no thank you. So I stopped going and I felt worse for it but this week I’ve made it back to my lunchtime gym session. It was onlt twice a week but it was way better than nothing. You’ve just got to ease yourself back in gently to remind yourself of why it feels better to go.

Porridge (and healthy food in general!)

I can hear the groans all around! Porridge is not all that bad, guys. It is actually one of my favourite breakfasts and one that I have most mornings. It’s super quick to make, keeps you full all morning and one way to get around the general blandness of it is to add as many and as adventurous toppings as you care for. I’m talking honey, bananas, fruit, dried fruit, nuts,seeds, nut butters…

Clear desk, clear mind:

This may seem like an odd point but I feel it definitely comes into play when talking about a healthy lifestyle. With clean and tidy surroundings I generally feel so much more motivated to get things done. I’m not constantly trying to sort through papers and looking for my trainers under piles of clothes. This is also a good point for a bit of a mental detox – if there are certain things that you keep putting off and are weighing you down, then get them ticked off your to do list and carry on with your day on a positive note.

All this being said, I have fully enjoyed the festive period and don’t regret even one of my pigs-in-blankets. Life is all about balance and it’s something that we’re all still learning. Let’s focus on creating positivity in our lives and detox out the negatives. It’d be a pretty good way to start the year, even if it is a lite version.