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Healthy One-Bowl Banana and Blueberry Mini-Muffins

I’m forever looking for a healthy, fast breakfast option. something that I can either make in a minute or two in the morning, or something I can make ahead and grab on my way out the door. Muffins work best for me, but often they aren’t as healthy as I’d like. Splurging on a big, sugary muffin every now and then is one thing, but for my weekday breakfast, that just doesn’t work. So, I’ve made these mini-muffins, so that I can grab a couple on my way out the door. You could easily make larger ones from this recipe, if that works better for you.  The BEST part of the recipe it that all you need is ONE bowl and a muffin tin – quick and easy preparation and clean-up. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 large overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch of cardamom (or nutmeg, if you prefer)
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

Instructions:

  • Preheat over to 350°F and line a mini-muffin pan with four liners (or grease), I used my reusable silicone liners that I LOVE
  • In a medium bowl, mash banana. Add sugar, egg white, and oil. Stir until just combined (mixture will still be lumpy).
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and cardamom. Stir until just combined, then gently fold in blueberries.
  • Divide mixture between 12 mini-muffin cups, filling each about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for about 20 minutes, the tops of the muffins begin to turn golden. Test with toothpick, it should come out clean.
  • Transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely. Store in the refrigerator.

Review: Plum Deluxe Oregon Breakfast Black Tea

 

 Overall Rating:

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Abby says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Katie and I don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like since we now live in different states. But when we do get together we try to catch up as much as we can and that often means a big tea swap! Last time we met up she give me this tea to try from Plum Deluxe. Oregon Breakfast from Plum deluxe is a blend of strong black tea and honeybush tea with hazelnuts and orange peel. Dry, this tea is a very pretty mix of black and white. Once steeped it has a beautiful floral and citrus aroma, definitely something that will help wake you up. The hazelnut flavor adds a more depth that you would get with a traditional breakfast tea. It make each sip nutty and a little bit sweet. For me the orange peel was lacking in the tea taste, but did add to the aroma.

I would drink this tea again and again, especially on cold winter mornings here in Maine. Give this tea a try if you like strong morning tea with a little something extra.

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

 

 Katie says:

TeaType: Loose Leaf
Temperature: @200 (@ boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: with a touch of honey.

Funny story about this tea. I got the sample a while ago but finally got the chance to meet up with Abby. I was staying at my parents’ and they do not usually have caffeinated tea in the house. (Oh the horror!) It was a tea emergency! I remembered that I had this sample and started to jump for joy until I realized that it was loose tea and my mom hadn’t yet unpacked her tea strainer. Then I realized that it had been sent in a canvas bag. So, I hand washed the bag, steeped the leaves & water together in a Pyrex, and then poured through the bag to trap the leaves. It worked! My morning was saved!

This tea is not only delicious but it says right on the package that it’s infused with love. Maybe it’s the hippie in me, but there is something  extra fun about having love & gratitude listed as ingredients. It’s like drinking good karma! This particular tea is a really interesting blend. I have to say, at first I wasn’t sure about hazelnut & orange. The nutty flavor makes this tea really unique. I agree with Abby, the Orange flavor is very mild, but makes for an enjoyable tea! If you’re looking for something different for your morning wake-up give this a try! I hope you enjoy the nutty & slightly fruity flavor as much as I did!

Taste: 4 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!

Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Simple Matcha Parfait

Matcha parfait

Want a healthy breakfast and caffeine all int he same bite? Me too! Yogurt, fresh fruit and matcha make the prefect combination for a tasty breakfast parfait. The best is that this simple recipe can be thrown together for a quick weekday breakfast, or beautifully layered for a brunch. It is hard to tell from the photos, but the yogurt takes on a pretty mint green color when the matcha is mixed in.

Ingredients:

1/4 teaspoon Matcha (I used Kiss Me Organics)

1 Cup Yogurt (I used Vanilla Greek-style, but go with what you like)

1 Cup Fresh fruit (cut into small pieces), strawberries and pineapple are delicious, but again, go with what you like

Directions:

Quick version: See photo: Mix matcha with yogurt then top with fresh fruit. Eat.

For the fancy version: Double matcha and yogurt. Use a tall glass. Layer yogurt, match mixture and fruit, then repeat two more times.

This recipe is so easy and quick. For me those are two requirements for summertime food! Not only do you end up with the healthy breakfast, but you also get a kick of caffeine in the process. Win Win.

Matcha Parfait

If you decide to make this at home, let us know which fruit you decided to try.

Review: Tea Forte Breakfast

Overall Rating:

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!:

Abby says:

Temperature: @212 (@ boiling)
Steeped: 4 minutes
Served: Nothing added

Nice and strong with good flavor and body, this Assam tea is incredibly satisfying as a first-thing-in-the-morning cuppa! The caffeine level is what you would expect (and what most of us need) from a morning tea. It pairs well with hearty breakfast food, but has enough of its own flavor to satisfy long after the food is all gone. Most of all, I like the nuttiness found in Forte Breakfast. It also holds just a hint of sweetness that doesn’t turn bitter if steeped for a while, which is great for busy mornings when tea-making is not as precise as maybe it should be.

Forte Breakfast is USDA certified organic! Just another reason to give it a try. We sampled this tea in Tea Forte’s biodegradable filterbags, but it also comes in single serving loose tea packs. Love those too!

Taste: 4.5 of 5 leaves: Quite a good cuppa!
Steepability: 5 of 5 — this tea is easy to make!

Katie says: Abby gave me a sample of this tea but I can’t find it. Oops! I’ve had it before and enjoyed it but haven’t had any recently enough to remember for an accurate review. Guess you’ll all have to just trust her word on this one!