By Emily Elizabeth on August 16, 2010
Photo by Emily Elizabeth
Photo by Emily Elizabeth
"These really are like magic in that they actually rise up and bake like regular muffins, but only take 3-4 minutes in the microwave. Using cocoa powder, flax meal, rolled oats and sweetened only with banana, these are a very nutritious breakfast with a good source of heart healthy omega 3s, over 5 grams of fiber and almost 9 grams of protein. Feel free to add a sweetener of choice if you prefer things sweet. Also try the suggested toppings or mix-ins (my favorite is the Chocolate Whey Coconut) or experiment with your own! I love that they don't need xanthan gum and they're a great way to make use of that single overripe banana that isn't enough for banana bread. Bonus: Studies have also shown that in addition to being a great source of antioxidants, cocoa also has the ability to make us feel more full while also having a mood elevating effect. TIP: Mix up the dry ingredients ahead of time and store in the fridge in individual baggies so you only have to mix them into the soaked oats, banana, and eggs in the morning."
Serving Size: 1 (126 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 3
"Oh my goodness....these really are "Magic"! I was skeptical about how they would work and totally expected them to need coaxing out of the containers. I just trusted the recipe, put them in for 3 minutes, quickly took them out when done, turned them over on a large plate, and "magic" - I lifted off the baking container and there sat a steaming hot wonderful muffin!
Just a few notes:
1. I really appreciated that Emily told me how much banana I should have once I mashed it. Today when I did it, my bananas were so small that it actually took two bananas to make 1/2 cup.
2. The containers are VERY hot when they are done. Either make sure you have protection for your hands when removing from the microwave & lifting off the plate, OR you can bake them in a large coffee cup and the handle serves as an easy way to take them out and flip them over without burning yourself.
3. Immediately after you dump the muffin out of the baking container, put hot water in the container to soak. Clean up is a breeze when you do this. If you leave the container to clean up later in the day and have not soaked it, it is much harder.
Give these Magic Microwave Muffins a try. I made them without any sugar or sweetner and they were great. My favorite is to add just a sprinkle of raisins to the top before baking! Of course the ultimate is to add chocolate chips to them before baking. However, I am doing a September No-Sugar Challenge, so raisins had to be it today!"