Dark Chocolate Banana Carrot Muffins (Sugarless & Flourless!)

Guess what? I’ve now been posting on this blog for a whole year! I started it last year in January. January is always a good, motivating month for me. And here we are, 25th of January. The month is almost over! Have you picked up any new habits or started a new lifestyle this month? Because if so, you’re actually in luck this week. You successfully passed the 21 day mark! It takes 21 days to develop a habit you most likely won’t break. Once you’ve reached that many days, your habit is likely to become a permanent part of your schedule! You start making time for it with little effort, and looking forward to the time spent doing it. So congrats! You did it! That wasn’t so bad, was it?

My habits are working out, preparing water bottles with fruit to drink more water, journaling and cooking/eating healthy meals! I workout at home, for a few reasons:

  1. I’m not interested in people watching me make gruntled faces, sweating and doing mediocre bicycle crunches. I have enough anxiety, let’s not add that to the list.
  2. I have a personalized workout I’ve created for myself that requires no equipment!
  3. I really can’t afford, and can’t be bothered to pay the price for a gym membership.
  4. It saves me SO much time. I don’t have to add the time it takes to get bundled up for the weather, drive there (which also could include cleaning snow off of the car), or wait for the gym to be open etc.
  5. I’m the slightest bit of a germaphobe, and I can’t imagine the germs in that place.

I haven’t missed one workout yet! I feel like if I were the type to go to the gym, I’d have missed at least one, because of the gym either being closed on a certain day, or for not having transportation if Brett has the car at work (he works until 2am most nights. I’m not usually up for doing any pushups at that time) or some other reason like that. If you don’t go to the gym, OR workout and are interested in starting – I highly recommend starting at home! I get a great workout in every time without anything but a yoga mat! Any workout routine for any skill level imaginable can be found on pinterest, it just takes a bit of research and some trial and error to see what exercises you can or can’t do. I also like to include weights. For now, I would only need 5lb and 10lb weights, and some day in the future I may get heavier. But weights can be bought at dollar stores (or for cheap at hardware stores) and are nothing compared to the price of a gym membership.

My hobby of journaling has been a long time favorite hobby of mine, but not one I focused on a lot. My friend Emma and I will get together and just sit there in silence scribbling in our own journals, and I can’t explain why, but it’s so much fun! I’m obsessed with bullet journals. If you don’t know what that is, search it on pinterest (or google). It’s a great type of journal for schedules and charts and organized people. Another thing I journal about is what I’m eating and drinking. I’m trying to eat healthy, so I keep track of everything I’m eating and what carbs I’m putting into my body. The recipe for these muffins was inspired by my craving for chocolate and the spotted bananas sitting on the counter. I knew I wanted to bake something with my ripe bananas and my mind immediately went to a delicious chocolatey carrot muffin – but a healthy one! There’s nothing bad in these muffins. It’s all good. You’re going to thank me when you make these. Good luck with your new year’s resolutions – keep them up! And I hope you have a great last week of January!


Dark Chocolate Banana Carrot Muffins (Sugarless & Flourless!)

  • Prep Time: 10m
  • Cook Time: 35m
  • Total Time: 45m
  • Yield: 6 muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 small very ripe bananas
  • 1 c quinoa flakes or oats
  • 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed
  • 1 c grated carrot
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 c cocoa powder

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line muffin tin with paper muffin cups or spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the quinoa flakes/oats, baking soda, baking powder, flaxseed, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
  4. In a large bowl, mash the bananas.
  5. Add the vanilla, egg and grated carrot. Mix to combine.
  6. Add your dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  7. Fill your muffin cups until slightly overflowing (they won\'t rise as much as other muffins so you want to create the muffin top shape before baking)
  8. Top with more quinoa flakes/oats.
  9. Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature, then transfer to the fridge in an air-tight container.
  11. Enjoy!

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