A simple wholesome chocolate chip muffin turned healthy. These jazzed up Butternut Squash Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins made are made with bananas, squash and whole grain oats. A healthy & gluten free treat everyone loves!
Happy Monday Muffins!
I hope you guys had a great weekend. Money. Money. Money. That was my word last week and what I “spent” my weekend figuring out. I bit the bullet and met with an accountant to do my taxes. Usually I do my own taxes. I’m one of those weirdos who actually enjoys running the numbers & figuring out where I’m at with everything. I should’ve been a number cruncher. Now that I have the blog, started my own LLC & making side income I needed expert advice on how to handle things. I’m infringing on territory I’m not comfortable with nor have the time to figure out. Best to seek expert help.
I feel like I’m bleeding money lately. Last week I received my first bill from Mayo Clinic. $4,000 in medical bills for my December & part of January. It really irks me I’m paying for the doctors who mis-diagnosed me. They should be paying me for my time and suffering and not doing their job. The scary thing is this is just the beginning of the bills. I’m now seeing an occupational therapist for my tennis elbow. I finally see an arm doctor Wednesday. It’s only taken me 6 weeks for me to get in to see him. I can’t imagine what the arm therapy, endocrinology, hormone tests and physical therapy for my leg is gonna cost me. By the way, with all the tests no one’s come up with a real diagnosis for my missing estrogen. It’s just missing they say. How can they charge you for not giving you a diagnosis? I can see why people go broke
crazy from medical expenses. The Health Care system is seriously messed up.
Last week my car also clunked out. The day after Mom left. 3 days in the shop & $2,300 later I had my wheels back. I cringed when I heard the price to fix the engine. My car’s 11 years old and just under 100k miles. I know I’ll get at least another 50k miles out of it before it dies. It’s a great car and I’ve put almost no money into fixing it until now. Out of curiosity I looked up the bluebook value. It equals the same amount of money I just dumped into it to fix it. I have no choice now but to keep it until it dies. With all the driving I do, I better figure out something sooner than later. I hate buying cars. There’s gotta be another way to buy a vehicle than dealing with a car dealership. I always feel like I’m getting ripped off.
I hope this week is less exciting for me than last and less expensive too. I’m feeling drained by the unexpected things life keeps throwing at me and what it’s costing me. I mean come on…I’m trying to recover from multiple injuries, my body is screwed up with hormonal imbalances can someone give me a break…PALEEZZZEE? But enough about my financial woes because I have something so delicious for you guys today it will make you forget all your worries. I read a quote by Hippocrates recently “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” I couldn’t agree more with this. Food really does have healing powers.
My word this week. Love. I’m in love and not with my gym stalker. I’ve fallen in love with a new muffin. Butternut squash banana chocolate chip oat muffins. I knew when I tasted the batter they were gonna be terribly good. They’re wholesome & hearty you don’t even know they have a veggie stashed in them. Sneaky. They were also Mom’s favorites. I’m not sure I could ever pick a favorite muffin although these still have a piece of my heart. I guess I can have multiple loves, but for right now this is my love muffin. Hope you love it!
- 2 medium very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup canned butternut squash puree
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup reduced sugar maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup GF flour or whole wheat if not gluten intolerant
- 2/3 cup GF oat flour
- 3/4 cup GF rolled oats
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- Preheat oven 375 degrees
- Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray
- In a large bowl, add bananas, egg whites, canola oil, maple syrup & butternut squash
- Using a hand mixer, combine wet ingredients
- To the wet add the dry ingredients (except oats & chocolate chips)
- Combine all ingredients thoroughly with the mixer
- Add oats & chocolate chips to the batter & combine by hand
- Fill muffin cavities with batter 3/4 full
- Bake 15 minutes
- Remove from the oven & cool on a baking rack
- Makes 15 muffins, 214 calories each
What’s your word this week? Have you had butternut squash in a muffin?
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