Bursting with mint and hazelnut flavor, these low calorie Mint Chocolate Hazelnut Muffins are dairy and oil free. Made with applesauce, bananas and whole wheat flour this every day muffin is about to be your new favorite.
Happy Muffin Monday!
I’m happy to tell you guys I’m in much less pain these last few days. The last two weeks have been rough. I haven’t wanted to do or eat much. All I want to do is sleep. Whoever said recovering from an injury was easy, was wrong. Dead wrong. It plays mental games with you too. I keep fearing I’m going to hurt myself every time I try something new or feel some hurting. I wonder all the time how long I’ll have that fear with me and if at any point I’ll feel safe to begin training again. Since no doctor can answer why my estrogen mysteriously disappeared, I’m not sure I’ll ever feel safe. It’s incredible how fragile our bodies really are.
Amongst the pain of recovering in my right leg, my left heal’s now been hurting. It’s been going on for two weeks. My PT’s been monitoring it. She’s better than any doctor I see. The pain’s similar as what I felt in my right heal last year when all this began. I can’t wrap my brain around whether it’s real pain or imaginary pain. You know like the kind when an amputee feels pain in a limb that’s not there. I hope I’m imagining it. How could this happen to a person in both feet? Only to me…
My workouts haven’t even been intense. I’ve been focusing mainly on strength training and lifting weights. I’ve lost so much strength being injured so long. I can’t imagine how much more I would’ve lost had I not did what I could do while I was injured. For cardio, I’ve been mostly walking and stairclimber with an occasional spin class here and there. I had to stop swimming to let my tennis elbow rest.
It’s the day before St. Patty’s Day what else would you expect from me other than a muffin? I’ve been somewhat uninspired with muffins lately. Now that I’m focusing on recovering my weight I’ve been less inclined to bake. No bake granola bars have been happening a lot lately. The office peeps were getting a little antsy for some and I’d been wanting to do something with mint for the green month, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it until I was cruising past the nuts and spotted hazelnuts. Hazelnuts are the forgotten nut. They’re delicious and don’t get enough attention. Paired with mint something magical happens. It’s like a party in your mouth. Enjoy the muffins and all the green stuff!
- ⅓ cup applesauce unsweetened
- ¾ cup Truvia baking sugar
- 1 egg white
- 3 very ripe bananas
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 ½ cups GF oat flour (or whole wheat if not gluten sensitive)
- ½ tsp mint extract
- ½ cup mint chocolate chips
- ¼ cup toasted hazelnuts
- Preheat oven 375 degrees
- Toast hazelnuts on medium heat in a small pan on the stovetop ~5-7 minutes or when you just smell the nuts
- Remove nuts from heat, allow to cool then chop nuts into fine bits
- Meanwhile mash bananas, add sugar, egg, mint extract & applesauce in a large mixing bowl
- Stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients
- Mix chocolate chips & hazelnuts
- Fill muffin liners ½ way
- Bake 15-18 minutes at 375 degrees
Have you felt scared you might get re-injured again? How were you able to move past it? Have you had imaginary pain?
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