Delicious, gluten free Sesame Banana Buckwheat Muffins. Hard on the outside and creamy, melt in your mouth on the inside!
OMG. Is it really Monday? I’m so not ready for this day or this week. I leave for Germany this Friday! I can’t believe it’s coming this fast. The weekend was busy with packing, running last minute errands, going to therapy appointments and deciding what to bring. I’m really indecisive when it comes to packing clothes for longer trips. I like to look good and I don’t love the way anything looks on me right now which makes decision making a 1000x harder. This weekend I had a little fashion show with Madonna 80’s blasting in the background. I’m kind of a diva sometimes! Ok. A lot of times.
Packing would also be a thousand times easier if it were the same temperature in Munich as Phoenix. I could throw a couple summer dresses in my pink suitcase and call it a day. Yes I have a bright pink suitcase. I told you I’m a diva. According to Google it’s 50’s as a high in Munich. It’s 95 in Phoenix. Translation -> it’s winter to me and there’s nothing worse than feeling cold even if I do have to leave Phoenix bundled up, looking ridiculous in a parka. I ended up packing a spring jacket, a few light sweaters, long sleeve shirts, a skirt, dress pants, a winter dress with tights and a pair of jeans for work. These leggings (hello comfortable!), Athleta sweatshirt dress, my Pro Compression socks and loafers for the flight along with all my workout gear and PT toys. Now if I could only decide if I want to bring my DSLR and MAC. I’d hate for something to happen to either, but I will have 18 hours on a flight to sort through all those pics. I’ll also have next weekend to wander around the city which would be a great opportunity to snap pics. I’m really lovin’ my camera these days. I have a few more days to decide on those things. I’m sure it will come down to the last second.
Last Friday I saw a gait specialist that my PT is partnering with to figure me out (if that’s possible). Apparently when you wear an air cast as long as I did and have a crappy femur, it changes how you walk and that’s exactly what happened to me. My 15 year old injury is to blame and the fact that the doctor who treated it back then never put me in PT. Every specialist I’ve seen has shook their head and said for a femur fracture that should never have been the case.
A weak femur makes it really hard to pick up a heavy boot for months so my femur & hip basically locked up. The range of motion I did have before these injuries, disappeared. I always walked with a slight limp due to my femur being shorter from surgery, but wearing the boot caused it to become even shorter from the hip stiffening. Working with my PT these last months, my range of motion is now much better but I have to constantly stretch and be mindful not to overdo my workouts. I’m just trying to keep things happy and get them stronger.
Last month my PT filmed me walking on a treadmill. When I saw the video, I was horrified. Not only by how large my butt had become, but that I was walking all jerky like pigeon. I couldn’t walk on the treadmill again after seeing it. I know for a fact I don’t walk that way when I’m not on a treadmill. I suspect I have limited extension in that leg. Being on a treadmill forces extension (think long gait). I assume that’s why I’ve always strayed from training on the treadmill. It’s uncomfortable and feels unnatural to my body. My PT said I was spot on with this theory.
I’m glad I found my trails so I can ditch the treadmill. I never felt it was doing me any good. Sometimes our bodies lead us to the places they need to be. It seems strange that I can hike up and run down a mountain, but I can’t walk on a flat surface. I have a theory about that, which I’ll save for another post since this one’s becoming a novel. I’m really gonna miss my trails when I’m in Europe. They probably have mountains with snow there. I don’t do snow.
Now for the marvelous muffins. You guys! These muffins almost didn’t happen until Mom saved the day. She wasn’t even here and she saved the day. She’s amazing like that! I was all ready to make these muffins when I went to get Silk almond milk from the fridge only to discover I was out. This was the third week in a row I’d been trying to make these muffins but was always out of something. Baking soda, almond butter or my bananas weren’t ripe enough. Ugh… This time I was bound and determined to make the muffins. I inspected the fridge and noticed Silk almond creamer buried in the back. Mom bought it and never opened it. I swear the addition of it made these muffins extra creamy & delicious. They really melt in your mouth. They’re awfully pretty too. Get ready Germany ‘cuz Megan’s Marvelous Muffins are coming!
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- 3 very ripe bananas
- 2 egg whites
- ¾ cup almond butter (any nut butter will work)
- 1⅛ cup almond creamer or any milk
- ¾ cup applesauce
- 1¼ cup GF oat flour
- ¾ cup almond flour
- ¾ cup buckwheat flour
- ¾ teaspoon baking powder
- ¾ tsp baking soda
- 1 cup stevia baking sugar (sub coconut sugar if you prefer)
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- ¼ cup sesame seeds plus 1-2 tbsp for sprinkling
- Preheat oven 350 degrees
- Prepare a muffin tin with cooking spray or muffin liners
- Using a standing or hand mixer, mix bananas until mashed very well
- Add applesauce, egg whites, nut butter and milk
- Combine until mixed well
- Then add sugar, sea salt, baking soda, baking powder and flours (note: the batter will be a little runny)
- Add sesame seeds and mix by hand
- Fill cavities ¾ of the way full
- Sprinkle sesame seeds on top of each cavities
- Bake 18 minutes
- Remove from the oven & cool on a baking rack