I’ve shied away from sharing recipes for a long time. Because the truth is, sweet treats can be my kryptonite, especially the healthy upgraded versions!

But here’s the deal for me, life is too short to not relish my favorite foods and flavors. So I don’t cut myself off from enjoying them. (Some people have to, and that totally works for them.)

I’m too much of a rebel so here’s what I do instead:

I practice being honest with myself about why I’m craving something sweet like a chocolate muffin and then I mindfully enjoy or deal with the underlying cause of my craving.

Here’s a closer look at this process of working with cravings…

Am I simply in a baking mood?!

Or am I tired and need some sugar as a pick me up?

Do I need to speak up about something that feels scary to speak up about?

Do I need to do something that I’m avoiding?

Do I need some space or self-care?

Am I feeling insecure about something?

Whatever the reason, be honest with yourself and be easy on yourself. When we learn to eat with our bodies signals instead of with our eyes and emotions, life gets a little lighter and you get more free.

Here is a recipe for one of my favorite healthy sweet treats…

CHOCOLATE BANANA MUFFINS (Makes 12-16 muffins)

WET INGREDIENTS:

½ cup coconut oil softened to room temperature

¼ cup light brown sugar

4 medium overripe bananas

2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ cup water

2 large eggs

DRY INGREDIENTS:

1 ½ cups gluten free or whole wheat flour (I mixed sorghum + millet)

¼ cup good-quality cocoa powder

½ cup ground oats (buy oats and grind them in a blender)

2 tablespoons ground flaxseed (buy whole flaxseeds and grind them in a blender)

1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup small semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 350. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl. Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Add the wet ingredients into the dry and then fold in the chocolate chips. Spoon the mixture into the paper liners ¾ full and bake for 12-15 minutes. Let them cool for five and enjoy!

Now I would love to hear from you, in the comments below. Do you have a ‘kryptonite’ food? Also how do you work with your cravings instead of against them? Did you make these and how did they turn out?

With love,

Mallory