Photo by Four Generations One Roof

Happy New Year! The older I get, the faster time goes by. It’s crazy to me that it’s 2018. Today starts a clean slate as far as I am concerned and what better way to start off the year with healthy clean living. I know, it’s a common goal or resolution for many (me included) but I have recently learned that a couple of small changes can really impact your health for the better. Of course exercise is a key component to healthy living but additionally, what you put in your body is equally if not more important. I am the biggest junk food junkie and up until I had my son, 11 years ago, I literally could eat anything and it wouldn’t stick to me. Those days are long gone. I started last October eating a healthy diet (counting calories), walking and making healthy treats. HomeGoods now has an amazing Wellness Section and it’s packed with healthy baking and cooking products, protein snacks, gluten free and vegan friendly products.


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

Here are a few of the ingredients that I picked up at HomeGoods a couple weeks ago in an effort to stock my pantry with baking staples. I also took the opportunity to pick up a few new baking dishes, loaf and muffin tins along with a set of rose gold measuring cups and measuring spoons. They are beautiful!


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

Ingredients: 

– 5 large eggs

– 2 bananas (mashed or you can beat with mixer)

– 1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)

-1/2 cup Greek 0% Fat Yogurt (you can also use coconut or almond milk)

– 1/2 teaspoon Raw Organic Honey

– 3/4 cup coconut flour

– 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/2 teaspoon salt

– 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional) 

Directions:

Step 1: Place eggs, bananas, oil, yogurt and honey in mixer and blend until smooth.

Step 2: Add dry ingredients and mix (add chocolate chips last and stir in with a spoon)

Step 3: Line a 12 Muffin tin with muffin liners (or grease a muffin tin) and fill each liner 3/4 full. Feel free to add more chocolate chips to the top if you desire!

Step 4: Bake 350 degrees for about 25-30 minutes or until toothpick is clean when removed. Tops of muffins should be slightly brown.

*Makes 12 muffins


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

You may be thinking what is coconut flour and why would I want to use it? As advertised on the label, coconut flour is high in fiber and protein and a healthy alternative to other flours. In 2 TBSP,  it only has 1g of sugar which is lower than other grain-based flours. With the lower sugar and carbs (9g per serving) it brings down the glycemic index score, which is great as some of my family member are diabetic, so I am always look for ways to make anything a little healthier for them. One big difference when using coconut flour vs. white flour is the consistency. You will need more eggs when using coconut flour and you may need little more liquid. I find that using greek yogurt also helps too.


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

I made a double batch in order to also make a banana bread loaf for a healthy breakfast treat during the week.


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

Looks pretty yummy right? The muffins and bread are so light and fluffy.


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

I shared a quick story on my instagram account a couple days ago featuring the texture of coconut flour and the fabulous Wellness products at HomeGoods (you can follow me here on Instagram) and uploaded the video to share with you below. If you are not familiar with coconut flour, check this out, it’s like sand!


Video by Four Generations One Roof 


Photo by Four Generations One Roof 

If you have not tried coconut flour as an alternative to traditional flour, give it a try, you won’t be disappointed! I also made  a batch of peanut butter banana muffins as well and still used coconut flour and they were delicious! Happy baking and remember you can make your treats a healthier with some simple swaps!

 

Jessica is a paid blogger. You can view more of her work at Four Generations One Roof.


You might also like: