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Sweet Craving? Try a Banana Date Muffin (Whole Wheat and Vegan)

I woke up craving a muffin.  I wanted something that was healthy and wholesome using ingredients I had on hand.  The other criteria this batch of muffins had to meet were that they must be dairy free (am still avoiding dairy) and most importantly Mr Fabulous had to enjoy them (he’s not a huge fan of my healthy baking).

I love how simple it was to whip up a batch.  The bananas added the perfect amount of sweetness and moisture to the muffins and the dates are a perfect sweet addition, which just add to the taste. Next time round though I would add some chopped almonds to the mix.

Mr. Fabulous had one for breakfast this morning and when he asked for a second I knew these muffins were a winner!  If you’re trying to watch your diet these will help satisfy your sweet tooth without throwing you off track.  For a baked good that contains NO butter, sugar, oil, or dairy these are seriously good. I recommend you make them right away.

Banana Date Muffins

Makes 8 mini muffins

Ingredients

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 cup mashed bananas (approx 2 1/2 bananas)

½ tsp baking powder

¼ tsp baking soda

¼ tsp salt

½ tsp cinnamon

¼ cup dates

1 tbsp flax meal + 3 tbsp water

Directions

Pre-heat the oven at 150 degree Celsius

Mix flax meal with water, stir well and leave it aside till gooey.

Mash the bananas well.

In a big bowl add the flour with baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mix well. Now add the chopped dates and stir together. Add the mashed banana and flax meal mixed with water and stir till it’s combined. The dough will be hard but don’t be tempted to add more water.

Spoon the batter in to muffin tin, distributing evenly.

Bake for approximately 50 minutes till it’s well risen, crusty and golden on the outside. A toothpick inserted right in the center has to come out clean and that’s when the muffins are ready.

Take the muffins out and let them cool completely. Store in an airtight container and eat for breakfast, snack and dessert.

 

 

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Too Fat! To Thin! Everyone’s got an opinion.

I work hard at maintaining my figure and it annoys the hell out of me that people can say to me “you’re way to skinny” but it’s considered rude and nasty to tell someone “you’re too fat”. It drives me insane. I am a healthy BMI, it’s unheard of for me to ever skip a meal (breakfast is my only motivation to get out of bed!) and I workout to keep myself healthy. Yet, people always feel its acceptable to comment on my eating and working out habits.  It also frustrates me that because I am conscious eater people feel its ok to stereotype me:

“You’d never eat a french fry” – YESSS! I do eat french fries but I choose not to indulge on them regularly. There are no foods off-limits to me (except dairy, but that’s for a totally different reason) but I genuinely prefer eating fresh produce, nuts, whole grains, lean meats and green smoothies over burgers, fries, donuts and other processed foods.

“You must never eat pasta or rice, its carbs” – Carbs are NOT the enemy!!! Why do over weight people think carbs and healthy fats make you fat? Excess calories make you fat not a certain food group. I love all forms and varieties of carbs. FYI, I DO eat bread, cereal, potatoes, rice, quinoa, etc. There is no need to tell me “it’s ok to eat rice today and start dieting again from tomorrow”. I am not dieting and I eat carbs daily, not as a ‘treat’ and shock horror even at night!

It just baffles be why people can freely comment about a slim persons habits but its taboo to comment about an overweight persons habits.

Why is it okay for someone to say to me: You’re too skinny.

Yet, I could never say back to them: You’re too fat.

 

Why is it okay for someone to say to me: You don’t eat anything.

Yet, I could never say back to them: You eat too much.

Why is it okay for someone to say to me: Maybe if you gained weight, you’d have boobs.

Yet, I could never say back to them: Maybe if you lost weight, you’d have a waist.

Why is it okay for someone to say to me: You’re so slim your jeans are falling off of you.

Yet, I could never say back to them: You’re so fat your pants almost rip at the seams.

 

Why is it okay for someone to say to me: You’re so slim you shouldn’t exercise so much.

Yet, I could never say back to them: You’re so fat you should start exercising ASAP.

 

Maybe it’s time I start replying with these comments. It is really as inappropriate to call someone skinny, as it is call someone fat. The moral of the story is, if you would not say something to an overweight person, you shouldn’t think of saying the opposite to a slim person. Why should you ever be allowed an opinion on someone else’s body or way of life? You can think it in your head, but the minute you open your mouth it becomes very dangerous, that is of course unless you are opening your mouth to give a compliment, then by all means do this.  As long as people are happy with themselves there is no need to comment.  There is beauty behind each person and we do not have the right to make them feel any less of themselves!

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