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Maple-Sweetened Banana Oat Mini Muffins

Happy Monday!

Cooking and experimenting in the kitchen has ALWAYS been a passion of mine, and I love taking classic recipes (like banana bread or banana muffins) and adding a nutrition boost by swapping out ingredients.  I love adding in the nutrition but keeping (or enhancing!) the flavor.  These healthy mini banana muffins are soft, very banana-y, and oh so satisfying.

Here are the ingredients I chose to add in:

Oats – very good source of whole grains and fiber. high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. oats specifically contain more soluble fiber, causing them to digest slower and possibly increase satiety and fullness after a meal. beta-glucan, a form of fiber, have linked oats to positive heart health benefits.
Almond Flour/Meal  – contain fiber, plant protein and healthy fat.  good source of vitamin E manganese and magnesium as well as other vitamins and minerals.
Flaxmeal – flax meal is ground flax seed. flax contains omega 3 fatty acids, a high amount of fiber, and tons of vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1 thiamine, copper, molybdenum, magnesium and phosphorus.
Pecans – they add a super delicious nutty flavor as well as vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus.
Maple Syrup – while this still contains sugar, it also contains minerals and antioxidants.