Banana Blueberry Walnut Muffins

Are you tired of muffins yet? I should probably lay off on all of the muffin recipes but it’s just so hard because they’re so fun (and easy) to make! And I’ll just be honest and admit that I just really love muffins. I also love making them with ripe bananas because you don’t really need to add much sweetener since the bananas give off so much of the sweetness. I thought it would taste weird to combine banana and blueberries in a muffin but it actually is a great combination. My favorite go-to muffin is banana chocolate chip but in an effort to be healthier I reached for the fruit instead. The toasted walnuts really add great flavor as well. So overall just a really yummy muffin!

I’m super excited because I’m getting ready to do my first giveaway! It came in the mail the other day and I was so close to putting it away and calling it mine. I actually loved one of the items so much that I went back on and ordered it for myself. Needless to say it’s a great giveaway.

Today I got the call from the CYDC (Charleston Youth & Development Center) notifying me that I’ve been matched with a girl to be my little sister. I am super excited to meet her and also a bit nervous. I’m not really sure why I’m nervous. If I’m being really honest I’m slightly worried I won’t be fun to hang out with. I know thats sad to admit.. I mean I think I’m pretty fun to hang out with but what if I come off as old and boring?! I was told she is 11 years old  and her hobbies include riding her bike, getting her nails done, going to the movies and skiing. My first thought was, wow it’s pretty awesome that an 11 year old’s favorite hobby is to go skiing. I am going on 25 and it still scares the crap out of me every time. So while I don’t think we’ll be skiing together, I have no doubt that nail salons, bike rides and movies are in our future. I’m super excited to get to know her and to hopefully be that person she can look up to and talk to about anything. 

It was a few years ago when I realized I was experiencing somewhat of a “quarter life crisis”. I had recently graduated college and was fresh in the corporate world. I really enjoyed my job, everything was going great and I really had nothing to complain about. I mean, I was one of those college students who just wanted to finish as quickly as possible and get a career going because being broke and stressed over school work just wasn’t my thing. I mean I honestly did not understand (and still don’t) when people say they could stay in college forever. Maybe everyone’s just a whole lot smarter than I am and college is just easy to them but it did not feel that way for me. I worked a part time job while going to school (which isn’t a big deal.. lot’s of people do) but I worked weekends since school was during the week so I found that while all my friends were going out on the weekends I was serving tables. I also found that the money I was making serving tables did not stay in my pocket long so I was always tight on cash. 

This “quarter life crisis” I’m referring to was what came up when I tried to google my symptoms. I really wish I could remember what I actually searched for when I was trying to figure out what was going on. It was this feeling of “…now what?” I had spent the last 16 years in school, climbing up the education latter to get to where I finally was. Now I was at that point and didn’t know what to do. There was no ‘next’ like there was in school where you’re working to graduate from one grade to the other and advance. Now it was just “okay, now you come sit at your desk and work from 9-5 Monday through Friday” which I am not complaining about because having a great job right out of college is what I prayed for. It’s just a weird feeling to feel like you’re there and that’s it. So anyway, when I found this article on Google titled “recent college graduates experience quarter life crisis” it hit the nail right on the head.

This particular article really resonated with me because I actually put it to use and it’s actually worked. The article talked about how many hard-working recent collage graduates are feeling the same way I am. I’m not alone! It went on to explain how it’s totally normal to feel this way and that it will likely pass soon. The best part- there are actually things you can do to feel better! The biggest things it suggested to do was to get involved/give back and start a side hobby and get really interested in it. That made so much sense to me! If we feel like everyday we just wake up, go to our job, come home, eat and sleep, well, that’s pretty dang boring. Unless you have a really cool job or something, then it may not be boring. But for those of us in the corporate world, you can find yourself feeling this way pretty easily. So it makes perfect sense that someone feeling this way should volunteer and get a hobby. Actually I started thinking everyone should do those things.

So I said all of that to say that’s what lead me to starting this food blog and now becoming a big sister. I can say that starting this food blog was a decision I’m really glad I made. It’s so great to find a hobby you are really interested in. And although I’m not technically a big sister yet, I know it will be such an awesome experience and I’ll be so happy I decided to go for it. 

Banana Blueberry Walnut Muffins
Yields 12
Banana muffins with blueberries and toasted walnuts
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 brown bananas, mashed (the riper the better!)
  2. 3 eggs
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  5. 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  6. 1/3 cup almond butter
  7. 1/3 cup coconut flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  12. 1 cup toasted walnuts
  13. 1 cup blueberries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine wet ingredients in a large bowl (mashed bananas, eggs, honey, vanilla, coconut oil, almond butter).
  3. In a separate bowl combine all of the dry ingredients (coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, salt, walnuts).
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix well. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.
Notes
  1. To toast walnuts lay them out on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
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