Wednesday, January 16, 2013


It has been fah-REEZING around here lately. And by freezing I mean it was 37 murderous degrees this morning. And by murderous I mean I'm pretty sure I would actually perish if I lived in a state further east than Nevada. #pansy

I bring this up because I have been craving a warm delicious toasty something or other to do battle against the jolt of arctic I get hit with when I venture from the safety of my down comforter these past few mornings. But what should it be...tea? predictable. cinnamon rolls? equal parts tempting and fattening. breakfast burritos? that seems like a lot of work...OR

I follow this woman on Instagram (@jl_designs) who I have never met but she posts awesome pics of weddings she designs, decor ideas, her süber über cute son, and some pret-ty delish looking recipes. She posted this recipe a few days ago that she had adapted from Pinterest and it looked like my ticket out of morning hell frozen over.

What's cool about this one, for those of you who care about this sort of thing, is: NO flour. NO wheat. NO [added] sugar (there is sugar in chocolate chips though...doi). NO oil. How can  this be? I'm glad you asked, because I documented it's every detail right here, right now.

One usually begins a recipe with one's ingredients, I believe:

Note Bene: if your toddler has made the tabletop her most favorite new play station, then you will in fact need the stacking blocks and wooden puzzle as pictured. Tabletop play: for how else would your heartbeat stop every 15-18 seconds as your child flirts vivaciously with the precariously high edge?

3 ripe bananas - mashed (next time I make these, I'm going to food process them. Unless you like a chunkier texture to your muffins, I recommend the same for you. I want my future batches a bit smoother.)
1 cup almond milk
3 cups rolled oats (you could get gluten free and then these muffins would also be NO gluten! But the GF oats were literally double the price of these ones above and my coinpurse-shaped heart couldn't allow it.
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 eggs (or eckssss, if you're Jordan. But you're probably not because she can't even hold a book the right side up yet let alone read her mother's trivial blog.)
1/2 cup chocolate chips* (really, you only need half a cup. I thought that sounded ridiculously stingy so I accidentally spilled a few more in there my hand slipped I don't know what happened. Anyway, no such thing as "too chocolatey", but it for sure didn't need to be as chocolately as all that.)
dash of salt
pinch of cinnamon 

*If you're of healthier constitution than myself, feel free to sub in golden raisins or shredded coconut for ample texture but still nooooo sugar! I couldn't quite get there this time.

There's very little rhyming and hardly any reasoning to the procedure of this recipe:

Mash 'em up good. But you probably should stop drooling at all this appetizing, though. It's unbecoming.
 Other than that, you just mix all of the above together thoroughly to come up with this:

Closely followed by this

be sure to really grease your tin down, (Pam, butter, coconut oil, I'll leave this decision with you) these suckers like to stick.

All that needs to be done at this juncture is a good solid 375° sauna for 17-20 minutes. The edges should be golden. Do you need further proof that I baked the bananabombdiggety?


a) "but I don't want to be confined to this heightened chair, I want to roam FREE about the tabletop"
b) "you've ruined my life. You ruin my life at least 8 times a day. Is it fun for you?"


a) "what meltdown?"
b) "I'm very even-keel."
c) "this is off-brand chocolate. Other than that, I approve."


  1. Haha, I can hear the sounds Jordan was making in that picture with her head flung back. Yikes!

  2. This looks SO good...I will definitely be making these. And the before/after picks of Jordan with the food slightly resemble my relationship with baked goods.

  3. Jessie, I love reading your blogs! They are so well written and I love the pictures of Jordan. Miss you guys! Caleb and I send our love!

    1. Thanks Sades! I'm so glad you enjoy it. We miss you guys too, I hope we can do another fun weekend come spring break.

      Isn't Jordan a little diva sometimes?

  4. These look so yummy and guilt free! definitely have to try this recipe.

  5. Your photo captions are the BEST. "this is off-brand chocolate. Other than that, I approve."

  6. I made these and they were so good. Thanks for sharing, Jessers! Haha and you were so right about the chocolate chips. Can't say I wasn't warned, but I couldn't resist letting a few more accidentally slip in either!
    Love you cousin.