PR’s & “PB” Banana Muffins

I just really enjoy this picture. And it pertains to nothing we’ll be discussing today.

Happy Wednesday! I sincerely hope you’re having a great one already. I definitely am having a fantastic day:

  1. It’s half way through the week, already
  2. This weekend is a 3 day weekend
  3. I’m about to dive into a lovely Jar-O-Oats, or OIAJ
  4. I made my business goal last night (which means a bonus $$) for August’s month end
  5. I now have a personal trainer (ya, I love workout stuff)
  6. This morning I had the most amazing lifting session in CrossFit(!!!!!!!!!  <–me being super excited)

CrossFit PR’s: Today was back squats, 1 rep max, all out effort. And this morning, I beat my 1 rep max PR for back squats by 30 lbs! What?! 30 lbs??? How is this possible. The craziest thing is, the prior PR was from last Wednesday. I was able to back squat 30 lbs more than I had last week?! I’m not complaining. I guess that just means I either need to a) push myself way harder (even though it’s mentally and physically super challenging), or b) not have a clue what weight I’m adding to the barbell. I think the latter may help more. It’s all a mental game with me. But yay to me! I’m happy!

How did I get this large of a jump for a personal record, or even the lift?? There were so many factors that have changed since last week, I can only note the many and go forward from here. I hope that this is a nice little trend…

And in the spirit of my PR Wednesday I am sharing a delicious recipe that I experimented with this weekend. The result came out better than I expected. Must better.

Craving muffins, I could not decide between this recipe, by lovely Katie, or this recipe, by lovely (um, whatever) Paleo dude. So I made my own combination of both. And the best part about these is they are peanut free. That’s right. Instead of using peanuts to get the flavor of peanut butter, I improvised quite nicely. Almond butter mixed with a bit of nutritional yeast creates a great ‘peanut butter’ taste. These muffins taste really, really good.

“Peanut Butter” Banana Muffins (Paleo, gluten & diary free)

Dry goods:

  • 1/2 cup hemp flour (unflavored)
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup GF all-purpose flour (use almond meal for Paleo Friendly version)
  • 1/2 tsp zanthan gum
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • pinch salt

Wet ‘n’ wild:

  • 1 egg
  • 1 heaping tbsp almond butter
  • 1 tsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 dropper Vanilla Stevia (or any sweetener of choice equaling about 1/3 cup sugar)
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly combine the dry ingredients into the wet, mixing until incorporated but not over mixing the batter. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes.

Who's my little Lovemuffin?

Chunks of gooey bananas... mmmmm....
Little piece of (protein) Heaven in muffin form.

These muffins were crisp on the outside, fluffy and moist on the inside, and tasted amazing! I highly encourage you to make some of your own! Best part, you can eat them for a nice Sunday morning breakfast without guilt. These babies are delicious warm, right out of the oven, or even cold the next day. You can even eat them with ice cream… um… which I did.

Mango Lime "Ice Cream"- it even has a belly button
Churning with love.

This ice cream recipe came from a dear friend, again, and master chef (well, at least to me) Katie, owner of Making Food And Other Stuff blog. I followed the recipe for the most part, only changing a few things (maybe this is why here’s looks prettier than mine?). It’s really good. And better for breakfast, fresh out of the ice cream maker. 😉 My changes are in blue.

Mango Lime Coconut Milk Ice Cream

  • 2 cups mango chunks, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup coconut milk more almond milk
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup lettuce (gotta get in your greens)
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • pinch salt
  • stevia or other sweetener, to taste
  • LOVE <—key ingredient

Blend everything until nice and creamy. Freeze in ice cream maker according to directions.

So, it’s September 1st. A whole new month to embark on new journeys, goals, and experiences. What new level can you take on, or create, this month? I am wholeheartedly diving into the deep end of fitness. I am aiming to keep my PR’s coming in CrossFit and working with my personal trainer to be the best I can be physically. And in the world of business, I am getting another promotion (I will do it!) and gain even more bonuses. And at the end of this month, we have a huge business conference in New Orleans! I can’t wait! Cheers to new beginnings and goal setting! 🙂