Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Banana Bites from The Lean Green Bean

Somehow, out of the three of us, I seem to be the only one in my house that likes sweet potato.

Everyone else’s feelings are more like this:

Sweet PotatoThe good news is that means more sweet potato for me. The bad news is that it also usually means I have leftovers. So when I found a delicious looking recipe for Sweet Potato Banana Bites on The Lean Green Bean (a great blog from a fellow mom and healthy eater!), I figured it would be a perfect use for the sweet potato sitting in my fridge!

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I mixed them up this morning in less than 5 minutes (while entertaining the baby! That is skill!), and popped them in the oven before the Little Man’s first nap. For the record, while sweet potato by itself causes the sad face, sweet potato + banana is apparently baby approved!

Verdict: Quick and delicious! I drizzled a few with honey and enjoyed them for a pre-workout snack. The Lean Green Bean put dark chocolate in hers, which I think would have been AMAZING, but since my challenge is working on cutting out added sugar, I went with chia seeds for some texture. I think they are better with a little bit of crunch, so mixing in chopped nuts or chia seeds is a good option. Next time I may try them with crunchy peanut butter to get the same effect! The original recipe makes 14 mini muffins, but I have a weird almost OCD thing about not using all the muffin slots, so I made smaller muffins and got 24 out of the recipe – each was a perfect two-bite treat!

IMG_5224Sweet Potato Banana Bites

Recipe from The Lean Green Bean

Makes 24 mini muffins

Ingredients

1/2 c. cooked sweet potato (approximately 1 medium sized potato)

1/2 c. banana

1/4 c. nut butter (I used almond butter)

2 eggs

Cinnamon, to taste

Optional: Chia seeds, or other mix-ins

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mash sweet potato and banana together until smooth. Add in nut butter, eggs, and cinnamon, and whisk to combine. Spoon into greased mini-muffin tray, and bake – 18 minutes for 14 muffins, or 14 minutes for 24 muffins.

IMG_5223Enjoy! And check out The Lean Green Bean for more great recipes!

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Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Banana Bites from The Lean Green Bean

Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa

When it came to breakfast, the majority of my traditional favorites were not clean – I love fluffy waffles, anything with bacon, and rich, creamy french toast. Thus, one of the most difficult parts of my wellness journey has been trying to come up with cleaner breakfast options. Oatmeal is an easy go-to for clean eaters, and a great, nutritious option, but it also gets kind of boring after awhile.

So I started considering other grains I could use instead for a sweet, filling breakfast. Quinoa is one of my favorite grains for lunch and dinners, so I thought: why not breakfast? I love this recipe because it is sweet, creamy, and full of protein (and other nutrients) from the quinoa.

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Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa

Serves: 2

Ingredients:

1/2 c. uncooked quinoa, rinsed

3/4 unsweetened cashew milk (feel free to substitute real milk, or almond milk)

1 T. honey

1 t. cinnamon

1 small apple, peeled and grated

Instructions:

Cook the quinoa per package directions. Once all water has been absorbed, stir in milk and continue cooking over low heat (the quinoa will continue to absorb some of the liquid as you mix in other ingredients). Add in honey, cinnamon, and grated apple, and simmer for an additional 5 minutes to meld flavors. Serve with an extra drizzle of honey, or sprinkle of cinnamon on top!

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Apple-Cinnamon Quinoa