Coach Sarah’s Paleo Brownies

Coach Sarah is one of the AMAZING coaches as my Crossfit box and the coordinator of our nutrition challenge (which finishes up next Wednesday, March 6!). From the first time I met her (the ridiculous Hurricane Sandy WoD) to the occasional interaction in class (whether she is there as an athlete or coach) to her nutrition challenge seminar, I continually find myself inspired by her attitude, her approach to life, her acceptance of challenge, and her desire to always be more. Coach Sarah served as my inspiration to start this blog and give the paleo lifestyle a try. So … thank you, Sarah!

Last night I made Coach Sarah’s paleo brownies; now you can be inspired too:

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tbsp almond butter
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • cinnamon (optional)
  • nuts (optional)

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients in microwave-safe bowl
  2. Microwave on high for 3 minutes

Recipe Notes

These ingredients make a large, single-serving (think of a full cereal bowl). Slightly increase or decrease the cocoa powder depending upon your affection for chocolate. Use cinnamon and different nuts to add some variety, flavor, and texture variations.

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Almond Banana Muffins

A yummy paleo recipe inspired by the Almond Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins at Multiply Delicious. I have made them as mini-muffins (about 24) and regular muffins (12):

Ingredients

  • 3/4 c almond butter
  • 1 c almond flour
  • 3 bananas, mashed
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl until a smooth “batter” forms.
  3. Evenly distribute batter among all cups in a muffin tin.
  4. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick pricked into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Recipe Tips

The ripeness of the bananas will not only affect how easy they are to mash but also the sweetness of the muffins.

I prepared the muffin tin with a tiny bit of coconut oil to ensure easy removal of the finished muffins.