MIMM: Healthier Banana Nut Muffins, Dinner Dates, & Maui!

Happy Monday everyone! It’s especially marvelous for me since I’m headed to Hawaii today! 

Since I haven’t posted in a few days, I have lots of wonderful things to share with you guys, notably this healthy (er) banana nut muffin/bread recipe! Trust me on this one, it’s actually REALLY good. I sometimes feel like people try to over-healthify recipes, which result in things that taste a bit like cardboard and take away from the treat itself. While these don’t have the nutritional profile of kale, they taste fabulous and are filling to boot. They’re even better as time goes on and the flavors start to develop. I’ve been enjoying one or two each day with breakfast or before a workout! Try them! 


Healthier Banana Nut Bread/Muffins
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Healthier, yet absolutely delicious muffins that taste just as good as the real deal! Made with no butter and whole wheat flour!
Serves: 24
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnut pieces, roughly chopped
  • 1 egg+3 egg whites
  • ½ lemon, juiced and zested
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup oil of choice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Mix in walnuts.
  3. In a mixer or separate bowl, beat bananas until smooth. Add the egg and egg whites, beating to combine.
  4. Mix in the lemon zest and juice, oil, both sugars.
  5. Slowly combine the flour mixture and wet mixture, stirring to just combine.
  6. Grease a muffin pan and fill each section a little more than half way.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 24 muffins.
  8. **OR grease a loaf pan and fill halfway. Bake for 40-50 minutes or until done.
  9. Enjoy with your morning coffee! :)


DSC_1070Ahhhhhh! Rogue muffin on the loose! Hide yo kids, hide yo wife.

Marvelous is relaxing beach runs!

Since I live by the coast in California, I’m lucky in that I get to escape a lot of the summer heat! I enjoyed a 4 mile run on the beach with my younger cousin. He’s actually ridiculously fast (think a personal record of 4:40 minute/mile), but asked me to take him on a nice and slow recovery run. The breeze was a dream and we got to watch a beautiful sunset! I love it when runs leave you feeling worked out, yet wonderful at the end :)

IMG_1025Marvelous is spending time with family!

I love family BBQs and spent some time with my younger cousins by the pool. There’s something about little kids that bring out the life and excitement in everyone. 

Picture with Justin PoolMy youngest cousin is sure to be a pro athlete when he’s older. He’s already learning how to use a foam roller ;). (It’s bigger than he is! Aww!)

DSC_1080Marvelous is date nights!

Kyle and I grabbed some asian food before seeing Pacific Rim. I actually thought it was a really fantastic movie! To be honest, I usually get bored during longer movies, but this one really held my attention because of its interesting plot and great effects. 

IMG_1100Marvelous is a chocolate pie made with a twist- tofu!

I can’t stop raving about how delicious this pie was. Everyone was stunned to hear that this smooth and rich dessert was made with tofu as one of the main ingredients! I hardly could believe it myself- it tasted like it was made with heavy whipping cream! Unbelievable. Recipe to come soon :)

DSC_1111Marvelous is crafting with Kyle!

We spent some quality time shopping at Home Depot and making some backdrops for my photography. The project turned out really well and we got all of the supplies for less than $20! Score!




Hope everyone has a fantastic week!

xo Christine


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  1. says

    Aw looks like you had a great time! The run on the coast must have been beautiful – 4:40 min/mile um wow!!
    I can’t believe that chocolate pie has tofu in it as well! It looks amazing – looking forward to seeing the recipe :)
    Have a great time in Hawaii!
  2. says

    Have an absolute blast in Maui!! How fortunate you are to be able to run near the beach! I have an awesome…freeway to run next to. And my gym where I lift is next to a garbage plant. Amazingly motivating views to match yours :P

    And as if there is tofu in that pie…. :p

  3. says

    Aw what a fun weekend! And super exciting that you’re going to Hawaii!! Hope you have a great time! I love weekends and time with the family, those are always fun times :) Plus, I can’t wait for the pie recipe…it looks just as decadent as you described it!!
  4. says

    Beach runs are the best!! If only I lived next to a beach, I would do them everyday!
    Those muffins look wonderful! I agree that sometimes things are too “healthified,” but those look like the perfect balance! Yum :)
    Oh and that chocolate pie… omg it look incredible. SO can’t wait for the recipe!
  5. says

    Wow. Your cousin really is ridiculously fast! A sub 5 minute mile is just amazing.

    That chocolatey pie looks wonderful :)

    Excited to hear more about your photography backdrops!

  6. says

    You two are a HOT couple! LOL You’re gorgeous! And I definitely love to spend time with little kids because everything is so new to them (like the foam roller). They just have fun with every little thing! And I looooove chocolate pies made with tofu! It tastes SO rich and since it’s relatively healthy, it makes it okay to eat half the pie! ;)
    • says

      Hahaha thanks, Lauren! That’s such a great way of describing it! Their joy is your joy and things like foam rollers become the most exciting things ever :). Oh my gosh, that’s exactly how I think of things too! Make is slightly healthier and eat 5 times more! HAH!
  7. says

    The muffins look delish! I love spending time with family! Your little cousin is such a cutie! I have a lot of little cousins in my family and they’re always so fun to be around! Mmmm…I totally want a slice of that pie!
  8. says

    The muffins look amazing! (Minus the walnuts) – and I am so jealous of your beach run! That is on my bucket list!
    Your little cousin is adorable … btw, where did you get the foam roller/how much did it cost?
    A 4:40 mile? What the Fiddle? I could run a half mile in like 3 minutes … nowhere close to his time. He should run the 800 – or at least try it.
    Can’t wait for that recipe and the nutrition facts for that tofu pie! Yum!
  9. says

    I’ve been wanting to try tofu pie for forever! I actually want to make it myself, but haven’t had the courage yet. Your date night looks so fun, and your little cousin is adorable!
    Happy Monday honey!
  10. says

    The muffins and the pie look fabulous! I want to hear more about the photography backdrops that you made. I really need to do that too and I’d like to hear what you bought and how it’s working out.
  11. says

    So jealous! Have fun in Hawaii. My sister lives on Oahu so I’ve been there a few times, but never to Maui. I’m sure you will have a blast.
  12. says

    Gorgeous photos! I just popped in hoping to find some updates about your trip! I’m totally living vicariously through you!!! Have fun!
  13. says

    So can I come live with you? No seriously – I am DYING to move out to California. I am hoping/dreaming of getting an internship out there after graduation next year! Anyways, those Banana Nut Muffins are adorable and I have a thing with eating cute foods! Haha.
    PS – you have gorgeous hair girl.
  14. says

    Omg, I am so jealous you are going to Hawaii. Please take lots of pictures for me to drool over, k?
    Actually, I am drooling over your muffins right now. I want to reach through the screen and grab one to smear with some peanut butter and shove in my face. Lol, hide yo kids, hide yo wife! :)
    I can’t wait to see the recipe for that pie and how your new backdrops turn out!
  15. says

    I laughed out loud when I saw the rogue muffin comment!

    I think I’m going to go see Pacific Rim because you said it was good. I also get bored during long movies! :P BTW, you look stunning and love your hair! And I love tofu based desserts, no one ever knows what the secret ingredient is !

    PS – Your cousin is so adorable…I love Asian babies! ;)

  16. says

    I love your view on healthifying recipes- it’s okay to have a little sugar! And man, am I excited for that pie recipe;)
  17. says

    Just came across your blog, totally saving this muffin recipe. I’ve been looking for one, I’ve tried a few but they were kinda “meh” so I’m still on the hunt. These look yummy!!