Monday, November 17, 2014

Sweet Dreams and Better Mornings

Happy Monday everyone!  I woke up to a blanket of snow covering our city and was shocked that winter came so early.  I must say, the snow lined trees truly made my drive to work beautiful.  Speaking of the earliest part of the day, Sunday mornings are my favorite with Monday coming in last.  There's nothing better than spending the morning cuddled up in bed with a warm cup of hazelnut coffee while reading my favorite blogs.

I was recently contacted by a startup mattress company, Casper, to share my favorite breakfast recipe.  I said yes for two main reasons.  1. I never turn down an opportunity to discuss breakfast. 2. Cincinnati is home to a wide variety of startup companies.  After all The Brandery, a seed stage startup accelerator, is located here!  As you know, I'm a member of the Junior League and our September meeting included a presentation given by one of The Brandery's founders.  Obviously, when Casper reached out to me, I was happy to help spread the word about their mattresses.

Instead of having multiple mattresses like other companies, instead Casper has chosen to focus their energy into one mattress that has been perfected for a wide variety of sleepers.  The mattress comes with a 100 day return policy, so there's 100 nights of sweet dreams before you need to make a final decision.  It's also manufactured and engineered in the United States. Casper's motto is "better sleep for brighter days," so whether you're an insomniac or a deep dreamer, that's a motto we can all get behind.  Regardless of how you slept, one thing that can help you get through the day if you aren't lucky enough to have a cozy mattress is a delicious breakfast.

One thing that I'm loving lately are these protein banana bread muffins.  They are high in protein and fiber while being low in added sugar... did I mention they have chocolate?  The absolutely perfect treat while lounging around in bed.

If my kitchen walls could talk: Feel free to decrease the amount of chocolate chips to 1/2 cup to decrease the fat content.  I highly recommend using ripe bananas - you won't regret it!  This recipe makes 16 normal sized muffins, but feel free to use a larger or smaller muffin tin, just be aware that your cooking time may change.  Feel free to top off your muffins with a tablespoon of peanut butter to take these over the top.  

Protein Banana Bread Muffins


1 2/3 cups garbanzo bean flour
1/3 cup brown rice protein powder
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp xanthan gum
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup grapeseed oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 medium bananas, mashed
1 cup mini chocolate chips

1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside.  Combine grapeseed oil, vanilla extract and mashed bananas in a separate bowl.
2. Combine wet and dry ingredients together until blended, stir in mini chocolate chips.
3. Fill each muffin tin 3/4 of the way with batter.  Bake for ~18-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Are you a sound sleeper, a light waker or a deep dreamer? 

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, just happy to donate my words and my time!


  1. I am a sound sleeper! These muffins look great. I trying to get more protein on mornings I do bootcamp before work. Thanks for sharing. I think I need to get some xanthan gum and grapeseed oil. I've seen them in some of your other recipes too, but I haven't tried baking with either. I'm also wondering if I can use my hemp protein powder instead of brown rice protein powder and regular sugar instead of coconut sugar. Thanks again Lindsay, I really enjoy your posts.

  2. Regular sugar would definitely work instead of coconut sugar! You could use agave nectar as a substitute too if you have any. I'm not sure about the hemp protein powder, I've never baked with it, but it's worth a shot! Let me know if you try it :)