BAKED BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS
Some mornings are tough. You're prying your eyes open, filled with pre-caffeine dread, and you have about 20 minutes to get your butt out the door.
It can be stressful.
Just the way you want to start the day: with a nice heavy dose of cortisol...
When we're constantly rushing from thing to thing, place to place, using adrenaline to fuel our activities, we diminish the space for sensitivity, creativity and breakthroughs to arise.
Healing an injury helped me realize I was thriving on this 'rushing from thing to thing, place to place' way of life, and also allowed me to realize how much more creativity I could conjure when I stepped out of that pattern. I've made the effort to ditch the 'maximizing mentality' in favor of being more present with my actions. Now, I do my best to recognize the symptoms of this mentality when it creeps back in. It usually manifests as the feeling of: anxiety, unpreparedness, running late, or chaos.
HOWEVER, I'm FINDING THERE IS A DELICATE LINE BETWEEN THE SYMPTOMS OF 'MAXIMIZING MENTALITY + LETTING 'RESISTANCE' WIN.
Let me clarify.
MAXIMIZING MINDSET: fitting in as many things as humanly possible each day - even at the cost of stress - just because you get off on productivity.
RESISTANCE: A term coined by Steven Pressfield in his book, "The War of Art." Resistance is the malignant force that keeps you from doing your soul's work. Think 'writer's block.'
"Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it." - Steven Pressfield
When I feel anxiety, unpreparedness, or chaos arising I will opt out of trying to accomplish the list of activities eliciting those sensations in preference of a more leisurely plan. Its definitely not as satisfying for my type-A personality, but it's usually the healthier, more beneficial, more mature decision.
That being said, I've come to notice that it becomes easy to confuse the symptoms of 'maximizing mindset' with the sensation of fear. Fear of getting out there to pursue my dreams, fear of doing the tough, vulnerable work that's hard to show up to everyday.
Working as a creative individual, I often don't have someone waiting for me to show up to the work. Each week, I coordinate when and where I need to be, and how I'll negotiate my practice. Although that's cool, it means the accountability factor is basically zero, and the motivation factor is 100.
No one is waiting to see if I show up. No one is going to be upset if I don't make it today.
Resistance has the advantage when no one is expecting you.
Around the same time I first found this recipe and began to play with it, I received some incredibly auspicious advice. One of my most respected mentors told me, "It becomes far too easy to not show up when you don’t have anyone expecting you to be there."
Woof! How did she know I'd been hitting snooze lately and leaving my leotard for another day?
The thing is, when someone isn’t asking you to be anywhere, your bed is probably going to be far more persuasive than the project you haven’t finished, the tough conversation you need to have, or showing up for your 6AM workout.
Even when these things are terribly important to you.
^ Key point. Passion, desire, and importance do not escape Resistance.
Of all the words that were exchanged between my mentor and I, those were the ones that laid heaviest on my heart. It’s up to us to wake up, and show up.. even when no one is asking you to be there. Don’t dilly-dally, don’t put it off, don’t try to sneak something in beforehand. (I am the queen, with a capital Q of that last one.)
I've noticed that one of the main things that makes me feel unprepared for the day, and I'll often use as an excuse to not show up, is not having time for breakfast. I know, I know, it's kind of dumb, but it's my very favorite meal (as if you couldn't tell with the smoothie bowls all over this blog). There are few things that leave me with more anxiety than not having a nourishing breakfast waiting for me after the chaos of a morning commute or a pre-breakfast extravaganza. Once I've "made it" and settled in where I need to be for the morning, I better have nourishment ready and waiting to be consumed.
When I'm prepared for the rest of my day, I can guarantee I'll avoid both a 'maximizing mentality' and 'Resistance.' Suddenly the morning rush of it all seems less burdensome. I can count on feeling nourished, satisfied, and content to conquer whatever I'm working towards. I find knowing this, can make ALL the difference.
So in light of motivating an "early, rise-and-shine, go-getter, get-outta-the-house" spirit, I present you with the perfect recipe to tackle that:
ENTER BAKED BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS.
1. WAKE Up
2. PUT BAKED BANANA OATMEAL IN HANd
3. FEEL FULL AND NOURISHEd
4. GO CONQUER THE WORLD
Side Note: It's paramount to aim as closely to the ingredient list below as possible. I've listed unprocessed versions of these foods. A lot of our foods, like peanut butter, maple syrup, and even oats have many brands that toss in additives to increase shelf-life or make the foods "taste" better. Aim for whole. Aim for unprocessed. This will ensure that your breakfast has maximum nutrients and minimal additives.
This recipe is a piece of cake to whip up quickly and have little muffins ready to fuel your mornings for the rest of the week.
BAKED BANANA OATMEAL MUFFINS
Mashing the bananas:
makes 12 muffins
- 1 tbsp coconut oil (to grease baking sheet) or 12 cupcake liners
- 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cup mashed banana (approximately 3 ripe medium-sized bananas)
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk or non-dairy milk of choice (my favorite store bought: Califia Farms Unsweetened Almond Milk)
- 1/2 cup natural almond or peanut butter (I prefer this recipe with almond butter, even though I photographed a batch I made using peanut butter!)
- 1/2 cup pure dark-amber maple syrup
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pink Himalayan sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Mash the bananas. I like to break them into small pieces, and then "whisk" them with a fork until they become a soupy consistency. (see photos)
Add bananas, and all remaining ingredients to a large mixing bowl.
Stir everything together until it's mixed well.
Grease a muffin tin with coconut oil. Coat all along and all the way up the sides. If your mufffin tin is older, and not non-stick, I'd suggest using cupcake liners to avoid frustration
Distribute batter evenly into muffin tin.
Pop into the oven for approximately 25 minutes. Time will vary based on ovens - so keep a close eye on your muffins! Aim for golden brown on top, and check that they've baked all the way through using a knife or toothpick.
You now have 12 perfectly portable muffins to nourish you as you dash from home out into the crazy world. No worry necessary about feeling unprepared, or spending precious time crafting a breakfast.
The work is paramount. Follow it. Chase it. And if Resistance is strong that day. show up earlier (with baked banana oatmeal muffin in hand, of course). It’s the daily practice of putting in the effort, that might just be the most important.
What is your experience with procrastination? Resistance? Morning anxiety? Or breakfast habits? Let me know how this recipe fits in with your lifestyle!