Banana Oatmeal Flax Muffins and Okinawa Tidepools

Scott was in charge of planning our first weekend (read more about Family Habit #1: Take turns planning the weekend), which he gladly accepted because that meant I was next and had to plan the upcoming four-day weekend.  Clearly this is something we need to practice because we both try to avoid coming up with weekend plans, and as a result just talk about it and do nothing.  But none of that anymore!  Back to Scott’s weekend—it was nice!

We always do our workout first thing when we get up, but he also popped some homemade banana oatmeal muffins in the oven that he had made with our boys before he went on his run.  The house smelled AMAZING!

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Here’s the recipe—whole ingredients and clean-eating friendly.


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/4 cup bran flour (or flakes)
  • 1 cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp allspice or pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup pecans

Blend oats, flax, and bran flour together in blender until oats are chopped.  Then, add the rest of the ingredients and mix/blend until smooth.  (Optional to add nuts after blending).  Pour into lightly oiled muffin pan to the top.  Bake at 350º for approximately 15 min until a toothpick comes out clean and the tops are golden brown.  This recipe makes 1 dozen muffins.  Enjoy!

banana muffin dragonfruit breakfast

You can try to imagine how good these are, but it’s no use.  They are amazing!  (And equal to one yellow container when following the 21 Day Fix eating plan or about 180 calories; 6g protein; 6g fat each) #muffinsforthewin  We paired ours with some fresh sliced pineapple and dragonfruit we scored from the farmer’s market, along with a few slices of turkey bacon.

Okinawa tidepools lunch

After breakfast we did some chores (it’s what Scott planned!) and then I packed a picnic lunch to take to the beach.  I whipped up a quick avocado-hummus to eat with bell pepper, carrot, and cucumber slices.  So simple, and so refreshing!

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We went to Maeda Flats because the tide was low and there are great tide pools for looking at little sea creatures!

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Levi said he wanted to catch fish, so I think that is what inspired this weekend plan.  We caught a few tiny fish, as well as crabs, sea cucumbers and sea stars.  It was a beautiful day and the tide was just right!

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Sunday was relaxing.  We ate the rest of our muffins, went to church and had lunch at a friend’s house.  We capped the night off with healthy popped corn and the new DisneyNature movie, Bears.  The boys really enjoyed watching the grizzlies catch salmon and wrestle!  We accomplished more than we normally would have.  So I have to admit, Scott planned a successful weekend and we all had fun!

About Jodie Kirk

Jodie is a health and fitness coach and military mom of 3 children ages 5 and under. Her writing focuses on striving forward with her faith, family, fitness and finances.

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