Recipes from Jillian Michaels Master Your Metabolism Cookbook: Blueberry Banana Muffins

Blueberry Banana Muffins from Jillian Michaels' The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. Find the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

I’m always interested to see what Jillian Michaels is up to, whether it’s Biggest Loser, her new show Losing It with Jillian Michaels, or a new workout video. One of her latest projects is the follow up cookbook and calorie counter paperback to last year’s Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body!

The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook builds on the three core principles of Master Your Metabolism:

  1. Minimize the foods that are bad for you hormonally
  2. Add the whole foods that will help you
  3. Take in a healthy balance of protein, fat, carbs and calories

Jillian’s diet philosophy is based on her own experience of adrenal burnout and hormone-induced issues like hypothyroidism, melasma (facial pigmentation caused by estrogen dominance), premature aging and slow metabolism. She reviews the basics from Master Your Metabolism, so it isn’t totally necessary to get her first book unless you want to cover the information in more details.

Balancing your hormones for weight loss

First, she goes into why and how you need to balance 12 key hormones: insulin, thyroid hormones, estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, norepinephrine, epinephrine, cortisol, growth hormone, leptin and ghrelin. Then Jillian discusses power nutrients like legumes, garlic, berries, lean proteins, fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds, organic dairy, and whole grains. She’s a big believer in eating local and organic whenever possible.

Finally, Jillian reviews what she wants you to avoid: hydrogenated fats, refined grains, high-fructose corn syrups, artificial sweeteners, artificial colorings and preservatives, glutamates (MSG), nitrates and nitrites. While it’s no surprise that Jillian advises you to cut back on alcohol, I was surprised to she wants you to reduce your consumption processed soy products, which she feels messes with your thyroid. She also recommends cooking all your cruciferous veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, etc.), cutting back on starchy vegetables, and reduce eating tropical, dried and canned fruit.

She has other “rules” like eat breakfast and don’t skip meals, eat every four hours, don’t eat after 9 pm, and eat 40 percent carbs/30 percent fat/30 percent protein – pretty much common sense. While her “food as medicine,” whole foods approach isn’t different from what others teach, Jillian has a way of explaining things in a direct, personal way that appeals to many people.

Find Jillian Michaels The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook recipes at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Jillian Michaels The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook recipes

What I especially like about Jillian’s cookbook is that each recipe (over 125 of them!) lists their health benefits. For example, this muffin recipe is good for your heart, boosts immunity, boosts metabolism, and promotes strong bones and healthy skin. However, her cookbook doesn’t list complete nutritional information, just calories, fat, carbs, protein and sodium. It would have been nice to get additional information on fiber, minerals and vitamins.

I'll be featuring Jillian's Master Your Metabolism Cookbook recipes throughout the week here at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet.

This Mama’s tips

  • Normally I would recommend substituting toasted pine nuts for the walnuts for those with nut allergies. However, Jillian is against pine nuts because, like soy, it has goitrogenic effects, meaning it swells the thyroid gland. So leave the walnuts out if you’re allergic to them.
  • Substitute no-fat Greek yogurt for the plain yogurt for an extra protein boost. However, if the batter seems dry, add a little water to it.
  • I like adding flaxseed to baked goods for the extra fiber and ALA Omega-3. Jillian believes you should consume flaxseed only in moderation.
Blueberry Banana Muffins from Jillian Michaels' The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook. Find the recipe at This Mama Cooks! On a Diet - thismamacooks.com

Blueberry Banana Muffins

Make up several batches and freeze what you don’t plan to eat right away. These are great for a before workout snack, breakfast or dessert.

Ingredients

  • Olive oil cooking spray for the tins if you don't use liners (liners are probably better)
  • 3/4 cup mashed very ripe bananas (about 2)
  • 3/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon teaspoon salt
  • 1 generous cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)

Directions

  1. Place an oven rack in the center of the oven, then preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly spray a 12- cup muffin tin with olive oil or line with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, place the bananas, yogurt, honey, olive oil, and vanilla. Stir together until well mixed.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the fl our, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined. Fold in the blueberries and the nuts, if using.
  4. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. Place the tin in the oven and reduce the heat to 400°F. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Let cool in the tin for 10 to 15 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. Serve warm.
  5. For longer storage, let cool completely and store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Prep Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 40 Minutes
Total Time: 1 Hour 15 Minutes
Servings: Makes 12 muffins
  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 216
  • Calories from Fat: 6.8g
  • Total Fat: 4.5g
  • Sodium: 234.5mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 37.1g

Recipe used with permission.

Disclosure: I received review copies of Jillian Michaels' The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook and her calorie counter paperback.

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  9. M

    I know this is an old post, but what is white whole wheat flour? Do you have any recipes that use whole-wheat flour or any tips of how to make desserts without using refined wheat?

    Reply
    1. annemarie Post author

      M, what I’ve been doing is using half whole wheat and half white. I find that if you use 100% whole wheat, your muffins, cookies, etc. end up dry and hard. A cookbook you may be interested in is No Flour, No Sugar. You can see a sample recipe at link to thismamacooks.com.

      Reply
  10. Lacy

    Hello, I actually tried this recipe today from my Jillian Cookbook. The results were less than glamorous. Not only was the batter very dry (attributed to my using only whole wheat flour) but the muffins were burnt within 15 minutes of being in the oven. I covered them with foil to try and save the few that weren’t scorched, but when I finally took them out around the 30 minute mark the bottoms, sides, and tops were pretty much black! Any suggestions? I followed the ingredients (aside from using solely whole wheat flour) , baking time and temps (425 then 400) to the T… Epic fail!!!

    Reply
    1. annemarie Post author

      Lacy, whole wheat flour needs a lot more moisture than white flour, so you need to add more moisture (water, yogurt or banana) You also may want to check the temperature of your oven to make sure if it’s accurate (assuming the recipe is correct). If it’s fine, then lower the temperature to 350 or 375 and see what happens. I’m so sorry to hear that this recipe didn’t work for you and hope these suggestions help.

      Reply
  11. Kelly

    I loved the blueberry/banana muffins so much that I decided to try them with other fruits…I made apple muffins by substituting the banana for sugar free, organic apple sauce and chopped organic apple instead of the blueberries. I also added about 1 tsp. of cinnamon. YUM!

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  13. Jessica

    I just purchased this book over the weekend and just finished one of those muffins. I was so impressed with the recipe I got online to let people know-and here I am. I too thought the overall mix before I baked was a bit on the thick side, but assumed it was from all of the fresh bulky ingredients (blueberries and bananas). The temp was right on and my dumpy small electric oven is not exactly know for its amazing convection properties….I also didn’t user that ripe of bananas- just you’re normal just beginning to brown ones, and I thought it still came out great!

    In fact, to really drive it home, my fast food slugging boyfriend loved them too!

    I am so happy I bought this book!!! To those who failed the first-try try again! The results are definitely worth it!

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  14. Brandi H

    Awesome Recipe! I just baked the bluberry banana muffins with a few changes. I used grapeseed oil instead of olive oil, added 1/2 cup organic nutty granola, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp almond extract, substituted with agave nectar, 1/2 cup flour for almond meal and omitted the walnuts. I love baking and certainly appreciate eating good food, these muffins are really good and I feel better knowing that I can control the quantity and quality of ingredients. Thanks again for a healthy recipe.

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  15. Rebekah B

    I am a little “late” in getting with Jillian’s book and recipes – I just bought it on Friday. So, I also made the above mentioned muffins and simply loved them!
    I, too, made some substitutions though.

    Instead of olive oil – I used coconut oil. (both in the recipe & in the pan)
    Instead of nonfat plain yogurt – I used nonfat greek yogurt
    Instead of 2 1/2 cups white whole-wheat flour – I used 1 1/4 c. whole-wheat flour & 1 1/4 c. coconut flour. Since coconut flour tends to be a bit drier, I also added .5 c. of no-sugar-added applesauce.
    They are very filling and will definitely be making them again!!

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  16. Deb

    I made this recipe today and like Lacy my muffins burnt too. I followed the recipe exactly also. I do have a question, it says to use 2 & 1/2 cups of white whole wheat flour, should this be 1 & 1/2 cups instead, I looked up other banana blueberry muffin recipes and they all called for 1-1/2 cups with the other ingredients being of the same portion as this recipe. My batter was also extremely dry, I added an extra 1-1/2 tbsps water but it didn’t help, so I figured it’s supposed to be this thick and dry. Finally don’t use paper liners as half the muffin sticks to them when trying to unwrap them.

    Reply
    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Deb, when Lacy was having problems, I looked up the recipe and the amounts are correct – according to Jillian’s book. Others have commented that they didn’t have any problems with the recipe. So I’m wondering if the problems are due to the temperature of some people’s ovens or maybe the brand of white whole wheat flour they used.

      Another issue could be the density of the flour. Are you packing down the flour in your measuring cup, so you’re using too much, maybe? Maybe preshifting the flour before you measure so it’s less dense would help since you’d be using less.

      Otherwise, I’m really puzzled why everyone is having such different results.

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      1. Deb

        Anne-Marie, I used King Arthur 100% Organic White Whole Wheat Flour, I
        did not pack the measuring cup, I did scoop it out of the cannister,
        leveled it off with a knife poured it into the sifter, 2-1/2 cups. The
        batter was so thick, thicker than cookie dough and I added water as you
        had suggested because I did use Greek yogurt but it was still so thick.
        I used cupcake liners because I did not have any olive oil spray and
        now sadly the liners are stuck to the muffins, even if you did want to
        try them you lose alot of the muffin. I did see where others did not
        have a problem so it must be me, I’m not the greatest cook so that
        wouldn’t be a big surprise… :-) Thank you for taking the time to
        respond.

        Reply
        1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

          Deb, sorry I couldn’t help more. But thanks for letting me know about the problems you were having. You’re not the only one, so don’t feel bad about your cooking skills!

          Reply
  17. Christen

    I just made these and they are great. One thing though- mine were actually slightly over done by 25 minutes. Shouldn’t it be 25-30 minutes instead of 35-40?

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    1. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

      Christen, everyone is having different experiences with this recipe. It’s so frustrating! Jillian’s original recipe calls for 35-40 minutes, but your oven may be hotter or some other factor (humidity, elevation, etc.) may be weighing in, too. Sorry I couldn’t help more.

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  18. Stephanie

    I just wanted to comment that I cooked my muffins at 400 degrees and even after just 25 mins. they are very overdone/black around the sides and bottom. I check the temp. in my oven regularly so I know the temp. was no higher than 400. I can’t imagine what they’d be like after 35-40 mins! Yikes! Watch your muffins carefully.

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  19. Patty

    I am currently on Jillian Michael’s Body Revolution workout and diet plan. This is just one of the awesome recipes she has on her program. I liked these muffins so much that I made them for my entire office and everybody loved them and wanted the recipe. I didn’t have any trouble with the muffin batter as some people seem to be describing. Anyway, this is a great recipe!

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  20. Chrissy

    I had the same problem with the muffins way to dense and burned to easily tried it again with less time and they were almost rubbery not a fan .and I’m on this diet as well not sure I should even try again?

    Reply

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