From: Jerry Schumacher (trainer to Shalane Flanagan)


These gluten-free, sugar-free brownie-like muffins are not only full of essential nutrients but, are the perfect pre-run snack. Originally created by elite athlete coach Jerry Schumacher to tame his sweet tooth without adding processed bars, they’ve become the signature snack for marathoner Shalane Flanagan.

I doubled the recipe after making them once….they were gone in record-breaking time!

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A super rich, gooey, gluten-free, sugar-free muffin for even the most discerning chocoholic!
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword anti-inflammation,, antioxidants,, bananas, cake,chocolate, cookie, sheet pan recipes, snack,, chocolate,, Elite athletes,, gluten-free,, health coach, high fiber, Long distance training,, low fat, magnesium,, runners,, sugar-free,, zinc,
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 large muffins
Author Jerry Schumacher


  • 2 C Oat Flour Grind oats in blender until flour consistency.
  • 1 1/2 C Almond Flour
  • 3/4 C Dark Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 C Chopped Walnuts
  • 1/3 C Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Fine Sea Salt
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 C Mashed Bananas (3 medium)
  • 1/3 C Whole Milk Plain Yogurt
  • 1/3 C Honey
  • 4 T Unsalted Butter, melted
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350. Line a 12 Cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl, combine oat flour, almond flour, chocolate, nuts, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk together eggs, bananas, yogurt, honey, melted butter, and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  • Spoon the batter into muffin cups, filling each to the brim. Bake until inserted toothpick comes out clean. About 30 to 35 minutes for large muffins and 25 minutes for mini muffins.
  • Muffins can be stored in an airtight container for one week. You can freeze and keep for 3 months. To reheat, 300 degrees for 10 minutes in oven.

WARNING: These muffins are HIGHLY addictive!

Move More, Eat Well, Be Happy,

xoxo, Rosanna
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4 thoughts on “PRE-RUN YUMMM

  1. Hi Mary! What a great question…I love it when people read the recipe and consider ingredients:)
    The chocolate chips are optional and are sugar-free dark chocolate chips…so we are adding a little something to make you smile. As to the honey, it is a naturally occurring sugar which can be confusing. Pure honey is made by nature and no sugars are added during its production. It does add a sugar component to the recipe. It’s breakdown is 40% fructose, 30% glucose and 17% water. It is a type of carbohydrate. It is both a natural occurring sugar and an added sugar…confusing, right.

    Bottom line Mary, you could sub the fresh honey with Stevia, Molasses, Maple Syrup or date sugar. Or, you could leave it out and enjoy the natural flavors.

    Mary, thank you for taking time to ask a question. I appreciate it and am more than happy to chat if you have other questions.

    Have the BEST week!

  2. I don’t mean to be a stickler… but how are they sugar-free muffins with 1/3 cup of honey and chocolate chips?

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious! A running friend made this. I wonder if coconut flour could be subbed for oat flour?