Exercising your Will Power

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Exercising your Will Power


I was in the kitchen organising the kids lunches for the week ahead. I thought, I’ll use up all these Feijoas and Bananas that are going to go off if they don’t get used and make muffins! Great idea right? Kids get muffins, fruit gets used and eaten, everybody wins!

Well actually no, not everybody wins. Why?
Because when I get a whiff of those freshly baked muffins my taste buds swell and before I know it I’ve eaten 3 of the damn things, all before they’ve cooled off (because that’s the best time to eat them right!) and even though they have half the sugar that the recipe suggested I’m still left feeling guilty that I haven’t stayed on track to my eating plan and I’ve just added a good 400 calories to my morning tea AND I’ve eating the kids lunch box treats (#MeanMum)

So how do I get out of this situation? How do I improve my willpower and still get to enjoy delicious things like Feijoa and Banana muffins without the guilt and without feeling like I’ve let myself and the kids down?

*Will Power is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets.
You’ve heard that before right? But HOW on earth do I exercise my will power when I’m in the sugar filled trance and subsequently a food coma?
You get a plan, that’s how!
Say you are prone to eating Chocolate or Cookies at around 3.30pm every day. You schedule that Cookie in for 4pm, so when that craving hits at 3.30pm you only have 30 minutes to wait until you get what you want. Then the next day you wait until 4.30pm.  And the day after 5pm. Now all of a sudden, you have exercised your will power for a whole 1 and a half hours! Surely you could stretch that out until after dinner right?
The following week, you start to stretch out the times to every other day, then every 3rd day until you become more in control of what you want to eat and when you want to eat it.

This is just one way in which you can exercise your will power, but please, give it a go and see if it helps with you staying in control of your eating habits and MAYBE it might even stop you feeling like the worst Mum ever for eating all the kids lunch box goodies. And you bum cheeks migh even repay you by not clapping when you go for a run (I know you know what I mean 😉 )

FYI – there’s still 10 of the 12 muffins I baked in the kitchen right now. #TakethatMuffinTop

Now since I told the folks over on my Snapchat (snap name - thats_howwedo) that I was making these Gluten Free Feijoa and Banana muffins, I've been inundated with "oooo recipe please" snaps and messages to my FB page

So I thought I'd better add that in for you guys too!

I actually adapted this from a Bunny Eats Design recipe of GF Feijoa Muffins (no banana) :)


  • 100g butter softened
  • 1/2 cup white chelsea sugar (the other recipe called for 1 cup but seeing as we have banana, I thought I'd half it)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
  • 1 cup or more of chopped up Feijoa (less skins)
  • skin of 1 Feijoa grated
  • 2 over ripe bananas mashed
  • 1 3/4 cup of Edmonds Self raising G.F. Flour
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat oven to 160 degrees C
  2. In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar, vanilla, eggs and bananas, (I just mixed with a fork, until smooth-ish, no fancy stuff round here)
  3. In a separate bowl sift flour (I actually didn't sift either coz, well that means more dishes) and salt.
  4. Stir in 1/3 of flour mix and 1/3 feijoas into main bowl and mix well. Repeat until you've mixed it all in.
  5. Spoon muffin batter into muffin cups in a muffin tray and bake at 160°C for 30 minutes (don't forget to set your timer). Makes 12.

If you want to make a Protein Muffin, add 1/2 of Vanilla Pea protein (I use Green Tea x50 Vegan Protein) into your dry mix and also add an extra half banana, :)

Woken Giants


  • Heather WOKEN GIANTS

    Hey Rebecca.
    I’ll be honest I’m definitely no pro baker, but I have used coconut oil in museli bars and other things, but not muffins yet. I’d love to see if it works, but I’m all outa Feijoas!!
    If you do try it and it works, let me know!

  • Lou

    Oooh great idea on the holding off for half and hour! I think I’ll definitely use that idea

  • Rebecca

    My will power muscle has died a slow death of late but it’s time to start working it out again. And thanks for the recipe. Do you think coconut oil would be a good sub for the butter to make the muffins df and gf? Thanks

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