These healthier muffins are a spin off from our popular blueberry muffins recipe. We add whole grains, ripe bananas and reduce the sugar. These banana blueberry muffins are lower in calories and sugar, but still taste great! Feel free to swap the blueberries for other fruit. Diced apples, peaches, raspberries, strawberries or blackberries are all excellent.
Makes 12 muffins
You Will Need
4 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil or olive oil
3/4 cups (95 grams) all-purpose flour
3/4 cups (95 grams) whole wheat flour
1/3 cup (65 grams) sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2 large ripe bananas, mashed with a fork (about 1 cup)
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 3 tablespoons water or milk, as needed
6 ounces blueberries, fresh or frozen (do not thaw), about 1 cup
Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
Whisk the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk the melted coconut oil, mashed banana, egg, and vanilla until blended. Add the banana mixture to the bowl with dry ingredients then use a fork to combine. (Only mix until combined, try not to beat the batter too much. This will make the baked muffins dense). If the batter seems too thick or dry, stir in a tablespoon or two of water or milk. Fold in the blueberries.
Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick can be inserted and comes out clean, 20 to 25 minutes.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
Store the muffins at room temperature up to 2 days, in the refrigerator up to 5 days, or in the freezer up to 3 months.
Gluten-free muffins: Use you favorite store-bought gluten-free flour blend. We are partial to Bob’s Red Mill.
Vegan / egg-free banana blueberry muffins: Replace the egg with a flax eggs. To make a flax egg, mix 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal (ground raw flaxseed) with 2 1/2 tablespoons water. Set it aside for about 5 minutes to thicken then use to replace the egg in the recipe.
Use 100% whole wheat flour: Replace the all-purpose flour with an equal amount of whole wheat flour or use white whole wheat flour. If the batter seems too thick, thin it out with a tablespoon or so of water or milk.
Using less oil: 1/4 cup of oil seemed just right for lowering the fat, while keeping the muffins nice and moist. To reduce the fat even more, you can try replacing some or all of the oil with applesauce. We have not tried this*
Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.
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NUTRITION PER SERVING: Calories 148 / Protein 3 g / Carbohydrate 24 g / Dietary Fiber 2 g / Total Sugars 10 g / Total Fat 5 g / Saturated Fat 4 g / Cholesterol 16 mg
AUTHOR:Adam and Joanne Gallagher
The full recipe post can be found on Inspired Taste here: http://www.inspiredtaste.net/34647/healthy-banana-blueberry-muffins-recipe/