Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
I met this muffin on the Christine Cushing Live show and had to try it. For my money this is the ultimate banana muffin when it comes to the health aspect and just plain good taste. This can be made with some chopped nuts in place of the blueberries (or a small amount in addition to the berries). The nuts will add fat but nuts are heart healthy fat, you know the good kind.
- 2 -3 bananas, mashed (about 1 cup/250 ml)
- 1⁄4 cup no sugar added apple butter (60 ml)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (5 ml)
- 2 tablespoons splenda brown sugar (30 ml)
- 3⁄4 cup low-fat buttermilk (175 ml)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil (30 ml)
- 1 1⁄2 cups whole wheat flour (375 ml)
- 2 teaspoons baking soda (10 ml)
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt (2 ml)
- 1⁄4 cup oat bran (60 ml)
- freshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice (1 ml)
- 1⁄2 cup blueberries (fresh or still frozen (125 ml)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a medium muffin tin by lining with muffin paper or brushing/spraying with oil.
- Sift flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and add oat bran, nutmeg and all spice.
- Stir well to combine and set aside.
- Mash banana in a bowl.
- Add apple butter, vanilla, Splenda brown sugar, buttermilk and vegetable oil, stir to combine.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture.
- Stir with a wooden spoon until just combined (some of the flour may still remain visible) but do not over mix or the muffins will be tough.
- Fold in the blueberries.
- Spoon batter evenly into prepared muffin tins.
- Put in the middle rack of oven.
- Bake until golden, about 18-23 minutes (or until a tester comes out clean).
- Makes 12 medium muffins.
It's great to have a low sugar/low fat healthy muffin available for breakfast on the run. I liked this a lot but for some reason it wasn't as banana flavored as I expected. That must be the fault of the bananas. Maybe they weren't ripe enough as they were still at a stage where I would eat them plain. Usually I use overripe bananas for banana bread. I'd also like more blueberries and would probably double the quantity next time. Made for 1,2,3 Hits Tag.
Not bad. I think I might experiment with a few things, and definitely double the blueberries for my liking, but still pretty tasty - especially for being relatively healthy.
these are sooo good. i have made them a couple of times to have a good breakfast (i get lazy at times, muffins fit the bill) available for a few days.