Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Recipe--Healthy Banana Muffins

By popular demand, here is the recipe for the healthy banana muffins. Ian ate 4 yesterday (and Fiona shredded one all over the back seat of the car, grrrrr. She definitely is a salt-tooth not a sweet-tooth) so I think they will become a regular feature over here.

Thanks for all the food inspiration. —Sue'’s mention of couscous and the beautiful weather yesterday have my brain considering the couscous artichoke walnut salad that’s in the Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home book (which I find far more palatable than the regular Moosewood cookbooks.). It'’ll necessitate another trip to the store for some fresh dill (separate gripe: why is there no single store in Ann Arbor where I can get everything I need? I find myself continually roving between Meijers: —good produce, Hillers: —good meat, fish and exotic grocery items, Busch’s: —good meat and grocery items, Krogers—: good grocery/shelf items, Whole Foods: —expensive as hell, but good meat, usually good produce, cheese and bread, and Trader Joes: —some of the few foods that Ian eats plus good frozen stuff....It often hurts my brain trying to figure out where to do the damn shopping).

Healthy Banana Muffin recipe

1 C all purpose flour

1/2 C whole wheat flour

1/4 C white sugar

1/4 C either brown sugar or honey

1 C wheat germ (I like the toasted kind)

3 t baking powder

1/2 t salt

2 medium sized bananas, mashed (3 if you want really moist, heavy muffins)

1/2 C milk

1/4 C canola oil

2 eggs

1/2 C chocolate chips

preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Measure dry ingredients into bowl and stir well.

Combine wet ingredients in a bowl and mix 'till blended.

Add wet to dry all at once, stir just until all the dry stuff is incorporated, then stir in the chocolate chips.

Spray muffin tins with non-stick spray or line with papers, fill 2/3 full. For small muffins, bake 15 minutes, for big ones between 20-25 minutes. Makes about 18 small muffins, 10 or so large.

Happy Baking!


Susan W said...

Woo Hoo! Thanks for the recipe Kate.

Annie said...

Thank you (Elliot does, too)! I stuck three perfectly good bananas in a brown paper bag with a slice of apple just so I could make this recipe tomorrow morning before school. Must remember to buy chocolate chips: what's your favorite brand?

Kate said...

I don't think I have a favorite brand of chocolate chips...when I'm feeling decadent I'll take a big chunk of Ghiradelli dark chocolate and chip my own off of it for cookies, but I can't say I've really been able to tell the difference in any of the pre-chipped varieties. It does sound like this might be a good opportunity for a side by side taste test though!

Sarah said...

I finally made these and they are yummy. However, while I was taking a shower, Nicholaus went and smooshed each one into crumbs to get to and eat the chocolate chips.

ShaiviteEcho said...

I just made these tonight, except I substituted Splenda for the sugars and applesauce for the oil. They are excellent! Thank you!

Claudia said...

Can I use only whole wheat flour (instead of the 1 C all purpose flour)?

Kate said...

Sure! Just expect them to be a bit more dense. And I've posted an updated even-healthier version of the recipe here: http://4obsessions.blogspot.com/2006/05/even-healthier-muffins.html

Cary said...

Hi--I googled "healthy banana muffins" on a Saturday morning and came up with your wonderful site. Thanks for the recipe. My 5 and 2 year olds loved their breakfast today!

I substituted ground flax for the wheat germ because I didn't have any on hand, and you are right, the recipe is flexible in addition to being yummy.

Cary, Natalie and Lindsey

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greenly said...

Thanks for a great recipe! My daughter and I just made them, and they're wonderful warm from the oven. I know you have a healthier version, but I didn't have those ingredients. I'll try that next time.

Only change I made was to put 1/4 c soy flour into the 1 c measure before filling with white flour. We made mini muffins, and my kids are devouring them. They'll be perfect for taking to my daughter's next snack day at preschool.