When there are very ripe bananas in your fruit basket which no one else would dare eat, this recipe will actually do the job to save it. Our healthy banana muffins will do well with such type of bananas making it more flavorful and by weekend, you’ll be able to have something you can enjoy. It is actually like hitting three birds with one stone; this recipe will not only save your very ripe bananas to spoilage but will also give you a food that is not only delicious but also nutritious. This will normally take you one hour to make but the 30 minutes are just waiting time which you can do other stuff with. Are you ready to make some healthy banana muffins?
Here’s what you’ll need
- 2 large eggs2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, (2 medium)
- 1 cup buttermilk,
- 1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup whole-wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips, (optional)
- 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, (optional)
How to make:
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
- Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla.
- Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. Stir in chocolate chips, if using. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they’ll be quite full). Sprinkle with walnuts, if using.
- Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly, 15 to 25 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.
Here are some cooking ideas that may help you out. You can use buttermilk powder in place of fresh buttermilk. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk. Unprocessed wheat bran is the outer layer of the wheat kernel, removed during milling. Also known as miller’s bran, it can be found in the baking section. Do not substitute bran cereal in this recipe because it’s totally different.
This recipe can make a dozen of healthy banana muffins or more if you have smaller sizes of muffin cups. Per serving contains 196 calories, 6 grams fat, 36 mg cholesterol, 32 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams of protein, 4 grams fiber, 182 mg sodium and 167 mg potassium. The fiber is actually 17% of the daily value needed by your body. If you want to make it healthier, you can change the recipe by using some pumpkins in combination with your bananas. You can even add ground flaxseed meal to increase the fiber content and add antioxidants to your muffins. Chocolate chips are also good to add especially for kids. Just try to use a bit of creativity and you’ll be able to innovate this recipe to make it enjoyable and nutritious to eat for you and for the whole family.