'Basically good for you' Banana Muffins

As I have said many times before.. I am a sucker for a sweet and sugary snack. But recently I have been making a conscious effort to be careful about what I am eating, as I know how badly my skin reacts (sooner or later). 

So today, as a productive way to waste the time that I should have spent revising, I began to look online for some healthy-ish cake recipes. The most popular seemed to be banana bread, and I used a combination of different recipes and reviews to create some banana, walnut and cinnamon muffins. The best part? They are almost fat free!

What you will need:
3 very ripe bananas (they darker they are, the better they will be for this.. if you can stand to let them get to that stage)
200g plain flour
100g caster sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarb
1 tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
2 1/2 tbsps apple sauce or purée
Handful of chopped walnuts, or any other nuts or dried fruit you want to add

1: Preheat oven to 180 C and prepare cake cases
2: Sift the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl
3: Mash the bananas and add into dry mix with the two egg whites
4: Mix in the apple sauce
5: Add the walnuts/other fruit
6. Spoon into muffin/fairy cake cases (or even bake as one loaf)
7: Cook for 20-25 minutes until golden brown - use a clean knife to make sure they are done!

This made 12 good size muffins, so for cupcakes you would probably make around 24. I was a bit dubious about these, especially after trying some other 'healthy muffin' recipes from Pinterest which definitely did not turn out well. But, these are surprisingly nice - the apple sauce works well at binding the mix together in place of butter, but also tastes good with the cinnamon. 

In future I would substitute the caster sugar for coconut sugar, and have also just brought some coconut oil which I saw on Tanya Burr's chocolate brownie recipe! Let me know if you get to try these muffins, or if you have any healthy recipes for cakes and biscuits. Also, if anyone could give me some guidance on what exactly I can/can't do with the coconut oil it would be much appreciated :)

Happy baking!

1 comment:

  1. definitely going to make these! my skin reacts so badly to sugary foods as well X