Thursday, July 16, 2020
31 Days of Bread in July: Healthy Banana Muffins
This is my new favorite healthy muffin. It uses honey or pure maple syrup instead of sugar and it uses whole wheat flour. The muffins look darker than usual because I forgot I still had red wheat instead of white and I also added WAY more spices than it calls for. The recipe says to add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, but I added 2-3 teaspoons of cinnamon plus about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of nutmeg and about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of cloves. Instead of measuring, I just dumped them in. The funny thing is that you can't really tell I added so much when you taste them. I also used buttermilk instead of milk or water. I like the recipe better with melted coconut oil, but I just used olive oil this time to save a little bit of time. As you can see, following a recipe is a challenge for me. I like to use a recipe as a guide and tailor it to my preferences. This muffin is heavier or more dense than many other muffins. I have made them in the past without the oatmeal and they taste fine. I prefer using white wheat instead of red wheat.
So, why would I make these muffins when I can enjoy blueberry muffins like the ones I made yesterday? The simple answer is that the guilt level decreases significantly as the sugar decreases. And if you are trying to lose weight or eat healthy, but still want a muffin, this is a good compromise. You will definitely notice a change in the taste and density of this muffin, than regular banana muffins, but for a healthier muffin it is a good choice. I have tried to make "healthy" muffins in the past, and my husband has used the term "cardboard" muffins to describe them. Yes, he hasn't liked them. BUT, I finally got him to take a bite of these muffins and he likes them and will eat them. I was shocked. They freeze well and I love just pulling one out of the freezer for breakfast or a snack. It is better than eating chips, cookies or muffins loaded with sugar.
So, if you are trying to find a recipe that is a bit healthier, I would encourage you to try this one.