Wednesday, February 8, 2012

0096: Easy Recipes: Healthy Banana Bran Muffins

Today I made mini loaves instead of muffins - just as delicious!!!
I've come across another easy recipe! I've made it at least 6 times now and I love it. Side note - Since I was a baby my mom fed me mashed bananas and honey so how could I pass on bread made with two of my favorite foods... (Yes, I've had this on occasion, as an "adult" :-)

So, the recipe... It is a moist and healthy banana bran muffin and if you just glance at the ingredients you will know it's low in fat too. No eggs, no large amounts of butter, no processed sugar, no oil, just amazing!!! I love knowing I am getting my potassium and fiber in something so yummy... perfect to start my day or after a run.


1 cup bran cereal flakes (I had raisin bran and just picked out the raisins)
1/4 cup milk (I've used 2% and skim and both work well)
1 cup all-purpose flour (I use Eagle Mills, all-purpose unbleached flour with double fiber)
2/3 cup of mashed - really ripe - bananas, I usually use 2 
1/2 cup honey (sweet without the processed sugar :-)
2 tbsp butter or margarine (no guilt even with the butter as all the other ingredients are so healthy)
2 tbsp plain or vanilla yogurt (I use Fage 0% plain)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp cinnamon
OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup pecans or your favorite nuts (I know this adds fat but it's the "good" fat " ;-)

1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Mix the cereal and the milk and set aside
3. In a separate bowl, mix the remaining ingredients then add the cereal/milk mixture
4. Mix well and spoon into greased muffin tin (about 2/3 full). I sprinkle a tiny bit of sugar and cinnamon on top just for fun. 
5. Bake 20 min or until the top is springy

These are DELICIOUS and moist every time! I tried a couple of other recipes but I couldn't beat the moistness and healthiness of this recipe, which is now a favorite of mine. Unfortunately I got this recipe online and I cannot remember where or find it again - I certainly didn't come up with it on my own but if I find it again I will post the credit to the genius that did come up with it. 

If you would like some other easy recipes, check out my other Easy Recipe posts:
0086: Morton's Chopped Salad,
0073: Blueberry-Linomcello Tini,
0063: THE Best Pecan Pie,
0004: Salvadoran Quesadilla (more like a coffee cake)

And although not necessarily a recipe, don't forget the fun ideas using blue-cheese which is also yummy and good for you... ahhh, food - such a wonderful thing!!! Well, happy eating and drinking!!!

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