Friday, February 21, 2014

Healthy Banana Walnut Muffins

It seems like we always have a couple over-ripe bananas lying around. I am not very helpful in consuming our weekly bunch of bananas (I have a banana allergy), which means I get to watch Amy try a new baked-good recipe with over-ripe bananas about once a week! Her banana muffins always smell sooooo delicious when they are in the oven... but this batch of Healthy Banana Walnut Muffins smelled exceptionally tasty. I almost considered trying one!



The methods are very different for this recipe, you use a blender to "blend" the ingredients together instead of blending them by hand (this breaks down the oatmeal into more of a flour-like texture). The blender makes it easy to pour the batter into the muffin tin too! These Healthy Banana Walnut Muffins turned out moist and soft, with a bit of added crunch and texture from the walnuts. You could even replace the white sugar with honey for a healthier version! These low-fat, hearty muffins are perfect for breakfast or a snack. Yum!!

Healthy Banana Walnut Muffins
based on a recipe from britneymunday.com

Ingredients:
2 1/2 cups of old-fashioned oatmeal
2 bananas
2 eggs
1 cup of vanilla flavored fat free yogurt
1/2 cup of sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Directions:
Heat the oven to 400 degrees.

Add all ingredients to a blender starting with wet ingredients first; blend on high for a couple minutes. Let the mixture sit for a bit so the oats can soften up, then a blend for another couple of minutes. 

 

Grease a muffin tin with cooking spray. Pour batter into muffin tin until each well is about 3/4 full (should make 1 dozen). 


Bake for 22-25 minutes until puffy and golden brown. The muffins tops will sink in once out of the oven, this is normal.


Let sit for 5 minutes in pan then transfer to a cooling rack. Once cooled, place in an airtight container.

Store in refrigerator (see tips below).

Tips: 
You can store these muffins in a zip lock back with a folded paper towel sheet (the paper towel soaks up the moisture) so they don’t get soggy. 


I wish I could have tried these banana walnut muffins... they smelled and looked delicious. According to Amy, the banana muffin expert, these are super yummy and very filling! They make a great grab-and-go breakfast or mid-day snack. :)

Enjoy!

Janel & Amy

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