Friday, July 17, 2009

Foodie Friday — Almost Fat-Free Banana Muffins

My intention last night was to bake and photograph my Almost Fat-Free Banana Muffins, but I had put in about fourteen hours on the computer designing ads for local businesses and I just wanted to eat dinner and watch the results show for So You Think You Can Dance. So, I'm going to share the recipe I developed for my guilt-free muffins with you, but since I have no pictures, I decided I would show you what I typically eat for breakfast around the hut. The pictures are more colorful than the muffins would have been anyway.

The Ingredients


Shellbelle's Almost Fat-Free Banana Muffins

  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/3 cup egg whites or egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 cups lightly mashed ripe bananas (about 4 large), should be a little chunky
  • 1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice or 1 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/3 cups organic all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup quick-cooking oat bran cereal
  • 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
  • 2 Tbl. wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed kernels (optional, adds about 3 grams of fat per muffin)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray 12-count muffin pan with a non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, beat the brown sugar and applesauce. Beat in the egg whites, vanilla, cream and half of the bananas with the sugar mixture for about 3 or 4 minutes.
  3. Mix in the flour, baking soda, salt, spices and baking powder just until the mixture is moistened. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl to blend all ingredients.
  4. Fold in the remaining bananas.
  5. Fill muffin cups to top.
  6. Sprinkle sunflower seed kernels on muffin tops, if using.
  7. Bake at 325 degrees F for about 25–30 minutes. Muffins are done when the tops are firm to the touch, a golden brown color and the edges are a darker brown. Time will vary according to muffin-cup size and oven type (I have a convection oven, so the cooking time is faster). Remove from oven and allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove and let cool on a rack.
These are a much healthier alternative to a typical muffin and they got the seal of approval from my teenage granddaughter and her friends.

I hope you will try these muffins and the recipes from other Foodie Friday participants over at Michael's fabulous blog Designs By Gollum. Enjoy!

13 Thoughtful Comments:

Kat said...

These sound delicious! And if they get the seal of approval from teenagers, they must not taste "healthy" lol. Thanks for sharing your Urban Cowboy story with me. What an experience! And to meet John Travolta? Double wow! Have a great weekend. Kathy

Blue Creek Home said...

Good morning! Nice to have you visit this morning.
Thanks for sharing the mannatee story.
These muffins sound yummy.

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Those sound delicious, Rhonda! If you're cooking, I'm eating!


Sheila :-)

Anonymous said...

I am coming over this weekend. Mark the calender. Meg to the hut for muffins! Happy Friday!

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Good Morning Shelly, Going to have to try this one. You are to much. Shells and muffins? Oh my. Happy Friday Honey, Country Hugs, Sherry

Unknown said...

THese muffins sound very healthy and yummy. Thanks!!! Geri

Mary Bergfeld said...

These sound delicious. The only thing better than delicious is healthy and delicious. Thanks for sharing these with us. Have a great weekend.

Shellbelle said...

Hi all, thanks for stopping by!

Kathy, I'm glad you enjoyed my wild Urban Cowboy story, JT was a complete sweetheart — he's just as he appears in interviews.

Rhonda, I just love having another Rhonda in our blogging community!

Sheila, I'll cook for you any time!

Meg, I'm marking my calendar that you'll be here! What day is that? lol

Sherry, two of my favorite things — food and shells. Thanks for coming, you always leave the sweetest comments.

Okay, off to get some more work done and visit more blogs. Wish I could cut the work part out!

Sierra said...

I am hungry and that looks sooo good and healthy at the same time! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Oh yummy! This looks and sounds delish! Hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :0

Unknown said...

What a great sounding recipe. Wish I had one for tomorrow AM with a cup of coffee. Oh well, maybe I'll make up a batch.
Happy Twirls

Sahildeki Ev said...

I am a terrible cook but your receipe sounds delicious..

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, how serendipitous. I passed by the baked goods aisle the other day and grimaced at the sugar-caked muffin. Your recipe is such a sweet gift. I will try it out. Thank you ever so much.

BTW, you have my deepest admiration and respect for walking away from the restaurant job. You seemed like a woman with great conviction, high principles and solid values. I am truly blessed we "met." Have a beautiful weekend.

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