Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Healthy Whole Wheat Banana muffins

Like many of you, this month I'm on a complete health-kick. While it's been hard I've seen a good amount of progress. The problem was that baking is my favourite pass-time, but what's the point of baking something if I can't even taste it?

Well guess what guys? I've developed a delicious AND healthy muffin recipe!

Introducing whole wheat, banana muffins -with cranberries, sunflower seeds and yoghurt! Each muffin has 2 grams of fibre and only 150 calories- not bad considering many muffins from local coffee shops can be as much as 400 calories!

Healthy Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/8 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/8 cup wheat germ (optional but adds to fibre content. You may replace with an additional equal amount of rolled oats)
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (dark or light)
1/2 cup low-fat plain yoghurt
3 tbsp vegetable oil (or olive oil if you prefer)
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (I needed about 2.5)
1 tsp pure vanilla
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
12 cranberries

Preheat oven to 400*F.
Combine flour, baking powder and soda, salt, spices, rolled oats, and wheat germ.
In a separate, slightly larger bowl, combine beaten egg, brown sugar, yoghurt, oil, bananas and vanilla.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined- do not over-mix!
Divide among 12 greased muffin tins.
Push one cranberry into the centre of each muffin. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in tray for 5 minutes before serving!

These can be frozen individually for up to 1 month as a convenient healthy snack. Just reheat in the microwave or let thaw on your counter.

And don't forget to leave a comment!


  1. Thanks so much, just what I was looking for, have a few bananas praying to be something other than ripe on the counter.

  2. Muffins that are both healthy and delicious?
    Not a bad idea at all!