Banana, Bran, Seeds and Nuts Muffin ( Egg free and no butter )






Muffins are always in demand , and makes for a quick snack to go with coffee/tea. Healthy muffins can be a great breakfast  snack too. These muffins are kid friendly, easily adaptable, impressive and quick to bake.

There are so many-things you can do to bake a power packed nutrition laden healthy  muffin. It does seem like a tall order, but with careful choice of ingredients, the calories can be greatly reduced with no compromise on taste. Healthy foods and ingredients means.... no taste is a misnomer. After many small trials with small portions of batter, am now baking  healthy tasty muffins.

And who is a better judge of that than you your own kid.This recipe uses bananas, nuts and seeds.
It  wasn't a deliberate choice as such,  but I wanted to feel the taste and crunch of small melon seeds, walnut bro-kens and some almond bits too. You can use only walnuts if you like and skip the seeds, though I liked the touch of adding it .

To replace the sugar in the recipe, I used light brown sugar, and lots of golden raisins, That s the trick to sweeten the muffin.:-)






Banana puree










 Scoop batter into the greased muffin cups


















Ingredients:

                   1 cup multigrain  flour  ( readily available in stores or use Multigrain flour/ atta that we use for rotis. )
                   ¾ cup all-purpose flour
                    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder                     

       1/2 teaspoon baking soda
                     1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


                   1/4 teaspoon salt

                   2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
                   1 cup mashed ripe bananas.                      

       1 cup yogurt  and about 1 cup buttermilk  to make the final muffin batter,        as we are not using eggs. 

       ( 2 eggs for those who want to use eggs in the recipe and  only 1 cup buttermilk , no need for yogurt )
                      
                    1 cup  wheat bran
                    1/4  cup olive oil / or any
       1 teaspoon vanilla extract
                      1/2 cup golden raisins
                     1/3 cup  mix of melon seeds and chopped  nuts. ( Walnuts, almonds broken) You can skip the melon seeds and use only walnuts instead.



Method:



1.)  Preheat oven to   200 degrees C. ( 400 degrees F )

 2.) Grease or line 12 muffin cups .

3.)  Whisk yogurt, buttermilk  and brown sugar in a medium bowl until    smooth. 

4.)  Puree the bananas and ,whisk in the puree,  wheat bran, oil and vanilla.

5.) Take another bowl, whisk both flours ,  baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt . 

6.) Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until just combined. 

7.) Stir in golden raisins. Add some nuts and seeds .The batter will look thick, dont mix too much.

8.) Spoon  the batter into the prepared muffin cups.. 

   Sprinkle with broken walnuts, almonds and some remaining seeds on the   top.

Bake the muffins until  golden brown and spring back when touched lightly.Baking timers varies from  20  to 25 minutes. 


Let cool in the pan for 10  minutes. 

Run a knife around the edges to loosen  and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving.

I kept the muffins plain and simple with no extra toppings, frosting or sauce.

     






Health aspects



Bananas.... the ultimate snack pack.    Packed with potassium, B vitamins and fiber, the health benefits of these widely available fruits range from helping to regulate blood pressure (potassium) to reducing the risk of death from stroke to aiding with anemia (Iron). 

The peels have been said to reduce itching and swelling from mosquito bites in addition to curing warts. Amazing little powerhouses on their own, but when combined with heart healthy wheat bran and walnuts they pack an even bigger healthy punch!
  

Ingredients like wheat bran and walnuts promote heart health with dietary fiber, protein, carbohydrates, omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. These nutritionally rich foods can lower cholesterol, maintain heart health, improve digestion and intestinal health.

Golden raisins and brown sugar lend sweetness, and the vanilla mixes with a touch of cinnamon to round off  the flavors of this moist muffin. 

A sprinkle of chopped walnuts along with chopped almonds boost the omega 3 fatty acids giving not only a depth of flavor, but a nice little health boost.