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.:-)
Scoop batter into the greased muffin cups
1 cup multigrain flour (
readily available in stores or use Multigrain flour/ atta that we use for rotis. )
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
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
( 2 eggs for those who want to use eggs in the recipe and only 1 cup
buttermilk , no need for yogurt )
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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
raisins and brown sugar lend sweetness, and the vanilla mixes with a touch of
cinnamon to round off the flavors of this moist muffin.
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.