How to Make Healthy Homemade Banana Muffins

Updated on February 21, 2019
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I love baking of all types: cakes, biscuits, donuts, cookies, pies, bread, scones, muffins, and much more!

Fresh baked banana muffins!
Fresh baked banana muffins!

Healthy Snacks

The other day, I was inspired to bake healthy banana muffins for my pre-workout snack. Usually, I have a breakfast biscuit or granola bar before starting my workout routine. On this particular day, however, I decided to try something different that uses some organic ingredients that I had at home. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits—not only are they healthy, but they are packed with minerals and vitamins, including Vitamin C and potassium. And we all know how important it is to have Vitamin C every day.

Organic Maple Syrup

For this recipe, I decided to use organic maple syrup. I had originally thought about using honey, but I changed my mind (perhaps I'll use honey next time). Organic maple syrup is quite a bit more expensive than non-organic, but I think the difference between the two is significant enough that the extra cost is worth it. My husband and I are avid fans of maple syrup, but we only buy pure or organic because the taste is so much better. When buying maple syrup, make sure you read the label carefully. Make sure you're buying real maple syrup—not the kind that's loaded with refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup.

How to Make Moist Banana Muffins

When baking muffins, one of the most important issues is the moisture content, which helps the muffins to stay soft, spongy, and not dry. How many times have you eaten muffins that are too dense and heavy? One of the causes for this problem may be overmixing the batter. For an easy and quick recipe like this, I prefer using a whisk or spatula to mix the ingredients.

Banana muffin didn't take very long to bake—just 25-30 minutes depending on your oven. I hope you will try this recipe and that you will like the muffins as much as we do!

Let's see the full ingredients.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 large ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup melted butter or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup organic maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoon semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup walnut, chopped (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard-sized muffin tin with baking papers. Set aside.
  2. Peel off the entire peel from the banana.
  3. In a bowl, mash the bananas using a waffle head masher or a fork until they reach the consistency of chunky applesauce.
  4. In another large bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  5. Combine the banana mixture and egg into the flour mixture. Use a whisk or spatula to stir well.
  6. Add the melted butter and vanilla extract into the mixture. Stir well.
  7. Add the maple syrup into the mixture and stir for a few seconds.
  8. Add the chocolate chips into the mixture (optional).
  9. Use an ice-cream scoop to fill each muffin cup.
  10. Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top (optional).
  11. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  12. Place the muffins on a wire cool rack.
  13. Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.

Photo Tutorial

In a bowl, mash the bananas using a waffle head masher.
In a bowl, mash the bananas using a waffle head masher.
Sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl.
Sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl.
Stir the flour mixture with a whisk.
Stir the flour mixture with a whisk.
Combine the banana mixture and egg into the flour mixture.
Combine the banana mixture and egg into the flour mixture.
Pour in the melted butter into the mixture.
Pour in the melted butter into the mixture.
Add the maple syrup into the mixture.
Add the maple syrup into the mixture.
Stir well.
Stir well.
Add the chocolate chips into the mixture (optional).
Add the chocolate chips into the mixture (optional).
Use an ice-cream scoop to fill each muffin cup.
Use an ice-cream scoop to fill each muffin cup.
Sprinkle some chopped walnuts (optional).
Sprinkle some chopped walnuts (optional).
Cool the muffins on a wire rack.
Cool the muffins on a wire rack.
These banana muffins are so delicious and moist!
These banana muffins are so delicious and moist!

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      • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

        Liza 

        8 months ago from UT,USA

        Thank you, Liz. It is my favorite healthy snacks!

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        Liz Westwood 

        8 months ago from UK

        Great detailed illustrations for this healthier recipe.

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