Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.
Healthy Banana Muffins
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 used 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 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 of 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.
The 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.
- 1 1/2 cups 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 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)
- 1/2 cup walnut, chopped (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a standard-sized muffin tin with baking papers. Set aside.
- Peel off the entire peel from the banana.
- In a bowl, mash the bananas using a waffle head masher or a fork until they reach the consistency of chunky applesauce.
- In another large bowl, sieve the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
- Combine the banana mixture and egg with the flour mixture. Use a whisk or spatula to stir well.
- Add the melted butter and vanilla extract to the mixture. Stir well.
- Add the maple syrup to the mixture and stir for a few seconds.
- Add the chocolate chips to the mixture (optional).
- Use an ice cream scoop to fill each muffin cup.
- Sprinkle some chopped walnuts on top (optional).
- Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Place the muffins on a cool wire rack.
- Enjoy with a cup of coffee or tea.
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