Monday, July 27, 2015

Make it Monday: Guiltless Banana Walnut Muffins

Yesterday morning, I slowly stepped on the scale for my weekly weigh-in. To my happy surprise, I was down a little bit less than a pound. Woot woot. I don't know the last time I was 137, so I gleefully did a happy dance. 7 more pounds to go until my goal! :)

I plan on being really careful with eating this week. My parents are in town which means I'll probably be able to spend a lot of time at the gym this week and I'm very happy about that. 

One of the things I struggle with is breakfast. I'm a cereal-kind-of-girl, but lately I'm in a cereal rut. I've been searching out for other breakfast ideas that are quick, easy, and most importantly, healthy. I came across a recipe for muffins I made a few years ago and I plan on making them this week.

Tip: The uglier the banana, the better! :)

Guileless Banana Walnut Muffins (Makes 12)
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/4 cup white sugar
1 egg (I suppose you could use 2 egg whites instead to make it even healthier)
pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
chopped walnuts, optional

1. Mash bananas in a bowl.  Add 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, stir, and then sit aside.
2. In another bowl, add your flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Stir and then set aside.
3. In another bowl, add your bananas, applesauce, vanilla, egg, and sugar.  Beat with an electric mixer until it's all blended.
4. Add your flour mixture to the banana mixture and blend on low for about 30 seconds until well blended.
5. Pour mixture into muffin tin (I used paper baking cups) and sprinkle a few chopped walnuts over each muffin and bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean!

I'll probably hold off on the walnuts on a muffin or two, that way Elizabeth can have a few bites and I won't have to worry about her being exposed to nuts.  

If you're not a fan of walnuts, add in some craisins, raisins, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate chips (because dark chocolate is healthy, right!??!), etc... The possibilities are endless! 
 Now the goal is to have just one, right?

Enjoy! :)
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19 comments

  1. These look delicious! I may make these this afternoon!

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  2. I am obsessed with ripe banana recipes- can't wait to try this!!

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  3. These look delish! I will be adding chocolate chips to mine!

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  4. I absolutely love banana muffins! Thanks for this!

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  5. Yum! I make a similar recipe and it's so good! Thanks for sharing! xox Christine http://www.amidstthechaos.ca

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  6. Oh... I love banana walnut muffins, yum! Well, actually , any kind of muffin is pretty much delicious. :) And I like to use applesauce in my baked goods a lot as well!

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  7. Look so delicious! I love banana nut muffins and I always end up making then when I notice the bananas are going.

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  8. Muffins are one of my favorite grab-and-go breakfasts. These sound perfect :-)

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  9. These look simple and healthier than the normal banana muffin recipe. I bet a little pumpkin pie spice in there would be yummy too! Good luck with your weight loss mission!

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  10. Yum! These look awesome! Thanks for sharing!
    xo, Caitlin
    And Possibly Dinosaurs

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  11. Devono essere buonissimi, proverò a farli

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  12. I need to save this recipe, they look amazing!

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  13. I can already tell I would love these! So true about the ugly bananas when you're baking :)

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    1. I can't seem to find how to add a comment so I'm piggy backing on Brooke! I doubt she will mind. The muffins look so delicious and I cant wait to trythem!
      Cynthia @craftoflaughter

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  14. I have never made homemade muffins, I will need to try this!

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  15. Yum! These look great. I'd probably skip the walnuts, but maybe some dark chocolate or a different type of nut. Do you know the calorie count per muffin? I'm also trying to lose weight. Sounds like you're doing an awesome job!

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  16. I love banana muffins. I was thinking about making some soon.

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