Healthy Banana Muffins (For the Lazy Person!) ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Healthy Banana Muffins (For the Lazy Person!)

I'm writing this as I head home from Las Vegas in traffic. Big mistake! This makes me suuuper hungry, and we're still about 2.5 hours from home...

Anyways, this is a recipe I came up with a few weeks back after making my Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese frosting.  I had some frosting left over and a couple of bananas that were ripening past the point of no return.  Perfect!




I based my recipe off of a "healthy banana muffin" recipe that I found.  It has very little sugar, no butter, no oil, and only egg whites.  Yes, I love my desserts but it pays to curb that sweet tooth.  :)

I was honestly too lazy to dirty two bowls and take my time spooning batter into each individual muffin tin.  Therefore my lazy-person motto came in handy, "Never mix/chop/grate/slice if you can find a machine to do it for you!"  There's a reason why I love my stand mixer, food processor, and blender and could never, ever part with them.  Seriously.

Enjoy!


Healthy Banana Muffins
Adapted from Group Recipes


Ingredients

1/3 cup natural applesauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 egg whites
3 bananas
1/3 c. water
1 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. baking powder


Directions

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place paper liners in 15 of the muffin tins and spray with nonstick spray.

2.  Pulse the applesauce and sugar in blender on low.




3.  Add the bananas and water and pulse to combine.




4.  Add the eggs and pulse until just combined.




5.  Add the dry ingredients and pulse on low until just combined.  Do not overmix!




6.  Pour mixture into the prepared muffin tins.




7.  Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until knife comes out clean.

Update: One reader mentioned that her muffins only needed 15 minutes to bake completely.  Try to check often because I may use a larger muffin tin or my oven might act differently than yours.  Make sure to keep an eye on these starting at 15 minutes and avoid burnt muffins!




8.  Cool completely before topping with the frosting of your choice.




Hopefully, these end up as delicious for you as they are fast and easy!

What's your favorite kitchen shortcut?




32 comments:

  1. YUM!
    I would LOVE it if you shared this in my COMFORT FOOD Linky Party! You can find it here: http://littlemomprairie.blogspot.com/p/blog-round-up.html

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  2. these look and sound awesome. nothing beats banana muffins!

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  3. So awesome that you mixed these in a blender. I also like that they are a vehicle for extra cream cheese frosting ")

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    1. It's out of sheer laziness so I can pour them into the individual tins quicker. :) Luckily it didn't affect the consistency, which I was worried about. And yes, I know my priorities: #1 cream cheese frosting, #2 everything else!

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  4. Congratulations! This post is featured over at Diana Rambles tomorrow and has been pinned in the Featured at Diana Rambles board at Pinterest. Please grab a featured button off my sidebar or via the link under the features. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea! I have to admit your lazy title really spoke to me! LOL!

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    1. Thanks! I'll make sure to add a section for my first feature. :)

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  5. Hi Diana, I saw your feature over at Diana Rambles right next to mine. :) Your post came at the perfect time for me, because I have some ripe bananas on my counter right now waiting for the right recipe to come along. Congratulations on your first feature. Your blog looks great, I can't believe you've only been blogging since January! Have a great weekend.

    Debbie

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    1. Thanks! It seems as though I never have ripe bananas when I find a recipe to try, or never have a good recipe when my bananas are ready for baking. I definitely have serious blog envy over your beautiful blog!

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  6. This is great!! I am always looking for healtheir recipes. I am pinning this to make this week!!

    Thanks for sharing!
    Frances
    From www.notionsfromnonny.com

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    1. Great! I hope you enjoy them. :)

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  7. This recipe looks amazing!!! I can't wait to try it! I love that you just throw the ingredients in the blender = awesome!! Loving your blog!!!!

    Best,
    Jen @ Yummy. Healthy. Easy.

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    1. Thanks! My lazy person method is a go-to whenever I need to bake in a hurry. It works!

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  8. who knew..the blender!! That is one of those Duh...moments for me! Brilliant! Thanks for sharing at Monday Funday! ;)

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    1. Haha! I've tried it with a few other recipes, and definitely overmixed them. This one turns out just right, and I can save a bunch of time by just pouring them quickly into each liner.

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  9. Yum! We love muffins around here and I don't make them often enough. We'll definitely be giving this recipe a try! I use an ice cream scoop to fill my muffin tins for muffins and cupcakes. It is the perfect amount of batter for a perfect looking muffin!

    Your newest follower,
    Buttons
    The Hot Toddies of Washington

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    1. I agree about using an ice cream scoop for sure! I use them for everything! Cookies, muffins, falafel, basically anything! I am so crazy about them, that I have about 10 in different sizes from teeny to enormous that I bought from a restaurant supply store. This is more of a liquidy batter, so the blender works perfectly. :)

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  10. These sound divine and healthy too...can't beat that!

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  11. I love banana muffins and I love the idea of mixing them in the blender even more. It keeps all the mess contained.
    Thank you for stopping by Farmer's Wife Rambles and I am looking forward to checking our your recipes.

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  12. I love the applesauce in these muffins... great recipe. Thanks for sharing it with us at foodie friday and welcome.

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  13. Great idea to add the apple sauce!
    YUM!
    Thanks so much for linking up at Give Me The Goods Monday! Can't wait to see what you link up next week!
    Amy from www.commona-myhouse.blogspot.com

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  14. I love the idea of mixing the whole thing in the blender! Genius! Thanks so much for linking up at the Real Family Fun link party! Hope to see you next week.
    KC

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  15. Diane,
    Sure wish I had one of these awesome muffins to go with my coffee. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  16. Yum! Thanks so much for sharing this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
    Hope you can join us again this week!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/03/the-creative-homeacre-hop-9.html

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  17. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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  18. I LOVE banana bread and muffins. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing :)

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  19. Hi Diane,
    This looks like a great muffin, I just love the banana in a muffin. Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  20. These sound so delicious! Yum! I've pinned them!


    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  21. Never used whole wheat pastry flour... sound like a great healthy alternative.

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  22. Love Banana Muffins these look fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome post with Full Plate Thursday and hope you are having a fantastic weekend!

    Come Back Soon,

    Miz Helen

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