Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Healthy Banana- Blueberry Muffins

Happy New Year everyone! Since I recently made a New Year’s Resolution to eat healthy and run a lot, I made a healthy muffin recipe. My Mom and I created Healthy Banana- Blueberry Muffins. These muffins were SO easy to make. I went on a run while the muffins were baking. The smell when I entered my house was amazing! How can something so yummy and easy be healthy?! I honestly have no idea!

I used fresh fruit in this recipe. I think that fresh ingredients always make a recipe taste better. Just look at how delicious those muffins look with the blueberry juice oozing out everywhere! My mouth waters just looking at them.

Do you happen to know what is better than one muffin? Well, since you probably don’t know, I’ll tell you. 12 muffins is better than one muffin! I had extra batter, so I made a few mini muffins too. Bite-sized muffins are AWESOME!

A lot of people are making healthy resolutions in 2013, so this is the perfect recipe for you. You don’t always need to eat salad and egg whites. And for those hardcore people on cleanses, eat these muffins AFTER your cleanse. I know many people want to eat one of these instead of drinking Green Juice, but you can’t cheat on a cleanse. These muffins are perfect for healthy eaters. YUM YUM. :)

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Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins 3

Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins

Yield: 15 muffins

Prep Time: 15 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Awesome, healthy muffin to have around for breakfast!

Ingredients:

3/4 cup low fat buttermilk (I used nonfat milk + 2 teaspoons lemon juice)
3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
1 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 1/4 cups blueberries (I used fresh)

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Spray a 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray. You'll have some extra batter though, so you can spray a second pan (3 or 4 cups) with nonstick spray, or make a few mini muffins instead.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sugar, applesauce, eggs and bananas. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and carefully stir with a rubber spatula until all is just about combined. Carefully stir in 1 cup blueberries.

3. Use an ice cream scoop or 1/3 cup measuring cup to portion the batter into the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops of the batter with the remaining blueberries.

4. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean- 20 to 25 minutes. Cool for a bit, and then eat! These freeze well too.

Using the Spark People Recipe Calculator, here is the nutrition info on this recipe based on 15 muffins (of course, it's probably not totally exact, but probably close):
Nutritional Information per serving:
Serving size: 1 muffin
Calories per serving: 151.3
Fat per serving: 1.2g
Saturated Fat per serving: .3g
Sugar per serving: 19g
Sodium per serving: 190.3mg
Fiber per serving: 2.4g
Protein per serving: 3.8g
Cholesterol per serving: 32.9mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 35.7g

WW POINTS per serving:
Points Plus Program: 4 Old Points Program: 3

Source:  RecipeBoy.com (adapted from Eating Well)

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22 Responses to “Healthy Banana- Blueberry Muffins”

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    Mom — January 9, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    You need to make more of these- Dad ate the last one this morning! They were so good- the applesauce totally worked great instead of using any oil! So proud of your commitment to eating healthy!

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    Alison — January 9, 2013 @ 11:22 am

    Great photos. These look delicious!

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    Alexandra @ Confessions of a Bright-Eyed Baker — January 9, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Awesome looking muffins! And that first photo is great. :)
    I think it’s really cool that you’re so into cooking and baking. Keep it up!
    P.S. I love Nutella, artichokes, cantaloupe, sushi, and FOOD too!

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    ERIKA — January 9, 2013 @ 8:45 pm

    They look great Brooks. Blueberries are my very favorite fruit. So I will have to try these ones for sure. The berries you used look so huge. Happy New Year to you also.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — January 10, 2013 @ 2:22 am

    Looks at those domed tops! Amazing. I don’t think I’ve ever made such an impressive looking muffin and those pictures are awesome!

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    Amanda — January 10, 2013 @ 7:40 am

    Recipe Boy Rules. That is all.

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    Mrs. Jen B — January 10, 2013 @ 1:28 pm

    They look delicious! Gotta love those gorgeous, juicy berries. Thank you for sharing a healthy muffin recipe with such gorgeous results!

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    RecipeBoy's Grandma — January 11, 2013 @ 8:51 pm

    Happy New Year to you too. Nice post. Eat healthy. Stay healthy!

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    Bobbie — January 12, 2013 @ 12:01 pm

    I was looking for ahealthy recipe for blueberry muffins to freeze and take out one each morning. This is perfect! I am on WW so love to have the points value! I think I might put a little oatmeal in also! Thanks! You are very inspirational!!

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    Katherine R. — January 13, 2013 @ 7:02 am

    A healthy muffin?! Count me in! Thanks for the recipe!

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    Jessica — January 17, 2013 @ 3:37 am

    Wow! Looks delish! Thanks so much for posting!

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    Kendra — January 18, 2013 @ 9:50 am

    Wait. A kid wrote this recipe & blog post?? Wow. Recipe Boy Rocks. My family LOVED the muffins today. Seriously, my finicky 4 year-old ate almost the entire batch! Thank you so much.

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    Rebecca B — January 19, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    Could I get a clarification on the sodium content? 190.3g seems like alot to me

    • recipeboy replied: — January 20th, 2013 @ 7:36 am

      sorry… it’s mg, not g!

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    Debbie Nieves Santiago — January 22, 2013 @ 7:49 pm

    I just made these and I have to say i’m not to sure they are all that great i’m kind of on the fence. I think if I make this again I will leave out the nutmeg.

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    Becky — February 7, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

    Delicious! Made them today and they are so good. Will make them again. I love blueberries. Thanks for the recipe.

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    Emily R — February 17, 2013 @ 9:18 am

    These turned out great! Soft and flavorful…ps I have never had blueberry muffins with nutmeg, but wow, does it ever add a nice taste :D

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    angela — July 23, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    These look delicious! I can’t wait to try them!

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    Lauren — January 26, 2014 @ 6:27 am

    Excellent recipe, these were delicious! :)

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    MichelleD — March 9, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    My family couldn’t get enough of these muffins. I also added 2T ground flax seed. Nobody would guess they are healthy:)

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    Tasha — April 5, 2014 @ 9:33 am

    My five year old and I loved these out of the oven and I don’t even like blueberries that much! :) She ate two! I put a link up to this page on my Instagram. :)

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    Becky — July 17, 2014 @ 7:16 pm

    I didn’t have applesauce so I replaced it with extra banana, not realizing there was no oil. The muffins stuck so bad to the paper liners. Whoops! They still taste yummy–next time hopefully I will have applesauce on hand!

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