Saturday, April 9, 2011

Whole Wheat Banana-Nut Muffins

These Banana-Nut Muffins are made with whole wheat flour, bananas, oatmeal, walnuts and applesauce.  They are not only nutritious, but they are easy to make and delicious.  Eat them as a quick morning meal or as a snack. 

You will first need to make a dry mix and a wet mix.  Then incorporate to wet and dry mix gently without over mixing.

For the Dry Mix you will need:
2 cups whole wheat flour ( I used pastry flour)
1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp powdered cinnamon
pinch of salt

For the Wet Mix you will need:
1/2 cup baking splenda or brown sugar (I used baking splenda)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
3-4 bananas mashed
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
3/4 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Once you stir the batter together, bake in muffin pans for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until done (test with toothpick).

Notes on baking the muffins:
I tried several methods when I baked these muffins.
  1. I first used cupcake liners on their own.  This resulted in the muffins being stuck to the liners and only peeled off after allowing the muffins to cool for several hours.
  2. I then tried spraying the liners with a little bit of cooking spray.  This was a bit better, but there still was a lot of muffins sticking to the liner (especially the bottoms).
  3. Finally I baked these muffins directly in the nonstick muffin tin by spraying them with cooking spray and then lightly dusting each muffin cup with a little bit of flour before pouring the batter.  The muffins came right out and looked perfect.  This was my favorite method. 

This recipe yielded 1 1/2 dozen good size muffins.  Enjoy.

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