Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins

These little babies are easy to make, so good for you and taste delicious.  I dreamt these up a couple years ago when searching for a healthy snack for my kids, I wanted something I could keep in the freezer to pop out whenever a quick snack was needed or something to go in school lunches.  The great thing about these is you take a few out in the morning to put into a lunch and by lunch time they are thawed and ready to eat.

I just made a batch of these and decided to calculate the calories, fat and fiber.  When you make them into mini muffins, which I always do, considering four of them is a serving size, I came up with 128 calories, less than 1 gram of fat and 4 grams of fiber, for 4 mini muffins!  I figured that a regular size muffin is about two to three of the small ones.  So really this is a great little snack that leaves absolutely no guilt.  Give them a try!  You kids and your waistline will thank you for it!

Healthy Banana Oat Muffins
From: Meg @ Back Pocket Creations
Time: 25 minutes
Servings: About 55 mini muffins or 22 regular muffins

1 1/2 C whole wheat flour
1 C rolled quick oats
1/2 C sugar
1 t cinnamon
2 t baking powder
1 t Baking soda
1/2 t salt
1 egg
3/4 C skim milk
1/3 C apple sauce
1 t vanilla extract
1 c mashed banana (about 3 medium sized)

Pre-heat oven to 375.  Coat muffin tin with cooking spray ( recommend the baking kind, but the regular kind will work too) or line with muffin liners

In a large bowl whisk together the flour, oats, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

In another large bowl, beat the egg slightly, then add the rest of the ingredients and combine throughly.  Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture just until combined, using a cookie scoop for mini muffins or an ice cream scoop for regular muffins, gently scoop the batter out and pour into each individual cup.

Bake for 9-12 minutes for mini muffins and 17-20 for regular muffins or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow to cool in pan for about 5 minutes and then remove to cool completely.  Enjoy now or toss into a freezer bag and freeze for a quick, healthy, delicious snack that your kids are going to love!

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