Healthy Muffin Recipe:
Banana Bran Muffins

Bran is a superb healthy muffin recipe ingredient, as it does so much for the body. Bran is the outer layer of grains such as wheat, oats and rice that has been removed in the milling process to make flour white and smooth. It was only relatively recently that its health benefits were realized. It is high in dietary fiber, minerals and iron, and aids in digestion and weight loss by helping you feel fuller and promoting bowel regularity.

Baking with buttermilk adds a pleasing tang to any healthy muffin recipe, makes them softer, gives them more body and is low in fat. It aids in the rising of breads and cakes and helps baked goods to brown more evenly. If you can't find buttermilk easily, you can make it yourself by adding a tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup of milk and letting it sit for five minutes.

Making banana muffins is a great way of using up bananas that have become too black for most people to eat. There are invariably one or two bananas left behind from a bunch that just sit in the fruit basket until they resemble some sort of black boomerang. They are perfect for making muffins, as the fruit is especially sweet at this point. And if you are not able to use them immediately, you can just throw them in the freezer for use later, either whole, or peeled and pre-mashed.

Photo: Emily Carlin

Banana Bran Muffins

Yield 12
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

2 large eggs
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup mashed ripe bananas
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup whole-wheat flour
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
1/4 cup organic coconut oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Use non-stick cooking spray to coat 12 muffin cups.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs and brown sugar until smooth. Add bananas, wheat bran, bananas, vanila and oil and whisk.
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk together the whole wheat flour, all purpose flour, baking powder and baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  4. Create a well in the flour mixture and add the wet ingredients and stir. Do not overmix. Add chocolate chips if desired.
  5. Place batter by spoonfuls into the muffin cups until full, and sprinkle with walnuts if desired.
  6. Bake until golden brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.



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