- This healthy banana muffin recipe helps you lose weight
- It’s just a couple ingredients
- Stop grazing on low-fat food; it makes you GAIN weight!!!
When I was a kid we had a cookbook called Muffin Mania.
It was the ’90s and muffins were being re-introduced to the world as a healthy alternative to donuts (!)
I remember looking at this spiral-bound book in awe, thinking:
“I’m holding the recipe to every muffin I see in donut shops.”
This was before the internet and information like this just wasn’t accessible.
Like if you didn’t catch Jennifer Aniston on Late Night with David Letterman you’d never see her interview or find out what she was really like… Or at least what she was like less scripted.
Anyways, despite all the muffins I could make, I always ended up baking banana muffins.
I was in my teens at the time, and still had a lot to learn about e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
…Including that the word “muffin” was just a chi-chi way of saying “cake.”
Things are different these days. There’s all sorts of TRULY good-for-you muffins. And one of them is the healthy banana muffin recipe in this post.
So if you’re looking for a healthy snack or a quick breakfast to grab-on-the-go (if made the night before) you’ll love this recipe!
Why I LOVE this healthy banana muffin recipe
- It’s quick and easy to make
- There’s no specialty ingredients
- I’ve got a solution for my brown bananas
I love bananas. Especially when they’re cold, like straight out of the fridge. And ONLY if they’re just starting to turn yellow.
Unfortunately this short window of time means I always end up with TONS of too-ripe-for-me bananas that I can’t bring myself to throw out.
So I leave them until they turn black. Then put them in a bag and freeze ’em (skin on) to bake later.
Never give up. You only get one life. Go for it.— Richard E. Grant, actor
There’s times I’ve been sure I’ve left them too long and have to look away while I peel them… (and frozen bananas thaw out especially squishy and drippy.)
…Only to discover they make the most AMAZING muffins.
Don’t give up on yourself… or your black bananas.
Before I found this healthy banana muffin recipe
…our freezer was FULL of black bananas.
The other day I was doing dishes and turned the radio on to a comedian talking about his new girlfriend. And he had this quick little line I loved about how her freezer looked like a banana morgue.
I think I was drawn to that joke because I love when people see the same thing differently.
Don’t have a brown banana epidemic?
Check out your grocery store’s quick sale area. They usually have soon-to-be brown bananas.
Putting your bananas in a brown paper bag will also speed up the process.
One more thing about this healthy banana muffin recipe
It’s more of a muffin top.
In other words, you plop the batter onto a cookie sheet rather than into a muffin tin.
Ok. Let’s bake!
Healthy banana muffin recipe EVERYBODY loves
I’ve made this recipe for many people… including people who love the traditional banana bread recipe and aren’t interested in healthy alternatives. And they’ve LOVED it! It’s a crowd pleaser. Even my dog loves this recipe. So I use blueberries instead of chocolate chips so they’re safe for canine consumption.
…Wait a minute. What am I talking about?!?!
Dogs will eat anything.
Let’s try again…
Even the pickiest eaters I know rave about this recipe.
Healthy banana muffin recipe
(They taste waaay better than they look!)
Prep: 10 minutes
Bake: 17 to 19 minutes
Makes: 10 muffin tops
Ingredients for Healthy banana muffins:
- 2 large very ripe bananas
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (I do more like 3 tablespoons)
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- sea salt
- 2 cups rolled oats
- blueberries or chocolate chips
8 easy steps:
1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
2. Line baking sheet with parchment (grease-proof) paper
3. Mash bananas, coconut oil & vanilla
4. Combine in a separate bowl: rolled oats, cinnamon, baking powder & a pinch of sea salt
5. Stir rolled oats mixture into banana mixture
6. Add blueberries or chocolate chips
7. Spoon the dough onto a cookie sheet in 10 mounds—do not flatten
8. Bake for 10 minutes, rotate pan & then bake for 7 to 9 more minutes… or until the bottoms are golden
…your healthy snack or breakfast is ready!
~ This recipe is a simplified adaption from Oh She Glows
Make this healthy banana muffin a meal
If you’re running out the door, here’s how to make this healthy banana muffin top part of a ROUGHLY balanced meal made MOSTLY of whole foods:
Fruit & Vegetables
Potatoes, bread, rice, pasta & other starchy carbohydrates
healthy banana muffin
Oils & spreads
butter on your healthy banana muffin top
(personally I like mine bare)
Dairy & alternatives
iced coffee made with whole milk
Beans, pulses, fish, eggs, meat & other proteins
peanut butter, almond butter or coconut oil (it’s a protein!) that doubles up as an oil & spread, on your healthy banana muffin top
or eat a boiled egg on the side
or have a handful of almonds…
Can I still eat regular banana bread and lose weight?
Everything in moderation helps you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
However, the more you get in the habit of eating a whole-foods alternative to the traditional banana bread recipe, the more you’ll prefer the healthy banana muffin option.
Make Today Count
Give this healthy banana muffin recipe a whirl and make it part of a balanced breakfast or balanced snack.
Got a bunch of brown bananas? Double this recipe and drop some off at your neighbor’s.
Whether you bake this banana muffin top recipe, or not, plan to make your next meal ROUGHLY balanced and made MOSTLY of whole foods.
Your body and mind will thank you.
Build healthy eating and exercise habits. A healthy weight will follow.
Does eating this healthy banana muffin recipe scare you? I would have been worried about eating it when I was dieting obsessively. But finally I took a chance, ate healthy meals (vs. grazing on low-fat food all day) and lost weight for good. That was 20 years ago. I hope you’ll try what worked for me and save yourself precious time.
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