Now Lord knows I’m not the finest baker in the land. Truth be told, I’m more of a savoury girl myself, but I have been practising. Feeling buoyed after my recent Banana Bread success I sought to capitalise on my baking cred and after some experimentation (read disaster ending in purple sugarless muffins) I’ve come up with a low fat, low sugar, no refined anything muffin…..I don’t mean to toot my own horn, but I’m feeling quietly confident that this little piece of goodness is so healthy you could even substitute it for breakfast, if you were pressed for time and on the run.
Most of the sweetness comes from the overripe bananas (the riper they are the sweeter your muffin) and also from maple syrup which is a natural sweetener (just make sure it’s the real deal…you’ll know by checking the ingredients list, there should be just the one..maple syrup!). The banana and maple syrup also keep things moist so you don’t need too much in the way of fats, I’ve just popped in a bit of vegetable oil. Feel free to use butter if you like, I just couldn’t be bothered rubbing in the butter to the flour so I added the oil to the wet ingredients. It was much faster and easier and didn’t make any difference to the end result.
I’ve popped in some oats for the beta glucan which has some cholesterol lowering properties and also because they add some fibre (and really just because I like the texture) and also blueberries for their antioxidants and because I like it when they burst after I take a bite! You can swap these for raspberries if you like, or a mixture of the two (fresh or frozen is fine).
These sweet treats are so easy to make the kids could even lend a helping hand….heck, put you’re feet up and let them do all the heavy lifting, you’ve earned it!
- Prep Time : 5 minutes
- Cook Time : 25 minutes
- Yield : 12
- Self raising flour, wholemeal - 1 1/2 cups
- Oats - 1 cups
- Cinnamon, ground - 1 tsp
- Cooking oil, you're choice (vegetable, coconut, rice bran etc) - 2 tbsp
- Maple syrup, make sure you get real maple syrup - you'll know it's the real deal by looking at the list of ingredients, there should only be one, maple syrup! - 1/3 cup
- Egg - 1, lightly beaten
- Milk - 1/4 cup
- Banana - 2 ripe bananas mashed with a fork
- Blueberries - 1 cup, frozen or fresh