Friday, 14 May 2010

Low fat Banana Muffins


Whenever I go shopping I always make sure that I buy some basic fruits like bananas, pears, apples and oranges and vegetables like carrots, potatoes, tomatoes and lettuce. Even if they might not be eaten on regular basis, these would be always seen in my fridge. I sometimes end up buying them even if I don’t want them just to give me a feel that I am actually having some fruits and vegetable. I make sure that they are always there at home, hoping myself to eat vegetables and fruits. I am an anti-fruit and anti-vegetable person when it comes to eating it in raw forms. Even if it is the delicious mango, the case is not different. So I always end up using them in my curries (vegetables) or if fruits, it goes into any delectable but calorie laden dessert, smoothie or a cake.

This banana muffin was also born to save bananas from binning. Unlike carrots and potatoes, bananas have a very short shelf life. They ripen at a rapid pace, which if not used up will have to be thrown away. I normally add them to my smoothies like banana and peanut butter smoothie (Has anyone ever tried that?), strawberry banana smoothie, apple and banana etc. This time it was a plain banana muffin. Din’t bother adding any nuts or chocolates because I was not sure of the outcome and my son hates nuts in his cakes. I have reduced the fat as minimum as I could imagine and added some milk to keep some moisture in. The result was a fabulous light and spongy banana muffins. It was made with the intention of low fat muffin so it lacks the buttery goodness or richness from fat. As you can see I just used 3 tbsp oil, but it was really moist and I am quite happy with the result. If you prefer the buttery rich kind of muffin you may omit milk and try adding more oil. I thought it would be just me gulping these muffins, but my family loved it too. So I would try adding more melted butter or vegetable oil next time to see what difference it makes.



Low Fat Banana Muffins
Makes 9 medium muffins, serves 9

Ingredients:
1 cup Plain flour
3 Tbsp/45 mls vegetable oil
2 large bananas mashed (300g, peeled weight)
1 large egg
½ cup castor sugar
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
4 Tbsp whole milk
1 tsp vanilla essence
Few sliced bananas – optional
½ cup chopped nuts or chocolate chips - optional

Preparation:

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degree Celsius. Sift together flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Add in chocolate chips or chopped nuts if using. I left it plain.

2. In another bowl, mash banana. Add to it lightly beaten egg, milk, oil and vanilla essence.

3. Pour the wet ingredients to dry ones and fold until no dry flour is visible.

4. Place 9 medium sized muffin cases in the muffin pan. Scoop the batter into muffin cases until it is ¾ full. Place a slice of banana on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until it springs back when lightly pressed.

22 comments:

PranisKitchen said...

anti fruits anti vegettables- thats funny.the banana muffins looks really delicious.perfectly done

Life is beautiful!!! said...

Nice job Shabs...looks very gud :)

Suman said...

first time here...love muffins...that looks so beautiful and delicious....yummy!

An Open Book said...

k im gonna come right out and ask u...du get these black worm-like thingies in ur banana muffin after a while..as in after half a day...??? the 2 times i tried it i saw these, and it completely grossed me out... its jus the naaru turning black i guess, but any idea how to stop that from being visible?

Sorry if i grossed u out...

They sure do sound healthy...and a good breakfast option...

divya said...

Wowwwwwwwwwwwwww!!.... Wonderful recipe.. looks very tempting... awesome clicks dear!!

Kairali sisters said...

Hi Shabs..Nice looking healthy muffins, cute ones

Love
Kairali sisters

Yummy Team said...

Lovely muffins..

simply.food said...

Muffins look amazingly delicious.

Priya said...

Cute and scrumptious Muffins.

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Awesome banana muffins. Looking really delicious!Excellent breakfast option!

Leena said...

Very healthy and delicious muffins!!

Divya Kudua said...

I love Banana Muffins and always buy some extra bananas so that I can make muffins.Low fat muffins sound delicious,I follow an eggless recipe for Banana Muffins:)

Btw,I just noticed that I wrote Muffins 5 times in one comment..LOL:)

Gouri Guha said...

Such delicious muffins. They look tempting.
Lovely pics.

Zia Elle said...

Me too, I buy some basis and than what I like o some in season!!
Banans never miss in my kitchen!
Nice your muffins!

Hari Chandana said...

yummy and healthy recipe.. looks perfect dear..

Rachel said...

I love bananas in bread and muffins...guess it is time I made them as healthy as your recipe.

Gulmohar said...

Healthy and yumm...love these

Glad that you liked the manga chammanthi :-)

Parita said...

Muffins look fab dear! Lovely recipe :)

Nitks said...

Wow.. I see few healthy and lovely muffins here ... :)

Sarah Naveen said...

Awesome click..looks so yummy!!!

Shabs.. said...

thanks to all for stopping by....and your encouraging comments.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Soft and fluffy muffins

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