Healthy Muffins and a DSLR

Posted on May 12, 2011

These cute little banana corn muffins are low fat, easy to make,  and the perfect healthy breakfast treat.

Healthy Banana Corn Muffin Bites

Earlier this week I had an agenda:

1.  Start experimenting with my NEW camera (!!!)

2.  Bake something healthy enough to eat on a daily basis

3.  Use up the extremely brown bananas on my counter

Based on the above list, I decided to make Banana Corn Muffin Bites.

1.  New camera experimenting, check

2.  Low fat whole grain baked good, check*

3.  Brown bananas in muffin form, check

Healthy Banana Corn Muffin Bites

These mini muffins are moist and grainy with a wonderful sweetness from the ripe bananas.   I snacked on them alone, topped with peanut butter (obviously) and mixed into ice cream.  Matt cut his in half and topped them with jelly.

The best part?  Muffins like these are easy to make and don’t require a mixer.  Plus, mini muffins bake so quickly that it shouldn’t take you an hour from start to finish.

*Don’t worry, I’ll be back with something decadent and extra delicious shortly.

Start by combining the dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside

dry ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together all remaining ingredients except for sliced banana

wet ingredients wet ingredients mixed

Whisk the dry ingredients into wet until just combined

adding dry ingredients ingredients mixed

Spoon batter into prepared mini-muffin pan; top each muffin with a slice of banana

Healthy Banana Corn Muffin Bites

Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean

Healthy Banana Corn Muffin Bites

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Banana Corn Muffin Bites

Yield: Makes 24 mini muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup corn meal
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (~2 large bananas)
  • 3/4 cup skim milk (or any light milk of choice)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 large banana, sliced

Cooking Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray or fill with cupcake liners
  3. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside
  4. Whisk all remaining ingredients, excluding sliced banana, in a large bowl
  5. Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients just until combined
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin
  7. Top each muffin with a slice of banana
  8. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick or knife comes out clean

Adapted from All Recipes

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[Note: I recommend serving these soon after baking because the bananas on top brown by the next day.  They are still edible but not all that pretty for company]

Healthy Banana Corn Muffin Bites

On another note, Mila at Lofty Appetite has some great tips for beginner DSLR usersWhat is the most useful photography tip you use?

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