Bananas are always a weekly purchase in my home, but every once in a while my husband and I don’t get around to eating the last 2-3 bananas of the bunch. We’ve all done it,.. banana neglect. The truth is most of us don’t find a ripened brown banana very appetizing and we shamefully end up throwing them away. Well no more! Here’s a recipe that will save those poor bananas, and give us some nutritious breakfast muffins for the rest of the week!
Healthy & Nutritious Breakfast Banana-Nut Muffins
(Makes 12 regular sized muffins)
- 3 ripe banana’s (mashed)
- 1 ¼ c. whole wheat flour
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp. baking powder
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/8 c. brown sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1/8 c. and 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- ½ c. chopped raw walnuts
Method: Preheat oven to 375o F, mash bananas in a medium sized bowl. Chop walnuts and set aside. Add eggs, vegetable oil, cinnamon, vanilla extract, brown sugar, and salt to the bowl with the mashed bananas. Mix until all ingredients are well combined. Slowly add small amounts of flour into the mixture and stir, repeat this until all of the flour is completely integrated into the mixture. Finish off the batter by adding the baking soda/baking powder; mix well. Fill 12 greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Top muffins with chopped walnuts. Bake for 20-23 minutes and cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Muffins contain healthy fats, fiber, protein, and rich vitamins and minerals. Each muffin is only 5.5 grams of sugar which mostly comes from the natural sugars of the banana. Making this a great muffin to start the day with! Those little brown bananas aren’t so bad now huh?! Enjoy!