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Healthy Banana Blueberry Muffins

Posted Mar 14 2009 12:00am

An excess of overripe apple bananas and a craving for some muffins led me to seek out some healthy options. I found this recipe for Banana Blueberry Muffins on the Mighty Foods blog, always a good source for healthy, natural foods recipes. The allure of the tangy blueberries, full of antioxidants, combined with the sweet bananas, crunchy walnuts, whole grain flour and yogurt sounded perfect.  

Banana Blueberry Muffins
Mighty Foods (posted by Mighty Staff)
(Makes a dozen muffins)

2 cups white whole-wheat flour
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup natural cane sugar
2 large organic eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup plain yogurt
1 cup mashed overripe bananas (about 2 bananas)
1 cup fresh blueberries, toss in a bit of flour to keep them from sinking while baking

Heat oven to 375 and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and 3/4 cup of the walnuts in a bowl and whisk to combine.

In a separate bowl using a mixer, cream butter until light and fluffy. Beat in sugar and eggs, one at a time. Stir in vanilla, yogurt and mashed bananas, then gently mix in dry ingredients; over mixing will result in tough muffins. Fold in the blueberries.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin (an ice-cream scoop works well here), top with remaining 1/4 cup walnuts, bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Fill cups two-thirds full for regular muffins or to brim for a big-topped version. Sprinkle with a bit of sugar here for a nice bit of sweet-crusted goodness. Cool for a couple minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes/Results: Absolutely delicious. These are a terrific, moist, dense--but not too heavy and very tasty muffin. The kind of muffin that makes you look forward to breakfast, especially when paired with a nice cup of tea. I used what I had on hand to make these; whole grain pastry flour, non-fat Greek yogurt and a mix of toasted walnuts and pecans (I didn't have quite enough walnuts). I also mixed in 2 Tbsp of ground flax meal for those extra omega-3s and topped the muffins with the toasted nuts and just a bit of a spiced raw sugar mix my neighbor gave me for Christmas to add a little sweet crunch. I will definitely be making these again. 

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