Sweet Sunday- Banana Bread Muffins
September 9, 2012 § 4 Comments
A few weeks ago I froze some black bananas for a future banana bread recipe. We – LOVE – banana bread. However, with us still remaining very sugar and processed flour conscious, I had to find/make up a good recipe. We decided these would be considered “dessert” therefore what sugar they do have in them is acceptable.
Healthy Banana Bread Muffins
1/3 cup safflower oil (more on safflower oil below)
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup brown sugar in the raw
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (I did half whole wheat and half coconut flour to lessen the wheat product for my husband)
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash together banana, oil, vanilla, and brown sugar until well mixed. Mash it until you reach the consistency you desire (I left mine a little chunky which turned out great). In a small bowl, whisk together flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well mixed. Fold together the dry ingredients into the banana mixture with a spatula until combined. Do not over mix! Grease a 12 count muffin pan and evenly distribute batter. They will rise, so be careful not to fill it past 3/4 full. Sprinkle additional brown sugar on top if desired. Bake for 15-18 minutes. Enjoy.
Now, why safflower oil? It’s my new found secret (that technically my mom told me about months ago, but I didn’t immediately embrace).
To sum it up, safflower oil comes from the safflower plant and is linked to improving heart health, maintaining healthy skin and hair, and losing weight (ding, ding, ding!). While better for you than most other oils, it’s also more expensive (big surprise), so I use it in moderation but feel really good when I do! To read a little more about it, go here. Also, just in case you’re a Dr. Oz fan, he strongly recommends safflower oil and even claims that a study showed that safflower oil burned a significant amount of abdominal fat when taken over a 16 week period. So- check it out for yourself.