Hi! Before I say anything else, I have a recipe that just must be shared!
They were too DIE for! I (very) significantly modified a pretty old Gourmet recipe for blueberry muffins with streusel topping and the result was just phenomenal. These aren’t your typical Starbucks muffins, but who wants a Starbucks muffin anyway when they pack in around 500 calories each?! These are a bit smaller, though you could make them larger if you desired of course. They are almost like little banana breads in a muffin form.
I get asked a lot about using butter in baked goods. Yall, I went to a traditional French culinary school and baked with butter every day for a year and a half. It was how I was taught and its what I do. I think you can significantly alter the recipe to make it healthier while still using a bit of butter. I’m not a fan of substitutions and using apple sauce is a personal pet peeve. True, I do have fun testing new healthy recipes, but butter is tried and true and a little isn’t going to kill you….or make you fat. These still ring in at only 179 calories per muffin, are 100% whole wheat and are chock-full of fruit. Enjoy one today!
Whole Wheat Banana Blueberry Muffins
yields 10 muffins
1.5 cups whole wheat pastry flour
3/4 cup cane sugar
3 tbsp butter
1 egg + 1 egg yolk
1 banana, mashed
1.5 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp cinnamon
2 cups fresh blueberries
1/3 cup soymilk or milk
Preheat your oven to 375.
In a small pot on the stove, melt the butter then remove the pot from the burner. Add the soymilk, the egg, the yolk and mashed banana and whisk well. Set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Add the wet ingredients and stir only until incorporated. Fold in the blueberries gently.
Spoon batter into 10 greased muffin tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Of course I refused to wait until they cooled down to dive in so mine fell apart. No matter, I ate it hot with Earth Balance and it was probably the most delicious thing I’ve eaten in a very long time (I say that a lot but its true with this!). Ryan’s favorite baked good ever is blueberry banana bread so I can’t wait for him to taste one of these babies!
I did go to the gym before baking this afternoon. I pounded out a sweaty 20 minutes on the Stairmaster (level 9) followed by some forearm planks and crunches. I love the way I feel my legs getting stronger by using the Stairmaster more frequently! I’ve always been so scared of it because, well, its HARD….but like anything else, it gets easier as you keep at it.
Dinner was, as planned, Wisconsin cheddar paninis with avgolemono soup