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Banana-Bran Muffins

Winter 2004, EatingWell for a Healthy Heart Cookbook (2008), The Essential EatingWell Cookbook (2004)

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By the end of the week, any bananas left in the fruit bowl are past their prime—just right for these moist bran muffins. Add a handful of dark chocolate chips to entice children to enjoy a fiber-rich treat.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I changed this recipe up a bit, in order to use up some canned pumpkin in my fridge. I doubled the recipe using three eggs, 2 cups of pumpkin, 1/3 cup oil, 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips, 1/2 chopped dates and about 1/4 cup crushed flax...

80 Reviews for Banana-Bran Muffins

02/21/2015
Anonymous
Great Recipe and a few suggested tweeks

My first attempt at this recipe died! First of all, follow the wet and dry instructions! The first time I didn't mix it as it said and my batter was night and day from the second. I used yellow bananas for my muffins, mashed them and put my eggs and sugar in with them and whipped them together until they were smooth and fluffy. I used Pumpkin Pie Spice and Almond extract (a little more than called for). I used a little more oil and buttermilk than called for (maybe two table spoons). I also used 1/4tsp each of baking powder and baking soda and omitted the salt from my recipe. I researched the oils and settled to stay with recommended oil (try organic pressed oil, if you can find it! I couldn't!) This oil is used because of the high smoke point it has (so it doesn't burn at higher temps). I didn't feel confident about using apple sauce yet to replace it, I wanted to get it right the first time and now I will play with it. I added a quarter cup of pure whey protein (thus the added oil and buttermilk) Next time I will try and extra egg white for this recipe. My father had a stroke three years ago and this recipe helps two fold, the bran for stomach issues and adding Whey is an added Protein which he needs.
I do have a few suggestions this recipe.
1. One large bowl (dry), one medium bowl (wet)
2. Measure out everything before combining and follow the instructions, except one. Put your cinnamon or what ever your use in with the wet ingredients (it will soak into the bran as you mix.) This step makes for faster clean up and organization.
3. I cut a slice of banana (yellow) and pressed it into the muffin to bake (it was perfect) You can use frozen berries too.
4. Spray your tin and then seat the muffin/cupcake liners in (if they are paper, they will absorb some of the oil and it will help with sticking)
5. If you are using standard size muffin tins, Bake for 15 minutes and slip a fork into one and test. (That was my mistake the first time. I went for color and baked for longer)
6. The base of this recipe is moist, but if you choose to omit the bananas, you need to add moisture somewhere else. The banana is not over powering, even with the extra slice I placed in.
7. I got great rise and muffin tops with my tweeks of slightly more moisture, baking powder and baking soda and I used 1/4 less brown sugar.

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06/02/2014
Anonymous
Great Recipe

I tripped the recipe, not adding the optional ingredients, and substituting the brown sugar for brown sugar blend Splenda (you use half amount) and a bit more cinnamon. Turned out great, and my diabetic husband loves them.. And so do I!!
(PS I normally can't handle the taste of Splenda but you honestly can't tell that I used it in this recipe)

Healthy, Moist,Delicious
1 Dozen
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05/02/2014
Completely yummy

I didn't make ANY changes except to leave out the optional chocolate chips. Oh, yes, I only made half and it halved very well. Being on my own I didn't want to make the whole batch just in case I didn't fancy them. The next time I'll make the whole thing!

Easy, yummy, the right size, recipe halves well
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03/25/2014
Anonymous
Actually really good

Didn't have any wholemeal flour so just used plain, but added lots of bran and walnuts which gave it great texture and fibre content. Never thought to add cinnamon to banana muffins before, but I love it.

Moist, textured, flavourful and healthy
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10/20/2013
Anonymous
Delish and versitile!

I love this recipe and how easy it is to modify. And the muffins are HUGE! I will often get 2 dozen smaller muffins instead of the dozen large ones. They make great after school snacks like that. Also, great with cranberries!

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