Do you often find yourself with overripe bananas sitting on your kitchen counter? Instead of throwing them away, why not turn them into delicious and healthy banana muffins? This recipe is a perfect way to make use of those ripe bananas while satisfying your sweet tooth.
Banana muffins are not only incredibly easy to make but also packed with nutrients. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and fiber. They can boost your energy levels and improve digestion. By incorporating them into muffins, you create a portable snack that can be enjoyed anywhere at any time.
To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it lightly. In a large mixing bowl, mash three medium-sized ripe bananas until smooth. Add in half a cup of melted coconut oil or vegetable oil and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Mix well until combined.
In another bowl, whisk together one and a half cups of whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour if preferred), one teaspoon of baking soda, half a teaspoon of salt, and two teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture while stirring gently until just combined. Be careful not to overmix as this could result in dense muffins.
For an extra touch of nutrition and flavor, feel free to incorporate some mix-ins such as chopped nuts or dark chocolate chips into the batter at this point.
Spoon the batter evenly into the prepared muffin tin cups until they are about three-quarters full. Bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow the banana muffins to cool in the pan for five minutes before transferring them onto a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled, these delightful treats are ready to be enjoyed!
These banana muffins make for a fantastic breakfast option or midday snack when paired with a cup of tea or coffee. They can also be stored in an airtight container for up to three days, making them perfect for meal prepping or on-the-go snacking.
So, the next time you have some ripe bananas on hand, give this banana muffin recipe a try and indulge in a healthy and tasty treat that will leave you feeling satisfied and energized throughout the day.