Wake up!: Banana Bread Muffins

Again, breakfast is muy importante!! For those that don’t speak Spanglish, that’s “very important!”

So what if you want a make-ahead breakfast that will help keep you full and is still low in calories and fat?  Turn to these little guys!

Continuing with my “back to school” week, I present to you a classic that kids will love but will give them more nutritional value than a typical muffin.  Voila! Banana bread muffins.

I love a good (BIG) muffin as much as the next girl, but c’mon…the typical muffin you buy at a bakery can have anywhere from 200-500 calories.  And it’s a muffin!! Don’t know about you, but they don’t keep me full for very long. So I set out to turn my classic banana bread recipe (which I’ll share some other time) into muffins that had a little extra kick of protein from protein powder.  They’re also pretty low in fat and added sugar.  Oh yes, and they taste AMAZING!  I used a couple of coworkers for taste-testers (they rarely object to that) and got good reviews.

Banana Bread Muffins

Makes 20 muffins

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup Splenda (or other sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed very ripe banana (about 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup protein powder (I used whey protein powder)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • scant 1 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray or line with paper liners.

In a large bowl, sitr sugar and butter until well mixed. Stir in egg whites until mixed.  Stir in bananas, buttermilk, and vanilla; beat with spoon until smooth and fluffy.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, protein powder, baking soda, and salt.  Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients in two additions, stirring just until moistened.

Fill muffin tins 3/4 full. Bake 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Store at room temp for 3-4 days or refrigerated for up to a week.

VERY Roughly Estimated Nutrition information (1 muffin): 155 Calories, 4.8g Fat, 21 g Carbs, 0.8 g Fiber, 9.3 g Sugar,   7.3 g Protein

*****Nutrition info varies greatly depending on which type of protein powder you use!!!! Brand, vanilla flavored or not (mine was unflavored), etc*****


I’ll be back soon with more back to school recipes….or just recipes for those of us that need a little inspiration 🙂


Oh, and want the banana bread taste without having to bake? Click here for banana bread oatmeal!


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