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!