Recipe: Banana Bran Muffins

By Kary Woodruff

During the kick off of the 2013 My Heart Challenge, contestants were served a delicious, yet very heart-healthy breakfast. I thought it would be nice to share one of those recipes with everyone, because healthy eating doesn't mean tasteless food. It's all about finding the right recipe, and if you like bananas, this is one recipe you'll probably want to add to your recipe box. ​

Banana Bran Muffins WEB
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 medium)
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup unprocessed white bran
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (F). Coat 12 muffin cups with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk eggs and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth. Whisk in bananas, buttermilk, wheat bran, oil and vanilla.
  3. Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the dry ingredients; add the wet ingredients and stir with a rubber spatula until combined. Stir in chocolate chips if you are using them. Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups (they'll be quite full). Sprinkle with walnuts if you are using them.
  4. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden brown and spring back when touched lightly (approx. 15-20 minutes). Let cool in pan for 5 minutes. Loosen edges and turn muffins out onto a wire rack to cool slightly before serving. 
Nutrition Facts
Amount per muffin: 196 Kcals | 32g Carbs | 6g Fat | 5g Protein

Makes 12 muffins. Recipe credit: www.eatingwell.com