Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Love Muffins

Over the years I have made many versions my mother's banana bread and usually tasters ask for the recipes.  As the years roll by I have become increasingly aware of the need to change some of those recipes to healthier versions.  My main health enemy seems to be sugar and I've heard that here in the islands high blood sugar is a definite problem.  I also would like to incorporate more non-wheat carbohydrates into my baked goods.  With these two concerns, I began altering my mother's recipe.  I did not change the butter amount because I like the taste of real butter, but if you have a cholesterol concern by all means use another low cholesterol type of fat. The heart shaped muffin was made in a Wilton silicon cupcake baking mold purchased at Ben Franklin Crafts.  I hope you'll try making this healthy recipe for your love muffin.

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Splenda Blend
3 mashed bananas
2 eggs beaten
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup chopped dark chocolate
1/4 cup chopped toasted pecans
1/4 cup dried cranberries

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the bananas and beaten eggs.  Mix in the oats and flours. Sift in baking soda and salt. Fold in the chocolate, pecans, and cranberries.  Spoon the dough into a large loaf pan, several smaller loaf pans or a 12 cup muffin tin.  Place the pan(s) in a cold oven and set the temperature to 350 degrees and bake until a knife inserted comes out clean (about 20 minutes for muffins and 1 hour for loaf).
Tip: Toast the pecans in the microwave on high at 10 second intervals.


Creations by Shirl said...

TFS the recipe Lynn - looks yummy and everything in the recipe is my fave..
Especially those cranberries...a must to have!

Anonymous said...

My banana bread is definitely boring next to yours! Sounds really delicious!

Have A Scrap Happy Day said...

Ummmm, that muffin sure looks moist and yummy. Thanks for sharing this healthy recipe. Must try it one day.
Thanks Lynn!

Unknown said...

Yum! Will need to try...super cute heart mold!

yyam said...

Ooooh...yummy! Thanks for the recipe!

Cheryl said...

Ooh, that looks really yummy! Funny, I was thinking about making banana bread today since I have some bananas that have wilted with this heat. The heart mold is really cute too.

eunice said...

Goodness, you got my mouth watering just from reading all the yummies you add to your banana bread. Wish I lived in Hilo so I could be one of your "tasters" too!