Fluffy Banana Muffins

Sometimes I’ll post recipes that, although I love, I’ll only cook a few times before moving on. This is not one of those recipes. I’ve made these muffins 6 times in the last 3 weeks. I’ve varied the flavourings and flours to different levels of success but I keep coming back to this base. They take next to no time to prepare and use ingredients that are available at my tiny local supermarket. Plus, with the new low prices on bananas they’re super cost effective. Did I mention that there’s no artificial ingredients or protein powders in these? What’s not to love?!

Fluffy Banana Muffins

  • 2 ripe bannas
  • 250g (1 cup) low-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup natvia/xylitol sweetener
  • 15g (3 tsp) dark brown/rapadura sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 (30g) egg white (or 1 Tbsp of chia gel for added omega-3s)
  • 60g (¼ cup) fat-free natural yoghurt
  • 100g wholemeal flour (quinoa flour works best for gluten free)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch salt
  • 45g (½ cup) rolled oats
  1. Preheat an oven to 200ºC/390ºF
  2.  Mash the bananas until smooth or puree in a food processor. Add the cottage cheese and vanilla and beat until smooth. Stir in the sweetener and sugar, then add the eggs, egg white/chia gel and yoghurt.
  3.  Sift the flour and baking powder to remove lumps. Add the flour mixture and remaining ingredients to the cottage cheese mixture. Mix until just combined.
  4.  Spoon mixture into muffin trays to ¾ full. Bake for 30–35 minutes, or until risen, golden and set.

 

Amazing, served hot or at room temperature.

 

Makes 8 large or 4 jumbo muffins.

About Michelle

Michelle is passionate about showing people how easy it is to prepare food that is healthy and packed full of flavour. She has just completed her first recipe book, Healthy Helpings: fast food for fit physiques. She began sharing her love of food in 2007, when she produced two series of the online cooking show ‘Healthy Helpings TV’, making fast food healthy and healthy food fast. In 2008 she competed in bodybuilding as a novice figure shaping competitor and she remains passionate about physique sports. She was a 2009 Australian Masterchef semi-finalist, and contributes articles to Oxygen Magazine Australia. Michelle lives with her husband on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia, where she loves to search out new ingredients and food ideas from local farmers markets, health food shops and ethnic grocers, and take her two dogs on long rambles through the vineyards. Find out more about Michelle's book