Friday, July 20, 2007

Battle of the Healthy Muffins

I think most of us are used to cake like muffins, and I definitely love those ones but I'm on a search for healthy and tasty muffin recipes. (I seem to be on a search for a lot of things recently (perfect red sauce, best peanut butter cookies, really good tofu marinades). Why the healthy muffin search? It's a quick, easy, hopefully filling, and potentially healthy snack. So far there are three contenders: honey banana, oatmeal raisin, and pumpkin banana.

Honey Banana | Oatmeal Raisin | Pumpkin Banana

The honey banana were the first ones that I made and they were okay. Well they tasted good for a healthy muffin, but for a muffin in general just okay. Plus the tops of the muffins became all wet the next day, which is a true muffin pet peeve of mine. I wonder if I had used all oil instead of half oil and half applesauce if the tops would've been wet. I'm guessing they would've been because of all the bananas. I also added some nuts to the honey banana muffins. The oatmeal raisin ones were kind of bland, and drier than the honey banana. I wouldn't bother making these again but I like the idea of an oatmeal raisin muffin. The description said "oatmeal raisin cookie meets muffin", so I was really excited about tasting them. Unfortunately they do not taste as awesome as an oatmeal cookie.

Then we have the muffin that currently reigns supreme (yes I think that's stuck in my head from Iron Chef), the superb pumpkin banana muffins! I doubt I would have thought of putting pumpkin and banana together but it worked well. You don't taste the pumpkin too much (for those people that are pumpkin haters) - it's more about the pumpkin pie spices. These muffins are moist and full of flavour, and the top of the muffin doesn't get wet! There is however 2 cups of sugar in them which doesn't seem healthy to me, but it does make 30 muffins. You're getting about 3.2 teaspoons of sugar in each muffin (that actually does seem high, but I don't know). There's no added fat (oil, butter), and lots of good things (whole wheat flour, oat bran, walnuts). The one thing I forgot to do was add some ground flax to the batter.

For now I will hang on to the honey banana muffin recipe, but if I find better healthy muffins I wouldn't be sad to discard it. The pumpkin banana muffin recipe I will keep and make again. I'll try to add less sugar next time and see how they turn out. And I will keep searching for other healthy muffin recipes so I can have at least a few solid ones in my repertoire.

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Muffins
(Adapted from Recipezaar)

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
2/3 cup rolled oats
1/2 cup oat bran
4 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup applesauce
15 ounces canned pumpkin
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

1. Preheat oven to 350F.
2. Grease or line muffin tins with paper liners.
3. In a medium bowl, whisk flours, bran, oats, baking powder, spices, baking soda and salt.
4. Combine remaining ingredients (except nuts) in a large mixing bowl; beat until smooth.
5. Gradually beat in flour mixture.
6. Beat just until combined.
7. Spoon into prepared pans or tins (fill cups until just about full).
8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean.
9. Remove muffins from pan and cool on wire rack as soon as they come out of the oven.


lynn said...

Beautiful muffins! It makes me hungry for one now. My favorite healthy muffin recipe I posted -

Kristen said...

What a wonderful combo for a muffin! I bet these are delicious.

eatme_delicious said...

lynn: Ohh I will go check those out, thanks. :)

kristen: They are good for a healthy muffin. Actually they're decent overall. :)

Vegetation said...

I'll have to try these. I tried to make some healthy muffins too, just yesterday. Like yours they tasted just awful without the sugar so I ended up using a regular amount which didn't make them quite so healthy after all. The Pumpkin and Banana one's sound really good though!

Patricia Scarpin said...

I love the words "muffin" and "healthy" on the same sentence - these look so good!

eatme_delicious said...

vegetation: I think the banana helps to sweeten the muffins without adding extra sugar? I'm sure I could've made the pumpkin banana ones with at least a bit less sugar without sacrificing too much taste!

patricia: Thanks :) I'm trying to make sure my muffins are healthy now and not just cupcakes disguised as muffins.

冬の風 said...

I just came across your blog and love the many muffin recipes. I just started making Muffin's but I think i take the word healthy even a bit farther. I don't use any sugar, i've been using stevia to sweeten my muffins.

Keep up the good work :). I can't wait to try a variation on your whole wheat blueberry recipe.


Anonymous said...

One tip I have, that my family has been doing for awhile now, with honey is
that you try different varieties each time you make the recipe so it never wears out.
Our favorite place to buy honey is from
Holy Food Imports

Dolli said...

I made these yummy pumpkin muffins last night. They are great! Thanks for the recipe!

eatme_delicious said...

Dolli: Yaey I'm glad you liked them!

Melissa said...

Great Muffins! The texture and spice are very nice! I left out 1/2 cup of white sugar to lessen the overall sugar, you can't tell.

Anonymous said...

We were looking for a pumpkin or banana recipe and we found this. In the process of making it now substituting the sugars with maple and regular agave's a 1/2 cup each. Fingers crossed this will turn out!! :)

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eatme_delicious said...

Kylie: Yaey so happy they worked out for you. :)