Banana & blueberry muffins

Banana & blueberry muffins

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 20 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 12

A low-fat muffin that tastes as good as it looks - they'll keep in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to a month

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Can be frozen
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
202
protein
5g
carbs
36g
fat
5g
saturates
0.8g
fibre
2g
sugar
14g
salt
0.59g

Ingredients

  • 300g self-raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 100g light muscovado sugar
  • 50g porridge oats, plus 1 tbsp for topping
  • 2 medium bananas, the riper the better
  • 284ml carton buttermilk
  • 5 tbsp light olive oil
  • 2 egg whites
  • 150g punnet blueberries

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Hold back 1 tbsp of the sugar, then mix the remainder with the flour and 50g oats. Make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until nearly smooth. Stir the buttermilk, oil and egg whites into the mashed banana until evenly combined.
  2. Pour the liquid mixture into the well and stir quickly and sparingly with a wooden spoon. The mix will look lumpy and may have the odd fleck of flour still visible, but don’t be tempted to over-mix. Tip in the blueberries and give it just one more stir. Divide the mix between the muffin cases – they will be quite full – then sprinkle the tops with the final tbsp of the oats and the rest of he sugar. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen and dark golden. Cool for 5 mins in the tray before lifting out onto a rack to cool completely.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2006

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ginge86's picture
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Absolutely delicious, and you'd never believe they were low fat. Followed the recipe and had no problems with sweetness - just right to me.

kizmcg's picture
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Have literally just baked these and they are lush! They stuck a lot to the paper case but I'm not sure why....

embles's picture
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These are obviously american style breakfast muffins so not supposed to be super sweet. (though i did add a smidge more sugar!)
Used half low fat yoghurt and low fat creme fraiche as that is all I had in the fridge, worked really well.
Also used whole eggs, sprinkled some whole rolled oats on the top with some Demerara.
My silicone mould is a bit smaller so I got 17 muffins out of this mix.
Will become a regular weekend staple.

thealphabeta's picture
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Very nice. Add cinnamon too - yum

layla2121's picture

These went down very well in the office. Agree that they do taste better when left in a container. But still yummy out of the oven.

athina1's picture
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The cakes themselves were nice but they stuck to the paper cases so i will try silicone cases next time.

athina1's picture
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The cakes themselves were nice but they stuck to the paper cases so i will try silicone cases next time.

barbsbaking's picture
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Tried these with whole meal flour to add more fibre and nutrients. They didn't rise as much so made another batch with half white and half whole meal. They were great. For me an improvement on the original recipe, which was good anyway. I also used a bit less sugar (90g) as I don't like very sweet muffins. They were fab. May reduce sugar a bit more next time, especially if the bananas are very ripe.

nikkiblemings's picture
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Gorgeous - really moist and fruity and oaty. Perfect for a Sunday morning with a pot of coffee.

cathburnell's picture

Used a mixture of raspberries and blueberries. Absolutely delicious.

lynsaybrockhill's picture
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Made these tonight, fairly simple to make and turned out lovely. They were just sweet enough for us couldn't find any buttermilk so combined natural yogurt & milk which seemed to the trick. Would definitely make again they went down a tear!

ms_diva88's picture

Great to have in the freezer for a quick and easy breakfast that is tasty and healthy as they defrost well. Definitely need to ensure the bananas are ripe - as with all banana cake recipes. Quite light with a springy texture, they were gone in seconds and had to make another batch in order to have some left to freeze!

maryappleby's picture

First time making muffins, absolutely yummy. No problem with sweetness or consistency. Looked great tasted fab can't fault the recipe. Will definitely make again. Is there a substitute for the banana though because husband did not like?

katelewis1007's picture
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Found them a little bland and think they need a touch more sugar.

gjennings's picture

I usually freeze very over-ripe bananas and then defrost which results in a really intense banana flavour. I used apple instead of the blueberries, which I cooked down slightly with a tsp each of sugar and cinnamon. The result was really good and they tasted fantastic.....definitely the type of muffin you can classify as a healthy breakfast!

lou_lou_82's picture

These are really yummy, and don't have to feel too guilty when eating one (or 2!). Will definitely make them again, maybe using other ingredients such as raisins, grated apple and cinnamon, apricots.....

zogmeister75's picture

made these according to the recipe, using frozen blueberries slightly defrosted in microwave (much cheaper to buy frozen!). I also used wholemeal self raising flour. I think the result is delicious....its not hugely sweet or banana-ey (I left the bananas on windowsill for a week and they were reasonably brown) but I don't have a hugely sweet tooth so that's ok. I also used rapeseed oil instead of olive oil as it responds better at high temperatures than olive oil and is supposed to be the healthiest! I will try the tip from another review of keeping for a day or so to see if the flavour gets even better. Next time I might try a few more blueberries and even riper bananas :-)

sporzier's picture
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Lovely muffins and perfect for kids as they are so healthy. I agree the muffins improve with "age". They do lack a bit of oomph though, probably because they are so low in fat.

aliceclarec's picture
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This is the third time I've made these and I love them :) This time however, instead of mashing the bananas, I sliced them finely so that I would get nice bursts of banana in the muffin as I can't really taste them usually. I also sprinkled some demerara sugar on the top for added sweetness and crunch on the top :)

minicoopergirl's picture
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Have made these this evening, hadnt got blueberries, so used a mixture of nut museli, porridge oats, bananas, 2tbs maple syrup, plain yogurt.... these for me needed a n extra 5mins added to the cooking time ...absolutely marvelous.

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