Sunday, August 31, 2008

Recipe: Healthy Banana Bran Muffins

I live in Louisiana and while there are many reasons to make this a great place to live, the climate is not one of them. Specially on this day as we all await the arrival of hurricane Gustav. Yesterday I had lunch with friends- ok...drinks with friends while all the men where at the football game- yes on the eve of this category 5 storm LSU is still playing football at 10 am in the morning (insane!). That's the south for you- sort of the the last hurrah before the storm. We were all talking about what provisions we needed to compile for the weeks ahead since it is pretty much unknown what the effect of the storm will be. The funny thing was that every single one of our provision lists began with wine or beer...I guess we all know we will soon be stranded and having house parties will be our only source of entertainment.

So this morning I set out to get gas, wine, bread and water. The only bread available at the store was raisin bread, water was a plenty and wine was not sold until after 11 am!!! I still don't understand the reasoning behind that law. After spending half the day in a frenzy doing all this- gas was available but gas cans were not...not so good for my generator situation- maybe this is why I should have done all this on Thursday. Anyhow, now I'm home baking...the stress reliever, it's not actually the storm I'm stressed about though. Yesterday I had an abrupt career change- yup am sort of jobless and amazingly enough not too worried about it. I tend to land on my feet and do have the comfort of knowing that things in my life do tend to work themselves out for the best.

Now to the point of the post- the banana muffins. After all this is a food blog. They are the healthy version, quite moist due to the ratio of bananas and full of whole grains and bran. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Banana Bran Muffins

1 cup unprocessed wheat bran
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all purpose flour
1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1- 3/4 cups mashed banana (about 4-5 small bananas)
1-1/2 cup buttermilk
1 large egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup canola oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Mix bran, flours, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and stir with a whisk to combine.

2. In a medium bowl combine buttermilk, sugar, egg, canola oil, mashed bananas and vanilla. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.

3. Pour buttermilk mixture into bowl with flour and stir with a spoon gently- only to barely combine. Do not over mix- that is what makes muffins tough!

Spoon into muffin tins filling to the top. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


  1. They look delicous. I think I might try them for the boys!
    Wow! Your life has been anything but boring lately. A hurricane, a job change and you still have time to post. Im impressed. Sounds like you have a very good attitude about it all.
    I wish you the best in both the storm and your new career endeavours. Please keep us posted on both!

  2. Hope you've made out alright through the storm. Our thoughts are with you and with all blogging friends in Louisiana.

  3. These look amazing! I'll have to try them for breakfast this week.

    I'm from Louisiana too, with family still in Bunkie and all over the state. Hope you didn't get too much damage or rain. Keeping my fingers crossed that Ike goes away magically.

    Courtney from Bunkie

  4. This sounds like a great and healthy way to use up old bananas. I will give it a try.

  5. i just googled bannana bran muffins and found your site - i'm trying these out this weekend. Thanks! :)

  6. I love making these, and everyone loves eating them! However, I'm one of those who can't just follow a recipe: instead of buttermilk (which I don't tend to have on hand), I've used 1c plain yogurt + 1/2c milk. Then I add 1+c of BLUEBERRIES and my kids can't pass them up.! Thanks for the recipe, Katia.

  7. I found this recipe through Google- thanks! I adapted a bit... I used 1 cup plain yogurt, 1/2 a cup milk, 2 Tbl. oil and a splash of unsweetened applesauce to cut the fat. I also cut the sugar a bit and used brown sugar instead. To top it off I added about 1/2 a cup of chopped walnuts and topped each muffin with a sprinkle of wheat germ. YUM! Thanks for your inspiration!

  8. I love Google, I always find what I'm looking for. Came upon your recipe, read your story, found it quite humorous and amazing. Your muffins looked delicious and had the type of ingredients that I like so I had to try them. They were delicious and everyone loved them. Tonight I will make them again but will make them with blueberries. I'll have to make a double batch.
    Thank you for sharing your recipe's. I'm from Ucluelet, British Columbia, Canada.

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  11. My 2 year old insisted on a second muffin for snack (unheard of, usually) and then passed up bread and butter pudding for dessert in order to have another muffin. So I will certainly be making them again. Thank you.

    Although I try and follow recipes to the letter the first time through, I didn't have quite the right ingredients -- with 2 bananas only had about 1c, so topped it up with applesauce, substituted the wheat bran for oat bran (again, what was in the cupboard), had only 1 c buttermilk, so topped up with yogurt, and ran out of white sugar, so substituted brown for 1/4c! Then added some mace and cinnamon and some raisins.

    Next time I'll try harder to follow the original recipe...


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