Chocolate-banana breakfast muffins

10

PREP TIME

15 min

Makes

12 muffins

* PLUS Baking Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas , about 2 medium bananas
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup natural bran
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped nuts , optional
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips , optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 425F (220C). Grease 12 muffin cups or use paper liners. In a bowl, whisk egg with oil, buttermilk and vanilla. Stir in sugar until dissolved, then banana.
  • In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flours with bran, cocoa, baking powder and soda, salt and nuts, if using. Make a well in centre of dry ingredients. Pour banana mixture into well and stir just until blended. Do not overmix. Stir in chocolate chips, if using. Spoon mixture into muffin cups. Bake in centre of 425F (220C) oven until a cake tester inserted into a muffin comes out clean, about 14 minutes.

Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 191,
  • Protein
  • 4.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.1 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.9 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4.1 g,
  • Sodium
  • 293 mg.

Yes, it is possible to have your chocolate and whole grains too. And the banana adds potassium, natural sweetness and moistens the muffin, reducing the amount of oil needed. As well, each bite comes with ingredients from the four essential food groups.

Myth

Eating fat is bad for my health.

Fact

You have to eat fat to be healthy. It provides essential fatty acids that our bodies can’t produce. It also helps to deliver and absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and protects vital organs. Omega-3 fats, found in salmon, mackerel and canola oil, decreases blood clotting, which helps reduce the risk of heart disease.