These skinny banana bread muffins are a lighter take on a muffin. Equally delicious with far less guilt!

Skinny Banana Bread Muffins on RachelCooks.com

Muffins. Quite possibly one of the greatest things ever until you realize, crap, I just ate 400 calories and I’m still hungry.

And then you look at your skinny jeans. And then you cry. And eat another muffin.

BUT

These muffins are different.

They are “skinny!” Some people hate that word — you should be healthy, athletic, or some other adjective to fill in the blank….not just “skinny.”

Yeah, I want to be all those things but I also want to be skinny too. So sue me. (Of course I’d be skinnier if I’d stop making muffins and sitting on my rear in front of a computer to blog about them but that’s clearly not going to happen. And obviously that’s not the point either. So we’ll just move on.)

Skinny Banana Bread Muffins on RachelCooks.com

With these tasty treats, you can have your banana bread muffins and eat them too. They use 100% whole wheat flour, applesauce with only a bit of oil and an acceptable amount of sugar. I even throw in a bit of ground flax-seed to increase the nutritional benefits. Of course they are still a bit of a treat but are a great breakfast with some fruit or yogurt. They’re a take on my whole wheat banana bread in an easy muffin format.

And as a muffin, they’re the perfect grab-and-go breakfast for those extra crazy mornings when you don’t have a minute to even think about sitting down with a bowl of granola or taking the time to make a slice of toast. And isn’t that most mornings?

But they’re great for other things too…hmmm….I don’t know? Maybe a Mother’s Day brunch? With all the overly decadent foods that are typically part of a brunch, these banana bread muffins will be a welcome healthier addition to the brunch table. They’re also great if you’re not sitting down at a table eating brunch because they are neat(ish) finger food. I don’t know about you, but at most family gatherings we have, we’re not all able to sit around a big table so many of us eat off a plate on our lap. Muffins are perfect for that kind of thing, don’t you think?

Skinny Banana Bread Muffins on RachelCooks.com

Hope you love these! If you’re looking for more skinny bread/muffin recipes make sure to check out my Healthy Apple Bran MuffinsReduced-Fat Chocolate Banana Bread and Healthier Pumpkin Bread.

Skinny Banana Bread Muffins

These skinny banana bread muffins are a lighter take on a muffin. Equally delicious with far less guilt!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3)

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray muffin tins with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk in eggs until combined. Using a large spoon, stir in banana. Gradually stir in flour mixture until just combined. Evenly pour batter into prepared muffin tins.
  3. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean and muffins are golden brown, about 18 minutes. Transfer muffin tins to a wire rack and let cool 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and let stand until cooled completely, or better yet, enjoy warm.
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Skinny Banana Bread Muffins on RachelCooks.com