{Healthy} Strawberry Banana Muffins

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Happy Easter weekend, everyone! Before we get into chocolate bunny everything overload, I thought I'd share a much healthier option to throw into the mix! 

I was looking for something to do with all of my overripe bananas... If you ask the hubs and the little girl, this banana bread recipe will work every time. But I also had a TON of strawberries to use, and wanted something a little lighter and healthier for my family... something I'd feel good about serving up for a quick breakfast or snack on-the-go. I searched the awesomely awesome world of Pinterest and stumbled upon this recipe. I tweaked it a bit and came up with this. MAKE THESE MUFFINS. They are delicious. 

3 ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup strawberries, diced
1/2 cup honey (I used mango flavored)
1/2 cup applesauce
4 Tbs butter
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda

Bake at 350 for approximately 18 minutes. Test with a toothpick.

The original recipe calls for cinnamon, but I didn't want the spice to compete with the natural fruit flavors, so I omitted it. I also happened to have some local, mango flavored honey in my cupboard and that added just a touch more sweetness and fruity depth. If you can get your hands on some fruit flavored honey, it will make all the difference. You could use agave syrup in place of the honey, and even omit the butter and replace with more applesauce. So many different options with this recipe. Whirl it all up in your KitchenAid or mix it by hand, adding in flour last. Making sure not to over mix the flour. 

Hope you like them! They are going on regular rotation in this house! xx