Do the right thing…

by bakelikeacook

Have tasty and healthy finally become friends??

Have tasty and healthy finally become friends??

On occasion I make something that even my sister-in-law would give to her kids! : )  These muffins are made with less sugar than typical muffins (I resisted the urge to add more!!) and rely more on the natural sweetness of the over ripe bananas and honey.  It may look like there are a lot of ingredients here but you can easily  measure out everything the night before and assemble in the morning to start your day out right.  Easy!!

Do the Right Thing Muffins

1 3/4 cups All purpose flour

2/3 cup Whole wheat flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup almond flour ** (see tip below)

1/2 cup toasted sliced almonds (or use 3/4 cup toasted, chopped walnuts!  I only had almonds)

2T toasted sesame seeds

3/4 cup chopped dates or raisins

2 ripe bananas, mashed

2 eggs

6T melted butter or oil

1/2 cup plain yogurt or buttermilk

2 Tablespoons honey

Streusel topping of your choice (what?  you don’t make big batches and store it in the freezer for occasions just like these??) OR other topping of choice: i.e. sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or coarse sugar (mmmm….sugar!)

Ingredients ready to do the right thing

Ingredients ready to do the right thing

Preheat oven to 375F.  Combine the first 11 ingredients (all the dry ingredients) in a large bowl, breaking up any brown sugar.  Combine the remaining ingredients in another small bowl.  Blend well to be sure no large pieces of banana remain.  I use an immersion blender to blend all the wet ingredients together at once.  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend just until combined.   This is the key to creating more tender muffins–do not overmix!  Scoop into paper lined muffin pan

Uncensored topless muffins!

Uncensored topless muffins!

or free standing baking papers.  Top with topping if using.

Phew!  Back to "G" rating

Phew! Back to “G” rating!

Bake in preheated oven until a center of muffins test clean with a tooth pick.  Makes about 12 regular sized muffins.  These muffins can be frozen and are even tastier the next day.

Doing the right thing never tasted so good!! : )

Doing the right thing never tasted so good!! : )

Tips from A Cook:

Don’t have almond flour?  grind some sliced almonds with some of the dry ingredients (otherwise you may over process and end up with almond butter)

Make big batches of your favorite streusel topping and keep it in the freezer–always there when you need it : )

Use an ice cream scoop with a spring loaded handle to scoop muffin batter evenly into baking papers