I am per se not into healthy cakes. My motto is rather have a little of something that is really good, than having a lot of something that’s only half good. I did however improvise my way into this sort of healthy banana muffin recipe one day I was having a sugar craving and nothing to tame it with.
It’s not a party cake – a party cake should contain both chocolate and butter in very large quantities. But it’s a nice I-really-shouldn’t-but-just-have-to kind of cake.
You can make these juicy muffins in no time, which makes them just perfect for a Tuesday night when you’re feeling a little sweet tooth.
For 10 healthy banana muffins all you need is ….
1/2 cup plain flour
1/2 cup rye flour (or flour if you do not want them so coarse)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon syrup, honey or brown sugar – if the bananas are very ripe and sweet, this may be omitted or halved
4 small or 2 large ripe bananas
1 grated apple
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon powdered vanilla sugar or the seeds of 1/2 a vanilla pod
possibly cinnamon, cardamom, ground ginger or anything else you like
lemon zest, grated
And then do like this ….
Preheat your oven to 300 F degrees before you get started.
1) Beat eggs, sugar and syrup until fluffy. Last time I used a very dark honey from La Gomera called miel de palma.
2) Mash the bananas with a fork and grate the apple roughly.
3) Mix all the dry ingredients and poor it over the egg mixture. Work the dry ingredients into the egg mixture with a spatula and add banana, apple and oil.
4) Once everything is mixed pour a large spoonful of batter into each muffin form. Put them in the oven and up the temperature to 400 F degrees. I use paper baking cups in a non-stick muffin baking form.
The dough should be soft and medium wet – if you feel like somethings is wrong, add a bit more flour, egg or banana to get the right consistency.
5) Bake for 15-18 min. Let them cool on a rack for at least 30 minutes or the muffins will stick to the muffin paper.
6) Mix milk and powdered sugar to a thick glaze, add lemon zest to your liking and put a nice dollop on each muffin. Enjoy!
Psst! Try dipping the top in melted dark chocolate. They might not be healthy any more, but it sure is good.