Who doesn’t love a good blueberry muffin? Blueberry has to be my favorite flavor when it comes to muffins and these Healthy Whole Wheat Blueberry Banana muffins are no exception!
The blueberry muffin recipe that I used to make before we started eating healthier, was full of refined flour, sugar and vegetable oil. None of those ingredients provide a healthy start to the day. The only ingredient that provided any nutritional value at all was the blueberries.
Even worse before I started baking muffins from scratch I would buy a box muffin mix. Little did I know that some of those boxes didn’t even contain real blueberries. That’s right, I thought I was eating a blueberries but I was actually enjoying some Artificial Blueberry Flavor Bits made from: dextrose, partially hydrogenated cottonseed and/or soybean oil, corn flour, citric acid, artificial flavor, blue 2 lake, red 40 lake. Seriously! Don’t believe me? Check out the ingredients in a bag of Betty Crocker blueberry muffin mix and read it for yourself.
Is your mind blown? Mine sure was when I finally looked at the ingredients. So, I started making muffins from scratch, which was definitely a step in the right direction but I was still using refined sugar and flour and vegetable oil to make them. Most recipes call for at least a cup of sugar! You might as well have a cupcake and call it dessert than try to spin it as a healthy breakfast item.
When I finally started to figure out this whole healthy baking thing, I switched to using whole wheat pastry flour, honey as a sweetener, melted butter or coconut oil and adding in some oat flour for extra whole-grain goodness. Now I had a muffin I could feel good about serving my kids before school.
This recipe is super simple to make using one bowl, so less mess. It is full of whole-grains and by using mashed bananas, I was able to get by with just 1/3 cup of honey to sweeten them.
I also have to take a second to tell you about USA muffin pans. They are amazing! I am done buying muffin liners and I don’t even have to take the time to grease the muffin cups. These pans bake so evenly and they are non-stick so the muffins just slide out when they are done cooling. These pans are seriously life changing if you bake a lot of muffins and cupcakes.
I also put together a fun video tutorial for this recipe, check it out here!
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