Our community group splits up kids and adults two out of the three times we meet in a month. The kids go to a babysitter and the adults go to a nearby house. It has worked out great most of the time. One downfall is that we have to provide a meal for the kids and then a meal for the adults. Luckily kids aren’t too hard to cook for. They really just want to play and only need food to fuel. I made these muffins last night for the kids (that they ate along with their spaghetti another sweet girl made). They were delicious, according to Hadley. She ate one before community group, three at community group and then one more today. I think they taste great too. I don’t even feel bad giving them to her so often because they are actually pretty healthy! Don’t you love healthy foods that kids love to? I do! Here is the recipe.
Healthy Banana Bran Muffins
Adapted from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
2 T butter, softened
1/3 c. applesauce
1/4 c. sugar
1/4 c. honey
2 large eggs
3 bananas, mashed*
1/2 c. buttermilk
1 c. all-purpose flour
1 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/2 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
3 1/2 c. bran flakes
1 c. mini semisweet chocolate chips**
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, honey, and applesauce. Add the eggs, bananas, and buttermilk and mix well. Add the flour, baking soda, salt, bran flakes and chocolate chips. Mix until combined. Batter will be lumpy.
Fill paper-lined muffin tins 2/3 full (these muffins don’t rise very much, so fill them as you would want them to look almost). Bake for 16-18 minutes. Remove and cool on a wire rack. Can freeze muffins in a freezer bag for up to a month.
-I used a cookie scoop to get the muffin mix into the liners, so my muffins are rounded on top because of the scoop shape.
*I noticed if you freeze a banana (no matter how ripe) and then thaw it out, it is going to be mushy and gooey. Perfect for baking. The more ripe the banana though, the sweeter it is.
**You could also use dark chocolate chips for more antioxidants, I just didn’t have though on hand.
These are quick, easy, healthy, and mighty tasty! I hope you give them a try soon! I think I am going to go eat another one right now!!