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How to Make Healthier Banana Muffins

Updated on May 24, 2013
Delicious and easy, banana muffins made with applesauce
Delicious and easy, banana muffins made with applesauce | Source
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Banana bread has been a favorite of mine since I was a child. I have been making different versions of banana bread over the years and this version is one of my kids' favorites. They absolutely love the size of mini-muffins and will walk away with a few in their hands. We tend to go through these muffins quite quickly, especially if I happen to have them out while my kids have friends over at the house. They are pretty popular.

What I really like about this recipe is that it does not use oil. I use applesauce in place of the oil, and the kids (and husband) cannot tell tell the difference. The more I learn about vegetable oils, the less I like to use them and have switched to using olive oil or coconut oil exclusively. I actually prefer adding applesauce to my quick breads and muffins. They still come out extremely moist and they are, I think, even a little fluffier than muffins made with oil. When using oil, breads and muffins tend to seem a little heavier to me. Ones made with applesauce are just lighter in texture overall. You do not lose any flavor by using replacing the oil with applesauce. I hope you give this recipe a try and enjoy it, too!

everything you need!
everything you need! | Source
banana mini muffins
banana mini muffins | Source
you can use a bread pan, regular muffin pan or a mini-muffin pan to make this recipe
you can use a bread pan, regular muffin pan or a mini-muffin pan to make this recipe | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 18 min
Ready in: 23 min
Yields: yields 2 doz mini-muffins, 1 doz reg sized


  • 1 1/2 C all purpose flour, I used unbleached
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 3-4 medium bananas, very ripe and mashed
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 1/4 C applesauce

How to:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly grease a muffin pan with cooking spray, I use a butter flavored spray. You could also use cupcake papers in the muffin pan or a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon (I swear by Penzey's Vietnamese Cinnamon, it is awesome and can be ordered online). After you have mixed these, make a depression (hole or well) in the center of the dry ingredient mix that you will pour the wet banana mixture into when it is ready.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, mash the three or four bananas (four will give you more flavor but may take a couple minutes longer to bake). Add the egg, sugar and applesauce. Blend well. Pour into the center of the dry ingredients.
  4. Carefully fold the dry and wet ingredients together so as not to spill flour all over the counter. Yes, I have done this and it can be a mess, you really don't want to clean that up.
  5. Fill muffin cups 1/2 - 2/3 full of batter with a spoon. Bake for about 18 minutes, I start checking mine around 12 - 15 minutes in to make sure they look good. Remove from oven when they start begin to lightly brown.
  6. Let cool for about 5 - 10 minutes. I like mine with butter on them and if they are still a little warm, the butter melts right in. The mini-muffin size is great, kids love to pop them into their mouths and we went through this batch of muffins rather quickly. Enjoy!

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