Well. I have to admit, I think I’m getting pretty good at this muffin thing. It’s amazing how many combinations pop into my head once I start thinking about them. I’m thinking that with a little extra free time this summer, I can bake a gazillion muffins and get super buff. Sound good?
So how about a delicious and healthy summer muffin recipe for you this Friday morning, hmmm?
This may be my favorite muffin recipe to date!
I bought some ground flax last week and really wanted to try it in some muffins. Apparently, ground flax can impart a buttery flavor into baked goods—who knew? Well, not me, anyway! A couple of overripe bananas on my counter along with gorgeous strawberries on sale at the store made for the perfect muffin storm!
Strawberry Banana Flax Muffins
Makes 12 muffins
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 egg whites, lightly beaten
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 small ripe bananas, mashed (about 3/4 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup ground flax
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup strawberries, diced into bite-sized pieces
ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 350* and spray a muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk together brown sugar, egg whites, applesauce, bananas, and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add them to the wet and mix gently just until combined, being careful not to overmix! Fold in the strawberries.
Using a 1/4 cup measure, scoop batter into prepared pan. Sprinkle each muffin with cinnamon and bake for 18-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
They’re even cute in the pan!
And look at the berry goodness!
I have no idea why, but I don’t think I’ve ever baked with strawberries before! Madness, I tell ya! In these muffins, the strawberries get sweeter when they bake, but not mushy. They added a great natural sweetness and texture to the muffins.
And thanks to the ground flax, these didn’t taste too “healthy.” The buttery flavor really is there! Of course, a little pat of butter on a warm muffin is one of life’s great pleasures, so it would be 100% OK to do that.
Either way, you really need to try these. I’m enjoying one with a little greek yogurt for breakfast this morning and the combo is TO DIE FOR!!! (Haha, totally just typed “to die forT”)
So since I’m kinda getting into this whole muffin thing, what muffin recipe would you like to see? If you have a request you’d like me to try, I’m up for it!