Muffins are tasty but usually bad for you. If you've been looking for a healthier recipe for banana muffins, look no further! In this episode of Eating by Heart, Colombe shows you how to make a heart healthy muffin recipe using bananas, cherries, walnuts and dark chocolate. These muffins are packed with heart healthy nutrients but they also taste delicious.
First Colombe mashes some ripe bananas. Using bananas adds richness while eliminating the need for extra fats like butter or oil. Bananas also provide nutrients like potassium, and can help lower your blood pressure and protect against heart attack and stroke. Add one egg and some vanilla to the mashed bananas. Next you will add both whole wheat flour and all-purpose flour, so that you will get the nutrients from the whole wheat without the mixture being too heavy. Adding baking powder will help the banana muffins rise.
Next come the cherries, a great fruit for a diabetic diet since they have a lower glycemic index than other fruits. Cherries also help promote melatonin levels in the body, which helps you sleep well at night. Cherries also taste great with chocolate! Add in some dark chocolate, and remember that the darker the chocolate, the more antioxidants it contains. Next you're going to add walnuts and maple sugar. Maple sugar is a natural sugar that has all sorts of minerals, including calcium. But it is still sugar, so use sparingly. Finally add some coconut oil, a healthy substitute for butter. Coconut oil works to increase levels of good cholesterol and it has antibacterial properties. Be careful not to overmix the batter so that it remains moist.
Colombe also makes a lighter version of streusel to top the banana muffins using walnuts, maple sugar and cinnamon. Walnuts are heart healthy and help improve your circulatory system. After spraying your muffin tins with coconut oil, fill the tins and top with streusel for a nice texture. Bake for around 15 minutes, let cool and enjoy your healthy banana muffins!