Monday, 6 January 2014

Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins


As you may expect from a person who's hobby is baking delicious cakes and other tasty treats, my waistline has been expanding recently. So it's time to sort it out! No more muffin top for me, instead I will be enjoying these Banana & Cranberry Muffins for my breakfasts as part of my healthy eating plan. They contain fruit, oats, wholemeal flour and milk. They don't contain butter, yay! If you don't like cranberries, or want a few varieties of these muffins, you can add berries, raisins, orange or lemon zest, and if you fancy a treat, chocolate chips.


I started by measuring out 125g plain flour, 75g wholemeal plan flour, 200g oats, 75g light brown sugar, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1 tsp cinnamon in a large bowl. I stirred it together until fully combined.


In a separate bowl I whisked together 250ml almond milk, 3 tbsp sunflower oil, 2 mashed bananas and 2 egg yolks (keep hold of the whites!). I decided to use unsweetened almond milk because it's lower in calories and has more health benefits. But you can use any kind of milk you prefer.


I made a well in the dry ingredients and poured in the wet ingredients and stirred until mixed.


In my food mixer I whisked up the egg whites from the 2 eggs until soft peaks formed.


I folded in the egg whites to the batter along with 100g dried cranberries (which can be substituted for berries, other dried fruit etc. as desired).


I put the batter into some tulip muffin cases that I've had in my baking box for a while, but you can use regular muffin cases. I then added some extra dried cranberry on top and also sprinkled on some extra oats.


I baked on 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes until golden. You can keep these for 5 days in an airtight container, or freeze them and defrost the night before. A batch makes 12 muffins, which is almost 2 and a half weeks worth of grab and go breakfasts! I had one this morning and it was filling, tasty and best of all not overly sweet which is not what you want first thing in the morning.


As these muffins are free from butter I am entering them into myself and Cakeyboi's monthly baking challenge, Treat Petite. This month's theme is 'Free From'.



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Banana & Cranberry Breakfast Muffins
Ingredients
  • 125g Plain flour
  • 75g Wholemeal plain flour
  • 200g + a handful Oats
  • 75g Light brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 250ml Almond milk
  • 3 tbsp Sunflower oil
  • 2 Mashed bananas
  • 2 Eggs
  • 100g + a handful Dried cranberries
Instructions
Measuring out the plain flour, wholemeal plan flour, 200g of the oats, light brown sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a large bowl. Stir together until fully combinedIn a separate bowl whisk together the almond milk, sunflower oil, mashed bananas and the yolks from the eggsMake a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients and stir until mixedIn a food mixer whisk up the egg whites from the eggs until soft peaks formFold the egg whites into the batter along with 100g of the dried cranberriesPut the batter into 12 tulip muffin cases, then sprinkle the handful of dried cranberries and handful of oats on topBake on 200C/400F/Gas Mark 6 for 25 minutes until golden

Recipe adapted from Good Food.

10 comments:

  1. These sound delicious Kat and very wholesome. Made with almond milk they are completely dairy free too by the sound of it!

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    1. Oh yes of course, I didn't think of that! Well apart from eggs of course. Glad you like the sound of them, first time I will be eating the whole batch of something I've baked!

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  2. They look lovely, perfect for a weekend treat, and as they don't contain butter, they are guilt free! x

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    1. Thank you! I am still enjoying these for breakfasts every day :)

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  3. Snap! I just made something similar and entered it to Treat Petite too as it's free from butter. I love the oat topping on your muffins and I'm sure the egg whites gave it a lighter texture.

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  4. You can't beat a muffin for breakfast for Kat. Butter and dairy free - delish!

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    1. Thanks Stuart! They have been keeping me going for a few weeks now!

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  5. These look gorgeous. I'm going to have to make these soon :)

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