I am on a never ending quest to find healthy home-baked after-school treats my children will happily eat.. because a) I’m always fairly suspicious of the amount of sugar, salt and preservatives in the shop-bought stuff, b) I like to know exactly what ingredients are going into my kids, and c) I love any excuse to bake.
However 90% of my experiments get met with either crinkled noses or flat out refusals, which results in the inner fury of time and effort wasted, and my husband gamely forcing down a lot of failed attempts.
These muffins however are one recipe that have proved a success. Are they healthy? Hmmnn..as always.. depends on your definition.. they are neither fat nor calorie free.
But they contain very little refined sugar (just that in the dark chocolate), have a good serving of fibre and vitamins from the wholemeal flour and banana, and can be both dairy and gluten free for those on specialist diets.
I hope your little ones (and bigger ones) will enjoy them as much as mine do..
Almost Healthy Choc Banana Muffins
3 ripe bananas
75g greek yogurt (or dairy free/soya/coconut yogurt for dairy free version)
75g rice syrup, maple syrup or honey
1 large egg
75g coconut oil, melted
Splash of milk of your choice
1 tsp vanilla extract
250g self raising flour (use half wholemeal for extra goodness)
2 tbsp cocoa
1 tsp bicarb of soda
75g dark chocolate, chopped (try to use at least 70% cocoa solids chocolate)
Heat oven to 180 degrees/160 degrees fan
Fill a muffin tin with 12 paper muffin cases.
Mash the bananas in a large bowl, then stir in the egg, yogurt, vanilla, syrup and coconut oil.
Mix in the flour, cocoa and bicarb and add a splash of milk if the mixture looks too dry
Fold in the chocolate, then spoon into muffin cases.
Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Per muffin: Calories: 235 Fat: 11g Carbs 31g (Sugars 7g) Protein 5g
*These nutritional values are approximate only – I use myfitnesspal to calculate