Almost healthy choc banana muffins

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? always.. depends on your definition.. they are neither fat nor calorie free.

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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.

Nutrional information*

Per muffin:  Calories: 235   Fat: 11g  Carbs 31g (Sugars 7g)  Protein 5g

*These nutritional values are approximate only – I use myfitnesspal to calculate






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