One-Bowl Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins

The kids and I spent three weeks at my parent’s house this summer, (before meeting up again with John for a week in the Outer Banks with his family), and my mom’s banana muffins were a HUGE hit. I think she made at least one batch each week that we were down there, that’s how much everyone loved them. I obviously had to get the recipe from her, and – as promised on my Facebook page – here it is!

I almost always use whole wheat pastry flour when making baked goods in order to achieve the perfect balance of hearty nutrition and soft texture, but these muffins use regular 100% whole wheat flour without sacrificing the end result; the muffins still turn out fluffy and light.

Maple syrup is the only sweetener, and the muffins get an added dose of fiber and protein from ground flaxseed.

Need yet another incentive to make these muffins?! They require only one bowl, (well, a food processor bowl), so prep and cleanup are quick and easy.

My mom freezes the muffins in a ziplock bag as soon as they’ve cooled off from the oven, and I think that it’s a vital step to take if you want the muffins to maintain their light texture. Just toss one (or a couple) in the microwave for about 30-45 seconds and you’ll be rewarded with just-baked flavor and texture.

These one-bowl whole wheat banana flax muffins are the perfect antidote to busy school day and workday mornings, when there’s no time to whip up a filling and nutritious sit-down breakfast. They also make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack.

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One-Bowl Whole Wheat Banana Flax Muffins

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients (12 muffins)

  • 1/2 cup neutral-flavored vegetable oil, such as safflower
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 eggs, preferably organic
  • 2 large, or 3 medium-sized, ripe bananas
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour (you could also use whole wheat pastry flour)
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Kosher salt

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a 12 cup muffin tin with liners or lightly coat with oil.

In a food processor fitted with the steel blade, combine the oil, maple syrup, and eggs; process until smooth.

Add in the bananas and process; you can process until the mixture is perfectly smooth, or you can leave a few small chunks of banana throughout the batter.

Add in the flour, ground flaxseed, baking soda, and salt; pulse a few times, then remove the lid of the food processor and stir the batter until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated.

Using an ice cream scoop or large spoon, evenly divide the batter amongst the prepared muffin cups. The cups will be filled almost to the top.

Bake at 375°F for 22-25 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins spring back when lightly pressed.

Let cool in the muffin tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire cooling rack; let cool completely.

Store cooled muffins in an airtight container in the freezer. To heat, microwave for 30-45 seconds.

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Mini Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins {Toddler Approved}

mini pumpkin muffins

Lily has been very interested in – and excited about – helping me when I cook & bake. We both put on our aprons (she wears a toddler-size one that my grandmother made for me when I was a little girl), she climbs up into her Learning Tower, and she helps to mix whatever is in the bowl. Ingredients inevitably spill out onto the counter, but she has so much fun!

One of our more recent combined efforts yielded these mini pumpkin applesauce muffins, which we both loved. Their miniature stature makes the muffins perfect for little hands, kids love the way they taste, and the ingredients make parents happy. Win-win!

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Mini Pumpkin Applesauce Muffins {Toddler Approved}

by Lauren Zembron

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: bake breakfast bread snack pumpkin Halloween Thanksgiving fall

Ingredients (24 mini muffins)

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce, preferably organic
  • 1/4 cup unrefined granulated sugar, such as evaporated cane juice
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg, preferably organic
  • 1/3 cup neutral flavored vegetable oil

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly grease 2 mini muffin tins.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, applesauce, sugar, maple syrup, egg, and oil.

Add dry ingredients to wet and stir just until fully combined.

Using a mini ice cream scoop or small spoon, scoop batter into prepared muffin tins. You should have 24 muffin cups filled.

Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until a wooden tester stick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean.

Let cool completely before serving to your toddler.

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