Thursday, May 16, 2013

Lowfat Chocolate Banana Muffins

This recipe is originally from Lauren - whom I love - with a few Kristinifications (as usual). My husband and I have decided that we must have a batch of these delicious muffins (equally as good for breakfast, a snack, or dessert) in the house at all times - or we tend to get
a tadgrumpy. They freeze wonderfully and you'd never in a million years guess that they were full of good ingredients and low in fat!

Lowfat Chocolate Banana Muffins

3 large overripe (with almost black peels) bananas
1/2 (scant) cup sucanot
2 egg whites
1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup (scant) good quality unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 t salt
1 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/4 cup grained-sweetened chocolate chips
1/4 cup (or less) all natural peanut butter (optional)

Preheat oven to 350. Lightly grease a 12 cup muffin tin. In a large mixing bow, mash the bananas with a fork. Stir in the sucanot, egg white, and applesauce.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet just until combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Batter will be lumpy.

Fill each muffin cup 3/4 full and top with a small dollop of peanut butter if desired (maybe 1/2 a t). Swirl peanut butter with a knife to form a pretty pattern on the surface. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean (note that the chips and peanut butter may give you a false reading-you can also go by a touch spring test).

Cool on a wire rack. Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for a few days, in the fridge for about a week, or freeze for a month (if they last that long!).

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