Happy Friday everyone!
My friend sent me a Banana Bread Recipe a few days ago that called for honey and applesauce instead of oil and sugar and I am so glad she did! I had all the ingredients on hand except for the natural/no added sugar applesauce. And perfect timing too, because I had a couple of large bananas becoming too ripe for my liking and it is one of my co-workers birthday today so I decided to make these last night.
The recipe she sent me can be found here http://www.justapinch.com/recipes/bread/sweet-bread/banana-bread-with-honey-and-applesauce.html. I altered it a bit and made muffins instead of the bread and added peanut butter because….well do I really need a reason for that? 🙂
What you need: makes 16 muffins
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup natural applesauce (no sugar added)
1/2 cup honey
½ cup natural peanut butter for the batter (I used chunky but you can also use creamy)
+ ¼ cup melted natural peanut butter (drizzled on top of muffins, again I used crunchy)
2 eggs, beaten
2 large mashed overripe bananas
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place muffin paper wraps in muffin tin.
In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce honey and the 1/2 cup of peanut butter.
Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; just enough to moisten.
In muffin tin, pour batter into muffin wraps. (Note: you can also spray the inside of the muffin paper wraps to prevent the batter from sticking to those, or if you don’t have paper wraps- just spray each section of the muffin tin).
Bake approx. 15-17 min. Mine started to brown around 15 min. Just ensure the batter is cooked through by testing with a fork and making sure it’s clean when poking through one of the muffins.
Jason and I sampled last night to taste test and the rest came with me to work today.
Fat-7 g (mostly healthy fats from PB. If you want to remove most of this you can try using PB2, which is a powdered peanut butter that has most of the healthy fats from Peanut Butter removed)