Wednesday, September 22, 2010

BRANana Cinnamon Chip Muffins

When I'm bored I like to bake. And by bored, I mean I don't want to do laundry or clean my house. So while the dust bunnies are organizing family reunions under my bed and hubby is down to his last of 26 pairs of work socks, I'm in the kitchen baking..... because I'm bored. Please don't judge me. My oldest sister was born with rosary beads in her hands. My other sister was born with a can of Pledge and a cleaning rag in her hands. And I was born with a stick of butter and a spatula in mine. See? It's nobody's fault. It's all in the genes and chromosomes and other such genetic matter. Can't be helped.

Today's healthy muffin recipe is an attempt at atonement for yesterday's ridiculously fattening cheesy potato tots. I'm going to load you up with whole grains, plenty of fiber and enough omega-3 fats to force you into forgiving me for ever posting anything unhealthy. But please don't think I've skimped on flavor. These muffins are so moist and have just enough brown sugar to solve that morning sweet-tooth problem if you're one of those who like a little something sweet with your A.M. coffee. Delicious AND nutritious. Am I forgiven?

BRANana Cinnamon Chip Muffins (makes 1 dozen muffins)

1 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/4 cup wheat bran
1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda (or 1/2 cup regular brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1 1/2 cup very ripe mashed bananas
3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 large egg plus 1 large egg white
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, flax seed, wheat bran, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

In another bowl whisk together the bananas, sour cream, eggs, canola oil and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine but do not over mix. Spoon batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 24-26 minutes. Remove pan from oven and allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely on cooling rack.


From the Kitchen said...

You are a hoot! The muffins are definitely enticing me to bake too. I think I'll call Merry Maids (are they really merry?) and have them come clean so I can just bake.

Now, back to reality!


Barbara Bakes said...

I think we have the same two sisters. Who wants to do house cleaning when baking is so much more fun! Love the idea of a Branana Muffins. The look delicious!

Haden News said...

I like the combination of ingredients in these muffins! I bet they were good :)

Pam said...

These sound like fabulous attonement food.

Laurie said...

That is so weird, Mags. I too was born with spatula in hand ... my poor mother.

I hear ya about the procrastinating thing. It's so much better to create something in the kitchen (even though you're adding to the clean up overall) than to engage war with the dust bunnies. They're hearty little buggers!

These look like great muffins. I just wish I knew where this Canuck could find some cinnamon chips that are also peanut-free. *sigh*

Sue said...

These look delicious and I don't even need to feel guilty about eating them!

Arnold said...

These look delicious. I am not a big fan of bananas but the kids will love these.

scrambledhenfruit said...

I love those cinnamon chips, and I'm pretty sure I have some in my cupboard. Those muffins are really tempting me!

Megan said...

I get the same kind of bored!

These sounds so good... and I have whole wheat flour and cinnamon chips... hmm. I may have to give them a try soon.

Moogie said...

Hooray for me.... now that Pap is retired, he's taken on the job of keeping all the bathrooms clean. He also vacuums and dusts. I'll rent him out at a very reasonable price. Holy cow, I can't believe I'm pimping my man!

Love the muffins. Did you get the cinnamon chips from King Arthur?

June said...

Yum...what's to forgive? These look delicious. Only thing is last time I made bran muffins somebody I know who shall remain nameless ate too many of them and had to make a very quick "scrongical" pit stop at an unknown location along I-5. (is this TMI?) LMAO.

Mags said...

Moogie: Have Pap send me a quote for his "services." And yes, the cinnamon chips came from King Arthur.

June: That "nameless" person you or the big guy?

thedailyblabber said...

First off, loving the blog... The Big C linked a Facebook post to your blog, which is how I found you. Secondly, loving this recipe. I think my son will love it too. Usually I sneak a little ground up flax seeds in his muffins for that extra fiber, but I'll try yours next time. Thanks!

Mags said...

thedailyblabber: thank you for commenting! And I was wondering where all the Facebook traffic was coming from. Very nice to be noticed!

stephchows said...

LOL i love it!!! I bake when I'm bored too... can't help it! These look super tasty!

Barbara said...

I'm not going to judge! I feel the same way. Much rather be baking than cleaning.
And these muffins are first on my list!

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! These look good.. and I love that they're healthy, too. Plus, I'm glad I'm not the only one who bakes when I'm "bored"!