4.17.2009

#55) No-Fat Banana Muffins


So a recent visit to the doctor ended in me being told I have a difficult-to-manage digestive issue... Well, that sounds fun! And when he said "difficult-to-manage" he wasn't joking: no dairy, no red meat, no egg yolk, less sugar, less fat, no alcohol, no carbonated beverages, minimal raw fruits and veggies... I will stop there as not to bore you. Based on that you can imagine the difficulty I am having in the kitchen, both with cooking and baking. I have a pretty good handle on the cooking side of things, finding new ways to dress up chicken and potatoes, but I am still struggling with the baking - I mean really, no butter and no egg yolks?!?!?!
This recipe is my first attempt at something safe for me, and I gotta say I wasn't super pleased, but wasn't super disappointed either. The muffins have a toughness to them, but it is almost forgiven due to the intense banana flavour.... You be the judge!

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 egg whites
2 mashed bananas
1/4 applesauce, unsweetened

Steps

-Preheat oven to 350°F and line 12 muffin cups.
-Stir together dry ingredients.
-In another bowl, mix together wet ingredients. I left some small chunks of banana in my mixture and it was very nice in the end product.
-Add wet ingredients to dry mixture and stir just until combined.
-Divide between 12 muffins cups.
-Bake for 20-25 minutes.

16 comments:

  1. Wowzer, I thought I had it bad with a lactose intolerance. Sorry to hear that, hope you keep baking.

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  2. Oh man! I am so sad to hear that...but don't get too discouraged, there are lots of recipes and alternatives out there to help people in situations like yours. I look forward to seeing some of your new recipes!

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  3. I m sorry for you, but I m sure you ll get more creative and make delicious recipes :)

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  4. leave out the eggs and your muffins will be softer grained. the eggs are not required for muffins. i never add eggs to my muffins because they just toughen the final product.

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  5. I'm impressed that these are fat free, and they sound bananariffic :)! I understand what you mean about the texture though, I find the same thing when I try to bake lowfat, it ain't easy!

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  7. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade! I now look forward to checking out your blog for my figure friendly recipes. My waist, hips and thighs will be very thankful.

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  8. mermaid - it is annoying, but i am learning to cope :)

    liesl - you're right, i am starting to find many alternatives (soy being the most popular)

    snooky - i am trying to be as creative as possible bc i love my sweets :)

    anon - thanks for the tip!

    spohie - the scarifices we make LOL but i did notice the muffins had a much nicer texture the next day.

    vincent - thanks! i am all signed up :)

    eliana - thanks! but u will still find some guilty pleasures here bc more times than not i bake for others.... but i do have a pineapple cookie coming up i think u will like!

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  9. NO FAT?? Wow I'm very proud of you for pulling this off! Mmm I love banana muffins...

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  10. Wow, that's a lot of changes in the kitchen for you then! Looks like you'll adapt just fine. :)

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  11. You sound like me!! My digestive system is ANYTHING but happy... good luck with your new diet (it sucks at first but after a while it gets better... you don't feel as sick!).

    Take care.

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  12. Dani-- I know I'm a little late responding to this post, but when I read about your stomach issues, I rememered a low-fat chocolate muffin I had once made with pumpkin.

    I tried doing a search, and while I couldn't find the recipe I was looking for, I did come across this site which has a slew of low-fat/no egg yolk recipes.
    http://www.bellybytes.com/recipes/muffins.shtml

    also, have you tried looking on CookingLight.com ? they tend to have great recipes for health-minded individuals.

    all that aside.. glad to see you still baking!

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  13. Hey it's better for your heath and your waistline!!

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  14. thanks everyone for all the tips and advice!!! I am trying very hard to stay away from the bad stuff, but being home with my family right now is making very hard to bake anything healthy... LOL

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  15. Thanks for the tasty recipe .. :-)

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