I woke up this morning wanting a Dunkin Donuts sesame bagel. So, I hopped on their website to find out how many calories I’d be consuming if I gave into my craving (plus a small hot chocolate if it’s not too many calories…) My guesses: Maybe 180 for the bagel and 200 for the hot cocoa. My sesame bagel has 360 calories! A small hot chocolate has 220. Don’t even think about having a coffee cake muffin…that sucker has 650 calories! And so I debated (with myself). Well, I could eat almost half my calories for the day with a plain sesame bagel and a small hot chocolate or I can make a healthier choice. Healthier choice it is!
We had four bananas sitting on top of the microwave begging to be repurposed. They have been there almost a week and should have long ago been eaten. Oooh, let’s make banana bread! Better yet, let’s make banana bread muffins. The muffins are mainly so I can somewhat evenly divide the batter and determine the calorie content. If I would have made a loaf, I could have easily guessed that a two inch thick slice was only about 50 calories. Portion control is key for me, so muffins are perfect. I started my online search and came across this recipe: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?recipe=606713
Here’s what I ended up doing:
Minutes to Prepare: 10; Minutes to Cook: 20; Number of Servings: 12 (98 calories per muffin based on the ingredients I used and My Fitness Pal)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon iodized salt
4 Chiquita bananas
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup Motts cinnamon applesauce
In separate bowl, combine banana, sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Blend until well mixed. Add applesauce.
Here is the batter once everything was mixed together – no mixer, just a fork to mush up the bananas and a spoon to mix everything together:
Here is the prepared muffin tin with the batter divided up (as evenly as possible):
And, here’s what the finished product looked like:
Me: Great flavor, the right size for a snack, I probably should have sprayed the muffin cups or something with non-stick spray because the muffin ‘shell’ stuck to the paper cup and I had to scrape it off with a spoon.
Michael (my 14 year old son): This is good Mom. They’re moist and I like that. May I have another one?
Anthony (my hungry husband): Why didn’t you take the paper off for me? (Me: Because then it would have dried out.) Oh. Silence for about 10 ten seconds. Muffin is gone.