Monday, May 13, 2013

Triple B Muffins

    Each month, I anxiously await the email that tells me my assignment for the Secret Recipe Club. This month was no different. I was assigned Jane's wonderful blog; Jane's Adventures in Dinner. Jane is a classically trained chef. When I read this, I knew it would be hard to pick a recipe!
     Finally, I settled on Triple B Muffins. You may be surprised that I picked a banana berry muffin. It's been done. And, it's been done well. This recipe is different. It had a special ingredient that surprised me and intrigued me to the point that I had to make these muffins. I mean, really? Who puts Chinese Five Spice powder in a muffin? I had to taste it.
     What else is in these muffins? Why triple B? The original recipe from Jane's blog is banana, bran, and blueberry. I thought that I had enough blueberries to make the muffins, but I didn't so I added in strawberries too. So, I guess my triple B muffin includes banana, bran, and berries. I would give these muffins an "A" for a health grade. With whole wheat flour, lots of fruit, and natural sweeteners, these are a great start to any day. With my variation, each muffin has 132 calories, 27g carbs, 2g fat, 5g protein, 12g sugar, and 3g fiber.
     What is healthy without taste? This muffin does not disappoint. It's filling and delicious. It has just the right amount of crumb and it's not overly sweet, so you can feel good about having it for breakfast.  Pair it with yogurt or a slice of bacon for some added protein, and you will be filled up until  lunch. And, what about the Five Spice Powder? There is a hint of a secret ingredient in there, but it isn't really identifiable. J couldn't guess it was anything unusual, and just said it tastes like a good muffin.


Triple B Muffins

slighty adapted from Jane's original
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients (20 muffins)
2 bananas
4-oz blueberry greek yogurt
3 eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/2 tsp. chinese five spice
1-3/4 cups whole wheat flour (or 2 cups white)
1 -1/2 cups oat bran
1 -1/2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups berries (blueberries and strawberries for me)
Instructions
  • Mash the bananas and cream them together with the yogurt, eggs, maple syrup, honey and five spice powder.
  • Stir in flour, bran, and baking powder.
  • Gently stir in berries.
  • Divide evenly among muffin cups.
  • Bake @ 350* for 20 minutes.
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