Sunday, October 31, 2010

Banana Apple Muffins with Oats



In my recent blog, banana has been put much emphasis in most recipes I shared. This is because banana provides numerous natural health benefits.

Click here to read the Top 5 Health Benefits of Banana.


To mention a few, banana is a great energy booster; it contains high dose of trytophan, a hormone that eventually gives you a happy relaxed feeling, iron-rich food which could improve your blood health and most of all its a good source of potassium, essential for muscular metabolism. These benefits from banana could be the primary reasons why athletes, body-builders, gym goers and the like always include banana in their afterwork out diet.

What are the natural medicinal benefits of banana?

Try this simple easy to bake banana nut bread. It takes only 15 minutes to prepare with 20 minutes baking time. This is best served cooled although many prefers it served warm with ice cold milk. A slice of this banana bread after a heavy work out would re energize you making you feel full but not heavy.

Ingredients:

Yield: 18 Servings

  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened

Note: margarine is preferred for it contains less saturated fats. Read about the facts and fallacies between butter and margarine

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 pcs large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1 cup peeled and chopped apples
  • 6 Tbsp cup honey
  • 1.5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt (iodized)


Directions:

  1. Preheat oven at 350 degree F.
  2. In a kitchenaide bowl, cream butter and sugar at medium speed
  3. Add eggs at one piece every 30 second interval. Continue mixing until well combined.
  4. Add the mashed banana, chopped apples, and honey. Continue mixing for 1 minute.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and continue mixing just until moistened. Do not overmix.
  6. Scoop batter in individual paper-line muffin tins. Fill up to two thirds full.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until muffins test done
  8. cool in pan for 10 minutes before taking out to the wire rack

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