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Better-for-you Banana Muffins

My picky boy LOVES muffins. He asks for them for breakfast (and sometimes lunch and dinner) every day. Long ago, I realized that I didn’t have to use much sugar as my recipe calls for in his muffins. After cutting back the sugar, I started experimenting with the other ingredients to see what he’d eat. The banana bread recipe I started with is still the same one I use, but I have pretty much swapped out all of the “bad” ingredients for a better choice. Mr. Picky doesn’t know the difference! Well, maybe he does but he doesn’t seem to mind at all. Here’s the recipe for the muffins we’re making today:

Banana Raspberry Kale Super-food Muffins

3-4 ripe bananas, mashed (I use my immersion blender)
1/2 cup raspberries, pureed (I used frozen)
1/3 cup kale, pureed (frozen)
1/4 cup melted butter (could use canola or coconut oil)
1/2 cup brown rice syrup (can use sugar or another sweetening agent)
1 egg or the equivalent substitute ( I use 1 T ground flaxseed with 3 T hot water)
1 tsp vanilla (optional)
pinch salt
1 tsp baking soda
spices (I used a little cinnamon and cardamom, but you can leave it out)
1  3/4 cup whole wheat flour

Using an immersion blender, puree together the fruits and kale. Add the wet ingredients and stir. Sprinkle the salt and baking soda on top and mix. Add the flour and stir until incorporated, but don’t overmix. Bake at 350 as muffins, mini muffins, bread, cake, watever for about 15-20 minutes or (more for bread, less for mini muffins) until the center is set. Don’t overbake!

Baking our delicious muffins

Serve with almond butter, peanut butter, cream cheese, apple butter, jam, plain (organic ketchup?)…whatever your picky eater likes!

I have played around with the recipe so much, as I mentioned, that it’s not so much a recipe for me but a starting point. If your family isn’t used to things like brown rice syrup (or if you’ve never heard of it!) or whole wheat flour, try using half of the new ingredient and half of the old. Eventually, try it only with the new ingredient and see if they miss the more processed stuff!



Mr. Picky eats super foods!

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