Spicy Chocolate Banana Muffins – under 120 calories

In my quest to find ways to use ripe bananas, today I tried a chocolate banana muffin.  I went with a spicy muffin because we just love cinnamon and cocoa to impart chocolatey goodness for the health benefits.

I started with a recipe at allrecipes and made a few changes.

Used whole wheat pastry flour instead of whole wheat flour.  I like the texture better.
Used 4 oz fat-free greek yogurt in place of 1/3 c skim milk and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. I wanted to boost protein a bit.
Replaced 3/4 cup white sugar with 1/2 cup brown sugar.  I always find ‘regular’ recipes for muffins too sweet so I cut the sugar back a bit and used brown because I just like it better.
Made 17 muffins (not a loaf).  Portion control 🙂  I use a large pampered chef scoop to portion batter into muffin cups.

Whole Wheat Chocolate Banana Muffins

Recipe By     : omghi at allrecipes
Makes 17 muffins

Amount  Measure          Ingredient
——–     ————        ——————————–
1/2        cup                     fat free greek yogurt
1 3/4       cups                   whole wheat pastry flour
1/2        cup                     unsweetened cocoa powder
2                tsp                      baking powder
1/2        tsp                      baking soda
1                tsp                      ground cinnamon
1                tsp                      ground nutmeg
1/2        tsp                      salt
2                                            large eggs
1/2        cup                    packed brown sugar
3                                        ripe bananas, mashed
1             Tbs                    light olive oil
1             tsp                     vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly spray muffin cups with cooking spray. Whisk together the whole wheat flour, cocoa powder, baking powder,baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt; set aside.

2. Beat the eggs and brown sugar together with an electric mixer until smooth. Mix in the mashed bananas, yogurt, olive oil, and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour mixture just until all ingredients are moistened. Scoop batter into muffin cups.

3. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean 15 minutes for muffins. Cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

Nutrition (calculated from recipe ingredients)
———————————————-
Calories: 112
Calories From Fat: 18
Total Fat: 2.1g
Cholesterol: 24.9mg
Sodium: 177.4mg
Potassium: 181.2mg
Carbohydrates: 22.1g
Fiber: 3g
Sugar: 9.3g
Protein: 3.9g

Author Note: “Satisfy your chocolate cravings with a moist whole wheat chocolate bread that uses very little oil.”

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