If you aren’t familiar with my background, then you’re probably wondering what qualifies me to tell you how you should cook your food.
Let me fill you in . . .
More than 15 years ago I lost 40 pounds. Learning to cook light and an active lifestyle has been the key to keeping most of that weight off over the years.
This Zesty Banana Muffin recipe I’ve adapted from Weight Watchers is a perfect example of cooking light. The muffins were my offering for an office brunch and were a hit with my coworkers.
These fruity muffins came out of the oven light and tender. Topped with just a touch of zesty lemon glaze, each bite was sweet and satisfying without making a huge dent in the calories I had left for the day.
See? You can bake light and the results will taste fantastic!
- 1/2 cup(s) sugar
- 5 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 large egg(s)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 cup(s) fat-free skim milk
- 3 large banana(s), ripe, mashed
- 1 cup blueberries
- 1 cup(s) powdered sugar
- 1 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened
- 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp lemon zest, strips, or more to taste
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line a muffin tin with 16 muffin liners sprayed with cooking spray.
- 2. Place sugar and butter in a large bowl and beat with a mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg and vanilla; beat until thoroughly mixed.
- 3. In another bowl, mix together flours, baking powder and baking soda. Then add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture and beat well with the mixer. Add milk and remaining flour mixture and beat until batter is combined. Add banana and blueberries.
- 4. Spoon batter into muffin liners about 3/4 full, and bake until muffins start to brown and a tester inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
- 5. While muffins are baking, combine icing ingredients and beat until smooth.
- 6. Ice muffins when they have cooled.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Bananas are high in vitamins B6 and C. They also contain potassium and a significant amount of fiber and manganese. The potassium and fiber in bananas promote heart health and good blood pressure.
Berries in general are high in manganese, vitamin C and fiber. Berries are naturally high in phytonutrients called “tannins” that are considered to be responsible for antioxidant activity.