Low-Fat Banana Blueberry Walnut Muffins

"Show Mom how much you love her and let her know you want her around for a long time by serving these healthful, lower-fat muffins with blueberries and walnuts. Dress up the serving plate with bright spring flowers to make them extra special."

Low-Fat Banana Blueberry Walnut Muffins

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    Ingredients

    1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup agave syrup
    1 cup whole-wheat flour 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 4 tablespoons Smart Balance butter substitute, melted (you can use butter if you prefer)
    1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 cup egg substitute, or 1 large egg and 4 egg whites
    1 teaspoon salt 2 very ripe bananas (about 1 cup), cut into slices
    1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon Zest of one large orange
    1/2 cup light brown sugar or 1/3 cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend 1/3 to 1/2 cup blueberries (fresh, or unthawed frozen)
    1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup walnuts, chopped

    directions

    Prep: 15 min Total: 45 min
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    • 1

      Place rack in center of oven, preheat to 375 degrees F.

    • 2

      Spray muffin pan with cooking spray, or use paper liners and spray inside of liners with cooking spray.

    • 3

      In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir well; set aside.

    • 4

      In a medium bowl with an electric mixer, combine brown sugar, agave, vanilla, Smart Balance and egg substitute; beat at medium speed until smooth. Add the bananas and orange zest and lightly beat until blended; there may be lumps because of the banana (that's okay.) Add this mixture to the flour mixture, mixing on medium-low speed until just combined. Avoid overmixing. Using a silicone or rubber spatula, fold in the blueberries and nuts.

    • 5

      Portion batter evenly into muffin cups. Bake until tops are golden brown and a cake tester poked into center of muffin comes out clean, 10 to 15 minutes for mini-muffins, 15 to 20 minutes for regular-size muffins. Place plans on a rack to cool for 5 to 10 minutes, then transfer muffins from pan to rack to continue cooling.

    • 6

      Dust tops with confectioners' sugar just before serving (optional).

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