Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: Banana Nut Muffins
My three over-ripe bananas on the counter needed to be tossed into the freezer for future use or turned into banana bread or banana muffins.
I opted to make some banana nut muffins.
This morning I opted for banana nut muffins since they bake in about a third of the time of banana bread.
How Many Calories and WW Points in Banana Nut Muffins?
This is one of the best basic banana nut muffin recipes I've tried. It's a classic, enhanced with a little healthy whole-wheat flour for its texture and nutty flavor.
If you don't like nuts in your banana muffins skip them.
According to my calculations, each banana muffin has about 137 calories and:
8 *SmartPoints (Green plan)
8 *SmartPoints (Blue plan)
8 *SmartPoints (Purple plan)
4 *PointsPlus (Old plan)
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Favorite Recipe Variations:
Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Muffins: Add ½ semi-sweet chocolate chips and ½ cup coconut instead of the nuts.
Banana Pineapple Nut Muffins: Add ½ cup well-drained crushed pineapple into the banana mixture and replace the walnuts with pecans or macadamia nuts.
Banana Bread: This banana nut muffin recipe can easily be made into banana nut bread. Just pour the batter into a greased and floured 8-½x4-½-inch loaf pan (affiliate link) and bake at 350F degrees for about 55 to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean. If you are using a glass loaf pan (affiliate link), lower the temperature to 325F degrees and bake about ten minutes less, since glass is a better heat conductor than metal and the bread will bake faster.
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If you like these banana nut muffins, be sure to check out some of my other favorite Weight Watchers friendly banana recipes including Simple Low-Fat Banana Bread, Banana Cashew Mini Muffins, Low-Fat Chocolate Banana Bread, Chunky Low-Fat Banana Bran Muffins and Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Mini Muffins
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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe
- 1-½ cups all-purpose flour
- ½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
- 1-½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
- ¾ cup firmly packed light brown sugar
- ⅓ cup canola oil, or melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1-⅓ cups mashed, very ripe bananas (about 2 to 3 medium)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375F degrees. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper cupcake liners.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and nuts.
- In a large bowl, stir with a whisk or beat with an electric mixer until well combined the light brown sugar, canola oil or melted butter, eggs, bananas and teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined. Do not over mix; the batter shouldn't be smooth.
- Divide the batter equally among the muffin cups. I like to use an ice cream scoop for this.
- Bake until the muffins are lightly browned and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center, usually about 18 to 20 minutes.
- Cool the muffins in the pan for a few minutes and serve warm, or remove them to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.
Recipe Source: This classic banana nut muffin recipe is adapted from The Weekend Baker (affiliate link): Irresistible Recipes, Simple Techniques, And Stress Free Strategies For Busy People by Abigail Johnson Dodge
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
Watch Homemade Food Junkie demonstrate how she makes her own version of easy banana nut muffins:
More Lightened Up Banana Muffin & Bread Recipes:
- Skinny Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Banana Bran Chocolate Chip Bread
- Individual "Banana Bread" Baked Oatmeal Cups
- Low-Fat Banana Bread with Dates & Apricots
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