Time for a Treat – Lighter Banana Muffins

Let me tell you, coming up with all these yummy recipes has not been good for my waistline!  (ARGHHHH!)  So I dreaded coming up with a treat recipe this week because I knew my body in no way needed one more treat (you can bet who ends up eating most of the treats at this house!)

That’s why I was so excited to find a recipe that uses up a little free sour cream 🙂 , is easy, and even is under 100 calories per serving! (Really, what more convincing do you need?)  This super-yummy, good-for-you, won’t-kill-your-diet-completely recipe is perfect to pack for your kid’s snacks at school, and a great homebaked treat (it’s like a homemade 100 calorie pack!)  The recipe only makes 12 muffins, so I definitely recommend doubling if baked goods get gobbled up quickly at your house (like they do at mine.)

I will tell you that my hubby didn’t like these (he can spot low-cal/low-sugar/good-for-you food from a mile a way).  My ten year old on the other hand loved it, so it’s up to you to see what you think!  I do agree with my hubby that these aren’t nearly as sweet as the muffins I usually make (try out these Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins if you’re looking for sweet . . . you could even add a few chocolate chips to these!)  You could always add an additional 1/4 cup sugar if you’d like to sweeten them up a bit . . . but remember, they’ve got less than 100 calories per muffin, so I liked them just the way they are!

Here’s what you’ll need . . .

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup mashed ripe banana My neighbor traded really ripe bananas with me for not-very-ripe bananas – I think very ripe bananas makes a HUGE difference, so pick up your bananas at Publix today and hide them before your kids eat them all (that’s what happens at my house!)

1/4 white sugar

1/4 cup sour cream I used fat free Breakstone’s from last week’s sale!  You could also pick up  Friendship Sour Cream on sale 4/$5, use $1/2 Friendship blinkie (exp 9/30/2010), or $.75/1 Friendship (get $.75/1 coupon if you say you do not use the product or $.55/1 if you say you do)

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Pam Cooking Spray BOGO $3.25, use $0.35/1 Pam Cooking Spray 8/29/2010 SS Insert (exp 10/31/2010)

Preheat oven to 350, and line muffin cups with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.  Stir together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt, set aside.  In seperate bowl mash up banana, then add sugar, egg, and vanilla.  Stir sour cream into banana mixture, then mix with dry ingredients.   

Pour batter into muffin cups (fill muffins about half way, they rise quite a bit!)  Bake for 16-20 minutes (mine were done at 16), and cool completely.  If you don’t eat them all up right after they pop out out of the oven, be sure to store in an airtight container!

Thanks so much to All Recipes for this great recipe (I love that you can just use their ingredient search page to find all the sour cream recipes ever made!) Be sure to also visit I Heart Publix and Two Thrifty Sisters for even more coupon matchups, and check out $5 Dinner Mom for bargain meal deals.  If you need some more recipe ideas, check out the Recipe Index!

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  1. Mmmmm… I have ready-to-use over-ripe bananas right now! Banana bread is going to be made at my house today!!! 🙂 BTW, I usually make a LOT of muffins at one time, so I can put them in the freezer for a quick but special homemade breakfast or snack!

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