These lightened up banana walnut muffins are extremely moist and flavourful and contain less calories, sugar and fat than your typical muffin. I guarantee that this healthy treat won’t last too long in your household!

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

Muffins are a popular item in my house. I mean SUPER popular.

They generally disappear within one to two days of me making them.

If I left my dad and Matt in the house together with a bunch of freshly baked muffins, I swear there would be a muffin war.

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

One day, I was at Matt’s house rummaging through the freezer to find something to make for dinner, and I saw a six pack of these gigantic muffins. These things were huge.

When I flipped over the package to check the nutritional value, they had 250 calories, 28 grams of sugar and 15 grams of fat. Per muffin.

I was not impressed.

These muffins were the equivalent of having a donut!

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

That’s when I started to strategize.

I knew that Matt probably wouldn’t want to part with his muffins, so I made him a deal. I agreed to start making him homemade healthier muffins if he would stop buying those gigantic mega muffins.

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

It didn’t require too much convincing. The poor guy was just looking for a simple snack to bring to work.

His favourite flavour just happens to be banana so the first muffins I whipped up for him were these banana walnut muffins.

The good news is that these muffins are wayyyy lower in calories, sugar, and fat than those other muffins he was eating and they also contain a decent amount of fibre and protein. Plus, they’re super moist and flavourful with the addition of the Greek yogurt and banana.

Banana Walnut Muffins | Haute & Healthy Living

Since the first ones were such a hit, I can hardly wait to experiment with some other muffin recipes. One thing that I know for sure is that I’ll always have lots of taste testers!

I’ll keep you guys posted on my muffin experiment!

Banana Walnut Muffins

Yield: Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp. milk or milk alternative
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.
  2. Add bananas, honey, vanilla, applesauce, egg, milk and yogurt to a blender. Blend on high for 1 minute or until well combined. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  3. Evenly distribute batter in muffin tin and top with chopped walnuts. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until tooth pick comes out clean or with just a few crumbs attached. Cool muffins for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove and transfer to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Adapted from Ambitious Kitchen 

Nutrients per serving:

Servings: 12 • Calories: 118 • Fat: 1g • Carbohydrates: 25g • Fibre: 3 g • Protein: 4 g • Sugar: 10 g • Sodium: 185 mg • Cholesterol: 18 mg

Elysia, XOXO