You know when you’re running out the door or packing lunches and wish you had a healthy snack to grab? These little muffin bites are perfect for that aaaaaaand for using up all those ripes bananas you’ve got hanging out in your freezer (it’s embarrassing how many I have in mine!!! I just don’t like the idea of throwing them out so I end up with half my freezer loaded with bananas waiting for me to get in the baking mood). These little bites pack a nutritional punch and are perfect for an on-the-go snack or as a healthy addition to packed lunches.
As the holidays were winding down I figured it was a good time to pre-make some snacks to make it a little easier to add some healthy options to snacking and lunches and I made a quadruple batch using this recipe for chocolate chip banana bread with a few minor alterations. We kept some out for fresh snacking and I froze the rest; I also made some regular muffins for Will and adjusted the baking time. These are simple to make, you can pop in a variety of healthy additions (see below for suggestions), and have waaaaay less sugar than pre-packaged snacks from the store. If you aren’t gluten free, simply whip these up with your favourite regular baking flour.
As I mentioned, I adapted this recipe to make these muffin bites. Here are some suggestions for adapting the banana bread recipe for making muffin bites & muffins:
For the muffin bites bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden brown
For regular-size muffins bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until golden brown
I reduced the sugar even further than the original recipe when I made these muffin bites; for the quadruple batch I made I only used 1/2 cup of organic sugar instead of the suggested 1/4 cup for a single batch of banana bread
I only used 1 cup of chocolate chips for the quadruple batch, so you can definitely reduce/ eliminate if you prefer
3- 4 ripe bananas = approx 1 cup of mashed bananas
For a dairy-free option, swap in melted coconut oil for butter and/ or a dairy-free milk for regular milk (organic coconut, cashew, and almond milks are favourite dairy-free options in our house)
I also added in 2 tbsp of ground cinnamon and 2 tsp of organic vanilla extract for added flavour
Alternative ingredient ideas
Try swapping in some of your favourite nuts, seeds, or dried fruit in place of the chocoloate chips.
- pumpkin seeds
- chia seeds
- dried cranberries or raisins
- gluten free oats
- chopped almonds or walnuts
I made both muffin bites and regular muffins and they’ve been a hit. If you make a gluten-free version, keep in mind that the batter may be a littler thicker than a batter made with regular flour. If you think your batter is too thick, add an extra banana (or a few) until it’s a thinner consistency.
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