Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sugar Free Banana Almond Muffins for a Skinny #SundaySupper

I love muffins as a mid morning snack or with an afternoon tea. Give me almost anything fruity or chocolate based, and I will be all over it like melting butter on a hot biscuit. Mmmm, butter. But that brings to mind the not-so-nice members of the muffin family - the sugar and fat laden, white-flour cake bombs masquerading as innocent treats. You know those ones - the 600-700 calorie, 30-40 grams of fat mini-cakes which are admittedly to-die-for (literally) but way over anyone's logical intake for a snack. They don't have any nutritional value, except a boatload of refined carbs and a few grams of fibre.

While I'm not saying never indulge in one, for the sake of yourself treat it as the piece of cake it is - a dessert, not a mid morning snack, and definitely not a breakfast! There are much better alternatives, even if you are craving a muffin. Take these ones for example. Not only are my muffins packed with flavour and texture, they're hearty enough to keep you full, made with whole grains for a dose of natural fibre, and while they're plenty sweet, the "cake" body of the muffin has no added sugar at all.  The secret to these? Naturally sweet fruit (hello, over-ripe bananas!) and the goodness of almond stevia!

Sugar Free Banana Almond Muffins

I can't claim these are 100% sugar-free, since I did use Crunchy Maple Sunrise® cereal from Nature's Path as the crunchy granola topper, which has evaporated cane juice and maple syrup. But really - 6 grams of sugar in a muffin? That's less than an apple! These are awesome for on-the-go snacking, or have two for a light breakfast.

Keeping with the "health-conscious" train of thought, Sunday Supper is going skinny!! Don’t be scared off by thinking it's all going to be cardboard crackers, protein powders and celery sticks. Ohh no. We've got cream soup, pizza, burgers, tiramisu and even chocolate cake! And if you think wine has no place in a slimmed-down menu, remember that the French, Spanish and Italians love their wine and are some of the healthiest people on the globe! 

Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups

Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides

Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks
Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.

Sugar Free Banana Almond Muffins
Makes 9
12 packets almond flavoured stevia
3 bananas
2 tbsp canola oil
2 tbsp unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup ground almonds
1/4 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
pinch nutmeg
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup Crunchy Maple Sunrise® cereal (or your favourite granola)
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. In a bowl, beat together the stevia, bananas, oil, almond milk and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients (except the cereal) until just combined.
  4. Scoop into the tins and sprinkle with cereal.
  5. Bake on the lowest rack of the oven for 25 minutes. Turn out immediately onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Just take a look at what’s coming this week !! Right after Valentine’s day :) !! 
Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups
 Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides
Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks
 Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
- See more at: http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2013/02/14/healthy-light-recipes-for-a-skinny-sundaysupper/#sthash.2REMyDUb.dpuf
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 130.8
Total Fat: 5.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 11.2 mg
Total Carbs: 22.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.9 g
Protein: 2.7 g
Get the Skinny on Sunday Supper! Yep! Sunday Supper is going Skinny!! Those of you who read my blog know that almost every Sunday I blog a theme based recipe. Sunday Supper, a beautiful mission started by the Fabulous Family Foodie aka the lovely Isabel in an effort to encourage families to gather for meals around the table is my latest passion. I love this group of talented foodie bloggers who inspire me every week with their recipes.  With them I have blogged varied themes from a Super Bowl theme to a Retro theme !  I am so honored to be hosting this very special Skinny Sunday Supper!  Don’t be alarmed, it’s not diet food :) !  Your favorite recipes skinnified by a super talented creative group of bloggers. Healthy wholesome versions of your favorite foods! How spectacular is that!! From Homemade Protein Bars, Skinny Beef Chili,  Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad to Chocolate avocado cake and Tiramisu Parfaits, we got it all covered !! These are just a few titles.Check the list below to get a sneak peek at what’s coming this Sunday!! We even have the perfect wine pairing for these ‘Skinny’ dishes created by our wine expert.  Think ‘Skinny’ and  wine don’t go together, think again. The French chug wine with every meal and are the skinniest culture. I am so excited about this week’s recipes I can hardly wait!! I can’t wait to drool over and make every one of these recipes! I can seriously live off these healthy recipes !!

Just take a look at what’s coming this week !! Right after Valentine’s day :) !! 
Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups
 Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides
Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks
 Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite healthy recipes with us!
- See more at: http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2013/02/14/healthy-light-recipes-for-a-skinny-sundaysupper/#sthash.2REMyDUb.dpuf
Get the Skinny on Sunday Supper! Yep! Sunday Supper is going Skinny!! Those of you who read my blog know that almost every Sunday I blog a theme based recipe. Sunday Supper, a beautiful mission started by the Fabulous Family Foodie aka the lovely Isabel in an effort to encourage families to gather for meals around the table is my latest passion. I love this group of talented foodie bloggers who inspire me every week with their recipes.  With them I have blogged varied themes from a Super Bowl theme to a Retro theme !  I am so honored to be hosting this very special Skinny Sunday Supper!  Don’t be alarmed, it’s not diet food :) !  Your favorite recipes skinnified by a super talented creative group of bloggers. Healthy wholesome versions of your favorite foods! How spectacular is that!! From Homemade Protein Bars, Skinny Beef Chili,  Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad to Chocolate avocado cake and Tiramisu Parfaits, we got it all covered !! These are just a few titles.Check the list below to get a sneak peek at what’s coming this Sunday!! We even have the perfect wine pairing for these ‘Skinny’ dishes created by our wine expert.  Think ‘Skinny’ and  wine don’t go together, think again. The French chug wine with every meal and are the skinniest culture. I am so excited about this week’s recipes I can hardly wait!! I can’t wait to drool over and make every one of these recipes! I can seriously live off these healthy recipes !!

Just take a look at what’s coming this week !! Right after Valentine’s day :) !! 
Sizzling Skinny Appetizers & Soups
 Healthy Skinny Mains & Sides
Guilt Free Skinny Desserts & Snacks
 Wine Pairing Recommendations for Skinny Sunday Supper by ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter each Sunday. We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. This week we will be sharing out special skinnified recipes! Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm ET and you do not want to miss out on the fun. Follow the#SundaySupper hash tag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more fabulous recipes and food photos.
Join us Around the Family Table this Sunday at 7pm Eastern Time and share your favorite healthy recipes with us!
- See more at: http://www.suesnutritionbuzz.com/2013/02/14/healthy-light-recipes-for-a-skinny-sundaysupper/#sthash.2REMyDUb.dpuf