Monday, October 20, 2008

[Un] Sweetened Surprise!

Well, it seems like my plan to stay off my feet and out of the kitchen has already gone the way of the dodo bird! I can't help it... I'm a chef at heart, and being away from my beloved oven and stovetop drives me nuts! I had a banana blackening beyond salvage on my countertop, and oranges languishing in the fridge, and a need to do something with myself after apple picking on Sunday, so bake I did... mini-muffin style.

You'll be happy to know that I didn't exert myself too much with these puffs of fruity goodness, though. They started with - gasp - a mix. Yes, I used a shortcut. But it wasn't a cake mix, or a muffin mix, and it was a whole grain blend too! The secret ingredient here is the Organic 7 Grain Pancake Mix from Bob's Red Mill, part of the group of goodies I won from the Culinate Whole-Grain Fritter Challenge back in June (with this savvy and savoury recipe!). The grains aren't obtrusive in these muffins and the built-in leavening needed only a tiny boost to deal with the heavier banana ingredient. That said, these are low-fat, low-calorie, the perfect size for lunchboxes... and so tasty! Have two or three on me, without a touch of guilt!

Look at that muffin p0rn!

Sugarless Tropical Mini Muffins
Makes 18
1 cup Bob's Red Mill 7-Grain pancake mix
1/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp poppy seeds
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 medium over-ripe banana, mashed
1/2 tsp coconut extract
  1. Preheat oven to 400F. Grease mini-muffin cups.
  2. Whisk together the pancake mix, baking powder and poppy seeds.
  3. Combine the juice, banana and coconut extract until well blended, then stir into the dry ingredients.
  4. Mix can be a little lumpy - do not over-beat.
  5. Bake 10 minutes, or until tests done.
  6. Cool 3 minutes in pan before turning out onto a rack and cooling completely.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 37.8
Total Fat: 0.4 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 59.6 mg
Total Carbs: 8.0 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
Protein: 1.2 g

You know what? Oranges being orange, and bananas being yellow, I think I'll ship this on over to this month's Heart of the Matter event chosen by Ilva at Lucullian Delights. The theme is Orange and Yellow... I can't wait to see all the other goodies too!


  1. Thanks for this yellow entry, it fits in perfectly and looks really tasty!

  2. Haha I know exactly what you mean about withdrawal baking syndrome! BTW this recipe sounds great - just the thing for my dad who is on a low sugar diet!

  3. Wow, it looks really yummy!
    I'm definitely going to try to find Bob's pancake mix. I didn't even know they had one! Thanks!

    And great post!

  4. WOW! It's amazing that you created a 40 calorie muffin! Even if they were mini, they sure sound good! I'm not big on tropical fruit but I love the idea.


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