Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lightened Up Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

One thing I won't give up while losing weight is sweets during the Fall and Winter. I'm looking at you pumpkin pie and grasshopper brownies. But what I am willing to do without are desserts and baked goods that cost me too many SmartPoints.

To kick off the start of Fall (for me Fall begins the Tuesday after Labor Day!) I want to share with you this lightened up version of a family favorite: Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins.

These mini muffins allow you to give into that sweet craving without the guilt. The chocolate allows you to splurge without busting your diet. Here's how to wipe up a batch of these!

2 SmartPoints Per Muffin

1/2 cup of fat free skim milk
1/2 cup of uncooked oats
1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 large egg, beaten
1 large banana, smashed
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cup of brown sugar, unpacked
2 teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips, divided

Step 1: Preheat over to 375 degrees. Coat mini muffin pan with cooking spray. This recipe will make 36 muffins. 

Step 2: In a large mixing bowl, combine yogurt, milk, oats, vanilla extract and egg; set aside for 5 minutes to let the oats soften and then stir in banana. 

Step 3: In a new bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir flour mixture into yogurt to combine ingredients. Blend until almost smooth, leaving small pieces of banana in the batter. Fold chocolate chips in, keeping 1 tablespoon for topping. 

Step 4: Spoon heaping tablespoons into the prepared baking pan. Sprinkle top with a few chocolate chips. Bake until golden brown, 16-19 minutes. 

What keeps these muffins light? Using the Light & Fit yogurt and the fat free milk allows for less overall calories without sacrificing taste. Connor approved of them, often asking for muffins for breakfast. Which I'm okay doing since these aren't packed with extra sugar. Now... if I can learn to limit myself to just a couple a day.

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