Mom’s Banana Muffins (Low-Fat)

by Maris Callahan on April 23, 2009

No matter how much a person likes to cook, it’s always nice to be cooked for. Even the most proficient home cook would probably be delighted to wake up the smell of pancakes and sausages sizzling on a griddle or come home to the welcoming aroma of roasting garlic and simmering tomato sauce.

Now, I’m not talking about being cooked for on a fourth or fifth date when the guy finds out you blog about food so he’s all like “Whoa, I can cook too!” and invites you over so you can watch him boil water (like a pro), faking awe and fascination from start to finish.

I mean, hypothetically.

In any event, I’m talking about instances where you have no idea that someone is cooking for you. Whether a friend makes you cupcakes on your birthday or you come home after a particularly trying day to find that your significant other has already planned and started dinner so that you don’t have to fuss, it means that you get to enjoy good food without lifting a finger and sometimes, that can be quite nice.

It’s equally nice when you visit your mother and she bakes. While we’ll never really be sure if she baked specifically for you or if your arrival was just a good excuse for said baking is negligible. If the baked goods are there, they should be eaten.

Mom’s Low-Fat Banana Muffins

What You Need:

1 cup all purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup ripe banana, mashed
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup applesauce, sweetened or unsweetened
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (175 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line a muffin tin with paper liners.

2. Mix together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, beat together banana, sugar, egg and vanilla. Stir in the applesauce and vanilla. Stir banana mixture into flour until just combined. Scoop batter into prepared muffin cups.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 15-20 minutes (individual oven times may vary) or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean. Let cool before serving. For best flavor, store in an airtight container for 3-5 days.

**Note: These muffins are tiny, but given that each one is only 80 calories, you can either grab one on-the-go for a quick snack or eat two for breakfast alongside some fresh fruit for a well-rounded meal.

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Amber April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Hmmm. Thanks for that recipe. I LOVE banana muffins! My grandma used to make them for me all the time, with chocolate chips :-)


Catherine April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Thanks so much for stopping by, and please do come back. I’m so happy to know about your site, too!


ksgoodeats April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those sound and look fantastic!! I’m the only baker in my family so I’ll have to borrow your mom’s recipe ;)


beyondthewindow April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

oh yes when other people cook and bake for you. i visited my family about a month ago and i still have a big food tummy to show for it…


kate April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Yum….one of my favorite muffins AND I just posted my own recipe for Banana Bran Muffins. Must be bloggy karma


Jessica April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

There’s nothing like mom’s baking! Or mom’s cooking. I miss it on a regular basis even though I now do most of the cooking, even when I go to visit them!


Pearl April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

i don’t think i could ever completely wean myself from my mother’s cooking and baking. *sigh*. mainly cooking (my mom never touches the oven)


Kristy Laverne April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Lovelovelove Banana muffins! But I’m usually the one baking for my mom – lol.


thatShortChick April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

I LOVE banana muffins and EVERYTHING my mother bakes/cooks.


laura April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

Yay. I have always wanted a good applesauce/banana bread or muffin recipe (being a fan of both applesauce cake and banana bread :) I will definitely try this.


Susan April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

You are so right, I went to my parents’ house the other day and had dinner made for me, it was glorious.


Melissa April 23, 2009 at 3:00 am

those look good and I agree. I love when someone else cooks for me. Sometimes I crave my Mom’s made from scratch pancakes. Too bad I can’t roll up in her kitchen on Sunday mornings at 9am. Wait…maybe I can!


Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Of course these muffins were baked for you — and how nice that you have a mom who bakes. Mine never learned how.


alexa - cleveland's a plum April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

mom always know best. those look tasty!


Cate O'Malley April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love when someone surprise bakes for me, but it hardly ever happens! :( I’m *that* person. The muffins look delicious!


sharon April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Aww, there’s nothing like mom’s cooking! When we go home to visit, my mom cooks for days in advance. She’s used to just cooking for my dad now, so she loves the opportunity.


Fastmetabolism Technique April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Banana muffins so yummy!Also it is really good for the hearth and health!


Lorraine @NotQuiteNigella April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

They look great! And I agree people cooked for is such a lovely treat. I get so excited :D


grace April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

yes indeedly, i enjoy having someone make food for me…as long as that someone knows what he or she is doing. :)
meanwhile, i love banana baked goods, and i’m sure these muffins would be no exception. there’s something so exciting about the brown flecks of mashed banana peeking through a batter. :)


Erica April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

I am so with you on this! I love love to cook and bake, but when someone goes out of their way to make my day easier and do it for me-heaven! These muffins look awesome and I like that they’re lower in fat too! Great job mama!


RebeccaC April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Hi! I see you commenting all the time on Mandy’s blog and finally got off my lazy butt to click through to you. NOT dissappointed. I totally agree with the great feeling that comes when someone cooks for you. Every now and then if I work late, my husband will make a a really good dinner that does not involve lunchmeat, pringles or frozen things. On those days, my heart just melts.


Jenn@slim-shoppin April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those look fantastic… of course I would only add one thing to it…chocolate chips!!!
I’m going to make those this weekend!
Thanks Maris


elra April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

Somehow the word “low Fat” always attracted me. maybe it’s phycological, but your muffins certainly sounds delicious.


Food Hunter April 24, 2009 at 3:00 am

I’m going to make these this weekend with the leftover bananas I have. Perfect.


The Blonde Duck April 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love coming home to a home cooked meal. It really is the best feeling on the planet, and one I get rarely now since I’m the one doing the cooking!
Love the muffins, esp. the low fat part!


Kerstin April 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love reading about family recipes – your banana muffins look very yummy!


Elyse April 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

It is nice to be baked for! And I would love it if someone baked these fabulous muffins for me. Boy do they look delicious. I’m sure your mom baked them just for you :) Looks like a great recipe; can’t wait to try it out!


Carissa April 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

I love banana nut muffins! yum. and that picture makes them look absolutely delish. even better since they are low-fat!
I love when the bf cooks for me, but that is very very rare. I usually cook for him because he’s not much of a cook. his range is limited to burritos and spaghetti :) I do miss my mom’s cooking sometimes, particularly her enchilada soup! and she makes really good blueberry muffins on Christmas morning…
p.s. I gave you a blog award on my blog today.


Heather April 25, 2009 at 3:00 am

sometimes the best recipes come from mom. these look delicious!


Katie April 28, 2009 at 3:00 am

Those Banana muffins looks so good! They remind me of my old baking days in college (well, all I ever baked was banana bread, man I miss it!)


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