Friday, January 9, 2015

Downsizing in 2015 with a Skinny Banana Muffin

It's a tradition to make a New Year’s resolution.. Yet sadly by the second week of January, most people have given them up if they have ever really acted on them at all. My husband and I made a resolution to downsize. We actually started last year and are continuing into 2015. We resolved to work out on a regular basis and eat better. If our resolutions are successful, our sizes will continue to go down. 

In the past year, I did come up with a way to modify our favorite Banana Muffin recipe into a "skinny" version and downsize its calories. It is made without any fat and very limited sugar so it is pretty healthy (about 2 points if you are using the new WW plan).  The trick to keeping giving them a moist texture without butter is by FREEZING the bananas and using lots of them.  Once thawed, the bananas will have a syrupy liquid that comes out of skin with the banana. This works as a great liquid alternative and doesn't have the fat or calories of margarine or butter. I've made these at least twice a month and they always turn out great!

Skinny Banana Muffins

7-9 frozen bananas thawed.
2 cups white flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
½ cup Truvia for baking
¾ cup zero calorie Sucralose sweetener for baking.
1 cup liquid egg whites
2 half cup containers of natural strawberry applesauce without sugar.
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon real vanilla (I use Watkins double strength)
½ Cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional but recommended)

Smash thawed bananas with applesauce. Mix in egg whites. Add sugar substitutes. Mix in dry ingredients & vanilla. Add ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spray muffin pans with non-stick spray and place in preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Remove when golden brown on top. Makes 24 muffins. Will stay fresh on counter for 2-3 days or 7 days if refrigerated.

We are also starting the process of downsizing the stuff in our home so we can eventually move to a smaller home. This will take a bit longer. After being in the same house for 17 years and having a HUGE garage; we have “treasures” to dispose of before we will be able to downsize to a smaller living space. But the process has been started. 

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