Healthier Banana Strawberry Muffins

Homemade Banana Strawberry Muffins are deliciously fruity, with juicy ripe strawberries and rich banana flavor that is reminiscent of banana bread. Whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and raw brown sugar help to make these muffins a healthier breakfast treat or after school snack. 

Banana Strawberry Muffins | 2 Cookin Mamas Homemade Banana Strawberry Muffins are deliciously fruity, with juicy ripe strawberries and rich banana flavor that is reminiscent of banana bread. This recipe uses whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and raw brown sugar to help make these muffins a healthier breakfast treat or after school snack. #muffins #bananamuffins #bananas #strawberries #recipe #breakfast #snack #healthy

I love baking and one of the things I like baking most are muffins! I’ve baked everything from Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins to Self-Frosting Pumpkin Nutella Muffins to Streusel Coffee Cake Blueberry Muffins and they’re all super delicious.

To me muffins are single serving bites of deliciousness that freeze well and make a great on-the-go breakfast or after school treat. Of course, most muffins are not what you would call a low cal treat but more an occasional treat but today I’ve made some substitutions to make these Banana Strawberry Muffins something you can indulge in more often.

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There are several ways to make your home-baked goods more healthy and still have them taste delicious. Here are some of the choices I made when adapting the recipe for these Banana Strawberry Muffins.

Healthy Substitutions

  • Raw brown sugar vs white sugar: Since raw brown sugar goes through less refining than white sugar it has slightly fewer calories, contains more natural minerals and has an overall higher nutritional value.
  • Unsweetened applesauce vs vegetable oil: Using unsweetened applesauce in place of vegetable oil reduces the fat content of the muffins while still helping to retain their moistness. 1/2 cup of vegetable oil has 1920 calories, all from fat, while 1/2 cup of the applesauce has 50 calories with zero from fat.
  • 100% whole wheat flour vs white all-purpose flour: Whole wheat flour retains more of the natural nutritional grains since it requires less processing than your everyday bleached white flour. These natural grains contain more folate, riboflavin and vitamins B1, B3 & B5 than all-purpose flour. Additionally, whole wheat flour contains more dietary fiber, 1/2 cup has 6.4 grams vs 1.3 grams of white flour, which is known to help prevent constipation and lower cholesterol.
  • Note that some enriched all-purpose flours contain similar amounts of the same nutrients contained in whole wheat flours but without the additional fiber.

So now you’re asking yourself how easy are these muffins to make. Let me show you.

How to make Banana Strawberry Muffins

Banana Strawberry Muffins steps

  1. First gather your ingredients. In a large bowl combine mashed bananas, brown sugar, applesauce, vanilla extract and eggs.
  2. Mix together both flours, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. combine with wet ingredients.
  3. Toss strawberries with 1 Tablespoon of flour and add to batter.

Banana Strawberry Muffins filling muffin tin

4. Divide batter evenly between muffin cups, about 1/3-1/2 cup each.

Banana Strawberry Muffins ready to bake 2

5. Ready to bake.

Banana Strawberry Muffins baked

6. Bake for 20 minutes then let rest in pan for 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.

Banana Strawberry Muffins cooling

The aroma wafting through your kitchen from these Banana Strawberry Muffins will have you wanting to devour the whole dozen while they’re still warm. So go ahead! That’s really when I like to snitch one too! Ohhh, they’re just so good soft & warm!

Banana Strawberry Muffins cut

These muffins will freeze well too. Perfect for a grab-n-go breakfast or warm delicious after school treat. Just a 20-30 second turn in the microwave and you’re ready to enjoy!

5 from 2 votes
BANANA STRAWBERRY MUFFINS
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
Homemade Banana Strawberry Muffins are deliciously fruity & healthy, using wheat flour & unsweetened applesauce in the mix. Great for breakfast or a snack.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keywords: banana, breakfast, muffins, recipe, strawberry
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 155 kcal
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 3 bananas
  • 2/3 cup raw brown sugar (was 2/3 cup white sugar)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce (was 1/2 cup vegetable oil)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup whole wheat flour (was a total of 1-2/3 cup all-purpose flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, finely chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with a nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Place bananas in a large bowl and mash well.

  3. Add brown sugar, unsweetened applesauce, eggs and vanilla to mashed bananas.

  4. In a smaller bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt and mix well. 
  5. Add to mashed banana mixture and stir to combine.
  6. Toss cut-up strawberries with 1 tablespoons flour and stir into batter.

  7. Divide batter evenly between 12 muffin cups. 
  8. Bake for 20 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean.
  9. Place pan on wire rack and let muffins rest for 10 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

Nutrition Facts
BANANA STRAWBERRY MUFFINS
Amount Per Serving
Calories 155 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 2%
Cholesterol 27mg 9%
Sodium 202mg 8%
Potassium 193mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 17g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 11.8%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 6.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Banana Strawberry Muffins pin | 2 Cookin Mamas Homemade Banana Strawberry Muffins are deliciously fruity, with juicy ripe strawberries and rich banana flavor that is reminiscent of banana bread. This recipe uses whole wheat flour, unsweetened applesauce and raw brown sugar to help make these muffins a healthier breakfast treat or after school snack. #muffins #bananamuffins #bananas #strawberries #recipe #breakfast #snack #healthy

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    Rebecca Hubbell
    08/23/2018 at 10:32 am

    Two of my favorite muffin flavors in one, these are so yummy and freeze great for meal prep!

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      Linda Warren
      08/25/2018 at 8:08 am

      I love being able to take one out of the freezer whenever I want. And they’re just as good as when they first came out of the oven.

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    Tara Kuczykowski
    08/23/2018 at 11:06 am

    I love a good healthy muffin recipe! Love the pairing of bananas and strawberries in this one.

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