A Healthy Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Banana MuffinsPosted: June 5, 2013
Once in a while, for a special treat, I buy muffins from our local Stop and Shop bakery. They are a generous size and you don’t have to be a dietitian to know that these muffins are high in calories, but I really had no idea how high. I usually buy the muffins separately, choosing everyone’s favorites and boxing them up myself. Recently, I purchased the muffins already “boxed-up” and the nutritional information was provided on the bottom of the box. My teenage daughter, who has a keen interest in reading food labels, pointed out the shocking news: these muffins are over 600 calories and 30 grams of fat on average. The label is deceptive though, because it lists the calories as 210 and the fat as 11 grams (apple spice muffin), but that is only if you eat one-third of the muffin. Who does that??!
Once we learned that we were eating the equivalent of a Big Mac for breakfast (Big Mac’s are 550 calories and 29 grams of fat), the appeal of the muffins was briefly spoiled for us. I still buy them from time to time, but I have also started baking my own and freezing them. Since I usually have over-ripe bananas available, I often make banana muffins. The over-ripe bananas help to make the muffins sweet and moist. The mini-chocolate chips are optional, but we always “opt-in”. Click on this Recipe Rescue link, or the one at the top of the page, for this recipe. You will see from the nutrition information provided that you can eat three of these muffins and still not hit the calories and fat of one bakery muffin from Stop and Shop. These muffins freeze well and make tasty snacks too.
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Note: This recipe calls for King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour – to learn more, click here.