Fatless Vegan Strawberry Banana Muffins

Are you still keeping count of my various on-going affairs with different foods and flavours? B’cos if you are, then please add Strawberries to that list…like right NOW! My affair with this one began when I was probably about 7; I’d been to our neighbour girl’s B’day party, and her B’day parties were known for the wonderful themes they were based on, un-paralleled in the way they were impeccably done to the T. Those were the days when a return gift was mighty rare, and this girl would give out a whole goodie-bag full. Woot! I would sometimes wish that it was the girl’s B’day every day!! I’d been to 2-3 of her b’day parties already – Rainbow B’day party, Barbie B’day party, and another one I cannot seem to remember right now. That year, (no prizes for guessing), it was a Strawberry themed B’day party, and you bet that that party was berry nice! Everything from the customary B’day cake, to her frock, to the streamers, to the balloons, to the return gift bag, and everything else either had strawberries on them, or were daintily shaped like one! And THAT is how the berry-affair began…from a berry high overdose!

Picture lush, juicy, plump, bright-red strawberries, and you bite into one of them…the flavour explodes in your mouth, and teases you; it’s a typical food porn moment, atleast for me. I don’t know why I talk food porn when I talk muffins, maybe they’re the epitome of food porn? Whatever it is, muffins sure are a part of my favourite foods. Talking of favourite foods, what are yours? Go on, leave me a comment/drop me a line and tell me what your favourites are. That way, when I’m the mood to tickle your taste-buds, I have a fool-proof list to fall back on ;) Till then, allow me to tease you with this one…

Ingredients

  • Whole Wheat flour – 1 1/2 cups
  • Oats (quick-cooking variety) – 1 cup
  • Mashed ripe banana – 1 cup (from 2 big bananas)
  • Strawberry crush/Fresh strawberry puree – 1/2 cup
  • Sugar – 1/4 cup (I like my muffins just about mildly sweet; if you like your’s sweeter, use 1/3 cup)
  • Baking powder – 1 tsp
  • Baking soda – 1 tsp
  • Salt – a pinch
  • Flax seed powder (dry-roasted and finely ground) – 3 tsps mixed in 3/4th cup warm water (substituting 3 eggs)
  • Vanilla extract – 1 tsp (I used 1 tsp ground Vanilla bean)

Note: If using fresh strawberry puree, use 1/3 cup sugar since the berries can be a tad too tart sometimes.

This proportion makes 12-14 standard-sized muffins.

Procedure:

  • Pre-heat oven to 180C/350F. Line a muffin tray with paper muffin liners and set aside.
  • Start by mixing the flax seed powder in warm water. Set aside till it develops a gelatinous texture.
  • Cream the mashed bananas and sugar together.
  • Add the flaxseed-warm water mixture, vanilla and stir well.
  • In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients together with a balloon whisk – whole wheat flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Slowly add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and fold. Do not overmix.
  • Lastly, fold in the strawberry crush (do not stir uniformly, this gives a wonderful marble effect once baked).
  • Spoon equal amounts of batter into readied muffin moulds 3/4th full. You will need to work with two spoons here, to scoop the batter into the muffin moulds.
  • Bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.
  • Cool on a wire-rack turned upside down, and enjoy your guilt-free berry-treat!

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19 responses to “Fatless Vegan Strawberry Banana Muffins

  1. Strawberries are so totally food porn…… couldn’t agree more with you… :)

    nice post… lovey pictures….

    cheers,
    Cheers,
    The Variable, Crazy Over Desserts – Nachiketa
    Catch me on facebook @ Crazy Over Desserts

  2. I keep lurking through your site often and love the healthy recipes you post. This recipe is something i want to try ASAP. I don’t have strawberry crush but plan to substitute with grated carrots.

  3. Fatless, fatless! everything fatless!
    Looks great!

  4. I love all your bakes .. I love strawberries too :)

  5. Madhuri,
    Thanks for the email. It is late for this week’s roundup that is today. Add the link and send it in for next week’s. Thanks.

  6. Moist and cute Muffins. Strawberries makes it more tempting.

  7. Those lil hearts of strawberry pulp call out my name! Funny how I’ve never ever eaten strawberry muffins… perhaps that is reason enough to try these, eh? Blueberry muffins always topped my list of loved muffins…but that might just change soon :D
    Nicey nice work Madhuri…Makes for a perfect, guilt-free on-the-run breakfast/snack! My sonny is slowly beginning to love ‘em muffins… will make this for him (psst..and me!)

  8. Madhuri that looks scrumptious with awesome pictures.

  9. I couldn’t agree more with you

  10. Fatless recipes r always welcome dear…those muffins look scrumptuous

  11. Wow, Madhuri, that is amazing, I love banana muffins and this one is up one notch :)

  12. Hi Madhuri…first time at your page and I must confess how much I love your great baked goodies and amazing drool worthy photographs. The thing that I apreciate most is the use of less or almost no fat in recipes. Bookmarked the corn muffin recipe…thats something I have been wanting to try for a long time. I now have the perfect recipe from you.
    These muffins look delicious and more so as they come with no fat…thats what we call a guilt free indulgence!!!

  13. Perfect guilt-free indulgence for the sweet tooth!! Fruity muffins with whole wheat flour and oats would make a wonderful snack for the kiddie snack box too!!

  14. Pretty and guilt free muffins. Of late home baked breads are my favorite :)

  15. lovely muffins….

  16. You may be surprised to hear this, but I’m not a fan of strawberry at all!! I’d rather have some other fruit, specially when it comes to icecream flavours. That said, I enjoyed your li’l strawberry story. Incidently I baked something yesterday which contained whole wheat, oats and flaxseeds and will be posting it in a couple of days.

  17. I made these a couple of days before…Just whipped up the complete process in 30 mins…they were damn gud with all the goodness….luv’d ur low fat,no flour,no butter yet a good muffin….could not even take pics as they vanished just like dat…but definitely will try again n again….and even the texture was very nice..

  18. Oh…you and your love affairs. Can’t keep count!

    Just pass me some of these and I won’t tell. Pinkie promise.

  19. Hi Madhuri, Can i make these muffins without muffin liners? I have silicon muffin moulds.

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