Sunday, 25 September 2011

Wholemeal blueberry & banana muffins

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Cupcakes...Muffins.....what's the difference? I've asked this question and some say that they are the same, same say they are not. So who's correct?

Are cupcakes usually lighter in texture, topped with frostings, look very pretty and tastes so good??
Are muffins usually heavier in texture, looks rustic, is more of a breakfast food and also tastes good?

What do you think??

This is my first time making muffins with wholemeal flour and was very pleased with the texture as it's very moist so this is definitely a healthy, yummy muffin that's filled with goodness!!

Recipe from Gordon Ramsay's Healthy Appetite
Ingredients (Makes 12)
2 very ripe bananas
300g wholemeal flour
1.5 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
pinch of fine sea salt
100g light brown sugar
284 carton of buttermilk
(I used soy milk and lemon juice to replace this. Mix 1 cup(250ml) of soy milk with 1 tbsp of while vinegar or lemon juice and let it sit for 10 mins. This method can be used with cow's milk too if you can't find buttermilk)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
75g light olive oil
200g blueberries
1 tbsp demerara sugar

Heat the oven to 180 deg C. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases. 
Peel the bananas and mash in a bowl.
Mix the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt and brown sugar together in a large mixing bowl.
Make a well in the centre and add the soy milk. egg, olive oil and bananas.
Quickly fold the ingredients together until just incorporated, taking care not to overmix.
Tip in the blueberries and give the batter one or two stirs.
Spoon the batter into the muffin cases and sprinkle with demerara sugar. The cases will be quite full.
Bake in the oven for 20 to 25 mins until well risen and golden brown on top. A skewer inserted into the centre of the muffin emerges clean.
Leave to cool in the tin for a couple of minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. These are lovely Sylvia! Really nice choice of ingredients (and they look very pretty too). Isn't demerara great?

  2. What a wonderful combo of ingredients. They looks very tasty and beautiful

  3. Nice site design, and nice muffins, quite healthy. I don't make muffins and cupcakes often - I guess the process and texture is different. I think!

  4. Splendid! Those muffins look irresistibly delicious.



  5. Can you get a little healthier! I love these muffins! I also love your website so I've passed an award onto you!!!! Please check it out at this link.

  6. Kelly: Thanks and yes, it's great! :)
    Sylvia: They tasted really good!
    Three Cookies: Thanks! I think you might be right!
    Rosa: They definitely were!! Couldn't get enough of them!!
    Mjskit: My first award! I'm so honoured and thanks so much for passing it on to me! :)

  7. I think you can eat muffins for breakfast without feeling guilty :) These look fantastic!

  8. Perfect Sylvia...
    These muffins not only look great but I can bet they taste great as well and are good for you...

  9. Your definition sounds good to me. I definitely love muffins (or even scones are better). I guess I just love the breakfast pastry more than cupcakes... This blueberry banana muffins look so delicious than any cupcake. Okay I admit, cupcake can look prettier...but it's way too sweet for my tooth. =) Beautiful muffins!


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