Tropical Mini-Muffins

Sweet and moist bite-sized muffins made with tropical fruits. You won’t believe these have no added sugar or fat!

1 cup dried mango slices
1 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
2 ripe bananas
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oat bran
1 tbsp flaxseed meal
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
Rip up mango slices into small pieces and place them in a blender with pineapple juice and bananas. Blend until smooth. Add egg and mix with a fork.
In a bowl combine flour, oat bran, flax, baking powder and baking soda. Pour the contents of the blender into the bowl and stir until combined. Place in greased mini-muffin tins and sprinkle with coconut. Bake at 400 for 10 minutes. If you prefer normal-sized muffins, use a regular muffin tin and bake for an extra 10 minutes or so.
After having gestational diabetes with both my pregnancies, it’s been ingrained into me to stay away from refined sugars whenever possible. That’s why I’m so intrigued by sweetening baked goods with fruit only. Yes, it’s still sugar and you should consume it in moderation, but the good thing about fruit sugars is that they won’t cause the huge spikes and crashes in your blood-sugar levels like refined sugars do. It’s a much slower burning energy. Plus, fruits contain nutrients and fibre, which refined sugars lack. So there’s my little lesson of the day for you. Now please go make these muffins.
These are the perfect size for little hands. Bennett liked to have one for each hand, that seemed to be very important to him. I made some regular-sized muffins too and Tony liked taking them to work. I made up this recipe in my head, and I was going to add oil or butter but totally forgot, only to discover that they really don’t need any! The bananas make them nice and moist.
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Welcome! I’m Megan.

My kids like to whine, especially when it comes to the food they eat, but that doesn’t stop me from trying to make tasty and healthy meals for them. Follow along as I share family-friendly recipes and reviews from my picky family members, who I lovingly call “The Whine Critics.” Read More…

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