Moist Banana Muffins with Caramel Banana Topping – Added fat free.


With one exam down and three to go, I am well and truly tired, burnt out and beyond stressed! The idea that I might actually cook for pleasure and not just to satisfy my nutritional needs, didn’t bear thinking about. Then I came across Somer’s Oil-Free Banana Muffins and I couldn’t help but wonder – would it be so bad if I made a batch of muffins on a revision break?

It is clear that I didn’t think so, besides, Somer promised a really quick and simple recipe – and that it was!

Moreover, my 4 remaining bananas were actually starting to fur at the top, and with the freezer already stocked full, banana muffins surely was the only solution.

By far, these are the best fat free muffins I have ever had.  They really are good, moist and fluffy and not dry or gummy which I have found a common trait of many lower fat baked goods. I went even lighter by subbing the amazing Sukrin Gold for the sugar. If you haven’t tried this all natural, plant based, brown sugar alternative before, I really recommend you do – it is incredible stuff! It looks, smells, tastes and cooks like brown sugar and guess what, it has a mere 15 CALORIES per 100g! Do I need to tell you how excited I am by it?


So, I went for the plain muffin, no chocolate chips or fruit but I chopped up my fourth banana into thick slices and topped each muffin with a slice and an extra 1/2 tsp Sukrin Gold before baking. Wow. I’ve never done that before, but I tell you it will be a regular feature of every banana bread I make in the future! Warm, gooey, sweet banana with a brown sugar caramel encased in moist, fragrant muffin. Yum.


Also, I subbed peach soya yoghurt for the buttermilk as it was already open and a milk wasn’t. It appeared to have done the job! My muffin tin is scarily rusty so I used silicone muffin cups (paper cups are a no, no for this recipe) which worked perfectly, nobody got stuck! My version of the recipe (using Sukrin instead of sugar and topping with banana slices) comes in at just 93 calories per muffin (12 per recipe). So go head over to Vedged Out and whip up some fat free banana muffins in minutes!


So, now, I can happily get back to revision knowing energy boosting muffins are on hand and I can stop worrying about those bananas! Thanks Somer!


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115 Responses to Moist Banana Muffins with Caramel Banana Topping – Added fat free.

  1. Somer says:

    Woah, your version looks even better than mine! I love the banana and caramel top! I’ve gotta find out about this brown sugar sub that you’re talking about….blast just looked at the site, of course it’s in the UK and not here…. intrigued… So glad you loved them!

    • Poppy says:

      Ahh I’m blushing!! Shame Sukrin isn’t available in the US – usually it’s you guys that get all the amazing innovations! I’ll keep an eye to see if they’re planning to stock it anywhere else. Thank you for the inspiration and for encouraging me to take a break from this relentless revision!! 🙂

    • seray says:

      guess you can try coconut palm sugar instead ?

  2. LittleTallie says:

    Oh these look delicious, my favourite combo ever. Caramel/Toffee and banana yum yum. My mouth is definitely watering now!

  3. fresaichigo says:

    They look amazing! Why are paper cases a no no?

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you! As the muffins have no added fat, they will totally stick to paper cases! I’ve had it in the past where we’ve ended up eating bits of the paper that we couldn’t get off just to not waste the food! 🙂

  4. hurriedvegan says:

    Great recipe- looks delicious. Good luck with the revision 🙂

  5. couleewind says:

    These look amazing 🙂

  6. Liz says:

    those look like so much fun and I can’t wait to make them 🙂 The banana chunk in the middle totally sells it. Congrats on the one down and good luck on the three to go!

  7. These are awesome Poppy! I love the banana as a whole piece rather than smashed into the mix! Love it.

  8. issa9160 says:

    I just got done eating dessert, but I want these!

  9. I really like the banana topping. I have always wanted to try baking with stevia but it is so expensive in Australia, I will have to look for sukrin.

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  11. vannillarock says:

    these looks amazing, especially the way you have finished them off. good lic with the exams! sure the banana helped 😉

  12. Danielle says:

    Beautiful photo! Yum!

  13. Love how the nanner slices have sunk into the cakes – lovely! I’m all about no-added-oil these days and am always looking for good baked good recipes.

    • Poppy says:

      I love it that you call them nanners! I call them that too! 🙂 So many muffin recipes are practically indulgent cupcake recipes so when I saw these it was like, hallelujah! Wholesome on the go breakfast or snack that’s totally yummy! 🙂

  14. beautycalyptique says:

    wow, this looks amazing. good enough to eat. wait 😀

    are those silicone muffin cases, btw?

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you. Yes they are indeed silicone muffin cases!

      • beautycalyptique says:

        do you recommend? I haven’t tried those yet, just the “normal” silicone mo(u)lds…

      • Poppy says:

        They’re awesome! Especially for low fat/fat free muffins like in this recipe which would completely stick to paper and being individual cases they still have the portable benefit. I also like that they’re reusable which is of course good for our world! 🙂

      • beautycalyptique says:

        cool, thank you! will look up what’s available here in Germany, apparently it’s important to know what silicone to pick – so that it’s still good for us. and the world! 😉

        have a great TGIF 😉

      • Poppy says:

        Yes, that is true, mine are organic and from an eco friendly company etc etc so I would recommend as enviro friendly as you can afford! Either way, even the less eco friendly are better if used for years than all the paper!
        Thanks dear you too, I have exam today so I hope I can still call it TGIF! HaHa! 🙂

      • beautycalyptique says:

        mind telling this wonderful company’s name?

        exam!? why, mud in your eye! – or what do students tell these days? 😀

      • Poppy says:

        Haha I wish I did have mud in my eye instead!!
        I got them from eco eco, while back so apologies if they no longer stock them. I reckon you could find some online somewhere though via google?! 🙂

      • beautycalyptique says:

        no worries, such a lovely site! I’m sure I will find a lot of other things I totally need…

      • Poppy says:

        Do they not have them? It is beautiful, I love it!

      • beautycalyptique says:

        no cases, no. but I’m sure will be able to find another manufacturer 🙂
        the shop is great!!!! I’ve put together a small collection of similar shops because if I need sth I want to be sure to look at the right places. thank you for sharing it ❤

  15. Whitney says:

    Those look so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Btw, how did the cabbage potatoes turn out??

    • Poppy says:

      Thanks Whitney! It was really delicious! I used about double the quantities of veg than you but kept the spicing the same apart from LOADS of kalonji! I also added a bit of soya milk! It was really yummy with whole meal chappatti and easy enough to cook mid exam revision! Thank you for a great recipe 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Whitney, FYI the link to your site when you leave comments doesn’t work!

      • Whitney says:

        So glad you liked it!! The soya milk sounds like a really good touch, and I love that you used loads of kalonji!! Hmm I wonder if it’s a glitch =( I wouldn’t know how to fix that?!

      • Whitney says:

        Oh, for some reason it had a different website. I fixed it, hopefully it will start working soon! Thanks for letting me know!!

      • Poppy says:

        Yay it works now! Well done you!
        The soya milk added a touch of creamy luxury which was nice! And yes, like you, I love Kalonji seeds I buy them in bulk!! 🙂

  16. Manders says:

    These look so darn good!!!!! Hope finals went well…I just finished mine and my will to cook is just now returning. I’ll try these tomorrow! 🙂

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you, I hope you love them.
      I have my last exam hurdle tomorrow and then I am free! I hope yours went OK too – it’s such a good feeling when they’re over isn’t it?! What are you studying? Poppy 🙂

      • Manders says:

        Fingers crossed it all went well! I’m getting my Master’s Degree in Public Health and am a veterinarian, so hopefully will be working in international health on zoonotic disease. I see you’re studying animal management? That was my undergrad degree! Sounds like we have a few things in common. 🙂

      • Poppy says:

        That’s so exciting, yes I study animal management, its an undergrad degree. I love it, I started out in a politics degree but it wasn’t what I wanted to do so decided to follow my dreams!
        How did you go from An Man to veterinary – did you have to do a transition course? I love the idea of working in zoonotic disease, it’s so interesting. It came up in my exam on Friday! P.s I think our time zones are confusing things – exam still hasn’t happened, another sleep yet! 🙂

  17. veganmiam says:

    WOW, that is making me cry for one!

    vegan miam

  18. My mouth is watering. I think I’m going to run home from work and give these a go– thank you so much for sharing!

  19. A fat free muffin that doesn’t look rubbery! They look pretty delicious, I love your addition of the banana chunk and sugar on top. I usally put a banana slice on top before I bake but for some reason I never though to add sugar, totally stealing that idea! lol.

  20. thehomesliceblog says:

    thanks for your like on my Broad Bean & Feta Bruschetta post! I’m a new blog so it’s great to have some positive feedback. These muffins look amazing, going to make them for my vegan friends!

    • Poppy says:

      Great, I hope they like them! I love broad beans, on bruschetta with vegan almond feta on a summers day would be lovely! 🙂

      • thehomesliceblog says:

        will have to try vegan almond feta, sounds delish!

      • Poppy says:

        You’ll find it on my posts page and recipe index. It works great in recipes calling for dairy feta, especially good if you’re cooking for vegan friends 🙂

      • thehomesliceblog says:

        Fab, thank you! I have lots of vegan friends but I admit, I find it really hard to cook exciting food for them. Am now following so I can improve!

      • Poppy says:

        I hope you find some inspiration! 🙂

  21. These look so delicious! I have to try them. Would Trader Joe’s or the World Market carry most of the ingredients?

    • Poppy says:

      Thank you. I am not sure of the availability of Sukrin Gold outside of the UK but you can sub any brown sugar or granulated sugar alternative. The remaining ingredients should be straight forward to find! Poppy 🙂

  22. Tea Foodie [by Zanitea] says:

    These look amazing! Love to find great tasting fat-free recipes. And thanks for stopping by my Tea Foodie blog!

  23. MrsPeel says:

    I love the look of the topping on these! and great tip about the slicone cases, I made some cornbread muffins the other week and was nibbling at the paper rather than waste half my muffin! Thanks for popping by my blog.

  24. Wow! This looks amazing! It sounds so tasty too!

  25. Frances says:

    These look amazing… Especially the caramel banana topping!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post.

  26. Ummm these look DELICIOUS!!!!!! 🙂

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  28. Thanks for stopping by my blog! This recipe looks delicious, I will definitely have to try it out 🙂

  29. Sweet Dreamz Cakery says:

    Reblogged this on Sweet Dreamz Cakery and commented:
    OK…this is a must try for me. Looks GREAT

  30. meenunotes says:

    Thanks for visiting my page! Your muffins look AMAZING! You’ve inspired me to make mine look nicer. haha. 🙂

  31. I love banana muffins so I know I’ll definitely have to try these out!! Just wondering, do you suggest the silicone muffin containers as opposed to regular muffin holders? Thanks for the advice!

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Allison, as there is no added fat in this muffin recipe, the muffins would totally stick to regular paper muffin liners therefore I use silicone cases which are non stick. Alternatively you could bake the batter directly in the holes of a greased muffin tin but don’t use paper liners here! 🙂

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  33. jen says:

    These look delicious! I am definitely going to try slices of banana on top of muffins, great idea 🙂

  34. thebrookcook says:

    Yum! I can’t wait for my bananas to over ripen!!! 🙂

  35. sooo pretty. i’m going back to reread the ingredients!

  36. These look amazing Poppy! And beautiful photos as usual!!! Celeste 🙂

  37. Karen says:

    holy wow….OMG…smacking myself in the head for not thinking about that…I see this with stupid candy all the…but wow! going to pin this and try it. Happy SITS day.

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  39. sjskill says:

    This looks great but for some strange reason I can’t eat bananas. I’m thinking of using pumpkin as a substitute. Enjoy your SITS Day.

  40. jreneefraser says:

    How pretty and they sound delicious! Happy SITS day!

  41. is there a way to print the recipe easily without the comments etc? Looks so good

    • Poppy says:

      Hi Christa, I’m sorry I haven’t managed to ork out the best ay to make printable recipes available yet as doesn’t have a system for it. I’m working on it though! The best way I guess for now is to copy and paste the recipe into a word document and print it? I know that’s a pain and not very user friendly! I’m sorry!! 😀

  42. KELLY says:

    Those look delicious! I have never heard of that substitute before but it looks good.

  43. My daughter loves everything banana so this is a sure hit in our home 🙂

  44. That looks AMAZING. Gotta see if I have a banana. Happy SITS Day!

  45. These look yummy! A great twist!

  46. Wow, these would make a good weekend breakfast! Bananas are one of my favourite foods but somehow in recent weeks they’ve fallen by the wayside in my kitchen… I think it might be time for a revival!

    • Poppy says:

      Yes I agree, it should be time for a revival! They are a great weekend breakfast and I keep any leftovers for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks during the week 😀

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  50. amygashman says:

    Cannot wait to try these!!!

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