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!
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!
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!! 🙂
guess you can try coconut palm sugar instead ?
Yes absolutely, any brown type sugar will work!
Oh these look delicious, my favourite combo ever. Caramel/Toffee and banana yum yum. My mouth is definitely watering now!
Caramel and banana is just a match made in heaven isn’t it?!
I cannot argue with that one! 🙂 Whoever thought of putting those two together is a genius.
They look amazing! Why are paper cases a no no?
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! 🙂
Good to know. I would never have thought of that until it was too late!
Yes, it’s a heart sinker when it happens! I love the silicone cases regardless, reusable so always a wnner for me! 🙂
Great recipe- looks delicious. Good luck with the revision 🙂
Thank you so much! 🙂
These look amazing 🙂
Thank you 🙂
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!
Thanks so much Liz!
I hope you will enjoy the muffins as much as I did! 🙂
These are awesome Poppy! I love the banana as a whole piece rather than smashed into the mix! Love it.
Thank you! 🙂
I just got done eating dessert, but I want these!
I know the feeling!!!
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.
Thank you. I hope you can find sukrin, maybe try online!
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Thank you so much Ani!! 🙂
these looks amazing, especially the way you have finished them off. good lic with the exams! sure the banana helped 😉
Beautiful photo! Yum!
Thank you 🙂
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.
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! 🙂
wow, this looks amazing. good enough to eat. wait 😀
are those silicone muffin cases, btw?
Thank you. Yes they are indeed silicone muffin cases!
do you recommend? I haven’t tried those yet, just the “normal” silicone mo(u)lds…
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! 🙂
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 😉
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! 🙂
mind telling this wonderful company’s name?
exam!? why, mud in your eye! – or what do students tell these days? 😀
Haha I wish I did have mud in my eye instead!!
I got them from eco eco, http://www.eco-eco.co.uk/ while back so apologies if they no longer stock them. I reckon you could find some online somewhere though via google?! 🙂
no worries, such a lovely site! I’m sure I will find a lot of other things I totally need…
Do they not have them? It is beautiful, I love it!
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 ❤
Those look so delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Btw, how did the cabbage potatoes turn out??
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 🙂
Whitney, FYI the link to your site when you leave comments doesn’t work!
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?!
Oh, for some reason it had a different website. I fixed it, hopefully it will start working soon! Thanks for letting me know!!
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!! 🙂
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! 🙂
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 🙂
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. 🙂
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! 🙂
WOW, that is making me cry for one!
They are so good! And guilt free – bonus!
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!
Tehe I love that – running home from work to make muffins! I hope you live them 🙂
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.
Go for it! It’s delicious! Yes, the fact they weren’t rubbery was a real selling point for me too! 🙂
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!
Great, I hope they like them! I love broad beans, on bruschetta with vegan almond feta on a summers day would be lovely! 🙂
will have to try vegan almond feta, sounds delish!
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 🙂
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!
I hope you find some inspiration! 🙂
These look so delicious! I have to try them. Would Trader Joe’s or the World Market carry most of the ingredients?
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 🙂
These look amazing! Love to find great tasting fat-free recipes. And thanks for stopping by my Tea Foodie blog!
They are really good, especially for a fat free muffin, the texture is spot on. 🙂
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.
Thank you. Yes I know the feeling of the paper case battle, I hope you get on better with the silicone!
Wow! This looks amazing! It sounds so tasty too!
Thank you 🙂
These look amazing… Especially the caramel banana topping!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my recent post.
Thanks Frances! The topping is really delicious!
Ummm these look DELICIOUS!!!!!! 🙂
Thank you 🙂
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Thanks for stopping by my blog! This recipe looks delicious, I will definitely have to try it out 🙂
Thank you Sharaya!
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OK…this is a must try for me. Looks GREAT
Thanks for visiting my page! Your muffins look AMAZING! You’ve inspired me to make mine look nicer. haha. 🙂
Thank you! Your’s look wonderful too, I love the idea of crumb topping!
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!
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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These look delicious! I am definitely going to try slices of banana on top of muffins, great idea 🙂
Thanks Jen! The banana on top is really yummy!
Yum! I can’t wait for my bananas to over ripen!!! 🙂
sooo pretty. i’m going back to reread the ingredients!
Thank you! 😀
These look amazing Poppy! And beautiful photos as usual!!! Celeste 🙂
Thank you lovely Celeste! Hope you’re having a great holiday, not sure if you’re back yet?! 😀
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.
Haha! I hope you love it if you get to try it! Thank you so much!! 😀
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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.
Sorry you can’t eat bananas, pumpkin sounds like a great idea, let me know if you give it a go! 😀
How pretty and they sound delicious! Happy SITS day!
Thank you so much!
is there a way to print the recipe easily without the comments etc? Looks so good
Hi Christa, I’m sorry I haven’t managed to ork out the best ay to make printable recipes available yet as wordpress.com 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!! 😀
Those look delicious! I have never heard of that substitute before but it looks good.
Thank you Kelly! 😀
My daughter loves everything banana so this is a sure hit in our home 🙂
That looks AMAZING. Gotta see if I have a banana. Happy SITS Day!
I hope you found that banana Lynne?!
Thank you so much!
These look yummy! A great twist!
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!
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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Cannot wait to try these!!!