These muffins were inspired by this wonderful looking bread over on Recipe Girl. I saw the picture, read prunes and said aloud, "GENIUS!" The toddler and I made a couple of batches to get the sweetness right and we were pleased at this mornings results! In fact, we were so smitten there are only 2 muffins of the 6 left. The husband will have nothing to do with them, his loss. They are a hearty breakfast muffin, not too sweet, not too cake-y, just the right texture and very filling.
The toddler added the sprinkles which creates a nice crunch on top. I think next time I’ll add a handful of chocolate chips for a bonus. Especially now that I calculated the nutritional information to find each muffin is less then 150 calories!
- 5oz dried prunes
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour (45g)
- 1/4 cups cocoa powder (20g)
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 scoop unflavored protein powder (I used 20g of 100% Any Whey)
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 tbsp molasses
- 1 egg
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
In a small sauce pan add the prunes with enough water to cover them. Boil for 5 minutes and then simmer while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, salt and protein powder. Set aside.
Line a 6 muffin tin with muffin liners. Spray with non-stick spray in desired. (I used aluminum liners, they didn’t stick at all!)
Drain the prunes. They should be soft. Puree them in a food processor (I used my Magic Bullet). Add the banana, vanilla, and molasses, blend until smooth.
Pour the prune mixture in a bowl. Whisk in the egg. Add the sifted dry ingredients and mix until just combined. If you are adding any chips, do it now.
Divide the batter into the 6 muffin tins and bake for about 17 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Nutritional Information is just the batter, no sprinkles or chips as I would make them plain for myself but they make a great starting point to let the kids have a little fun. I don’t mind adding sprinkles or chocolate chips to a whole grain muffin base with no added sugar. :~)
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