Healthy cake recipes might sound like a contradiction in terms. Cakes are treats, and full of sugar and fat, so how can they possibly be healthy? Well, I think it would be a sad #world without cakes, and it´s not that difficult to find a healthy cake recipe. You can easily cut down the amount of sugar in any #recipe without spoiling the taste, and there are lots of other ingredients that can create healthy cake recipes ?
1. Banana & Blueberry Muffins
The blueberry muffin can do no wrong as far as I am concerned, in whatever form, but if you are looking for a healthy version then this will do nicely. It is chock full of fruit in the form of bananas and blueberries - just think of the vitamins, antioxidants and fibre. Plus it uses olive oil, egg white and oats, making a tasty and healthy cake recipe.
- 300g self-raising flour
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- 100g light muscovado sugar
- 50g porridge oats, plus 1 tbsp for topping
- 2 medium bananas , the riper the better
- 284ml carton buttermilk
- 5 tbsp light olive oil
- 2 egg whites
- 150g punnet blueberries
- Heat oven to 180c/fan 160c/gas 4 and line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper muffin cases. Tip the flour and bicarbonate of soda into a large bowl. Hold back 1 tbsp of the sugar, then mix the remainder with the flour and 50g oats. Make a well in the centre. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas until nearly smooth. Stir the buttermilk, oil and #egg whites into the mashed banana until evenly combined.
- Pour the liquid mixture into the well and stir quickly and sparingly with a wooden spoon. The mix will #look lumpy and may have the odd fleck of flour still visible, but don't be tempted to over-mix. Tip in the blueberries and give it just one more stir. Divide the mix between the muffin cases - they will be quite full - then sprinkle the tops with the final tbsp of the oats and the rest of he sugar. Bake for 18-20 mins until risen and dark golden. Cool for 5 mins in the tray before lifting out onto a rack to cool completely.