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.