Sugarless banana and blueberry muffins

I gave up sugar almost a month ago…when I say gave up sugar I don’t mean that literally…I still have the odd drink, juice and eat bread/cereal (which has small amounts of sugar in it) but no biscuits, desserts, chocolates, soft drinks or sugar in my tea or coffee. I thought it’d be really difficult but it hasn’t actually been that bad so I decided to keep going until the end of the year.

*I did have some cake during birthday week though.

The last week there have been soo many birthdays!! It started off with mine, then S’s headmistress on the 18th, my aunt’s 60th on Saturday the 20th, his friend’s birthday party yesterday (21st) and his other teacher’s today (22nd). At every party he’s had a little bit of cake. For those who know me, you can imagine the torture I’m internalising!!! I don’t think it’s a good idea for 2 year olds to have that much sugar and I can get quite militant when it comes down to it.

So last week I decided I’d look into sugar free cupcake/muffin recipes. I came across a few and went with this one. It looked great but tasted awful! So this week I decided I was going to chop and change the recipe slightly and give it a go. Here’s mama duck’s own recipe for sugar free banana and blueberry muffins. They look good, they taste good and there’s no added processed sugar.

If you’re worried about how much sugar your child eats but would still like to give them treats from time to time, this one is for you.

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes

2 ripe medium sized bananas mashed
1 egg
150ml apple juice
125ml vegetable oil
250g flour (I used half wholemeal flour and half white flour)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
2 handfuls of fresh blueberries (high levels of antioxidants, great for your kids!!)

In a bowl, mix the flour, egg, apple juice, vegetable oil, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder. Once mixed well then add the banana and mix through. Lastly fold in the blueberries.

Put a big dollop of the mixture into 12 muffin cases and bake in a pre heated oven at 180 degrees for 25 minutes.



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