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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tasty recipe for a muffin- Banana Walnut


It is hard to find a muffin that is tasty, moist AND the right amount of calories. Rocco Dispirito scores big with his Banana Walnut Muffin. I can't believe this muffin has only 163 calories! It is full of taste, and is very satisfying to eat.  I think his adding both ripe bananas and banana extract are key to how he makes it so flavorful. Also, just adding a walnut half on top adds texture but not the calories you might have if they were throughout the muffin. This is definitely a "keeper" recipe. You can find the recipe in the Now Eat This! Diet cookbook by Rocco Dispirito on page 278.

Of course a fresh muffin recently out of the oven is heavenly but what to do with the remaining muffins? A trick I have found to keep the muffins fresh and available when I want them, is to individually wrap them in Glad Wrap, stick them in a Ziplock bag, which I have labeled and dated, and put them in the freezer. I take a muffin out as I need it, usually at the beginning of the day so it has time to thaw by the time I plan to eat it. Leaving muffins out on the counter or in the refrigerator didn't work for me. Either they were too tempting and I ate more than I should or they grew stale. Now there is no waste and in the freezer they are "out of sight and out of mind" so I am not unduly tempted.