Banana Carrot Muffins

Banana Carrot Muffins contain many healthy ingredients, such as bananas, carrots, whole wheat flour and chopped walnuts. They make a great light breakfast or a tasty snack. Banana Carrot Muffins is one of the recipes I really liked in Eater’s Choice.

A Little Background (skip if you want to get straight to the recipe)

This section is on nutrition information from the American Heart Association website.

Back in 1987, a book called Eater’s Choice by Dr. Ron Goor and Nancy Goor was very popular as it addressed how to lower cholesterol by diet. Their focus was on saturated fat, which is still appropriate today. Trans fat was not a term used in the 80’s – trans fat is another name for partially hydrogenated oils.

Trans fats (or trans fatty acids) are created in an industrial process that adds hydrogen to liquid vegetable oils to make them more solid. Trans fat are found in many fried and baked goods. Check out the Nutrition Facts label on food to see if trans fat or partially hydrogenated oil is listed.

Trans fats raise your LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and lower your HDL (good) cholesterol levels – changes associated with an increased risk of heart disease. Many fast food chains and restaurant chains no longer use trans fat to fry or deep-fry food.

Let’s look briefly at the recommendations of the American Heart Association. The American Heart Association recommends that adults who would benefit from lowering LDL cholesterol reduce their intake of trans fat and limit their consumption of saturated fat to 5 to 6% of total calories. Here are some ways to achieve that:

  • Eat a dietary pattern that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, poultry, fish and nuts. Also limit red meat and sugary foods and beverages.
  • Use naturally occurring, unhydrogenated vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower or olive oil most often.
  • Look for processed foods made with unhydrogenated oil rather than partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated vegetable oils or saturated fat.
  • Use soft margarine as a substitute for butter, and choose soft margarines (liquid or tub varieties) over harder stick forms. Look for ?0 g trans fat? on the Nutrition Facts label.
  • Doughnuts, cookies, crackers, muffins, pies and cakes are examples of foods that are high in trans fat. Don’t eat them often.
  • Limit commercially fried foods and baked goods made with shortening or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils. Not only are these foods very high in fat, but that fat is also likely to be trans fat.
  • Limit fried fast food. Commercial shortening and deep-frying fats continue to be made by hydrogenation and contain saturated fat and trans fat.
 
For more information, check out the American Heart Association website or consult a registered dietitian/licensed nutritionist. Now let’s get back to the recipe for Banana Carrot muffins!

The Methodology

The first step to making Banana Carrot Muffins is to preheat the oven to 350°F. and grease the muffin tins or use pan spray, your choice.

The next step is to grate the carrots – a food processor does this most efficiently if you have one.

Place the bananas in a small bowl and mash them with a fork. Set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream the soft margarine and brown sugar until fluffy. Add an egg and beat well. Stir in the mashed bananas. In a small bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add flour mixture to banana mixture. Do not overmix. When mixing muffins, just mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients until the dry ingredients are just moistened.

Add grated carrots, vanilla and nuts and combine carefully.

Fill muffin tins with batter, which will be thicker than some batters, and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester or toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean.

“Before” baking“After” baking

The Recipe – Printable Version

Banana Carrot Muffins
Yields 12
A healthy and tasty muffin with whole wheat flour, bananas, carrots, and walnuts!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 medium carrots
  2. 2 medium bananas
  3. 1/4 cup soft margarine
  4. 1/2 cup brown sugar
  5. 1 large egg
  6. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  7. 2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease or use pan spray on a 12-cup muffin pan.
  2. Grate carrots and set aside. (A food processor does this well.)
  3. Mash bananas with a fork and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, cream the soft margarine and brown sugar until fluffy.
  5. Add egg and beat well.
  6. Stir in the mashed bananas.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  8. Add flour mixture to banana mixture. Do not overmix.
  9. Add grated carrots, vanilla and nuts and combine carefully.
  10. Fill muffin tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Notes
  1. As an alternative, try substituting 1 cup oat bran + 1/2 cup wheat germ + 1/2 cup whole wheat flour for the 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Use only 2 tablespoons of soft margarine and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
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Parting Comments

I really didn’t mean to get into a lot of nutrition information in today’s post but it just happened! As a disclaimer, I was a registered dietitian for many years but I’m now retired. The information under “A Little Background” was directly from the American Heart Association website. It’s beyond the scope of this website to provide individualized nutrition information but if you have elevated cholesterol levels I hope this may have been helpful. As always, check with your doctor and/or registered dietitian for more information.

These muffins are delicious and delightful! Make some soon for those you love!

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Banana Carrot Muffins – Tasty and Healthy — 44 Comments

  1. My husband isn’t allowed nuts. Will this still have the great moist texture it looks like it has?
    Also I can’t find the link to sign up for the newsletter…
    Could you sign the me up please!!??

  2. Hi Kay, Hope you’re doing well! I believe I can sign you up with your e-mail address so look for a confirmation e-mail. Sorry your husband can’t have nuts. I think these muffins would be fine without nuts. You could add a small amount of liquid as the batter for this muffin is pretty dense. Good to hear from you! Blessings, Janet

  3. These look delicious! I love the interesting, creative combination of carrots and bananas! Stopping by from Small Victories Sunday!

  4. Hi Elizabeth, Love your name – my Mom was a chocoholic too! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings,Janet

  5. Sounds healthy and looks delicious! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up!!

  6. These look delicious. I can’t wait to try them. Definitely pinning! Visiting today from “Raising Samuels.” Blessings!

  7. Hi Donna, These are pretty tasty! I hope you enjoy the Banana Carrot Muffins! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  8. Great recipe! I love the combo of banana & carrots, Pinned to try, thank you for sharing!! ?

  9. Love this recipe and I’m going to try them this weekend. Thanks for sharing with us at Over the Moon.

  10. Hi Sue, Thanks for stopping by – love your website’s name! Hope you enjoy the muffins. Blessings, Janet

  11. I don’t eat margarine, can you sub out that for butter in the same measurement?

  12. These look and sound amazing! And I love that they are healthy! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  13. Hi Michelle, Yes, butter works well in the same amount in this recipe. Hope you enjoy the muffins! Blessings, Janet

  14. My cholesterol is double than the normal. Hmm, just don’t know if that’s the bad one, but I guess it is. What I know is my bad cholesterol is high. Thank you for sharing these helpful tips and fro bringing these beautiful & delicious muffins. I hope you are enjoying Fiesta Friday. ?

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  16. What a great idea to combine carrot with banana! Those are two of sons favorites. Going to have to definitely make this one! Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  17. Hi Kelly, Thanks for your kind comments and I hope your sons enjoy these muffins! See you at Social Butterfly Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  18. Hi Charlene, Thanks so much for featuring the Banana Carrot Muffins and for hosting the Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Jhuls, I finally got my “bad” cholesterol into normal range by exercising. I go to Silver Sneakers several times a week. I have to take statin drugs to control my high cholesterol – diet alone just won’t do it because my elevated cholesterol is familial, or inherited. My total cholesterol is controlled by statins, about which I have very mixed feelings, but my “bad” cholesterol stays in the bad range without exercise. Hope you enjoy the muffins! Blessings, Janet

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  21. I love recipes like this, where you hide healthy foods in yummy ones that everyone loves! Even for myself-I love to eat healthy, but at the same time, I hate gnawing on carrots, etc. I would much rather have a yummy muffin! Congrats on getting featured over at the Family Joy Linky Party! I hope you will be able to join us often-we’re open every Sunday!

  22. Hi Rachel, Thanks, I was honored to be featured. I hope you enjoy the Banana Carrot Muffins! Thanks for your comments and for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  23. Love muffins and love that carrots or bananas are in them. Thanks for sharing on Let’s Get Real Friday Party.

  24. Janet, I make a variation of this but I believe it would be much better with the banana and nuts. I’ll try your recipe and thanks for all the nutritional info. I’m always getting mixed up with the oils. Also pinning it and sharing on FB. Thanks for joining us over at Sweet Inspiration.

  25. Hi Mary, I hope you enjoy the Banana Carrot Muffins! Thanks for all your kind comments and for stopping by! Come back again soon! Blessings, Janet

  26. Sounds yummy! Hubby and I are trying to eat healthier. Thanks for sharing the recipe with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  27. These sound like a hearty and delicious breakfast or snack. Thanks for sharing at the Healthy Living Link Party.
    Blessings, Leigh

  28. Love these muffins that are loaded with the goodness of carrots and bananas! Saving the recipe to try!

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  30. Hi Suchitra, Thanks for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy the Banana Carrot Muffins! Blessings, Janet

  31. Hi Adelina, Thanks for including the Banana Carrot Muffins in After School Snacks! Thanks for hosting Weekend Bites! Blessings, Janet

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