Healthy cake for your coffee break

A review carried out by researchers from Southampton and Edinburgh universities have said that drinking a moderate amount of coffee is more likely to beneficial to health than harmful, and drinking three to four cups a day can help to reduce the risk of various health problems.

The researchers didn’t conduct any new studies but instead collated statistics from over 200 existing pieces of research on how coffee affected health. Experts have warned, though, that while drinking a moderate amount of coffee can have benefits for a range of conditions including diabetes, the accompanying slice of cake may not be so beneficial! So while coffee and cake are perfect partners, it may be time to switch to something a little healthier than your normal double chocolate brownie. These low fat blueberry banana muffins will help you have your cake…and eat it. The fresh fruit keeps them moist, and the bananas add natural sweetness.

Low fat muffins with no added sugar recipe

To make around 18 muffins, you’ll need:

  • 2 bananas, as ripe as possible, peeled and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 250g self raising flour
  • 175g blueberries or raspberries
  • 125ml water
  • 125ml sunflower oil

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Line the holes of a muffin tin with paper cases. In a large mixing bowl, put the mashed bananas, egg, water and oil and mix everything together thoroughly with a wooden spoon. It won’t mix to a really smooth batter, but continue until everything is combined. Then, add in the flour and beat until combined. Finally, tip in the blueberries and mix them in.

Divide the mixture equally between the muffin cases, taking care not to fill them too full. Bake in the oven until well risen and golden on top, which should take 12 to 15 minutes. Take them out of the tin, and leave to cool on a wire rack. Serve with a large mug of your favourite coffee, and a clear conscience!


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