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Why Not Try … Wednesday: Banana, Date, & Walnut Protein Muffins

December 16, 2011

Welcome back for another “Why Not Try …” Wednesday, which features a new food or recipe every week. Check out my bullet points and nutrition facts, then try it for yourself – a great way to add some variety to your diet!

The Basics:

Makes 12 muffins; Prep time ~25 min; Cook Time – 25 min

The Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup quick oats

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1/4 cup mashed bananas (~3)

2 eggs

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1/3 cup “Promise Buttery Spread” – or any butter substitute

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

3/4 cup chopped pitted dates

5 scoops unflavored or vanilla whey protein


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In large bowl, combine flour, sugar, oats, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and whey protein; set aside. In medium bowl, combine bananas, eggs, yogurt, butter spread, and vanilla. Stir into flour mixture just until combined. Stir in walnuts and dates. Spoon batter into prepared pan, mounding slightly. Bake 25 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. On wire rack, cool 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.

Nutritional Info Per Muffin:


– 300

Total Fat

– 7 g

Sat Fat

– 1.5 g

Total Carbohydrate

– 44 g


– 24 g


– 5 g


– 15 g


– 35 mg


– 150 mg