Banana Tofu Muffins
This is definitely my FAVOURITE muffin recipe! It is my favorite snack to make in bulk and store in the freezer. This quick nutritious snack is great to grab on a busy day! These Banana Tofu muffins are filled with fibre, protein and even essential omega-3 fatty acids. Could it get any sweeter than this?
I know what you are thinking- tofu in a dessert? That does not sound sweet.
But WAIT. I want to share a little story with you and express why dessert tofu is a great addition to your favourite desserts.
When I was studying about the importance of protein at Mount Royal University my professor asked the class “who in this room likes tofu?” Not surprisingly, only a few raised their hand.
I didn’t. I knew I already had a perception that tofu was gross without even needing to try it.
I think my professor knew this was a common perception. “I want to show you that tofu can taste good and will taste good when you cook it properly. I am going to hand out some muffins that have tofu in them and I want you to then tell me honestly if you still don’t like tofu.”
I couldn’t lie. They were SO delicious. And they are the muffins I share with you today (with some personal tweaks over the years).
Ok, so it tastes good, but why do I love tofu so much? Let me reveal the magic!
Tofu is a great protein source. Protein is essential for maintaining body functioning. It not only helps build essential hormones and enzymes, but is a key component in cell growth and repair. Overall, protein is an important energy source that our body uses for a variety of functions.
Unlike many other plant-based proteins, tofu is a complete protein! Yes yes, I KNOW the myth about ‘complete proteins’ were debunked – but still – getting all the essential amino acids (the building blocks that make up proteins) that our body needs in a plant based food like tofu is still awesome, nonetheless. Finding ways to add tofu into our favorite foods provides us with a way to fuel our body with those essential amino acids!
Lastly, dessert tofu not only adds protein to treats, but also helps maintain a moist final product!
Have you tried tofu or dessert tofu? If not, let me assure you these muffins will convince you. Just like they did for me!
And with that, I leave you with the recipe for my favourite Banana Tofu Muffins! Enjoy!
- 1 cup whole wheat-flour
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- ¼ cup wheat germ
- 1tsp baking powder
- 1tsp baking soda
- 150 grams package of plain dessert tofu
- ¼ cup soft butter
- 3 ripe bananas mashed
- ¾ cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375F
- In a large bowl, blend all dry ingredients together.
- In a medium bowl, mash bananas.
- Add butter and dessert tofu to the medium bowl.
- Pour liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until moistened.
- Lightly mix in chocolate chips.
- Fill muffin tins half full and bake for 20-25 minutes.
WRITTEN BY NANCY GAMMACK
UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA DIETETICS SPECIALIZATION STUDENT