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Banana Date Chia Seed Muffins

Banana Date Chia Seed Muffins


  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed bananas
  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 2 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose, unbleached flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 cup poppy seeds, divided in half
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds, divided in half
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Nonstick cooking spray, olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor or blender, puree dates with 1/2 cup water until smooth. To date puree, add bananas, yogurt, applesauce, vanilla, egg, and egg
  3. In a separate large bowl, whisk flours, flaxseed, 1/4 cup poppy seeds, 1/4 cup chia seeds, cinnamon, baking powder and salt.
  4. Fold wet ingredients into dry until incorporated. Do not overmix!
  5. Evenly pour mixture into 12 nonstick muffin tins lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup chia and 1/4 cup poppy seeds.
  7. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until golden brown and a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Allow to cool, then serve.


  • Recipe provided by Layne Lieberman, R.D., author of Beyond The Mediterranean Diet: European Secrets Of The Super Healthy.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 181 kcal cal., 6 g fat) (121 mg sodium, 5 g fiber, 7 g pro.. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


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