This muffin has surprised me, in that the children regularly ask me to bake it and are proud of the fact that it’s relatively healthy. Made of wholemeal flour, it’s also chock full of apples, bananas, hazelnuts and I couldn’t resist that universal feel-good ingredient, chocolate. These are best eaten warm, but also wonderful as a lunchbag or after-school snack.

  • wholemeal flour, 2 cups, sifted
  • baking soda, 1 tsp
  • baking powder, 1 tsp
  • salt, 1/2 tsp
  • zest, of 1 orange
  • apple, 1, peeled and grated
  • bananas, 3, mashed with fork
  • milk, 1/2 cup
  • canola oil, 1/2 cup
  • egg, 1, large
  • brown sugar, 1/2 cup
  • chocolate chips, 1/2 cup

  1. Mix the wet ingredients in one bowl, ensuring the cold items are at room temperature
  2. In another bowl, process sugar, oil, egg, milk with the zest
  3. Sift the flour together with the soda and baking powder
  4. Add the flour to the wet ingredients, 1/3 at a time, mixing as little as possible but
  5. ensuring the elements all come together
  6. Bake in preheated 410F oven (200C) for about 15 mins. Insert a skewer to see if the muffins are done.

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