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Banana Buried Treasure Healthier Muffins 

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Description:
Don't have a lot of time but want to make a muffins with some hidden healthy vegetables ingredients in it. The kids and you will love it. This is also a great recipe to do when camping.

This recipe calls for Wheat germ and it is packed full of naturally produced minerals and vitamins the body needs to grow and stay healthy. Amongst other things, it can help lower the risk of heart disease, certain cancers and improve the body’s immune system. Wheat germ contains 23 nutrients, and has more nutrients per ounce than any other vegetable or grain. According to the Mayo Clinic it is one of the world’s top 10 healthiest foods.

Zucchinis and carrots are nutritious vegetables that is great as part of your summer time and fall diet.


Ingredients:
3 cups store bought banana muffin mix (750ml)
3 tbsp wheat germ (45ml)
1 small ripe banana
1/2 cup grated carrot (125ml)
1/2 cup grated zucchini, squeezed dry (125ml)
1 cup unsweetened applesauce (250ml)
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water or pure apple juice (95ml)
12 banana chips, broken


Directions:
Preheat oven to 375F/190C.
Line regular size muffin pan with paper liners or grease pan.
In a bowl, whisk together muffin mix and wheatgerm.
Add carrot, zucchini, applesauce and water and stir until combined. Do not over stir.
Fill muffin cups 0.75 full and top with pieces of banana chips.
Bake in centre of oven for 20–25 minutes, until tops are firm to the touch and golden.


Notes: Tip: Wrap in plastic wrap for a quick on-the-go snack. Store in an airtight container and freeze up to 2 weeks.


Special Diet: Vegetarian


Category: Desserts

Submitted By: OK In Health



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