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Air Fryer Banana Muffins

Summer Yule
Can you air fry muffins? Yes! Learn how to make muffins in the air fryer with this easy air fryer banana muffins recipe. Under 100 calories!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 88 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 medium mashed banana, very ripe (5-6 tablespoons)
  • 4 tablespoons spelt flour (40 grams)
  • 2 tablespoons instant dry milk powder (12 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ tablespoon avocado oil
  • tablespoons milk, 2%
  • cooking oil spray (non-aerosol)
  • muffin toppings (optional; could used 4 slices of banana or 1 tablespoon chocolate chips)

Instructions

  • If you haven't already, mash the banana until it's smooth.
  • Combine the flour, milk powder, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl. Stir the mashed banana, oil, and liquid milk in a small bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just mixed.
  • Put four paper-lined foil muffin cups in your air fryer basket or on your air fryer tray. Mist the muffin papers well with cooking spray. Divide the muffin batter evenly between the prepared muffin wrappers. If using toppings, gently press them into the tops of the uncooked muffins.
  • If you’re using an air fryer oven, put the muffins on a rack in the middle of the air fryer. Air fry for 10 minutes at 325°F (163°C). 
  • After the cooking time is up, stick a toothpick into the middle of one of the muffins. The toothpick should come out clean (or with a few crumbs attached). For the best texture, let the muffins cool to room temperature before eating. 

Notes


This is a level 3 recipe (weight maintenance and active lifestyles). I'm giving this air fryer muffin recipe the bump to level 3 because it's a baked good with flour. However, if you have a fat loss goal, this treat is much easier to fit in compared to other muffin options. 
Unlike most store-bought muffins, one air fryer banana muffin is under 100 calories. The next time you're shopping, check out how many calories your favorite bakery muffin is. Many will run you 300-500 calories per muffin, as much as a small meal!
Additionally, this is a small batch banana muffin. You're going to need to go to the trouble of mixing up another batch of muffin batter if you want more than four. This is one of the tricks I used to make overeating inconvenient while I was on my weight loss journey. Making the grab-and-go food options the ones that align with your goals may make it easier to stay on track!
Most muffin recipes make one dozen muffins. This is a lot of food for one- or two-person households, particularly for sedentary adults with lower energy needs.
If you have kids, and they like muffins, making a larger batch might make sense. You might also want to make a large batch of banana muffins in the air fryer if you have a lot of freezer space.
On the other hand, if you prefer fresh muffins or don't have a spare freezer, this small batch banana muffin recipe may be perfect for you. You can make yourself a few muffins when you want them. If you tend to overeat baked goods, lots of additional muffins won't be sitting around in the fridge calling your name.

🔥 Oven Directions

Preheat the oven to 425F (218C). Put four muffin papers in a muffin pan and mist them well with cooking spray. 
Make the banana muffin batter as described above. Divide the batter equally between the four prepared muffin liners. Bake for 10-12 minutes on the top rack of the oven (⅓ down).  
When finished baking, a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin will come out clean. The exact cooking time will depend on how watery the banana you started with was. For the best texture, let your muffin cool to room temperature before eating.
 
Nutrition information is for one banana muffin with no toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 88kcalCarbohydrates: 15.9gProtein: 2.3gFat: 2.2gSaturated Fat: 0.3gSodium: 136.9mgPotassium: 213mgFiber: 1.9gVitamin A: 2.3% DVVitamin C: 5.4% DVCalcium: 6.2% DVIron: 2.3% DV
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