Oprah Winfrey shares her simple recipe for healthy breakfast muffins from her new cookbook, Food, Health and Happiness

Makes 12 muffins

SmartPoints per serving: 7       Calories: 240 per serving

I used to skip breakfast, thinking I was saving calories. Now it’s the one meal I for sure won’t miss. Breakfast sets the tone (not to mention the blood sugar) for the rest of my day. If I eat well in the morning I’m often not hungry until late afternoon.


175 g almond flour
40 g unsweetened shredded coconut
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
¾ teaspoon salt
4 medium very ripe bananas
3 large eggs
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 ½ tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon grated (on a Microplane) lemon zest
4 tablespoons chopped pecans
125 g coarsely shredded carrots
6 dried apricots, finely chopped

Preheat the oven to 170°C/gas 3 and line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, coconut, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, cinnamon, and salt.
Coarsely mash the bananas in a medium bowl.

In a separate bowl, beat the eggs, then whisk in the butter, honey, vinegar, and lemon zest. Stir in the mashed bananas.

Lightly fold the wet ingredients into dry ingredients until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the pecans, carrots, and apricots.
Divide the batter among the muffin cups, filling them three-quarters full.

Place in the oven and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, until golden brown on top and a cocktail stick inserted in the centre of a muffin comes out clean.

Place the pan on a cooling rack to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove the muffins from the pan and serve.

Oprah Winfrey's recipe book Food, Health and Happiness: 115 On Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life is out now. 

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