Low-Fat Banana-Blueberry-Walnut Muffins

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This week I made it a quest to make Low-Fat muffins fit for a party...

Let's face it, sometimes healthier versions of baked goods aren't as attractive as their uber-refined white sugar, white flour, frosted, iced or sugar-streusel topped counterparts. :(

Since we eat with our eyes as well as our mouths, I think it's extra important to make the food look attractive so we don't feel deprived.

Dining in a different spot in the house or yard, colorful linens, a variety of plates, glasses, fresh flowers, candles and tablescapes all help to liven up mealtimes.

I must say, the good thing about eating a variety of fresh veggies and fruits is that they are naturally colorful and vary in texture which helps assuage dining boredom, too.

Like HEALTHY-Good-For-You muffins, they are... well... generally fairly uninteresting looking.

A few flowers, or in this case, many little organic flowers from the garden help elevate muffins to happy brunch fare, worthy of placement on a party table.

Happily we recently celebrated the success of Will's losing just over 30 pounds (yay!!) with a small brunch ~ these muffins helped make the table a bit more festive. :)

I cut the flowers early in the morning, placed them immediately in water, then assembled the tray about a half hour before serving. If kept in a cool place out of direct sunlight, they will hold up very well for an hour or two.

They were very well received, and I don't think the extra calories and fat were missed at all, even among the "full-fat-eating" folks!

If you would like the printable recipe for the muffins, you can find it on my recipe blog by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ and have a beautiful day! xo~m.


  1. They look yummy and nice to know they're healthy also. I'll try them. Thanks!

  2. I am so beyond belief! Your display of muffins and flowers is so breathtakingly beautiful. Are you a designer, artist, photographer in your profession? You are so outstandingly clever!!!

  3. Mari! I'm speechless... I just can't think of the words to express how beautifully arranges your muffins & flowers are. Breathtaking - really!

  4. Hi Mari,
    The muffins do make a great presentation surrounded by all those pretty flowers.I am always glad for a healthy new muffin recipe, thanks.

    How do you get such sharp clear beautiful photos? Do you use a tripod? I have been practicing with different settings etc. and I am getting more confused.
    That is great that your husband lost so much weight already.

    Take care,


  5. At first I thought I love that garland of flowers she bought! They look SO REAL:)
    Because they ARE real:) Trop beau!
    I made blueberry muffins today too..:) But not the same.. yours are glorious Mary..And what a beautiful garland!!!!

  6. Oh they look gorgeous and your display with the flowers is stunning. So pretty. I got the receipe and will definitely give it a try. Thanks for sharing, and for also sharing how to do such a fabulous presentation. Hugs, Marty

  7. I have both bananas and blueberries to use - thanks for sharing!

  8. I love your pics and your muffins look amazing! :)

  9. What beautiful pictures. Just awesome!! I'm definitely trying the recipe.

  10. Gorgeous presentation. Cheers for hubby!

  11. Oh Jupiter! I've seen delicious-looking muffins before, but I've never seen them presented on a bed of fresh flowers before!

    Dear, you're going to give aunt Martha a coronary!

  12. The muffins look wonderful, I am going to try them.... and the flowers just topped it off !!Gorgeous just gorgeous

  13. Your pictures and food are beautiful as always!
    Have a great weekend : )

  14. They look yummy. Your pictures are fabulous:)

  15. Well if we eat with our eyes as well as our mouths I guess I am full to the brim with beauty and taste.

  16. No one could possibly feel deprived after looking at these photos. Hungry--yes; deprived--no! Gorgeous pictures. I love the mixture of colors!

  17. I'm sure these are wonderful but what a fantastic presentation!!!!

  18. I agree that presentation is so important in how one plates their foods. I wonder if I can get away with giving my husband a bowl of cereal for dinner with a football type presentation. Just joking around here but wish that would work some nights:)

  19. Presentation is everything. Well, maybe it is good if they taste delicious. I m sure they do. Just beautiful.

  20. The presentation is so pretty, it's hard to believe it's not just a beautiful center piece. I love making muffins for my kids and even to freeze for future use. These look so tasty. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  21. How can anything that pretty be lowfat! I hope you have time this weekend to post over at Momtrends. Here is the link for Friday Feasts:


  22. What a beautiful way to display a wonderful and yummy muffin. Geri.

  23. Beautiful muffins and floral display! Have you tried agave nectar/syrup instead of sugar? It's low glycemic and calories. Nice photos!

  24. I can't decide if I want to eat that beautiful muffin or those glorious flowers...flowers that beautiful should be edible...
    Congrats to your hubby!!!

  25. Your flowers are exquisite. Beautiful!


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