It’s pretty well agreed now that the amount of sugar we are consuming in modern western society isn’t doing us any good.

So to cut the sugar levels a bit further, try making your own cakes and muffins, you can almost always drastically reduce the sugar content without doing much harm to the flavour at all. Especially with muffins, you can create an illusion of sweetness by sprinkling a tiny bit of sugar or cinnamon-sugar mix on the surface of quite low-sugar mixes

Here is a delicious Lemon Banana Muffin Recipe that’s very light in sugar indeed.

Lemon Banana Muffins

These are light and not too sweet, very easy to make, and are a great way to use up those bananas that are starting to look a bit tired and spotty! They are particularly nice fresh out of the oven, with a bit of butter…

Course Snack
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Author Robert Glensor


  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Ripe bananas
  • 1 Small lemon grate the rind
  • 2 Tbsp Plain think yoghurt Greek style is best
  • 50 g Butter Melted
  • 3 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • Cinnamon-sugar mix This is for sprinkling on top


  1. Lightly oil a muffin tin and preheat the oven to 210°C. The recipe will make 10 to 12 muffins.

  2. Combine eggs, bananas, lemon rind and juice, yoghurt, melted butter and sugar in a bowl and whisk together.

  3. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well.

  4. Fill the muffin tins about two-thirds full and sprinkle the top of each muffin with a little cinnamon-sugar mix.

  5. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown and firm.

  6. Allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely (if you don’t eat them immediately...). These freeze well and thaw quickly and efficiently in the microwave.

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Robert Glensor is the founder of the Paraoa Bakehouse- the home of Purebread organic breads and Gluten Free Goodies. With a love of good bread and a passion for all things organic and sustainable, Robert writes about all manner of issues to do with living green.

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