Whole Wheat Banana-Pomegranate Muffins

So, this is the sixth time that I am participating in the Improv Cooking Challenge, hosted by Kristen of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker. Yay!

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After participating a few times now, what I am finding the most challenging is working with ingredients that I really don`t like.  Raisin`s  were a big challenge for me, and this month`s banana and nutmeg posed an interesting challenge. Neither Mr. Ginge or I are big fan of bananas.  I can`t really get over their mushy texture.

I do, however, enjoy them in certain baked goods.

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While I will almost always choose a chocolate chip muffin first, banana muffins are also a favourite.  C, who I used to worked with in the clothing store, would periodically make banana muffins and bring them in to share.  I think that she was the one who got me hooked on banana muffins.

I switched these up a bit by swapping to whole wheat flour and stirring in some tart pomegranate arils, and the end result is a delicious way to start the morning.

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Whole Wheat Banana-Pomegranate Muffins

makes 10 muffins

  • 3/4 cups mashed, ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup canola oil ( or melted butter)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate arils, plus some for topping if desired.
  1. Preheat your oven to 350° F. Line your muffin pan with 10 liners. 
  2. In a bowl, mix together the banana, brown sugar, egg, oil, and milk.  Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and nutmeg. Slowly add it to the banana mixture, stirring just until combined ( it’s ok if it’s a bit lumpy). Gently fold in the pomegranate arils.
  4. Scoop the batter into the prepared pans so that each cup is about 3/4 of the way full. Sprinkle a few arils on the top of the batter if desired. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
  5. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then either or enjoy warm, or transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.

Don’t forget to click the link to check out more great Banana and Nutmeg recipes!


I also shared this recipe at The Weekend Potluck and Strut Your Stuff Saturdays!

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22 thoughts on “Whole Wheat Banana-Pomegranate Muffins

  1. The pomegranates make such a nice pop of color in those muffins!

  2. These look great! I love banana muffins and I love your idea to change it up a little with the pomegranates. I will definitely be trying these!

  3. What marvelous muffins! I need to try baking with pomegranates…love them!!!

    • I love baking with pomegranate! They stay nice and juicy still in the muffins, so you still get a nice juicy pop when you bite in!

  4. Lovely recipe and beautiful photos

  5. I love the addition of the pomegranates. So clever, I can’t wait to try these!

  6. theninjabaker

    Love your creative combo of sweet banana and tart pomegranate, Mel. Very much appreciate the wholesome addition of whole wheat pastry flour,too. (P.s. My “3 Ways to Enjoy Going Bananas” was my first Improv post so to me you are a veteran!)

  7. Mel, way to overcome your banana challenge! I have only had pomegranate once. It was a long time ago and I remember liking it. I would try it again, but they are so expensive.

    This recipe sounds right up my alley. I like to bake with whole wheat pastry flour too.

    Thanks for checking out my Breakfast Cookies!

    • I love pomegranate, and yes, I agree they can be very expensive, so I usually only buy them when they are on sale. 🙂
      Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Never thought to pair pomegranates with bananas in a muffin – yum!

  9. It’s nice when you can find a way to enjoy ingredients that aren’t your favorites, your muffins look delicious.

    My Improv Cooking Challenge entry this month: Baked Bananas, hope that you’ll stop over and check the recipe out.


  10. What a fantastic idea for the Improv Challenge Mel. I’m glad that you were able to adapt a recipe that includes bananas to suit your tastes. Your Muffins looks absolutely amazing! Yummmm!

    Also, have you thought of banana muffins with dark chocolate chips? It was a favourite of mine back in high school!

    • I love banana and chocolate! Mr. Ginge doesn’t like any nuts in his banana bread so I will often add dark chocolate to it and it is one of my favourite treats.
      That and it gives me a perfectly acceptable excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast!

      • Who needs an excuse, really? Chocolate is a great way to start your day. 🙂 I have a dark chocolate and rooibos tea that I often like for breakfast.

  11. Hi,
    You have some great ideas and we would like for you to share with our readers too. We are hosting our first link party tomorrow and we would like to invite you to link up with us. We have a fun blog to co-host with us. Hope to see you there.

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