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Recipe Review: Banana PMS Muffins from Women's Health

Recipe Review: Banana PMS Muffins from Women's Health

Flipping through Women's Health, I saw a recipe for PMS muffins. How could I not be intrigued? If a muffin could help ease my symptoms, I could become a baking maniac instead of the usual PMS maniac I become.

I baked these Banana Walnut Yogurt muffins and can't tell about my mood yet, but I liked these muffins, as did my hubbie and 3-year-old. My kindergartner is a little picky and abstained from her muffin at breakfast. For a mainstream magazine, I was surprised by some of the ingredients and had to make a special stop to find rice flour and flax meal, because these ingredients were not available at my local grocery.

To see what other ingredients make these muffins PMS fighters,


These banana muffins provide "cramp-busting potassium" along with calcium and vitamin D, which together can decrease PMS symptoms upwards of 40 percent.

Banana Yogurt Walnut Muffins

Banana Yogurt Walnut Muffins

Banana Yogurt Walnut Muffins


  1. 1 1/4 cup oatmeal
  2. 1/2 cup rice flour
  3. 1/4 cup ground flaxseed
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. 1 tsp baking soda
  6. 2 eggs, beaten
  7. 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  8. 3 medium, ripe bananas, mashed
  9. 1/2 cup agave syrup
  10. 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
  11. 1/4 cup walnut pieces


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together oatmeal, flour, flaxseed, baking powder, and baking soda.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine eggs, yogurt, bananas, syrup, and oil. Add flour mixture and fold in walnuts.
  4. Divide batter into paper-lined muffin cups. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until tops spring back when lightly touched. Cool on a wire rack.

Makes 18. Per muffin: 147 cal, 7 g fat (1 g sat), 103 mg sodium, 20 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 3 g protein

My muffins look nothing like the lovely muffins photographed in the magazine recipe. I had to seriously stretch the batter to make 17 muffins and none of the muffins rose over the edge of the muffin tray. Although they looked short and flat, they were fluffy and light on the inside. I must add that they didn't taste "healthy" but they could use a little more flavor, maybe cinnamon or some lemon zest. I will make these muffins again. Let me know if you do.

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lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 8 years
add walunts.
nancita nancita 8 years
Since I always crave muffins during PMS, this is a great idea.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i have to admit that i'm gmae to try this - even if it doesn't necessarily feel like it would make any difference in my mood or how i feel when i'm PMS> i like that there's a magazine that's telling us about options that we have out there - and well..i'm intrigued just a bit.
Advah Advah 8 years
Thanks Ziggy!! :)
ziggy101 ziggy101 8 years
Advah > I have terrible PMS and backache. Its best to avoid chocolate, caffeine, vegetables like egg plant etc during pms. Vegetables or fruits rich in vitamin C and citric acid (like orange, lemon, camomile tea etc.) helps to onset your periods faster. But my best advice against pms is to do a lot of physical exercises during pms. It really helps, you don't think about it, your body feels less tensed, and I forget that I am supposed to be suffering miserably from PMS.
mominator mominator 8 years
I too needed this last week. Does not matter for I love B-nut whether I am pms or not. Looks yum!
Advah Advah 8 years
Glowing Moon, thanks for the advice! :) Usually I don't have much of the sweet tooth but this month I've been craving chocolate like never before (well, I usually don't like chocolate). My PMS have been so horrible I'd take any advice that'd prevent me from bursting into tears or emptying the fridge. :( Re the 'flat' muffins, another possibility is to whisk the egg whites stiff - I've tried that with cakes that were flatter than the recipe pics, and it worked like a charm.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
How ironic. I somewhat wrote about this in my last post. I was struggling with PMS, too. What helped me was to remove all sweets from my diet. I used to eat sweets fairly regularly (sometimes on a daily basis, usually weekly). I never met a cheesecake I didn't like. I suspected my sweet tooth aggravated my PMS, so I stopped having desserts and sweets. It's been seven weeks, and for the first time EVER, my monthly girlfriend arrived with no incident. It was ROUGH giving up dessert, but I'm beginning to believe it's worth it. My PMS is ROUGHER than me not having dessert. My PMS is that difficult to endure. Also, another silverlining is that I've become leaner. Like I said in my last post, my abs have more definition (and they were nicely defined before, if I do say so myself :)). It's good to have a defined core.
onion-waffle onion-waffle 8 years
These do look good. I'll definitely add this to my queue of recipes to try! About them not rising much... I know this may seem silly, but did you check to see if your baking powder had expired? It happens to the best of us...I know a professional pastry chef who made that faux pas! LITERALLY happens to the best of us.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Looks yummy! I bet these would be AWESOME with dark chocolate chips thrown in. That's what I usually crave at that time of the month :)
soapbox soapbox 8 years
Where was this recipe last week? All the women in my house needed this then, not now!
Advah Advah 8 years
Thank you so much for the recipe, Fit! :) I've been PMSing like crazy this past week and eating about 3 dinners a day, I'll try these instead! Hmmm I'll throw in some chopped figues or dates as well..
imLissy imLissy 8 years
PMS? No chocolate? I don't think so.
Renees3 Renees3 8 years
I have 3 ripe bananas in the freezer right now! I knew I was saving them for something. I'll have to try this out!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I was intrigued by these too...thanks for the review!
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