Thursday, October 4, 2012

Banana Muffins

So... I have an addiction that I think many of you might understand!

That addiction is... searching for new recipes!  Not a big surprise, huh?  I already have enough recipes to probably make something different each day of the year, yet I still can't stop looking.  This recipe is one example of why!  I have so many muffin recipes, but when I saw this one recommended online, I had to give it a try.

We are hooked on it!  It uses no fancy ingredients or equipment, yet the muffins come out fabulous!!  They are so flavorful and so soft.  The author of the blog where I found this recipe says that they taste even better the next day- that is, assuming you have any left!

One tip I have for this recipe is about how I mash bananas.  Last year for my birthday I asked for a potato ricer (it makes great mashed potatoes), and I found it also works great for mashing bananas!  This is the one I have.

Before I got that though, I would mash bananas by putting them in a ziploc bag, closing it, and mushing them that way.  The ricer is just a little more fun though. :)

Recipe Source:

Banana Muffins
Printable version here

3 or 4 large bananas, mashed
1/2 cup white sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1/3 cup melted butter
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 cups flour
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips and/or chopped walnuts (optional)

1. Mix the mashed banana, sugar, egg and butter together. Set aside. In a separate bowl, mix together baking soda, baking powder, salt and flour.  Mix wet and dry ingredients all together. Stir in chocolate chips and/or nuts. Pour into greased or paper-lined muffin tins. (I use a large cookie scoop for this.)

2. Bake at 350º for approximately 20 minutes.  Remove to a wire rack to cool.  Enjoy!

Yield: 12 muffins

Why I love it? They are simple, use ingredients I almost always have, and are so light & delicious!!  I would much rather give the kids one of these as a snack than something packaged.  It's just so good knowing exactly what they're eating! :-)

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