Saturday, September 28, 2013

Honey Banana Muffins

You guys! I am sorry for all the banana and muffin recipes. Except that I'm not. I have a lot of bananas that keep going bad. This recipe was especially epic. So much so, that I demand you try it. I may pop in some oats or flaxmeal, just to punch up the nutrition. I froze some of them (the ones I didn't inhale immediately) and really hope they hold up well in the freezer for lunch packing. Update: they were divine thawed.

3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup honey (creamed or liquid is fine)
1/4 cup  oil
1 large egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Preheat the oven to 375F.
In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the honey, oil, egg and vanilla. Add the flour, soda and salt.
Divide the batter among 10-12 paper-lined muffin cups, filling them almost full, and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden and springy to the touch. 

Banana Pumpkin Muffins

By now you should have gathered that I will put pumpkin into anything. Seriously pumpkin makes everything better. Because I am a tortured desert dweller who gets overly excited about the appearance of all things fall. I also cannot throw away bananas. I had FIVE gone-bad bananas, and I was buying new bananas, and I didn't want the bad ones contaminating the old ones- you know that's a thing, right? It's awful. I made two batches of different banana related muffins. Because I am crazy. In any event, I did modify this recipe heavily. I also HAAAAATE when recipes include "pinch" as a measurement. That is stupid, everyone stop it. 
You can add a few walnuts on the top if that is your pleasure. It would be a nice crunch, but I did not have any nuts on hand. I am nuts, but have no nuts. Go figure. On with the recipe! 

1st bowl:
2 c. flour
1 tbl baking soda
1/2 tea salt
1/4 tea. nutmeg
1/4 tea. cinnamon
1/4 tea. ginger

2nd bowl:
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 c softened butter
2 eggs
1 1/2 c. mashed bananas (2-3 bananas)
1 c. pumpkin puree
2 overflowing tbl plain yogurt
1 tea. vanilla

Combine the stuff in first bowl, then set aside. Cream together the butter & sugar, adding eggs one at a time, then the bananas & pumpkin. Add yogurt and vanilla, beat to smooth. Pour into muffin tins and bake at 375 for 20-25 mins.