Okay y’all…. I need to admit something, and it is something I think you’re probably already thinking…. I am a terrible blogger when it comes to regular updates. There, I said it. But, for those that don’t know, we just made a massive move a few months ago, and unfortunately, our apartment flooded so we were forced to move again. Obviously this was a bit of a pain, but we got through it with the help of my parents! ALSO, I just started my PhD program, so I’ve been pretty swamped with that, BUT, I am finally feeling more settled! So, please stick with me — I promise I have a lot of good flavors in the works for you.
NOW that my excuses are out of the way, let me tell you about one of my new favorite easy recipes – Banana Muffins! This week, I was tasked with bringing snacks for a morning class, and I wanted something that was a breakfast treat while still being somewhat wholesome. We also had some dairy allergies in the class, so these little babies were absolutely perfect! What’s SO great about them is that you can add whatever you want to make them a special – in this case I had walnut chocolate chip AND cranberry-nut muffins. But seriously, the world is your oyster — cinnamon apple and oats sound great too, but they are also divine on their own.
The best thing is that these muffins are really easy to whip up, but there are a few tricks to make them shine: Make sure your bananas are over-ripe. They need to be BLACK. Throw them in the fridge overnight, and you’ll have black bananas. Yes, I know that it sounds gross, but it is very important! I often have over-ripe bananas in the freezer, and I’ll pull them out for banana bread or muffins (they are also good in smoothies in place of ice). Just trust me on this, if you want that banana flavor, they need to be black and bruised.
As always, please let me know what you think, and again, thank you for sticking it out with me. Like I said, plenty of good flavors are in the works — especially since my favorite cooking season is upon us today! Happy Fall, y’all!
Basic Banana Muffins
- 3 Large over-ripe bananas
- 1/3 C melted coconut oil (butter or canola oil work too)
- 1/2 t Vanilla Extract
- 1 egg
- 1/3 C White sugar
- 1/3 C Light brown sugar
- 1 1/2 C Flour
- 1 t Baking soda
- 1 t Baking powder
- 1/2 t Salt
- Handful of chocolate chips, walnuts, chopped apples, craisins, etc., if desired
- Step 1 Preheat oven to 325, and line a muffin tin with liners.
- Step 2 In a medium bowl, combine dry ingredients.
- Step 3 In a large bowl, mash bananas.
- Step 4 Stir in egg, and then oil.
- Step 5 Gradually add in dry ingredients, while stirring with a spoon. Make sure ingredients are fully combined, but do not over-mix.
- Step 6 Fold in any extra toppings.
- Step 7 Divide into 12 muffin liners.
- Step 8 Bake for 20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.