Friday, January 15, 2010

Simple Banana Muffins

Again, someone let the bananas brown and that means I get to try a new banana quick bread recipe.

This time I chose muffins. This was a simple, no frill recipe and honestly had the best texture and taste of any banana bread I have made yet. (I have made at least four different kinds, some of which I didn't even bother posting because I was not all that impressed.)

These were moist, had a good banana flavor and were quick to make. Its a keeper recipe. And, since its pretty basic I think it will be fun to throw in various mix-ins like chocolate chips, shredded coconut,  dried fruit, or they would even be great with a crumble topping.

The recipe comes from The Novice Chef
Makes about 16 muffins

You will need:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 overripe bananas
1 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup pecans, chopped (optional, I skipped these because my roomies don't like nuts)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly butter 2 muffin tins.

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; set aside. Mash 2 of the bananas with a fork in a small bowl so they still have a bit of texture. With an electric mixer fitted with a wire whisk, whip the remaining bananas and sugar together like you mean it, for a good 3 minutes. Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla and beat well, scraping down the sides of the bowl once or twice. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated. Fold in the nuts and the mashed bananas with a rubber spatula. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway. Give them a rap on the counter to get any air bubbles out.

Bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Nutritional Facts: (for 16 muffins)
Calories 202, Fat 9.4g,  Carbs 27.6g, Fiber 1.2g, Sugars 12.5 g, Protein 2.7g
Vitamin A 6%,  Vitamin C 4%,  Calcium 2%, Iron 5%


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Mari said...

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