#MuffinMonday: Nutmeg Banana Muffins

Muffin Monday

#MuffinMonday is a group of muffin loving bakers who get together once a month to bake muffins to brighten their Mondays. There isn’t a theme to #MuffinMonday posts so anything goes, as long as it’s a muffin!

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For Christmas, my uncle got Firecracker an adorable cook’s outfit complete with chef’s hat, apron, potholder, and oven mitt. It’s a little big (okay, a lot big) but that makes it even cuter! The chef’s hat, on the other hand, is a perfect fit! (My kid has a 90th percentile sized head…) In addition to the attire he gave us a “Cook It in a Cup!” kit. The kit includes a cookbook and 6 silicone cupcake liners.

On a rare occurrence there were two sad looking bananas sitting on my counter and I thought it’d be fun to let my son in the kitchen with me and break out his gifts. He loves to mix and pinch salt. I am amazed at how few of the ingredients ended up on the floor, don’t get me wrong, there was a mess to clean up, but it was well worth it!

Making Nutmeg Banana Muffins | Sew You Think You Can Cook

 

The banana muffins from this book were a big hit. And how could they not be? There was a lot of sugar involved! These were not a snack to be enjoyed by a toddler in the afternoon. We opted to leave the chocolate chips out of the recipe due to the amount of sugar. Now, I know the recipes are written to be completed by children, but mixing softened butter and sugar with a fork would never, ever, become creamy and smooth. I broke out my hand mixer for the job.

Eating Nutmeg Banana Muffins | Sew You Think You Can Cook

This recipe makes 12 muffins.

Nutmeg Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 C flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1 C sugar
  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin tin with paper liners, or use silicone molds.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt.
  3. In another bowl, use a hand mixer to combine the butter and sugar until smooth. Mix in the bananas, egg, and vanilla.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir until combined. Evenly distribute the batter between 12 muffin cups.
  5. Bake 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out cleanly. Allow muffins to cool 5 minutes before removing from the mold to cool completely.

*This recipe is adapted from Cook it in a Cup!*

nutmeg banana muffins for #MuffinMonday from Sew You Think You Can Cook

And don’t forget to check out these other muffin recipes:

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Chocolate Chip Muffins from Karen’s Kitchen Stories

Cinnamon Pear Muffins from Making Miracles

Coconut Lime Mango Muffins from The Spiced Life

Glazed Orange Poppyseed Muffins from Farm Fresh Feasts

Gouda Herb Muffins from Food Lust People Love

Orange Muffins from Passion Kneaded

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Banana Bread Muffins

I like almost any banana bread recipe. And Stuart likes to buy extra bananas with the intention of letting them get too ripe, just so that I can make banana bread.

I have tried many different recipes, and this one is our favorite. It uses a combination of whole wheat flour and all purpose flour.

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I’d purchased a bag of whole wheat flour for something (can’t remember what) and we hated it. So then I thought, “Great, what do I do with these three pounds of flour?!” I’d found an all whole wheat banana bread recipe… didn’t care for that. And then we tried this one. It’s mostly all purpose flour, but with just a bit of whole wheat flour. It’s enough whole wheat flour to give the bread some body, but not enough to make the loaf dry and mealy. Adding in cinnamon chips or chocolate chips gives it a little extra sweetness.

I prefer pouring my banana bread batter into either mini loaf pans or into muffin pans because it’s easier to grab on the way out the door than slicing off a piece out of the loaf pan.

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Note: This recipe makes 10 muffins or 7 mini loaves. Doubling this recipe will yield enough batter for a full bread loaf.

Banana Bread Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 1/2 tbsp butter, melted
  • 3/8 C sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C all purpose flour
  • chocolate chips, cinamon chips, nuts (optional)

Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the melted butter (make sure it’s cooled slightly so it will not cook the egg). Stir in sugar, vanilla, and half to all of the egg (this will depend on how big your bananas are, I only used half of the egg). Add in baking soda and salt. Mix in flours.
  3. Pour two heaping tbsp of batter into each greased or lined muffin tray. If using nuts or chocolate/cinnamon chips, put five into each muffin and gently fold into batter with a small spoon. (I find that folding them into the batter before pouring ends up with all of them at the bottom of the bowl)
  4. Bake 20-22 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Note: If you are doubling the recipe, the loaf pan will take an hour to cook. Mini loaves will still only take 20 minutes.

*This recipe is adapted from Katherine at http://www.katherinemartinelli.com/blog/2011/over-ripe-banana-heaven/*

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Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Stuart

Stuart and I are very different people. He is very outgoing, (thinks) he’s funny, and is never shy. He does a great job bringing me out of my shell, but never pushes too hard. Because of him, I have accomplished things I never thought I’d do! (like Tough Mudder!)

And just like our personalities would suggest, my husband likes to get creative in the kitchen with smoothie flavors and spice mixes. I typically need that recipe to reference – but I’m getting better and have my fair share of pork rub recipes!

This tart smoothie is a Stuart Everson Original.

Strawberry Pomegranate Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 C raspberries
  • 5-6 strawberries
  • 1/2 pear, peeled
  • 3/4 C plain yogurt
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • juice 1 lemon
  • 6 oz pomegranate juice

Steps

  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

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