#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!

You can see all our of lovely muffins by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about Muffin Monday can be found on our home page.

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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Tuesday Tattles #10

Tuesday Tattles

It’s been another almost five months since I’ve done a “favorite products” version of Tuesday Tattles. My little man is now 16 1/2 months old.

12107130_10103304221470551_5559103387627477238_nA lot has happened since he’s turned one! He is more sure footed than ever, except for when he’s tired, and is a happy explorer. He can run, although not exactly gracefully, and enjoys running away from us to see if we’ll get him! But his number one activity is climbing. He’ll try and climb up on anything! I’ve caught him on top of my crafting table, laying next to my sewing machine. Chairs now have to be kept at a distance or tucked too far under the table to be of use.

His vocabulary has expanded from “duck” to include “all done”, “uh oh”, “up”, and “okay.” He is getting great at communicating when he is hungry too by running to the fridge and yelling “MAOW”. His favorite foods include sandwiches, berries, bananas, and the food that gets a happy dance, cheese.

Now on to the favorite toys of my one year old. A lot of today’s items are those he got at his first birthday. My family had some great ideas so if you have little ones on your holiday shopping list pay attention!

Duck Pond Water Table

toys for toddlers | sew you think you can cookA splash table is a fun warm weather activity and when I saw one that was duck themed I knew I had to get it! (Duck was my little man’s first word and he still loves rubber ducks and the duck stuffed animal I had as a child.) My son loves water – baths, showers, washing his hands. It’s getting too cold now but I know when it comes back out of the box come late spring he’ll find new enjoyment with it.

Little People Music Parade Ride-On

11755883_10103137355366561_2074814749816057856_nThis marching band car is a huge hit! He loves to press the music making buttons, push it around the house, sit on it and be pushed, sit on it and scoot around himself, and of course, try to fit himself in it. Surprisingly he still hasn’t put anything into the seat cavity, other than to immediately pull it out. Maybe with a little brother around he’ll re-discover the compartment as a place for safe keeping.

Play Kitchen

toys for toddlers 2 | sew you think you can cookA play kitchen is a perfect toy for a food blogger’s kid! And I’m happy to report that a lot of independent play has been developed through his play kitchen. (Allowing me to wash dishes peacefully.) He will bang the dishes, open up all the doors, and naturally try and climb it. This particular model comes with a shape sorting pot and it’s one of his favorite activities. All of the accessories do create a bit of a mess, but what’s a home with a toddler without a little clutter?

Classic Table and Chairs Set

toys for toddlers 3 | sew you think you can cookWe found this classic table and chairs set at a consignment shop in fantastic shape, so I jumped on the chance to bring it home. I thought he was still too little to really use it but I was proven wrong within ten minutes of having it home. He had immediately climbed up on top of the table and stood up. It was kept upside down for a while after that. And when he got tired of being in his booster seat I found he’d eat a sandwich like a big boy at his table. Turns out the table is also the perfect platform for superhero practice with Daddy.

Mega Bloks

Until quite recently my little man much preferred destroying towers as to building them but now he’ll stack a few before taking them apart. He likes to bring us the bag to open up and build with him, although the creativity and endless hours of fun are still a ways away.

The Little Engine That Could

This abridged version of the classic is definitely my 16 month old’s favorite book. We read it at least four times a day.

The Babies on the Bus

I must admit, I wasn’t thrilled pulling this one out of the birthday bag, but the gift giver definitely knew what they were doing. This book comes at a very close second for most read book in our house. I have managed to turn it into a fun read by not singing the song (no one needs that stuck in their head all childhood) and using hand motions. My son will now “sing” “LA LA LA” with the babies on the bus and say “shush shush shush” with the driver on the bus. He will also swing his arms “open and close” along with the “doors on the bus.”
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