A few days ago my fruit bowl was full of overly ripe bananas. I don’t like to eat over-ripe bananas by themselves – I only like plain bananas that are yellow or even have a slight hint of green to them. So whenever my bananas get brown spots on them, I try to find another use for them. Usually I put them into smoothies (click here for my favorite smoothie recipe!) But this time I was in the mood for something different. So I did a quick recipe search and found this recipe for banana cinnamon muffins that I recently bookmarked in Google Reader.
These muffins were so moist and flavorful, and I love that they are healthy too. There is hardly any sugar or butter in them, and if you do the math, you’ll notice that each muffin has a whole 1/3 of a banana in it. I really like the cinnamon flavor in these muffins, though I think they could use even more cinnamon, so next time I make them I am going to use 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of cinnamon instead of one. The recipe makes 12 muffins, and I stored the extra muffins in the freezer so that they stay super fresh. Pair one of these muffins with a glass of calcium-fortified orange juice for a healthy and delicious breakfast!
Banana Cinnamon Muffins
- 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 4 over-ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease a muffin tin or line with baking cups.
- In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat. Mix in the mashed banana. Stir in the milk and vanilla extract.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just blended.
- Spoon the batter evenly between the muffin cups and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Allow to cool and store in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer.
- Serve warm or at room temperature.
Yield: 12 standard size muffins
Source: The Pastry Affair
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