Monday, 31 October 2011

My Favourite Banana Muffins

This recipe has lots of potential for flavour variations depending on your taste and by dividing the batter, you can make more than one variation per recipe as well. Try walnuts and raisins, chocolate chips and raisins or walnuts or if you have simple tastes, just raisins on their own. Or use all three - although in that case you might want to use 1/2 cup of each instead of a whole cup!  

The recipe freezes well as the muffins are easy to defrost and re-warm in the microwave. They  taste delicious as is, or spread them with a bit of butter for a real treat. 

I’ve tried to make this recipe as healthy as possible by using whole wheat flour and a minimum of sugar; the least healthy version is when you make it with chocolate chips!  It’s also a great recipe for using up leftover bananas as you really want over-ripe bananas for this - the kind that are too ripe to eat are perfect for this recipe. 

5 small (or 3 large) very ripe bananas, mashed
¾ cup white sugar
¾ cup lightly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
⅔ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled
2 cups milk
2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
5 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons cinnamon
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt

1 cup juicy raisins and/or
1 cup chopped walnuts, pecans and/or
1 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350℉ (or 160 - 170℃). Line muffin cups with paper liners, or grease them with a bit of butter and flour them.

In a large bowl, combine mashed bananas, sugars, eggs, milk and melted butter.  

In a medium bowl, combine flours, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt.  Stir raisins and/or chocolate chips and/or  nuts if using, into this mixture.

Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ones, until thoroughly combined. Do not over mix. 

Divide the dough between about 2 dozen large muffin cups. Bake muffins for about 18 to 20 minutes or until the tops spring back when touched lightly. Ovens can be temperamental so you may need more or less time.

These muffins are delicious warm from the oven, and will keep at room temperature in a sealed container for a couple of days. You can also cool them completely and freeze them. Thaw overnight in the fridge, and if you can, warm them up a little in the microwave before serving. 

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Gallery of Favorites #11

Gallery of Favorites

Alea of Premeditated Leftovers and I want to welcome you to the eleventh edition of our weekend blog hop, The Gallery of Favorites.
The Gallery of Favorites is a place for you to feature favorite posts from your own blog. Although Alea and I both spend a lot of our time writing about food, we do have many other interests and we know our readers do as well. The Gallery of Favorites is a place for all bloggers to share their ideas, interests and passions. 

To read more , and share your favorite posts, please click here...

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

The Hearth and Soul Hop with The 21st Century Housewife

Hearth & Soul Hop

Welcome to another Hearth and Soul Hop, the blog carnival for and about food that nourishes both body and soul.

We share links to Hearth and Soul entries at our Hearth and Soul Facebook Page and Pinterest Boards, and please do come and follow us on Twitter  @HearthNSoulHop.

I found so much great recipe inspiration at Hearth and Soul last week. My highlights from visits to contributors include:

This week I am sharing my Spiced Vanilla and Honey Cakes with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

If you are new, please read the Hearth and Soul Hop mission statement which includes the rules for linking up. As always, if you have any questions please email me at
Please link a recipe using the linky tools below. Recipes should include healthy ingredients and can be old or new recipes or posts. Articles on real food, slow food, foraging, herbal remedies, local food, sustainable food, organics, gardening or any healthy eating information written in a positive and loving light are also welcome.

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and me, April of The 21st Century Housewife

Please link a post that closely fits into the mission.

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1. Mushroom and Hazelnut Pot Pie, GF & Vegan
2. Frugal Food-$ Saving Cooking Practices & Tips
3. Hearty Breakfast Casserole
4. Video: GF DF Banana Waffles
5. Video: GF DF Banana Coconut Cream Dessert
6. CoQ10: The Heart of the Matter
9. A Party of Pies
10. Mini Chicken Pot Pies
11. Arroz con Pollo
12. Italian Sausage with Bow Tie Pasta
13. Whats For Dinner Next Week
14. 2 Artichoke Recipes
15. The Best Green Beans You Ever Tasted
16. Salsa Verde Chicken Enchiladas
17. Hot ham, cheese and more dinner
18. White Bean Millet Mini-Casseroles
19. Beet Creme Brulee (Hounds in the Kitchen)
20. 8 Unusual Nutritious Foods
21. Grownup Applesauce
22. Pita Pockets
23. (Make Ahead) Egg Sandwiches
24. Easiest Chicken & Vegetable Dinner Ever
25. Mushrooms veggie burgers
26. Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans
27. Meals In Jars
28. Curry Steak with Spicy Lentils
29. Warm Blue Cheese Bacon Dip
30. Using Up Leftovers
31. Massam Curry
32. Red Kidney beans curry
33. Apple Chutney GF SCD
34. Farmers Market Salad
35. Pumpkin Choc Chip Blondies
36. fried egg salad
37. potato and leek soup (vegan)
38. wild rice salad
39. Vegetarian Hot and Sour Soup GF
40. Chocolate Sunflower Fudge @ Recipes to Nourish
41. Honey Oatmeal Bread
42. My Favorite Lentil Soup Ever
43. Simple Pleasures
44. Corn Chowder - vegan and non-vegan versions
45. Coconut Almond rum Balls. Vegan, glutenfree, Raw.
46. Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
47. Ginger, Butternut Squash, and Apple Soup
48. Roast Pork with Potatoes and Carrots
49. Baked Potato Soup (vegan)
50. Cherry Baked Apples
51. Sweet Potato Pie Stuffed Jack-o-Lantern Cookies
52. Chicken Frankies
53. Potato Salad
54. Baked Butternut Squash w/ Butter & Brown Sugar
55. Apple Pie Muffins
56. crispy fried rice and lentil snack
57. Butterfree Cashew fudge. Kaju Katli
58. Canning Potatoes
59. Crock Pot Apple Sauce

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