Banana, Fruit and Nut Muffins- Whole Wheat Version

Easy: check

Whole wheat : check

Fruit : check

Nuts : check

Morning muffin : yep

After school : works too

Beautiful spring weather ! Lush and green .. Birds chirping and I can see M going berserk chasing squirrels !! Wanted to make something in say 20 minutes for the kids 🙂

 

TGIF ! A1 away on some competition. A2 wanted a break..A3 is just happy to hang out at home…DH in the land of rising sun. M decided every squirrel real and imagined need to be greeted with a bark, wag and a chase. And if everything fails we can always dig the hole. I wonder if she is planning her escape route from my yard.. Sigh.

Banana, Fruit and Nut Muffins- Whole Wheat Version

So planned a trip to the HD and chickened out in the last min. Gave me a lecture and made the appointment again before I chickened out again. Had an hour on my hand and an itch to do something. Red lipstick can only do so much.

Banana, Fruit and Nut Muffins- Whole Wheat Version

Staring forlornly at me was 3 very very ripened bananas.. In a near black state. Well I had to something. I really had to because the earlier ones I made , the banana cinnamon ones were all out. Did not feel like repeating the batch. And also wanted something light, summery and had something citrusy to it. So adapted the same recipe and made this…

Banana, Fruit and Nut Muffins- Whole Wheat Version

 Prep Time: 10- 15 minutes

Baking Time: 18-22 minutes

Makes: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

  • White whole wheat flour : 1 Cup
  • Unbleached and un bromated APF : 1/2 Cup
  • Baking soda : 1 tsp.
  • Baking powder : 1 tsp.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract : 1 tsp.
  • Salt : 1/2 tsp.
  • Bananas: over ripe, 3,mashed very well.
  • Soft brown sugar : 3/4 cup.
  • Brown Egg: 1 , beaten
  • Vegetable Oil : 1/3 cup.
  • Walnuts :1/4 Cup. Chopped roughly
  • Cranberries : Dried, 1/4 Cup, Chopped roughly
  • Apricots: 1/4 Cup, Dried, Chopped roughly

Topping for Baking:

Reserve 3 Tbsp. of the chopped mixture to be added to the muffins before baking

 Glaze:

  • 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar/ powdered sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. of milk + 2-3 dropfuls as needed to just blend in
  • 1 tsp. of pure orange extract

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Line a muffin / cupcake pan with 12 liners
  • Mix the dry ingredients – both the flours, the baking soda, baking powder, salt and sugar. Whisk it very well to ensure even distribution. Set aside.
  • Mash the 3 over ripe bananas very well. I typically like them without any big lumps.
  • Beat the egg and vanilla extract with a fork.
  • Add in the 1/3 cup of oil
  • Mix the dry and wet ingredients together and beat until just combined. Do not over beat or over mix.
  • Fold in the chopped nuts and dried fruits.
  • Spoon it out in your prepared muffin pans

 Fruit& Nut topping :

  • Sprinkle the reserved chopped nuts and fruits as a topping over the spooned muffin batter .

Baking:

  • Bake for about 18-22 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Glaze:

  • Once the muffins are completely cooled, mix everything listed under the glaze and gently drizzle over.
  • You don’t want this mix runny. Just a thick creamy one.
  • Also you do not want to smother your muffins with icing sugar- Just a kiss should be enough.

 Notes:

  • Yes, you can use butter instead of oil. Just remember to melt it and be cooled down before you do so.
  • You can add delicious crunchy pecans, pistachios and some toasted oats too.
  • You can absolutely do this entirely using self rising flour alone. Just do not add any salt or baking powder. Reduce the baking soda to 1/2 tsp. and you will get soft fluffy muffins. Works like a charm every time.
  • I did this with white whole wheat flour. The regular wheat flour from hardened red/golden wheat would yield slightly denser muffins. Tasty nonetheless.
  • You can make this entirely out of WW flour too.

 

Thank you! Happy Mother’s Day ! Welcome Home :-)

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Thank You! Thank You! to all the comments , suggestions and the gentle prod to do ” something on your own”. I started this blog on a lark. Hmm.. Not quite so. I had this on my mind for  sometime and wanted to do this blog thing. Not just another blog on the block but something my kids and family and friends and the people  who read and subscribe to this ,would get to know the sluices of this flood water called life.While we all have this gathering place in our homes for the impromptu get to gather, the crisis resolution place, the place to share the news of the world, you get the picture.. In my home, it’s usually around the kitchen table. People gather here to share their test scores, the next big thing, the family resolution center, the “I am not sure what hit me so can you rescue me place?” and more.

With three kids and “hoping for a dog”  in the picture, I am often amazed at the myriad of emotions and I am privileged to be a part of this amazing journey that motherhood entails. I watch the older ones nourish and  influence the younger ones in so many ways. I watch as they hold their hands and heart strings literally and invisibly when faltering and doubts shake their foundations. I watch as they laugh, cry and bond together as one would siblings do. I am much moved by the emotions within me today as much as in any other day. I watch as my kids huddle together to create the a secret project, a poem, a card , gift. I watch as my oldest a teenager pats the youngest on the back and encourages him to go for it. I watch as my middle one, the butterfly rescues her older brother from the challenge of literary skills. I want to gather and cherish this moment. I want to capture it . I want to picture it again and again.

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I have been gently prodded, bugged and more or less nudged to compile my list of experiments, recipes and the general affirmations and decimations that stewed in my kitchen!..Well affirmations more so, and decimations when I finally utilize my organic and molecular chemistry aka common sense in most cases to figure out why certain experiments did not really fare well..

Well here I am after so many odd years of kitchen chemistry and well meaning friends to embark on this journey, so to speak!

Salute!