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.

 

Moist Coffee ( Espresso) – Cocoa Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

What do you do when you have bananas attracting fruit flies ( well almost ) and you have an impromptu out of town trip on your hands ? Well you have many options, I say.. Transform the bananas into

  1. Banana bread
  2. Banana and nutella concoction of various kinds
  3. Choc and banana combination .. Ooh!!! heavenly…..
  4. Experiment – coffee, cocoa and banana and white choc chip.

I mean seriously you cannot go wrong with any of these combinations , but the last option was just begging to happen.. So here we go..

Adapted from Various sources

Yields 14-16 muffins Prep time : 15 min   Baking time : 20 -25 min

Ingredients:

  • 3 large over-ripe bananas (1 1/2 cups), mashed 
  • 1 1/2 cups self rising flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa – unsweetened
  • 2 teaspoon instant espresso powder or instant coffee powder
  • 1/3 cup white chocolate baking chips
  • 1 egg, whisked very well
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup unflavored oil or olive oil
  • 1/3 cup milk 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350℉.
  • Paper line or prep muffin pans for the required quantity .
  • Add in the baking soda to the flour and mix it very well. Next add in the instant coffee or espresso powder and whisk it very well as well. Follow it with the unsweetened cocoa powder next
  • In a mixer or blender of your choice, combine mashed bananas, sugar, and oil. Mix until well blended.
  • Add milk and egg.Blend well as well.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and fold in the choc chips in it.
  • Fill muffin cups 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes in the pan before transferring to cooling rack to cool completely.

 

Banana Cinnamon Quick Breakfast Muffins

Banana Cinnamon Quick Breakfast Muffins

Bananas again? I know what you are thinking. Seriously I am not obsessed with banana, more like trying to finish the remaining 3 sad looking ones – so speckled, that the splotches of brown are beginning to merge to become patches of brown and black on it. The heat and humidity of NC in fact encourages this organic progression at a more ballistic rate. In any case, I wanted to make this into something not terribly sweet and something moist and soft. And something that can be done in minimal equipment. So what do I use? My Magic bullet, a mixing bowl and a whisk. 

Simple, quick , delicious, not overtly sweet, laced with cinnamon and made absolutely moist by the bananas, this are perfect domes of indulgence on a Saturday morning!

Pretty pleased with myself, I dare say!

 Ingredients:

  • All purpose flour (self rising) : 1.5 cups
  • Baking soda : 1/2 tsp.
  • Super ultra ripe bananas : 3
  • Brown Cane sugar : 1/3 cup
  • Egg: 1
  • Flavorless oil: 1/3 cup
  • Ground cinnamon powder: 1.25 -1.5 tsp.
  • Pure vanilla extract: 1 tsp.

 Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350℉.
  • Line a 12 cup muffin or cupcake pan with paper liners.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk the flour and soda and cinnamon powder to ensure they are thoroughly mixed.
  • In the large jar of your magic bullet blender or any blender, mush the 3 bananas very well to ensure no lumps.
  • Add in the tsp. of vanilla extract, sugar, oil, 1 egg and whip it all together for a couple of min or so.
  • The mix is now lighter in color and very creamy.( You should have this stage before mixing it in)
  • Add the liquid contents to the dry mix and whisk it all up very gently.
  • You will now have a very thick batter mix ready .
  • Now is the stage for you to add in any chopped nuts or choc chip if using.
  • Distribute the batter in 12 cups to about 3/4 full.
  • Bake it for 18-20 minutes until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Let it cool for a bit in the pan, and then further more on the wire rack.
  • Slice, Inhale , Enjoy!

Pointers:

  • You might exceed the 12 cups if the quantity of your mushed bananas are a bit more. It happens to be the only variable that I did not quantify today.
  • Increasing the cinnamon flavor is totally personal.
  • Have a bit of a sweet tooth? Increase the sugar from 1/3 to 1/2 cup. Personally 1/3 looks fine to me.
  • Want to add Honey? Go ahead 1/2 -1/3 cup looks good.
  • Want to add a streusel topping? It will be awesome in this.
  • Nuts? Walnuts would be my first choice. Chopped and folded in the batter would be awesome.
  • Choc chips: 1/3 cup and it would be a real indulgence I would say!