Wednesday, March 5, 2014

No French Toast

Monday was a rainy, snowy winter day. For me, there's no better time to bake something.

The French toast mentioned in the previous post was considered.

BUT there were several ripening bananas and a couple of apples on hand, which could only mean one thing here — it was time to make muffins, much to Grenville's delight (and mine as well).

There's a lot of banana muffin recipes out there and so many variations. Here's a few of mine: use both white and whole wheat flour, honey and brown sugar substitute (vs. white sugar), replace cooking oil with butter. Of course, a healthier change is to use applesauce in place of sugars, and/or add yogurt for moistness.

This recipe yields 12 "regular" muffins; our tins are labelled "Texas-size" and yields 6 large muffins instead, which we definitely prefer.

Banana Apple Muffins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees; grease bottom of muffin tin or use non-stick cooking spray. You could skip the grease/spray and line muffin tin with paper cups. No paper liners for me as it seems a waste, plus we never have any on hand.
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 small apples, peeled and chopped fine (you could use a food processor)
  • 1/2 C butter, melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 C white flour (I prefer King Arthur flour)
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 C brown sugar substitute (Splenda or equivalent)
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 1-1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Mash bananas, then cut apples in small pieces, and mix together, add vanilla extract. (You could use a small food processor for the apples; my preference is less tools used means less cleanup.)
  2. Measure flours in separate bowl, add in other dry ingredients (baking soda, baking power, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt)
  3. Stir banana and apple mix into dry ingredients.
  4. Add in beaten egg and melted butter. Mix all ingredients together until flour is moistened, but do not over stir.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until tester comes out dry. Cool on rack before tasting, if you can wait that long.
Of course, Grenville and I had to sample (we shared)one. And, the white chocolate/macadamia creamer was a wonderful accompaniment to the coffee.

Grenville declared this recipe was a keeper and that's high praise indeed. Leftovers DO freeze well, if you can refrain from eating them all first.

IF you were are in one of the states affected by this latest winter blast, we hope you were safely indoors.

Spring arrives later this month, so we've heard.

Lots of folks are so VERY ready.


Karen @ away for the weekend said...

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Dianna said...

Good morning, Beatrice! And thank you for your comment on my blog. Yes, indeed, we're very familiar with Onley! We travel the Eastern Shore in the summer to go to boat races in Maryland. And the co-owner of the new Bojangles in Onley is a personal friend of ours!
You live in a beautiful area.
Just checked a couple of your blog posts, and I'll bookmark your site. Love your snow scene photos.
Thanks again for visiting; enjoy your day!

Ginnie said...

They look yummy and thanks for including the recipe. I have gotten in the habit of using applesauce instead of sugar in all things I bake. (I make my own applesauce since I am not supposed to eat sugar and I use Honey as the sweetener ... it seems to work fine in recipes.)

W. Latane Barton said...

Now, Beatrice, I have not had my breakfast yet and you are tempting me. Dang it. hehe

Daisy said...

Those sound great, and I like having the option of making them be a little healthier.

DeniseinVA said...

Another delicious recipe! I am hungry, I wonder how many ingredients I have to make these muffins. I don't fancy going up to the store yet. Our neighborhood roads are still a bit tricky. Besides, at this point in time I am still in my PJ's. after being awakened early by the sound of our car alarm. I am sure the neighbors love us ;)

Montanagirl said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'll have to try this one, as I'm always trying to avoid using sugar. They look delicious!

Out on the prairie said...

I always think of something like this when I don't eat my bananas fast enough

Sandra said...

yum and i know they taste as good as they look

gigihawaii said...

I just love to see photos of food. Thanks.

Country Gal said...

YUMMY ! They looks soo good ! Hungry now lol Thanks for sharing there recipe ! Have a good day !

NCmountainwoman said...

I can almost smell them from here.

A Quiet Corner said...

Look darn right tasty....:)JP

William Kendall said...

Oh, they look utterly delicious!

Blackberry Lane said...

I am getting my appetite back and these look delicious. Hope you two have a nice afternoon.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Wow, do those sound good. I pretty much stick to Vanilla creamer but White chocolate maccadamia (sp?) sounds awfully good. Yes..I mean AWFULLY GOOD! Looking at those muffins you can almost taste them.

We are still in a state of NO Winter to speak of. No cold, a brief three days of rain. At least everything is nice and green for the time being.
Anyway..just thinking of you. :)
I just may have to make some of these. Yes..I just might! :)

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