Monday, November 18, 2013

The Best Banana Muffins Ever!

This is a shout out to "Cat Can Cook". Her blog is found here:
I love this recipe. I have been using it for years now (I pretty much have it memorized) and it is a family favourite. I usually add chocolate chips and walnuts to make them a little more treat-like. They are also a big hit at potlucks and for making friends with co-workers!

Banana Muffins (makes 12 muffins)
3 or 4 Large bananas, mashed (the more bananas the moister, so I use 4; I also use overripe bananas so they are a bit sweeter)
1/2 cup white sugar 
1 slightly beaten egg
1/3 cup melted margarine or butter
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour
Mash up the bananas. If you want to avoid them turning black you can add a little lemon juice, but I don't bother. I find it hides some of the banana-y flavour.
Add the sugar. Mix. Add the egg. Mix. Add the margarine/butter. Mix. Make sure the margarine/butter is no warmer than room temperature when you add it, or the egg will cook and you will end up with really weird muffins. I've done it.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add to the wet ingredients, being careful not to over mix. At this point I generally add my chocolate chips and walnuts. YUM!
Pour into greased muffin tins, and bake in 350 degrees F oven for approximately 20 minutes. Keep an eye on them, though. I find that these puppies can cook fast.
They are perfect for school lunches. You can freeze them for a later date. And they are really good with a morning cup of coffee. They only take about ten minutes to make, less than 20 to bake, and the clean up is pretty quick. They are also a great recipe for teaching the small ones how to create in the kitchen.

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