Monday, October 4, 2010

Banana Monkey Muffins

Did I catch your attention? These muffins are gooooood, sooooooo good, in fact, you'll act like a monkey when you eat them and keep swinging across the kitchen to your muffin jar. I think there is a muffin monkey living in my bf's apartment- all the muffins disappear so quickly there! Maybe he is hiding out with the cookie monster? :)

This is my mother's recipe that she has made as long as I can remember. She always used to make it as a breakfast bread for my brother and me growing up, and it was always perfect! This is best with brown bananas that you're about to throw away. I find myself turning into her- why would you throw away bananas when you could whip up some DELICIOUS banana bread in no time at all? I make these so often that I usually throw half in the freezer to take out for another time. Perfect for company.

These are super quick to throw together, although they will need to bake for a while if you're making the bread version (1 hr+10 minutes-ish). Muffins are about half the time (20-25 min). Mini muffins (pictured) are only 15 minutes. Feel free to add nuts if you like (no raisins allowed!), but I generally don't like nuts in my baked goods.

Banana Monkey Muffins
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick), softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup mashed bananas (about 3 bananas)
Preheat oven to 350. Place dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at time, then sour cream and bananas. Make sure the bananas are mashed up really well to avoid lumps. Slowly add dry ingredients. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray (or use muffin liners) and place in oven. Bake 20-25 minutes until lightly browned and top springs back when pressed with finger. I also do the toothpick test to make sure there aren't anymore doughy parts!

These are best when they are still warm- or zap for a few seconds in the micro. Now before you know it, you'll be scratching your head and goin' bananas! :)

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