Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Decadent Fresh Banana Muffins

When I look at this photo of my swoony, Decadent Fresh Banana Muffins, I'm reminded of everything that's right in the world about bananas. And trust me, the list is short.

I'm not usually a banana fan. A bananafana, if you will.
They're just too...sticky? Gummy?
It's a texture thing.

Isn't that what we're supposed to say when we don't love a particular food?

That's what my husband has taught me. About beans and peas and POTATOES.
Come on, dude. Potatoes?
Are you really trying to single-handedly remove life's two thriftiest foods from our repertoire?

What if we move to a developing country someday? What then?
"Rice and Pizza" just doesn't carry the same punch.

But these banana muffins are so dang good. Like, creepy good.
Hand to heart, they're the most light, moist, dreamy banana muffins in the nation or even the world.

I call them "decadent" because they're pretty much dessert.
I call them "fresh banana" because they have an amazing fresh flavor, unlike any banana-bread type foodstuff I've ever eaten.

Do people still use the word "foodstuff"?
Did they ever?

When I look at this photo of my decadent fresh banana muffins, I'm reminded that I'm not that great at food photography. Foodtogrophy, if you will.

I should learn sometime. Brush up on my skillz. You know.
The only problem is, I'm too busy eating decadent fresh banana muffins.
And pineapple with mangoes.
And leftover pecan pie.
And (wait for it) chips and salsa.

About that.

I can't stop. I think I have a problem.
(You've been waiting for this, haven't you?)
I feel compelled to personally eradicate all traces from my home.
And then immediately replace it.

My condition took on a whole new level of concern when I went to bed at 1a.m. last Saturday night and fell asleep pondering the question of eternal significance: If I could only have "chips and salsa" or "sleeping in", which would I choose?

I chose the salsa, man!

It took me way off guard, because I have wished every single day for the past 37 years that I could sleep in.

This is dire.

And salsa's healthy. We've already established that.
But it takes a whole lotta chips to get that salsa where it needs to go.

True, I eat obscene amounts of vegetables.
But I get the visceral shakes when I think about eating potato chips in large quantities.
And then I go stuff my face with tortilla chips.

Which leads me to this: Should I have my cholesterol checked?

Nevermind. Don't answer that.

When I look at this picture of my decadent fresh banana muffins, I think if how difficult it is to keep food in this house, thanks largely to the tallest kid we own.

We went through 2.5 gallons of milk in less than 72 hours.
I hadn't really noticed until he proclaimed yesterday, "I'm really on a milk kick!" endquote.

I think I've mentioned that this familial adjustment has caused me to closely examine some of my selfishness. You probably thought I was being some weird kind of humble.

But the truth is, when it comes to food, I'm prone to pushing the vibe that I was raised in the wild with my thirteen older brothers, foraging for and hoarding foodstuffs lest I perish.

I'm working on it.

A few months ago Robert asked if he could "cook a steak" as we were leaving for Monday Night Church.

Of course I said no.
Then I felt like a big fat jerk, so I said yes and ran out the door before I had the chance to think it through.

He called later and asked where I keep "the baking pans".
I didn't ask.

Long story longer, I came home that night, the kitchen was a mess, and there was no trace of my beloved sirloin in the wreckage.

In his words, "Yeah, it was good! I put it in the oven to bake, but blood started to come out, so I knew I needed to boil it for a while. Then after I boiled it, I cooked it the rest of the way in the oven." (emphasis mine)

I need to stop talking about this now.

When I look at these decadent banana muffins, I wish I would make them more often. Every single month, without fail.

True, they're borderline "cupcake", in terms of deliciousness and fat content.
But I like to tell myself these are healthy fats.

Decadent Banana Muffins
  •   2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  •  2 mashed bananas (ripe)
  • 1 cup sour cream (I use regular, not light)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter   
  • 2 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • Preheat oven to 375. Spray 12 muffin tins or place papers in tins. 

    In a small bowl, mix 1/4 cup of sugar with 1 teaspoon cinnamon.  

    In a larger bowl, mix flour, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder, salt, remaining 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, and walnuts if you're using them. (Golden raisins are good in these, too! They get super plump and juicy and delicious. Trust me.) 

    In another small bowl, mix mashed banana, egg, sour cream. Add melted butter and oil.

    Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix lightly, just until combined. 

    Distribute among 12 muffin tins. 

    Sprinkle cinnamon sugar on tops.  

    Bake for 18 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

    Stuff Your Face.


  1. Comfort yourself with this: the ingredients in tortilla chips are as follows: corn, oil, salt. Practically health food! They are the good guy of chips!

    1. vs:
      potatoes, oil, salt


      But I'm TOTALLY with YOU!

    2. These are so easy!!!! First time making muffins from scratch, never been a big fan of them, these are so light and flavorful. Thank You!, for sharing this recipe.

  2. You are everything precious. And I was just thinking what good footography skillz you possessed.

  3. I just added bananas to my shopping list now...just like a few extra pounds are going to be added to my mid-section after these muffins. I'm thinking it's the sour cream that takes them to the next level?

  4. Can't stop laughing (not at you, trust me) just can't stop at Robert's description of how he "cooked" the sirloin. Can't imagine what that tasted like. (He boiled it? Seriously? oh my gosh) Not to mention the milk issue. 2.5 gallons in 72 hours....I remember when my son was a 14...15 he would eat a box of cereal every single day. He ate cereal for breakfast and then he ate it when he got home from school. I went through insane amounts of milk to go with of course but what sticks in my mind is buying 7 or 8 boxes of cereal every week at the grocery store. Nuts!

  5. I am also not a bananafana, but you mash those babies up and bake them loaf style with enough shortening and sugar and I will be whatever kind of bananafana you want me to be.

  6. I just bought a jar of Ocean Spray Cranberry Salsa at Costco and its delicious! It both sweet and spicy. I can't stop eating it!

    1. WHAT??
      I'm officially intrigued.
      But I'm also a total salsa snob, so this could get ugly...

  7. I am with you on the chips and salsa. And also the large teenage boys eating all-of-the-things. It's foolishness.

    And I am officially making these muffins today! I mean it. Ok I mean I might make Adam make these for me today. I love bananas. Not on their lonesome, but in all manner of desserts.

  8. Kids in the kitchen......sometimes teaching independence can get interesting! My daughter who once called me at work to ask "which pan is the electric skillet?" is now as assistant prep chef as a sorority house at Oregon State. While pleased, I'm as shocked as anyone.

    1. Hahaha!
      I NEVER cooked when I was still at home. I used to tell my brother, "I know how, I just don't want to."
      Can you imagine, no one believed me!
      My mom is still shaking her head in shock. :)

  9. I raised 3 man-children and that required feeding them. NO SMALL TASK! I feel your "pain".

  10. Oh the sour cream, it just puts the breads over the top! I love banana in baked things. After I eat sweets then I need something salty and I think maybe you have created a new combination for me: banana muffins followed by chips and salsa. You are, quite possibily, a genius.

  11. Golly, woman, I am howling! I don't tell you enough, you make me roar with laughter - so many times. I love every single word you write. Keep writing, sister, keep writing!

  12. Ummm. . .I don't think I'll EVER be able to get the image of that steak cooking process out of my mind, thankyouverymuch! I'm a cook AND pretty darn OCD about neatness, especially in my kitchen. So pretty much, the image of a 6 foot tall man kid in my kitchen with raw meat. . .baking, boiling, baking some more. . .I don't know, but I think I need to go scrub my counters or something. Ha! You are a better Christian than I am, just from that one experience if nothing else. :) What a nice mama you are.

  13. Oh wait. Not surprisingly, I got totally sidetracked by the steak. What I meant to do was give you a link to another banana muffin recipe! Have you seen this one? Not that it's any more healthy than your recipe, but I really do love this one just because of how easy it is. Oh, but I have to give you a disclaimer since I'm recommending it: she calls it "sugar free" and "flour-less", which is really misleading. It is indeed flourless, but the sugar part is totally incorrect. I mean, yeah, there's no granulated sugar, but there are sugars in it, for heaven's sake, there's honey and bananas (and optional chocolate chips)! So no, not sugar free. But really really yummy and especially yummy for how fast and easy they are.

    You'll have to scroll way down to get to the recipe, they're not the star of the post, but they're the best part in my opinion. :)

  14. Well, I just read this and thought, dang, why didn't I read this BEFORE I made banana bread tonight. Then I looked at the ingredients and they are exactly the same. It is from a lady named Janet, perhaps? (That's where i found mine). YUM!

  15. I'm completely in love with whatever mood you were in when you wrote this.

  16. Oh Robert. I love that boy, and you, and the two of you together, and you both coveting serloin. . . . You make me chuckle. Teach the man to cook! He could be an asset in the kitchen. But if you're like me, well, the kitchen is off limits. It's my ZONE. That's where I find my peace, and if I had to hand it over, I might die. Or shove my face full of chocolate. I'll take chocolate, you take salsa. ;)

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  19. Totally, made those muffins this weekend and they are the bomb. I might have added a glaze icing when they were all warm. YUM

  20. i literally getting out of bed right now and going to my kitchen to make these. i have 4 brown bananas waiting. i think i will double it.
    miss you.

  21. All the cringing but bless him. Haha also foodtography had me cracking up. That is all.