Sunday, June 24, 2012

Maple Banana Muffins

Wow! These last few weeks since my last post have been busy. Mother's day, birthdays, Memorial Day, Father's day and our youngest graduating from 5th grade! Another milestone.  Elementary school days behind us! Hard to believe that our oldest is going to be a Sophomore. Mom was right, once they go to school, time will just fly by.  I love banana muffins and the addition of maple syrup takes these muffins up a notch. I love the deep flavor that maple syrup adds to just about anything.  Scones, muffins, bread and when it is added as a "secret ingredient" to eggs, you'll never want to be without a bottle of syrup. Pure Maple Syrup that is. I just love the flavor combination of maple & bananas, maple & pecans, maple bacon vinaigrette, they just go together. My family loves fruit and it goes quickly, but I love to see a few rotting bananas in the bowl. Gets my mind thinking of all the recipes I could make with them. Throwing them in the freezer after they get pretty rotten ensures a treasure treat in the near future. This recipe doubles & freezes well. I just have this thing if you are going to turn the oven on, you might as well double the recipe and have some for now and freeze some for later. Stocking up the easy way! I like to sprinkle some raw sugar on top before baking just to add a bit of crunch. 

Things that just go together, peanut butter & jelly, egg & olive, hot dogs & beans, eggs & bacon, grill cheese & tomato soup, black & white cookies, chips & dip. Boaz & Ruth, David & Goliath, Rahab & her scarlet chord, Moses & the Israelites, Jonah & the whale, David & the Lions, when you think of these people you always think of them and their stories. Stories & lives that would not be without the other. Jesus & the cross. Forgiveness of sins and eternal salvation! 

Maple Banana Muffins-


1 3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup granulated sugar (or 1/2 cup maple sugar)
1/4 cup melted butter
1 egg slightly beaten
1 teaspoon maple extract
2 medium bananas mashed
4 tablespoons milk
4 tablespoon maple syrup


Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin tins or place cupcake liners in the tins and set aside.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda & baking powder. Mix in the sugar. (Feel free to use maple sugar if you find some).

In a large bowl, combine the melted butter, beaten egg, maple extract, bananas, milk and the maple syrup and beat with a fork. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture and mix until the dry ingredients are combined. Spoon the batter into greased muffin tins and bake for about 20 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned. Cool completely before freezing.

Eat Well, Sonya