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Peanut-Butter Banana Muffins

17 Aug

Peanut-Butter Banana Goodness!

Very rarely do I bake something and the end product looks like the picture on the recipe. This recipe however was so easy, that my muffins look just as good as the ones in the recipe picture. Better yet, they taste fabulous!!

Once again, I found myself with over-ripe bananas and some free time – so what better thing to do than bake! The muffin is so moist and has the perfect balance of peanut-butter to banana. I might even add some chocolate chips to the batter next time.

Hope you enjoy the recipe as much as I’m enjoying this muffin right now!!

Peanut-Butter Banana Muffins

Recipe from http://lululuathome.com/2009/07/peanut-butter-banana-muffins.html

Ingredients (12 regular-sized muffins):

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, soften
1/4 cup peanut butter, soften (I used chunky one as I love the texture)
2 eggs
3 large bananas, mashed
1 banana, sliced for garnish

Directions:

Preheat over to 350F. Grease muffin tin or line with muffin liners.In a small bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.

In another bowl, cream together sugar and butter until fluffy, about 5 minutes. Beat in peanut butter. Add in the eggs, one at a time. Then mix in mashed banana.

With the mixer on low speed, beat in the flour mixture until just combined.

Evenly distribute batter into the muffin cups. Top with sliced banana. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a tester comes out clean.

 Cool completely on a wire rack.

Chocolate Walnut Banana Cookies

26 Jul

Over the weekend I tried a new recipe, chocolate-walnut banana cookies. I had some bananas that were going to go to waste if I didn’t use them. I didn’t feel like making banana bread and I had already made banana pancakes for breakfast, so I made banana cookies. I found the recipe on SimplyRecipes.com – a great site for well thought out and tested recipes.

The banana cookie recipe was perfect, not to mention hassle free! The cookies turned out wonderful – almost like little muffin tops. They were so moist that they taste more like muffins or bread than they do a cookie. I added more cinnamon than the recipe calls for and didn’t have ground cloves (nor do I really like them) so I omitted those from the recipe and used 1 tablespoon of brown sugar instead. Also, the recipe says you can use chocolate chips OR walnuts…I used both 🙂

Overall, this recipe is perfect for using up some extra banana’s and its  much easier than banana bread. From start to finish, this recipe took me 30 minutes – which isn’t bad considering 12 of those minutes were used to bake the cookies.

Banana Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup of mashed bananas (about 2 ½ large bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 2 cups of flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground mace or nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1 cup of pecans (walnuts and chocolate chips are fine alternatives)

Method

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add the egg and continue to beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.

2 In a bowl, mix the mashed bananas and baking soda. Let sit for 2 minutes. The baking soda will react with the acid in the bananas which in turn will give the cookies their lift and rise.

3 Mix the banana mixture into the butter mixture. Mix together the flour, salt, and spices and sift into the butter and banana mixture and mix until just combined.

4 Fold into the batter the pecans or chocolate chips if using. Drop in dollops onto parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake for 11-13 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Let cool on wire racks.

Makes about 35 cookies.

Here are some other fun “add-ins” for any banana cookie:

  • Peanut Butter Cup chunks
  • Raisins
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Dark Chocolate Chips
  • Candied walnuts or pecans
  • Caramel chips

That’s all for now. Til next time, stay sweet! xoxo