Honey Banana Muffins
Honey Banana Muffins are one of the easiest basic muffins you can make. Quite similar to banana breads which are pretty much every baking novice's favourite. I think I spotted this recipe on one of Nigella Lawson's cooking shows and I managed to find the recipe online. The flavour of honey goes quite well with that of Bananas and prevents them from turning cloyingly sweet which is a possibility when you use white sugar to make banana muffins.
These make the perfect kiddie lunch box treat or after school snack, or even a quick breakfast as the kids walk to the bus stop.
Honey Banana Muffins- modified recipe from How to be a Domestic Goddess
- Preheat oven to 175 C/ 350 F.
- Sieve the flours with baking soda and baking powder into a large bowl. Add cinnamon / cardamom powder to it and keep aside.
- Mash the bananas with a fork and keep aside.
- Melt the butter in a saucepan on very low heat. Spoon the honey and vanilla essence into the melted butter and pour this butter mixture into the mashed bananas. Mix the finely chopped nuts into this.
- Add the above mixture to the prepared flour. Just mix them gently until you have "a not terribly attractive lumpy sludge, but don't worry about it."
- Spoon the mixture into a well greased / 'lined with paper cups' muffin tray. This mixture yeilded me 9 medium to large muffins. Rather i force fitted the entire batter into my 9 cup muffin tray. You could spread them over 12. Top each cup with a little sprinking of nuts.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Cool and serve with tea or for breakfast.
Result: Compared to what people have to say- I had a pretty good bunch of mufffins. I don't know if the different result was due to the mixture of flours or the kind of bananas used. They were soft and springy. I rather prefer the subtle sweetness of honey to the overt sugary sweetness. The nuts added a nice crunch and the banana-cinnamon flavours are anyway an all time favourite. I made another batch the very next day, in which I added some mueseli into the batter. They turned out fine too! It's worth a try for sure.
Modification: I modified the 1 cup AP flour into 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and 1/2 cup AP flour to make it atleast half healthier. Also, I added a couple of tablespoons of finely chopped mixed nuts into the batter as well as for a little crunchy garnish on the top.