Friday, August 29, 2008

Banana Crunch Muffins

I love Ina Garten! These Banana Crunch Muffins did not disappoint! I filled the granola jar yesterday, so with granola prepared....it was the perfect time to make the muffins.
Barefoot Contessa - Banana Crunch Muffins
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 lb unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 extra large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 bananas)
1 cup medium-diced ripe banana (1 banana)
1 cup small pieces walnuts
1 cup granola cereal
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
dried banana pieces (optional) or granola cereal (optional) or shredded coconut (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners.
Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment.
Add the melted butter and blend.
Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and mashed bananas, and add then to the flour-and-butter mixture.
Scrape the bowl and blend well.
Don't overmix.
Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola and coconut into the batter.
Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each one to the top.
Top each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired.
Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean.
A dolop of cream cheese frosting on the top makes them complete! I love chunks of banana as well as the mashed banana and I really love the granola mixed in for a little crunch. These are great and would make a super addition to any breakfast....without the frosting;)

1 comment:

rachelle said...

ooo pretty pictures! they look delish! ~i love the frosting idea~