|Baking muffins while the kids sleep. Shhh!|
I admit, I can be pretty lazy. I can barely muster up the energy to make oatmeal for my kids in the morning, let alone make them a home-cooked breakfast every day. But, if I am going to make something from scratch for their breakfasts, I want it to at least be healthy-ish. So, when I saw three bananas on my counter just hollering to be baked into something, I decided to teak a sweet bread recipe of mine by lowering the sugar content and adding more fiber/whole grains. The result was wholesome, but still yumdidliumcious.
I baked the kids some muffins and used the rest of the batter to make my husband's office mates a loaf of banana bread (with dabs of peanut butter and chocolate chips plopped in the middle as a baking experiment). The peanut butter was a tad too salty, but I'll try tweaking it again and see if I can get it right next time.
|A little sprinkle of Enjoy Life mini-chocolate chips before baking will certainly help say, "Good morning, Sunshine!"|
In the Night Kitchen Banana Muffins Recipe (vegan)
makes about 24 muffins or 1 loaf of bread
- 1/2 cup AP unbleached flour
- 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
- 1/2 cup oat flour (Grind oatmeal into a fine powder)
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup vegan sugar
- 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup vegan yogurt (the thicker the better)
- 1/8 cup melted Earth Balance
- 1/8 cup oil (I used sunflower oil)
- 3 very ripe, very mashed bananas
- chocolate chips for garnish or to be mixed in to the batter (about 1 cup)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- In a large bowl, sift together all dry ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, combine all wet ingredients and then add bananas.
- Combine wet to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
- To make muffins, add about 1/4 cup of batter to greased muffin tins (when using muffins liners, I still like to give the liners a very quick spray with non-sitck cooking spray). Bake about 20-22 minutes.
- To make bread, grease bread pan and add batter. Bake about 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. (Sometimes with quick breads, the outside may seem to be a little burnt, but the inside is fine, so don't worry if the outside of the bread seems done before the center.)