Friday, November 9, 2007

Granola Topped Banana Bran Muffins

Here is a recipe that is going to make the mouths in your house beg for more, more, more! So give it to 'um. We love muffins at our house. They are nutritious and easy to have on hand. We make big batches and store in the freezer . Then we can grab them out to pack into lunches or eat at breakfast or eat at midnight when I get really hungry and need a meal. They are just yummy.
Let's get started. Please don't be cross with me because of all these ingredients. You don't have to make these very often, remember the freezer? It is your friend. Just grab some gallon size freezer bags and you can bake dozens of luscious muffins and enjoy them for weeks, or even months, if you are not a little food piggy like me.

1 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup wheat bran
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
2/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2 medium)
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 cup granola
Do you see our friend whole wheat in there? He will make you feel strong and healthy. And regular. First grab a big bowl and put all of the dry ingredients in. Give it a good mix with a whisk. Using a whisk is very fun, I always feel cooler when I use a whisk. Using the whisk will probably make your children want to help you because whisks are kid magnets. Just thought I would warn you.
Now take all the wet stuff and put it in another bowl and whisk it up. It is even more cool if you hold the bowl under one arm at an angle and whisk away. Speak in French as you do it. Now clean up the batter you slopped on the floor. You are probably neater than me. My kitchen floor always has batter, etc, on it. Oh, IGNORE that I used a spatula instead of a whisk in the picture, I was not very cool when I was making this.
Oops, are you fresh out of buttermilk? No worries matey, just put a couple of Tablespoons of white vinegar into the measuring cup then fill it up to the 1 cup line. Now empty the dishwasher like you meant to do before you started making the muffin batter. And just like that you have a cup of lumpy, thick, gross buttermilk. I don't like buttermilk just in my measuring cup. I am funny that way. But I LOVE buttermilk in my recipes!
I am afraid it is time to put the whisk in the sink. Pour the wet into the dry and stir until just combined. The recipe says the chocolate chips are optional. I never use them. For one thing I like it better without them and second I have son who HATES chocolate chips. In anything.
It is all combined and ready to be baked. Either put it in muffin tins that have been greased on the bottom (they pop out really easily) or lined with those paper muffin thingies. I prefer spraying them with canola oil spray. Sprinkle the granola evenly over the tops before you bake them. Yes, my granola had raisins in it. I picked them all out before sprinklin' otherwise I would have KILLED my children. I don't have time for funeral, jail time, and all the rest, so I just went ahead and picked the raisins out. Hey kids, don't say I've never done anything for you!
Bake for about 12 to 15 minutes at 400 degrees.

1 comment:

Hootin'Anni said...

Hi cynthia...

Just to let you know for Fun Monday, if you'd like to join ---it's hosted by a different person each week!! I was for this week, next week it's hosted by Karisma. [I have a noted asterisk beside her link at my Monday blog list]

So next week, to find your assignment, you will have to go to Karisma's blog to find out what it is....then, if you wish to participate for THAT Monday, you sign up by adding a comment in her/his blog that you wish to play along! Each week, there is a new volunteer for hosting.....