Even though I’m not a fan of muffins, I am known to bake them at least once a month because my family, especially my kids, love them so much. I just can’t resist the way my 2-year old’s say “Mama, Want NUFFIN!” My heart just melts and only good judgment stops me from handing them the entire platter to gobble up.
I hardly ever make muffins that aren’t loaded with fruit or nuts or both as I just feel like it’s an excellent way of getting even more nutrients, fiber and vitamins into my family. Chocolate and the like are best reserved for cupcakes, in my opinion. After all, a Chocolate muffin is just a Chocolate cupcake without the delicious frosting, no? And what’s good about that? And I often find that kids will eat anything cakey, no matter what you call it. I think most kids will even eat bright green muffins stuffed with broccoli if you just call it a cake/muffin/cupcake. Well, I know my kids will. Plus, they make excellent lunchbox fillers. After baking the muffins, you can pop them into a Ziploc bag and stuff them in the freezer, just take a few out the night before and you have an excellent addition to your child’s lunchbox (and you’re less likely to find a moldy muffin at the bottom of your child’s backpack than a moldy sandwich).
For some more inspiration, why not try any of these recipes?
Makes 12 standard size muffins
3-4 large, ripe bananas (about 250g)
75g melted unsalted butter
1 egg, beaten
1tsp (5ml) baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
100g chopped Pecan nuts (or any nuts of your choice), plus more for decorating (optional)
- Pre-heat the oven to 180°c and line a muffin tray with paper cups.
- In a large bowl, mash the bananas with the melted butter. (I use my hand-held blender)
- Add the eggs, vanilla and sugar and mix well.
- Sift in the dry ingredients and fold in. Make sure everything is incorporated well.
- Fold in the chopped pecans.
- Fill the paper cups 3/4 with the muffin batter and place a few extra pecans on top (if desired).
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
- Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the tray before removing and allowing to cool completely on a wire rack.