Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Mini-Muffins

I had a couple overly ripe bananas and needed to make something with them. These mini-muffins were perfect, and delicious! My kids really liked them.

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup honey
1 egg
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup oil
2 overly ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350. Lightly spray 24 mini muffin tins. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the honey, egg, milk, and oil. Then stir in the mashed bananas. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into the muffin tin and bake for 12-15 minutes (until toothpick comes out clean). Let cool slightly on a cooling rack.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Basil Pesto Muffins

These are savory muffins that go well with any Italian dinner... if you can wait until dinner to eat them!


2 1/2 c. flour
2 t. baking powder
3/4t. salt
1 c. olive oil, divided
3/4 c. milk
2 eggs
1 3/4 c. fresh basil, chopped
1 c. shredded parmesan
1/3 c. sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, chopped
1 T. minced garlic
1/4 c. chopped pine nuts
Coarse sea salt

Preheat oven to 350. Coat a 12-c muffin pan with nonstick spray; set aside.

Whisk together flour, baking powder, and table salt in a large bowl; form a well in the center.

Combine 3/4 c. oil, milk and eggs in a glass measuring cup with a pour spout until eggs are lightly beaten. Pour mixture into well of dry ingredients; stir only until moistened.

Fold basil, Parmesan, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic into batter just until evenly distributed.

Spoon batter into each muffin cup filling 2/3 full. Drizzle 1 t. remaining olive oil over each muffin. Sprinkle pine nuts and sea salt on top of each muffin.

Bake muffins until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean, 20-22 min.

Heat broiler to high with rack 6 in. from element. Broil muffins until tops are golden, 2-3 minutes.