What to post, what to post! I'm about to start a new rotation...after a disasterous test in surgery today...so I should have time to actually cook! I mean, for real cook. Not just stress relief baking, not just throwing veggies into the oven and then into eggs for an omlette, not just pulling a frozen fish out of the freezer. Actually cooking. In three days I've already tried three new recipes...all of which have been a success and will be making an apperance here soon! In fact, one will appear today. While typing the past few sentences, I have decided which recipe to post. Aren't you curious!? Well, I guess I gave it away by the picture...oh, well!
Sunday my grocery store had a nice bag of "ready to eat (HA!) or bake bananas" for 25 cents a pound. Bananas here never last long...I bought seven bananas on Sunday (the kind that are REALLY at eating stage) and by Tuesday they were GONE! I had ONE...meaning my roommate is a monkey! :-) Hey, at least it's bananas. Anyway, like I said, bananas don't last for baking purposes. So, I was excited to see these baking bananas in the store. However, I didn't want to do my normal banana bread as my oven has been having issues with baking quick breads. So I went in search of a banana recipe. Not finding any, I started going through my normal blogs. When I got to Kristen's
I saw a banana muffin recipe
! Yes! This is what I'm going to try.
That afternoon, I had Oprah on because Dr. Oz was there. I really like watching him because he teaches well and it shows me that I really have learned things in medical school! Anyway, he was talking about 5 foods
that you should try to stay away from. Uh oh. If you like to bake this is bad news. The foods: partially hyrdogenated oils (meaning real butter is okay but taking shortening out of the picture), sugar (hmmm), high fructose corn syrup (I don't use this except around Christmas), enriched flour (eh), and saturated fat. I was inspired. SO, I set off to make these muffins with as little of these five ingredients as I could.
Let's see...shortening - a no-no, though I'll still use it some, so I used canola oil, don't really know how olive oil would have worked. Okay, sugar...well, I could have converted for honey but didn't feel like it, so I just reduced the amount of sugar. Dr. Oz probably would have used honey or even agave nectar. Bananas...super good! Eggs...a natural food, okay. Flour...well, for baked goods you've got to have this, but I changed from white flour to whole wheat pastry flour - no enrichment needed. I love this stuff. It gives that great nutty taste of wheat flour without making the baked goods tough. I might just have to go buy some in bulk from our local whole foods store. Everything else in the recipe is fine. I did change the applesauce to fat-free vanilla yogurt just because that's what I had on hand. Add in some walnuts (good fat!) and I think this recipe would please Dr. Oz! So, check this out and thank Kristen for the inspiration! Julianne's Mini Banana Muffins
(though I did regular size and mini- I think mini are my faves!)
2/3 cup sugar - could have used less, probably 1/2 cup, but didn't want to change too much the first time
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3-4 bananas, peeled and smashed - I used 4
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, optional
Combine the sugar and oil, stirring for a minute or so. Add the yogurt, eggs, and bananas. Stir until well combines, about 2 minutes. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Once combined, slowly add to the banana mixture and mix until incorporated completely. Add walnuts if using. Bake in sprayed muffin tins on 350 for approximately 12 minutes (or until toothpick in the center comes out clean).
Makes about 48 mini-muffins. I got 12 mini-muffins, 12 regular muffins, and 2 muffin tops.