Spring

Easy wholesome banana & blueberry muffins

banana blueberry muffinsThis has become a fav go-to way of using up ripe bananas. It’s such an easy recipe which apart from needing to melt butter, requires very little time from start to finish. You just throw all ingredients together and mix (love this sort of baking!). It’s a nice one for the very busy and for young children to get involved in.

This recipe is also extremely flexible, you can add chocolate chips, nuts, seeds, dried coconut, vegetables such as grated zucchini, cocoa or cacao powder. Instead of blueberries, try mixed berries or sliced strawberries. You could also use various flours and oils instead of butter.. for example coconut or olive oil. So many options!

 

Ingredients

  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  •  1 (heaped) cup of berries (frozen are great)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence or extract
  • 75 g (~1/3 cup) melted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups plain flour (I’ve tried using wheat, buckwheat and GF flours, these all work well)
  • 2-3 Tbsp. sugar (these don’t need a lot of sweetener because of of the amount of fruit, but you can add more if you prefer sweeter muffins)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

Recommended additional ingredients:

  • Chocolate chips or dark chocolate pieces (I often break up a 100g block of 70% Lindt chocolate and add to the mixture of these muffins – a highly recommended addition)
  • Nuts (walnuts are lovely!)
  • Seeds
  • Cocoa or Cacao (I suggest adding 2 Tbsp for a real chocolatey muffin)
  • Coconut flakes or shredded coconut
  • Oats (try substituting 1/2 cup of flour for 1/2 cup oats, this works really well)

 

Method

Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius.

In a bowl, add banana, egg, butter, sugar, cinnamon and combine. Then add flour, baking soda and powder and mix. Then berries, and voila your mixture is ready. Spoon into a muffin tin or paper muffin cups and bake for 15mins or until cooked when tested with a skewer.

If you love icing your muffins, a nice thick dollop of butter icing would work beautifully (soft butter mixed with icing sugar, lemon rind). I also suggest trying a mixture of natural or Greek style yoghurt, a little icing sugar or maple syrup and lemon rind.

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