Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Banana Peanut Butter Muffins have the WOW* factor

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So much of cooking is by accident rather than design. I’m sure I’m not the only cook who hides her mistakes under the nearest tea-towel and celebrates the successes as if they were intended. These successes are a good example of serendipity... (I love that word).
Serendipitous muffins... the best sort!
I had intended porridge for breakfast this morning, but when I entered the kitchen, I was faced with three sad freckled bananas with a ‘pre-compost bin’ look about them. Enter the WOW factor.
My youngest sister is waging *War On Waste. I call it the WOW factor: if she allows a foodstuff to go bad then she cannot buy it for two weeks. To use up the sad bananas, I was inspired to make Banana Peanut Butter Muffins for breakfast instead. Here’s how that inspiration went:
7.30am – After measuring out most of the ingredients, I discover a major butter shortage – nowhere near enough for this recipe. Damn! Must have banana peanut butter muffins...
7.31am - I discover a packet of creamed coconut, with a use-by date of right about now (more WOW factor). It worked perfectly in place of the butter I normally use and filled the kitchen with a heavenly smell – actually pretty similar to the ah-mazing Coconut Melt Massage my holistic therapist sister does.
The result was a light fluffy flavourful muffin and I had just enough butter to make a silky peanut butter icing.
For 18 sinful muffins you will need...
... to pre-heat your oven to 160°C

200g creamed coconut, grated (or softened butter if you prefer)
100g crunchy peanut butter
250g very ripe bananas (that’s about 3 small bananas)
2 eggs
80mls fresh milk

150g plain flour
50g oatmeal flakes
25g Bourneville cocoa powder, sifted
100g caster sugar
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
½ teaspoon salt

50g banana chips (optional)

1          In a large bowl or stand mixer, beat the creamed coconut, peanut butter and bananas until they form a smooth mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating between additions until well combined. Now, add the milk and beat until combined.
2          Measure the rest of the ingredients - except the banana chips – into a separate bowl.
3          Add the coconut mixture to the flour mixture, stirring with a spatula or wooden spoon just until no dry mixture remains. Finally, stir in the banana chips if using.
4          Using an ice cream scoop or dessert spoon, divide the mixture between 18 lined muffin tins, filling them no more than three-quarters full.
5          Bake for 18 minutes until well risen and cooked through – a toothpick inserted in the centre should come out clean. If any mixture adheres, bake for a further 5 minutes and test again.
6          When cooked, remove from the oven and allow to cool in the tin for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to finish cooling.
They are really good just as they are, with hints of underlying chocolate and coconut flavours beneath the brazen banana peanut exterior. I like to push to boat out by adding a Peanut Butter Frosting. The following quantities make enough frosting to swirl over 6 – 8 muffins – I put the rest into the freezer out of temptation’s way.
For the peanut butter icing you will need...
80g butter, softened
80g crunchy peanut butter (you could use smooth peanut butter if you want completely smooth frosting)
160g icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons fresh milk

1          In a medium bowl beat the softened butter together with the peanut butter until combined. Then add the icing sugar and mix until combined. An electric mixer is best for this job but go easy when adding the icing sugar unless you want a lovely sweet cloud filling your kitchen.
Potential sugar cloud...
2          Add the vanilla extract and milk and continue mixing until you have a smooth icing.
3          Swirl a generous portion of icing onto each cooled muffin.
Naughty breakfast is served... WOW!
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  1. That looks so freakin good. I love love love banana and peanut butter.

  2. Your are prefectly correct -- serendipitous! I make peanut butter and banana toasted sandwiches all the time. A few steps better, these muffins. I'll be going for the Wow factor.

  3. WOW! The muffin is very low in sugar, so quite healthy

  4. These muffins certainly do have the WOW factor. I love your sister's philosophy. I shall ponder it further while eating one of these muffins.

  5. Naughty indeed!!!! YUM! Thanks for your nice words on my blog. YOu are such an encourager!! ♥- Katrina

  6. This really does look like a recipe to keep on file. I always seem to have slightly over-ripe bananas so the recipe is a good one to have up my sleve. :-)

  7. I love this WOW factor concept! I should try and implement it in my kitchen! I had wasting food too... Great recipe (and adding coconut was a stroke of genius) :-)

  8. Yummy muffins, and beautiful plate underneath ;)

  9. Wow those look soooo good! I love the combination of banana and peanut butter. :)

  10. Wow is right, that's one decadent breakfast for sure! Loving the creamed coconut and banana chips in these muffins!

  11. Gosh do I love this post - whether it's the muffins or the case for cooking by accident, I'm not sure which I like more.

    Thanks so much for the lovely recipe!!

  12. WOW is right. Definitely filing this one away!

  13. Yummy muffins! I love the War on Waste concept. It can result in some interesting meals.

  14. Looks like my kind of breakfast :) I love that you said serendipity! It's my all time favorite word!

  15. Wow indeed! Sinful and exotic too! Just love coconut in cakes. It gives a tropical taste and aroma to the pastry! Serendipitously delicious!!!

  16. This sounds fantastic. Oh I wish I could have one NOW!

  17. What a great post! Accidents? What are you talking about? ;-))
    Some accidents I've made, the kids loved them so much I didn't know what I did to make them again! Bit frustrating. Another story. Your muffins sound like a real energy boost and a great change to our rituals. I really must make these for something deliciously different. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

  18. These are cupcake heaven! My husband and son would be in heaven!

  19. Almost ALL of my cooking is by accident rather than by design! :D These look wonderful!

  20. Looks sinfully delish! Yummy!


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