Banana Cake Muffins

24 01 2013

banana muffins

An icy cold day like today needs something warm baking in the oven. But what to make? I’m not sure how I happened across this recipe for Cake Mix Banana Bread from Real Mom, but it sounded ideal for it’s simplicity and likeliness of being tasty. And, by making them into muffins instead of a loaf, I got to use these spunky Drömmar bakery cups that I picked up from Ikea.

And they did turn out lovely and yummy! I would call them banana cake muffins over banana bread muffins because the texture was more light and fluffy rather than dense and banana-y. Maybe add another banana next time?


Here’s my adapted recipe:

1 (18.25 oz) package yellow cake mix

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

5 egg whites

1/4 cup oil

1 Tbs Coconut Oil

3 medium ripe bananas, smushed

Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Divide batter evenly among 12 large muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with a little granulated and/or brown sugar. Bake at 350F for 25-30 minutes, until it passes the toothpick test.


As a side note, if your bananas aren’t ripe enough, try baking them until they blacken. This makes them super sweet! Just be careful to cool them down a little before mixing with the eggs.


Better Banana Bread

10 08 2008

Bananas seem to be the theme of recipe related posts these days. Well, I was craving some banana bread but wanted to see if I could make it a little healthier. I adapted a recipe from one of my favorite books- Favorite Recipes From Quilters by Louise Stolzfus (the recipe’s on pg 84). Here is my version. I had some misgivings about how it would turn out, but it baked up beautifully and tasted great. Too great actually, there’s none left for me to take a picture of!

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

½ cup applesauce
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1TBSP cornstarch
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup oatmeal (uncooked)
2 tsp baking soda
3 ½ small to med bananas, mashed
¼ cup chocolate chips (and/or chopped walnuts)

1. Cream applesauce and sugar, add egg and vanilla and mix well.
2. Sift together dry ingredients. Add to batter, alternating with bananas. Mix until dough is moistened.
3. Fold in chocolate chips and/or walnuts and pour into greased loaf pan.
4. Bake at 350 for approx 60-70 minutes, or until done.

Note- can cover bread with foil if top is browning faster than it’s baking.

Who can resist anything with chocolate? And the great part is that the only fat (other than the chocolate of course) is from one egg. Not bad!