Saturday, February 27, 2010

Banana Muffins

What could be easier than making a muffin? The Banana Muffins won the weekly poll, so I bought 3 very ripe bananas at the grocery store and started baking when I got home. I was a little skeptical with this recipe after reading the ingredients – no eggs! – and I thought for once, Nigella Lawson would let me down. But I persevered and it was all worth it! They came out beautifully and they taste how muffins are supposed to taste like; cake-like, but not too sweet. I was contemplating if these muffins could be called ‘low-fat’, since they contain no sugar, eggs and only 2 tablespoons of butter. It’s nice to eat a sweet snack and not feel guilty the rest of the day. Rating 4- out of 5.

Banana Muffins recipe: Nigella Lawson - How To Be A Domestic Goddess

Nigella says this will make 10 muffins, but I only got 7 out of this batter, so you might want to consider doubling the recipe.

Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 oozingly, bulgingly heaping tablespoons clear honey
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large, very ripe bananas
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt

Instructions:
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Put the butter, honey and vanilla in a pan on a low heat to melt, then remove and set aside for a few minutes.
- Mash the bananas and, in another bowl, measure out the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Mix the melted butter mixture with the bananas and then mix that into the dry ingredients. Don’t overmix: just stir a couple of times; you will have a not terribly attractive lumpy sludge, but don’t worry about it.
- Put the paper cups in the muffin trays and fill them about two-thirds full of mixture. Put in the oven and cook for about 25 minutes (20 minutes was enough for me). Leave in the pans for 5 minutes, then remove the muffins in their cups to a wire rack for another 5-10 minutes or till cool.


Dry + wet ingredients = muffin batter !


No sugar, no eggs and only 2 tablespoons of butter.
Low-fat & delicious !


The texture of these muffins was excelllent.
And my favorite thing was the sweet smell of honey :)

8 comments:

Snooky doodle said...

I wish I had one of these for breakfast. These look delicious !

simplysandi said...

I am going to have to try these. I love Nigella.

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Wow, these do sound and look great! I was wondering, do you really cook them at 175 degreesF?
Have a great weekend!

Paris Pastry said...

Pfew, thanks for noticing! I meant 175°C aka 375°F!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour,
Mmmm, these muffins sound perfect and no sugar!

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

Holy Moly look at those muffin domes. I'd love to snatch one up right from the oven. I love that they're comparatively healthy, too.

Natalie... said...

Oooh num num num!! These banana muffins look so good, I bet the mixture tasted amazing..and im sure the bananas must go towards your five a day...slightly.. ;)

ABowlOfMush said...

I can just imagine how gorgeous your house smelled when you pulled them out of the oven!

Yum!