Sunday, April 18, 2010

Whole Wheat Caramelized Banana Muffins

Hubby is not a creature of habit except for his breakfast during the work week. My job here is simple. Always keep a dozen hard boiled eggs in the fridge and a batch of muffins on the counter. On his way out the door, he sticks an egg in his shirt pocket and juggles his muffin with his car keys and computer case while he puts on his shoes and off he goes at 6:15. There have been a few mishaps along the way when I've mistakenly put the carton of raw eggs on top of the carton of boiled eggs in the fridge and you can probably imagine what happens later on in the morning when he goes to crack that "supposed to have been" boiled egg. I'm just happy that I'm not there to witness the tongue lashing I'm getting as he's cleaning up the mess. (HEE!)

These muffins require a little time in that the bananas go through a caramelizing process in the oven before the final batter is mixed, but the resulting flavor definitely makes it worth the extra effort. The simple glaze and pecan topping take these muffins up and a notch and adds just the right amount of additional sweetness and crunch to make them quite delicious.

Whole Wheat Caramelized Banana Muffins

2 cups sliced ripe bananas (this was two large bananas for me)
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup (8 TBSP) butter, divided
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup sour cream (I used reduced-fat)
1 1/4 cups sugar (I used Splenda)


2 TBSP butter, softened
1 TBSP reduced-fast cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 TBSP milk
2 TBSP chopped pecans for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a 9X9 baking dish layered the sliced bananas. Sprinkle bananas with brown sugar and dot with one TBSP cold butter cut into little pieces. (leave remaining butter on countertop to come to room temperature.

Place baking dish in oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring half way through cooking cycle. Remove bananas from oven and allow to cool to room temperature. Reduce oven heat to 375 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour,baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Set aside.

In a small bowl whisk eggs, sour cream, and vanilla

In mixing bowl cream together the remaining 7 TBSP of butter with the sugar/Splenda until light and fluffy. Add in the egg mixture and beat well. Stir in the cooled, reserved bananas and their juices (I mashed mine a little bit before adding in.)

Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture and stir to incorporate all ingredients. Do not over mix.

Spray a 12 count muffin pan with cooking spray. Or use muffin liners sprayed with cooking spray. Divide batter between the muffins wells. Bake muffins at 375 degrees for 16-18 minutes. Remove muffins from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes before removing them from muffin pan to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before glazing.

To make the glaze:

Whip cream cheese and butter together until combined and fluffy. Add in the powder sugar and beat well. Drizzle in enough of the milk to make a glaze that is easily drizzled over the muffins. Top with chopped pecans if desired.


Grumpy and HoneyB said...

hehe, so funny about your hubby and the eggs! I know I would definitely have the wrath of Grumpy if that ever happened with him! Good thing he doesn't eat eggs. lol

The muffin looks great. I made some bars once with caramelized banana's and they were a hit!

A Year on the Grill said...

a very funny image...

and a not so funny discussion when he gets home

But, a wonderful recipe, moves to the top of my must cook soon list

Julie said...

Hi! Love the vision of the eggs :)

I just happen to have one ripe banana sitting on the counter. I am going to try this one soon. (Unless the banana gets too ripe before I get to it.) These look delicious.

Abby said...

You are so funny, and these sound wonderful! I will have to try them soon!

theprofessionalpalate said...

yay! a whole wheat muffin recipe beyond just good ole raisin bran ;-) thanks for sharing

stephchows said...

hmmm I've always just roasted my bananas white the peels on in the oven, but this sounds extra sticky sweet good!

June said...

Oh my goodness Mags these look incredible. Caramelized bananas - I mean if that ain't just the cat's pj's. Gotta say though ...I can hear the big guy "ya mean ya don't cook him a hot breakfast every morning?". Guess our guys can NEVER meet, can they.

Talita said...

Mmmm... So healthy and yummy!! Looks perfect!

Karen said...

I'm not a big fan of banana things, but I bet my gardener would enjoy these. Will have to try them (although I think boiling a dozen eggs would be much quicker).

Coach's Oats said...

Wow! These look delicious!

Jane said...

Hi Mags--
I love what you did with the bananas; I don't think I've EVER seen a banana muffin recipe that includes caramelized bananas, and I'll bet I've read through hundreds of muffin recipes. This sure looks like a fantastic formula. Far, far better than the average run o' the mill banana muffin. I loved your story of your hubby in the morning, too. I was chuckling as I read it because it sounds so familiar (not the hard-boiled egg and muffin combo, necessarily, but the predictability of his breakfast preferences and the image of him rushing out the door while juggling food and computer case!). You write so well, and your posts are always so beautifully presented. Great photos, too, of course! :)


comfycook said...

Mags. you truly do magic with food, not the eggs, of course ....evil grin

Love the idea of carmelizing

I have a great giveaway if you are interested.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum! These look lovely... and I love that they are whole wheat!

ButterYum said...

Well Hi there. I'm so glad to have stumbled upon you - what a great blog you have!!


msmeanie said...

Wow. I think you have food ESP because you have read my mind. I am so craving bananas, and caramelized bananas?!? Oh my, I don't think it gets better than that.

Moogie said...

Hey girl.... sorry my visits have been few and far between. Being retired has ramped up my social calender. I hardly have time to even bake.

Speaking of baking, the muffins look divine.

Heidi said...

Not sure how I came across your blog but I'm sure glad I did! These caramelized banana muffins sound amazing and I think I will try them this weekend. I still am cruising through your recipes so gotta go!

All Our Fingers in the Pie said...

These look great. I like the drizzle of icing rather than a great big slather.

Megan said...

My hubbby would not have a very good sence of humor if that happened to him with the raw egg but it sure is a funny story! Love the muffins. My daughter has been asking for banana bread and I might have to try these for her breakfast! Great recipe!

Maria said...

I love the caramelized bananas! Great recipe!

Valen said...

This looks great! I just love caramelized bananas!