Monday, February 27, 2012

Banana Cinnamon Chip Muffins

Hello strangers! Does it feel like forever since we've gotten caught up with what's going on in my life? Not that I think that you have a burning need and desire to know the mundane and miniscule of my day-to-day drudgery, but every once in a while I like to think that you might enjoy hearing from me.

For those still keeping tabs (myself included, obviously) I am now 15 months smoke free. (YAY!) I have lost the 30 pounds that I gained when I quit smoking and am now working on the other 500 lbs I still need to lose. Well, maybe not 500, but some days it feels that way.

Regarding my breast cancer, all is well as far as I know. My next mammogram is scheduled at the beginning of April and until then I refuse to worry another gray hair over it. I'm enjoying life, love, family and friends. Is there anything else that matters?

The recipe I'm posting today is basically a repeat of a muffin recipe I made awhile back. I've changed a few of the ingredients because hubby has told me he's going to commit me to the King Arthur Flour Insane Asylum if I don't start using up the flour that I have in the freezer.

I purchased some perfect pastry flour blend last year thinking that I was going to become the queen of pie crusts. Didn't happen. So now I have all of this flour left to use. I decided to use it in these muffins and they turned out so well that I wanted to have the recipe on record so I can repeat it (because I still have two more bags of that flour to use!)

LinkBanana Cinnamon Chip Muffins (makes 1 dozen muffins)

1 cup minus two TBSP whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup perfect pastry blend
1/4 cup milled flax seed
1/4 cup wheat bran
2 TBSP wheat germ
1/4 cup brown sugar Splenda (or 1/2 cup regular brown sugar)
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup cinnamon chips
1 1/2 cup very ripe mashed bananas
3/4 cup fat free sour cream
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a cupcake pan with paper liners and spray lightly with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, flax seed, wheat bran, wheat germ, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the cinnamon chips.

In another bowl whisk together the bananas, sour cream, eggs, canola oil and vanilla.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Stir well to combine but do not over mix. Spoon batter into cupcake liners. Bake for 24-26 minutes. Remove pan from oven and allow muffins to cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to cool completely on cooling rack.


Pam said...

Way to go, Mags! It sounds like you're doing great all the way around! Love those muffins and wish I had one now. Keep up the good work, girl!

Julie said...

HI! Glad to hear things are going well for you!! 15 months, no smoking and losing weight, amazing!!

Barbara Bakes said...

This is a muffin I could love. So glad everything is going so well for you.

June said...

Congratulations on the 15 months AND 30 pounds. Holy cow go girl! Muffins look wonderful and so healthy too!

The Mom Chef said...

Bravo on your successes! April will be one more to add to your cap!

I can't believe all that flour. Wow. I have 'a' bag. Of course, I'm not much of a baker, so it makes sense.

The muffins look delicious, decadent. Even with chocolate.

(You really need to lose that captcha. I had to try it twice and you made me cuss.)

stephchows said...

Congrats on being both smoke free and now extra lbs free! Great job!!! And I'm totally jealous of your flour stash!!

thisoldbroad said...

Yum! So glad your doing & feeling great! Your update made my day a bit better, so thank you for sharing the news.

Luray Caverns Bed and Breakfast said...

Banana Muffins seems to me delicious but would you tell me how much bananas have to take as you didn't mention in your recipe chart.

Mags @ the Other Side of 50 said...

Luray: it varies depending on the size of the banana. I used two large bananas and one medium one in this recipe.

Lea M. Callais said...

What goodness going on in your world - joy!!!!! Lovely looking muffins!

Glazed Bakehouse said...

Wow these muffins look amazing! Over here in Australia we dont have the choices of ingredients that you lucky people have!And well done on your success of not smoking and good health! x