23 September 2011

pecan banana mufffins

before i begin this post i would just like to thank gwen stefani for spelling out banana in one of her songs.  each banana in this post, that has been correctly spelled, has been brought to you by hollaback girl...which i am not and that is not where this post is headed.

we could all use a little inspiration right?  sometimes we get stuck in a rut with our recipes.  let's help each other break the rut.  every friday  regualrly  semi-regularly when i can remember, i will post a category.  i will post a recipe for you and then you can leave a recipe from the same category in the comments.  what do you think?

this week the category is muffins.  who hates muffins.  no one.  so you all have one to share.  the recipe below is for pecan banana muffins but not just any muffins.  these are sugar free, grain free muffins and they are delicious.  i know you are skeptical but trust me on this one.  if you need to go ahead and toss a few of these bad boys in for good measure.

pecan butter muffins
adapted from jody's cashew butter muffins on pecan bread

1 cup chopped pecans
2 small bananas (with brown spots on skins, they will be sweeter)
2 eggs
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • blend pecans in food processor until smooth, the consistence of peanut butter
  • add bananas and blend until smooth
  • add eggs and continue to blend
  • add baking soda, apple cider vinegar and vanilla extract blend once more
  • pour batter until paper lined muffin tins ( i usually get 9-10 muffins)
  • bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes

    now it's your turn!  leave a comment with your recipe and start baking the one's that inspire you.


    1. Sara,
      I love the thought of muffins without grain and sugar. I will checking our your recipes. Thanks!

      These are great everyday muffins...sweet but not overly and they could easily be dressed up with a streusel topping or throw in some nuts.

      Brown Sugar Muffins

      1/2 cup shortening
      1 cup packed brown sugar
      1 egg
      1 cup milk
      2 teaspoons vanilla extract
      2 cups all-purpose flour
      1 teaspoon baking soda
      1/2 teaspoon salt

      Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
      In a mixing bowl, cream shortening and brown sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the dry ingredients; add to creamed mixture just until combined. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
      Bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
      Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
      Yield: 1 dozen
      Enjoy! - Cara

    2. Cara these sound so great especially with a streusel topping!

    3. Ok, so I've never made these but it's my moms recipe and they were always delish. I've been thinking of baking them recently...you may have given me the motivation.: )
      Bran Muffins
      3c bran
      1/2 c oil
      1 c chocolate chips or raisins
      1 c boiling water
      2eggs slightly beaten
      2 c buttermilk
      1/4 c molasses
      2 1/2 c whole wheat flour
      4 tsp sugar
      2 1/2 tsp soda
      1/2 tsp salt
      In 1 bowl stir cereal, oil, raisins, and hot water and set aside
      In a 2nd bowl eggs, buttermilk, and mollases, whip and add to cereal mixture
      In a 3rd bowl mix dry ingredients. Add by hand to wet ingredients and stir to moisten
      Add chocolate chips last
      Cover with papertowel for 15 minutes to 1 hour
      Bake 20 minutes

    4. Carley these sound yummy with chocolate chips- healthy & sweet is my fav combo. Family recipes are the best because when you cook or eat them they remind you of family memories.