Searching through the freezer for tea, I came across two black bananas. I get strangely excited when I find black bananas, but they are just so darn yummy when you cook them up. Usually, I make banana bread with them, but I wanted to make muffins for lunchboxes, and I found the perfect recipe.
It’s nut-free, which makes it great for school, and it’s actually really healthy. No sugar, no butter, and not even any flour. You use oats, instead of regular flour, and the sweetness comes from the bananas and some honey. The rest of your ingredients are stock-standard pantry items – vanilla, baking power, bicarb, a little salt. The only thing you might need to go to the shops for is Greek yoghurt.
I didn’t have any, so I used deli yoghurt (supposedly “Greek style”), and it worked fine, and probably added a bit a sweetness factor to it, too. I do think, however, that using deli yoghurt might have caused them to sink after they came out of the oven (I can’t think of any other reason why?). Do I care? Not a bit. I also went with the suggestion and added in some chocolate chips, but some frozen raspberries would be really nice and punchy in these, and keep them sugar free.
Now, the really interesting thing about this recipe, is that you make it in your blender. It was so fun, and only took about 30 seconds to whizz up. Having said that, next time, I’ll be using my food processor. When I got married, smoothie makers with taps were all the rage. It seemed like a good idea at the time, but it is a pain in the neck to clean. I rue the day I laid eyes on it. If you have a thermomix (I don’t), you could toss it all into that instead.
When it’s blending, it smells just like a banana smoothie. Sooo yummy. Bake it at 200 degrees celsius. I made 12 regular-sized muffins and 18 mini-sized muffins (the miniatures only needed 10 minutes). You’re warned about the texture being a ‘little different’, but don’t let that put you off. They’re actually really light and spongy, almost a quiche-y texture; I like it. And so did Beanie. Talbot didn’t, but she’s particularly fussy, so her opinion doesn’t count.
They’re worth a try, and they are super quick and easy. I love muffins, because they freeze well, and they’re perfect for lunchboxes. Those choc-chips make it seem like an unhealthy treat, but you know that it’s all goodness packed in there. It’s a mum-win all round.