Bananas are a staple in our house (ahem... very small apartment). If we don't have them, it's a pretty safe bet that something crazy has happened. Yet, because they're always around, they sometimes get passed by for more novel fruit, which means that overly-ripe bananas occasionally plague my kitchen counter.
Whenever I notice said offender(s), my mind instantly flashes to an episode of 'The Simpsons,' where Marge says to Lisa, "We have black bananas, and you know what that means!" To which Lisa gleefully shouts, "Banana bread!"
Yep, in my mind, super-ripe bananas, 'The Simpsons,' and banana bread are inextricably linked.
The upshot is that a fair amount of banana bread - or in this case, muffins - gets baked around here. And since I'm gonna take a leap of faith and guess that some of you are in the same boat (too many bananas), I thought I'd share my go-to solution here. Feel free to chime in with a favorite 'way-too-ripe-banana-recipe' of your own.
Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Nut Muffins
Yield: 12 muffins
(adapted from 'The Joy of Vegan Baking')
2 c. unbleached, all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
3/4 c. sugar
1/3 c. canola oil
4 ripe bananas, mashed
1/4 c. water
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2/3 c. non-dairy semisweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped walnuts
1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F, & lightly grease muffin tins.
2) In a medium-sized bowl, mix flour, baking soda, & salt together. Set aside.
3) In a large bowl, beat sugar & oil together. Next, add the mashed bananas, water, & vanilla, & mix thoroughly.
4) Add the flour mixture to the large bowl, along with the chocolate chips & walnuts, & stir to mix.
5) Fill each muffin tin halfway with batter. Bake for 20-30 mins, until muffins are golden brown & a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
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I do this to my bananas on purpose, for smoothies!ReplyDelete
I wait until the fruit flies are buzzin', peel then freeze.
You're so much braver than I am. Super-ripe bananas kinda freak me out, unless they're baked into something... (I'm weird!) I do think freezing them would be a good way to get around the overly-mushy-factor (which is what kills me). Yay for a non-baking solution!Delete
PS Happy MoFo to you, too. Cheers!
yes, but the texture goes away in the blender, plus the darker they are the more sugar. so yummier for smoothies!Delete
Oh yes! The only thing I love more than a good veggie burger is good banana muffins! And yes, I'm the one who buys 6 or 7 stinking bunches of bananas at a time and I wait till the fruit flies swarm like Kittee! :) Happy MOFO, you are getting added to my reader! :)ReplyDelete
I love that you buy all of those bananas at once - I'm starting to become convinced that mushy ones are good for more than baking. And, BTW, you're on list as well! (My Goggle Reader list, not my Shit List. Hahaha.)Delete
JD! In love, the only thing I like more than veggie burgers is banana muffins (seriously) Happy MOFO to you too! Adding you in my reader!ReplyDelete
Great minds think alike! ;)Delete
Those muffins look so perfect- definitely Lisa Simpson approved. Thanks for the recipe!ReplyDelete
"Lisa Simpson approved" - love that! They were definitely delicious, thanks!Delete
YUM! Banana + chocolate is just an incredible combo... especially in a warm muffin, straight from the oven and the chocolate is still all glorious and GOOEY!ReplyDelete
I have to agree, gooey is always a good thing when it comes to muffins! And banana + chocolate is heavenly! Thanks for the note.Delete
Ehh, I remember that episode ;p!ReplyDelete
I'm totally making those for my boyfriend! He loves bananas n__n
Oh and thank you for the belated birthday wishes : D
I love that you remember that episode! And I hope your boyfriend likes the muffins :)Delete
Wow these muffins sound delicious, they make me hungry.ReplyDelete
Thanks! I kinda wish I wouldn't have posted them, b/c every time I look at my blog I want to make them IMMEDIATELY!Delete
I almost always have frozen overripe bananas on hand so that when the banana bread craving hits, I am READY. They're also absolutely divine caramelized in cinnamon-y oatmeal or pureed to make banana soft serve.ReplyDelete
I'm definitely getting down w/ all of this talk re: freezing bananas! And I love your suggestion of caramelizing them in oatmeal - sounds heavenly.Delete