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Thursday, January 10, 2013

BANANA HONEY MUFFINS and CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA SNACK CAKE

The kids started back to school last week, after the Christmas holiday. Being the first day back for 2013, I wanted to do something a little special for breakfast. Something a little different from the usual rushed bowl of cereal, or hurriedly fried egg.
We had some bruised bananas left over from our trip down to Atlanta in the RV, which may not sound too special. But once mixed with thick, rich sour cream and a little honey and orange zest, and lovingly served fresh and warm out of the oven, they were quite a wonderful school day indulgence.

BANANA HONEY MUFFINS


1 1/2 cups self-raising flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange rind
3/4 cup ripe mashed bananas
1 cup sour cream
1 egg, lightly beaten
60 grams butter, melted
1 1/2 tablespoons honey

Heat oven to 375F.
Lightly grease a 12 hole muffin pan, or line with muffin liners.
Combine the flour, soda, sugar and orange rind in a bowl.
Combine bananas, sour cream, egg, butter and honey in a separate bowl. Add to dry ingredients all at once, mix until just combined. Spoon mixture evenly into prepared pan. Cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked when tested. Stand for 2 minutes, remove from pan, place on a wire rack.
Enjoy!

CHOCOLATE CHIP BANANA SNACK CAKE


1 cup flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup mashed ripe banana
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup miniature chocolate chips

Heat oven to 350F.
Grease an 8X8 inch baking pan, set aside.
In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, soda and salt, set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl beat butter with electric mixer on medium for 30 seconds. Add sugar, beating until combined. Beat in egg until well combined. Beat in banana and vanilla until combined. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk, beating on low after each addition just until combined. Stir in chocolate pieces. Spread in prepared pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool in a pan on a wire rack for 20 minutes.
Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorites, 2012
www.bhg.com/recipe/layer-cakes/chocolate-chip-banana-snack-cake/

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