Banana Choc Muffins
It’s freezing outside today. I mean like…make your fingers numb, ears fall off, balls hide, freezing.
I’m a beach girl at heart, I love the sun. I love a tan. And yet, there is also a big part of me that feels like I’m home when I’m living in the country, up in the hills, away from the hustle and bustle. Closer to nature even. So living in Victoria, that unfortunately means…that I also have to put up with the cold. Brrrr…
So…to beat the winter blues I decided to crank up some daggy beats and whip up a grain and dairy free B muffin as I skipped around the kitchen. What does B stand for I hear you ask? Baked? Berries? Burdock? No…it stands for…
Coincidentally, banana also starts with B, which is good because whilst I don’t mind a little Barry every now and again, muffins made from Barry might taste a little…well…showy.
So these are Barry Manilow banana and cacao muffins! Why Cacao? Because Barry doesn’t do beige. He lives with style and a little pizzaz and a touch of romance. And cacao brings all of those things.
Here’s a little Bazza performance to get you feeling the groove. WATCH BAZZA ROCK IT!
POPQUIZ – IS IT A BANANA OR IS IT BARRY?
From the list below, can you decide what the fact is attributed to… Banana or Barry?
- This B was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1943
- Alone, this B is called a finger, a cluster of these B’s are a hand
- Could help protect the brain from Alzheimer’s Disease
- Is more than likely experiencing Alzheimer’s
- This B, has a high potassium content which helps to keep blood pressure normal
- There are in excess of 500 varieties of this B, ranging from small to purple ones. Many are inedible.
- Performed with Bette Midler at a nightclub
- This B, wrote a song called “Copacabana” about a show girl named Lola and how she falls in love with the bartender called Tony
- This B’s real name is Barry Alan Pincus
- Helps reduce the risk of kidney cancer. Just 5 of these B’s a week can halve the risk of renal cancer
- This reduces oxidative stress and reduces LDL cholesterol
How did you go with the quiz? Learn a lot about Bazza and bananas? I did.
Right, lets put on some Barry Manilow and get in the mood before you whip up these Barry Manilow Muffins.
- 1 1/4 C- almond flour
- 1 TB - cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa if that's all you have)
- 1/4 C- coconut flour
- 1 tsp - ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp - salt
- 1 tsp- baking soda
- 1 TB -maple syrup
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 3 eggs (free range)
- 1 tsp - pure vanilla extract (make sure its without added glucose)
- 1/4 C - coconut oil
- 1/2 C- chopped pecans
- Preheat your soul, by blasting some Barry Manilow so loud your neighbours will wonder if your Grandma has taken over your kitchen and commence dancing around the kitchen singing into your wooden spoon.
- 1. Turn on your oven to 180 and prepare your muffin tray with paper cup liners
- 2. In a bowl, mix together the dry stuff.
- 3. In a separate bowl, mix together the wet stuff.
- 4. Add the dry into the wet, and mix until all nicely combined.
- 5. Fill 10 muffin holes, about 3/4 full (I use an ice cream scoop for ease)
- 6. Add your crushed pecans to the tops
- 7. Place in oven for 20 - 25 mins
- 8. Take out of the oven once browned on the top
- 9. Let your BC Muffs sit for 5 or so mintues and then take them out of the tray and place to cool on a wire rack (so they don't get all sweaty)
- 10. Eat and praise Barry for his scrumptious muffins.
- You don't NEED to use maple syrup, you can use agave or honey or you can go without if you prefer. Up to you kids!
http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408390591034445#preview. Fruits, vegetables and risk of renal cell carcinoma: A prospective study of Swedish women. Int J Cancer 2005; 113: 451-455