Banana Muffins

Another treat that I like to make often, and that I included in the care package for Radar’s crew (with their cookies and skull caps), are banana muffins.  This recipe has been passed from my Grandma, and probably from hers too!  It’s super simple – you probably have most of the ingredients already on hand – but so delicious.  It can also be made into loaf or a cake.  I tend to make the muffins because they are kid-sized (Monster LOVES them, but Peach hates bananas so she abstains), but this recipe is amazing in any form!

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick butter (room temperature, not melted)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 mashed overripe bananas (you can add more for more flavor and moister muffins)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp sour milk (3 tbsp milk and 1 tbsp lemon juice)
  • 1/2 tsp banana extract (optional)
  • 1 3/4 cup flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350F.  With a hand mixer, cream the butter, add the sugar, beaten eggs, banana, vanilla, and banana extract.  Sift the flour with the baking powder, baking soda, and salt and add alternately with milk.  Pour into lined muffin tins (I usually fill them about 3/4 full, which makes 16 muffins).  Bake 25 minutes for muffins.  Double the recipe for a 2-layer 8″ cake, and bake for 30 minutes.  Batter is cooked when a wood toothpick comes out clean.

If you are making a cake, Grandma has a delicious orange frosting that goes so well with the banana cake!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 stick butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups icing sugar (plus more for thickening)
  • a few drops vanilla
  • 3 tbsp orange juice
  • Zest of an orange

Start by zesting the orange (it’s a lot easier before you squeeze the juice out!).  Cream the butter, and add the vanilla, orange juice, and sugar.  Add more sugar to thicken.  Ice the cake, and sprinkle the orange zest on top for extra flavor.  If orange isn’t your thing, you can cut the zest and replace the juice with milk.

You can also use this frosting to make banana cupcakes if that floats your boat!  And little banana chip on top would be cute, to show off what kind of cupcake it is.  Chocolate chips would make a great sweet addition to the batter, too.  But my favorite way to enjoy them is fresh from the oven with a little butter spread on them.

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Waiting for the muffins to cool to put them into the care package

However you make this recipe, I know it will soon become a favorite in your family like it has in ours!

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