Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Best Banana Muffins


I have a grandson who loves Bananas in almost every form and his favorite way to eat them is as Banana Muffins. So, I've been making these often are his favorite Muffins. They are light and fluffy and full of delicious Banana flavor and they are Gluten Free too! I adapted a recipe from Dorie Greenspan for Banana Cake and substituted Gluten Free flour and Yogurt for the Sour Cream although you can certainly revert back to the original recipe if you like. I mix it all up in the Cuisinart so that the Banana is thoroughly incorporated but if you like Banana Chunks, mix it by hand. I also cut down the quantity so it makes an even dozen delicious Banana Muffins!

Best Banana Muffins 
adapted from Dorie Greenspan

1 ½ cups Cup4Cup flour (or other Gluten Free Flour Blend with Xanthan Gum)
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 stick unsalted Butter (4 ounces), softened
1 cup Sugar
1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Egg
2 ripe Bananas mashed
1/2 cup plain Yogurt

Heat oven to 350 degrees and fill a Muffin pan with paper liners.

Cream together the Butter and Sugar and then add in the Yogurt, Vanilla Extract, Egg and Bananas. Mix to combine thoroughly. Then add in the Gluten Free Flour, Baking Soda and Salt.  Mix thoroughly. 

Fill the Muffin tins evenly with the batter and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the top of the Muffins spring back lightly and the Muffins are golden brown. 

Five Element Analysis

Bananas like all tropical fruit, belongs to the Earth Element and as this is a sweet treat made with Sugar, it is definitely mostly an Earth food. However, the Yogurt, which is sour contributes the Wood Element and the Butter adds the Metal Element. The Cup4Cup flour adds more Metal since it is mostly Rice Flours and the Vanilla Extract adds even more. Serve this with a cup of Tea or Coffee to bring in the Fire Element and make sure to add something from the Water Element too, we ate these for breakfast with Pork Sausages to create some balance


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