Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Black Bananas

...and when I say black...I mean BLACK!

I don't know how we ended up with so many bananas and I don't know how they went black so quickly...the heat?

Well, what do you do with 8 black bananas?

 Easy...make muffins! Banana and chocolate chip muffins to be exact. And if possible you need your best small helper! Yes.....that is how easy muffins are.

Pop the oven on to pre-heat at 180 degrees and get your small helper to put the muffin cases into the wells of the muffin tin.

You will need 2 measuring jugs. In one you put about 10 ozs of bananas (it's around 1lb with skins on)...mine were 4 smaller bananas. To that add 4 ozs of brown sugar, any brown sugar....and I guess it would work equally well with white but just be a slightly different colour maybe.

So now get your best little helper to mash up the bananas with a fork.

Whilst they are amused doing that, take the second jug and into it measure 1 floz of oil and 4 floz of milk, into this crack an egg and beat together.

Your masher should now be finished and ready for the next bit!

Take the jug with the mushy banana and add to it 10ozs of self raising flour, 1 tsp of bicarbonate of soda, half tsp salt and 4 ozs of chocolate chips (I didn't have 2 packets of the same so I used one white and one plain chocolate). Pour the oily mixture on top and combine all of the ingredients for about 30 seconds, don't beat it, just mix it as well as you can.

Now equally divide the mixture into the 12 muffin cases, they should end up around 2/3rds full.

Pop them on the top shelf of the oven and stick your timer on for 20mins, you can turn halfway through if you like. See how yours are, they might need an extra five minutes.  I prefer mine quite golden brown on top.

Whilst mine were in cooking, small helper and I made a second batch and she tried to take a photo of them in the oven.......

When your timer beeps, take them out of the tin and place them onto a wire rack to cool......this was perfect as we had just finished the second lot and put them straight into the oven.

By the time the second batch were finished, the smells wafting around the house were clearly irresistible...the first batch was barely cool before the vultures descended!

Of the 24, I froze 12 in batches of 4. They freeze well and are great for lunch boxes, they are equally good as a last minute dessert warmed for 10 secs in the microwave and then served with ice cream, cream or custard. For lunch I sometimes have this as a sweet treat after my sandwich, warmed for 10 secs and enjoyed with a lovely cup of tea!

How do you like yours?

You'll never have to throw bananas away again! If you do try this, please let me know.

Oh! By the way these are around 4.2g of fat in each one for those seeking low fat.

The Hubs has just popped his head around the door and offered me a cup of tea....I think that will be with something muffin-y!

Until the next instalment of the madness here....happy baking!



  1. Oh I wish you'd posted this recipe last week! :-) I threw out a whole bag of nana's because DH had forgotten they were there.. Recipe will be copied ready for the next time - because there will be a next time! :-D

    1. Oh no! I'll try harder next time!

      Since this the bananas haven't lasted long, so no more muffins just yet.....but I have baked scones and a low fat cake! (Recipes under 'baking' if you search) Scrummy!

      Enjoy your muffins next time x


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