Monday, August 26, 2013

Banana Bran Mishap Muffins

These warm, hardy muffins were actually born from a failed banana ice cream attempt.  Not sure what happened there, but when I pureed my frozen bananas and tasted the "ice cream," I wanted to spit it out in the sink. It was just plain awful.  So I added some vanilla.  Gross.  Added some cocoa powder.  Still gross.  What a waste of yummy cocoa powder.   I try, though am not always but I truly try, to be a good steward with money, goods, materials, food, etc. as I see them as blessings and provision.  Therefore, I needed to figure another way to use the ice yuck rather than feed five bananas to the trash.

As school is almost back in session, I decided to clean out my cabinets and reorganize and restock for the morning melee which will soon resume in my kitchen every weekday morning at 6:15 for another ten month season.

After a very long steamy summer I just knew I would behold lots of goodies in there.  Nutri-grain bars smushed to planks, opened granola packs with half of the contents spilled out and what remained soft and stale, several cereal-ends in bags (many of which are the same exact kind), one-third full crunchy chip bags now spongy stuffed into corners, and some other fossilized snack relics.

It was a gold mine of half-eaten and soggy treasures.  Some of the cereal that wasn't chewy I combined and returned to the shelf.  Some protein bars I remolded to closely resemble their original rectangular shape.  And some of the open granola packs I can crush to mix with yogurt.  But, the large box of bran flakes which was consuming much needed space would have to go.  They had been waiting politely and patiently for the chance to be picked to fill a hungry belly. They weren't asking for much, just for someone to show them a little love.  Even one bowl would have made them ever so happy.  Yet, arm reach after arm reach, grope after grope, they were bypassed, and quite frankly, intentionally avoided by sugar-seeking cereal mongers.  Alas, they would be evicted from the cabinet.

So what was I to do with a container of banana ice yuck and a box of bran flakes (the good ones that cost a lot - Grain Berry)?  Why, marry them in a ceremonial mixing bowl, and make a pile of little muffin babies, of course.

This guy begged to be munched down first.  Isn't there always one in every family that simply has to be first?

Embellish with jam, blueberry-lime was my choice, and a pat of butter if you would like.

This banana ice cream mishap made pretty delicious bran muffins.

1 C whole wheat flour
1 C flour
4 Tsp baking powder
1/2 Tsp baking soda
1 3/4 C pureed (or super smashed) bananas
3 C bran flakes
1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C honey
1 C fat free milk
1 Egg
1 Tsp salt
1 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tsp cinnamon

Grease tins.  Fill.  Bake at 400 for 15 to 20 minutes.  Makes a dozen muffins.