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Monday, July 9, 2012

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins: Cool Breakfasts for Hot Days

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins:  fruit sweetened, with just
a bit of blackstrap molasses
I got the bug to try a dairy-free fruit-sweetened muffin with peanut butter to make it a bit more stick-to-your-ribs than most muffins.   After a little digging, I found this excellent recipe from Door to Door Organics.  The kids were happy with it, but my husband gave it a thumbs down.  After several modification attempts, he accepted a version that adds blackstrap molasses.  

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

1 cup coconut milk beverage (or other non-dairy milk)
2 eggs
1/4 cup applesauce
1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
1/2 cup peanut butter
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

1)  Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2)  Whisk together milk, eggs, applesauce, molasses, peanut butter, and mashed banana.
3)  Add dry ingredients, stirring with a minimum of strokes.  Avoid over-mixing--some lumps are okay.  
4)  Grease a muffin tin or fill with paper liners.  Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full.  
5)  Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.  

Blackstrap molasses has a strong flavor, but is one of the few sweeteners that has much to offer in terms of nutrients.  A 2 teaspoon serving offering 13% of the daily value of iron and almost 12% of the daily value of calcium.  Check out the chart here for more nutrient information.

Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Fresh Raspberry Jam

I rarely serve muffins because I often feel like it's just a cupcake minus the frosting--and cupcakes for breakfast just seem wrong.  Fun, but wrong.   Even with the addition of the blackstrap molasses, these muffins won't be sneaking into any birthday parties, but my family is enjoying them for breakfast.

Cool Breakfasts for Hot Days

The heat has finally hit and to keep the AC off as much as possible, I'm shifting away from our normal hot breakfasts in favor of something cooler:  cool breakfasts for hot days.

As it turns out, I'm apparently incapable of serving anything for breakfast that doesn't require cooking.  This is mostly about finding dairy-free breakfasts items I can prepare in the evening when the windows are open to let in the cooler night air--items that will still taste great in the morning without reheating.  Muffins are perfect for this.  

Too hot to cook in the evening?  Bake a large batch and freeze.  Pull out the amount needed for breakfast the night before and the muffins will be defrosted in time for breakfast.

Check out other cool breakfasts for hot days:
Dairy-Free Spinach Strata
Mini Hootenanny Fruitenanny Buffet

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