Thursday, August 23, 2012

Banana Bread Muffins

This is the Banana Bread recipe I've been using for the last 18 years and it always turns out delicious but I recently began adding  a few things that I think kick it up just a notch. I have a mixture of finely chopped dates, unsweetened coconut, and chopped almonds on hand that I was experimenting with for another recipe. Adding some of that to this banana bread batter adds a little bit of crunch and a lot of yummy. I also began baking the batter in muffin form because it's easier to grab and go, handier for lunches, bakes in less time, and there are less crumbs from cutting a slice.  

And I bake most of them plain, without the yummy add ins because that's what most of them prefer.☺ The add ins are for Anthony and I. He is my most willing taste tester. ☺

The mixture is as follows:
1 lb. pitted dates
1 cup sliced almonds
1 cup unsweetened medium coconut
A food processor does a wonderful job of chopping/mixing these up. They keep well in an airtight container or a Ziploc bag in the cupboard. I've used it as a part of fresh peach and yogurt parfaits and I think it would be yummy in a granola but I haven't tried that yet.

And here is the bread/muffin recipe:
2-2/3 cup all purpose flour (Gold Medal)
4 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, room temp.
1-1/3 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 cups mashed bananas
Mix in order given. With a size 20 cookie scoop (not heaping) put a scoop of batter into paper lined muffin pans and bake at 350° for 25-27 minutes. When I use the add in mixture I usually fill 2 pans (12 muffins each) and then add a 2/3 cup of the date mixture to the rest of the batter. Yields approximately 33. If you want to bake it as a loaf this makes 2 regular sized loaves and is baked for an hour.
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  1. Those muffins look so good! I wish I had one right now.

  2. MmmMmm, I love banana muffins. The dates and coconut sound especially good!

  3. Oh yum!!! I'm popping by to visit from Katherine's linky!

  4. They are so pretty with the almond slices on top! Your mixture sounds yummy...I love dates!

  5. OK, I was going to say the same thing as Betsy above!

  6. Yummy. Sorry it's taken me so long to get here to say thank you for linking up at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop. I'm so happy that you did xo

  7. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!