Saturday, February 19, 2011

Square One (And a Recipe)

Well, hello out there. Welcome to Day One of my blog! Just thought I'd take a little time each day to
share projects, crafts, recipes, and maybe occasionally step on to a soap box (or two). But today I would like to start simple and share a recipe using my new favorite secret ingredient- Lemon Zest! I have been a little obsessive about adding it to recipes lately, from chicken to apple pie...which leads me to the subject of my very first blog post ever. Here is the recipe for the BEST ever (really, I promise) Banana Nut Mini Muffins. These are simple to make, healthier than others, and SUPER YUMMY. My kids would have eaten the entire batch.... if Hubby didn't get to them first! The lemon zest paired with some of the other flavors just makes the taste so fresh and rich. But don't take my word for it... grab those old brown bananas off the counter and make a batch of your own!

Banana Nut Mini Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (sub whole wheat if you're feeling extra healthy)
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 egg whites
1 cup mashed bananas
3/4 cup white sugar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon almond (or vanilla) extract
1/4 cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Optinal Topping- cinnamon sugar mixture (2 T. sugar plus 1/2 t. cinnamon)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray muffin tins with non-stick cooking spray.
In large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl, beat egg whites slightly. Stir in bananas, sugar, oil, spices, extract, and lemon peel. Add to flour mixture, stirring just until combined. Stir in nuts. Fill muffin pan cups 2/3 full. I like to sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture before baking.
Bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until tops are lightly browned. Remove muffins from pan. Hide immediately if you plan on eating one!

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1 comment:

  1. Very Cute! I will definitely have to try this recipe :)