Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Browned Butter Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I went to Trader Joe's this afternoon with my daughter. I told her to grab a banana to eat on the subway. When we got home, I realized that when she grabbed her banana she some how managed to tear apart the rest of the bananas. I needed to make something FAST!

Muffins are easy and come on who doesn't love muffins? I have been seeing tons of recipes lately for baked goods with browned butter. Let's just say I am now in love with browned butter!

Look at this delicious nutty yumminess!

The recipe I used didn't call for brown butter or chocolate chips but oh well, I mixed it up!

Mmmmmm raw batter.

I let my daughter have a lick of the bowl she told me it tastes like heaven! She's sweet.

Yum Yum Yum the final product. By the way...totally not waiting for breakfast to eat them. Is it awful to eat muffins for dinner?

The recipe...

* 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (I used a 1/2 cup of Whole Wheat flour)
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 large bananas, mashed
* 3/4 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
* 1/3 cup butter, melted (I browned mine)
* Throw in some chocolate chips if you want!


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Coat muffin pans with non-stick spray, or use paper liners. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
2. Combine bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter in a large bowl. Fold in flour mixture, and mix until smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
3. Bake in preheated oven. Bake mini muffins for 10 to 15 minutes, and large muffins for 25 to 30 minutes. Muffins will spring back when lightly tapped.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies.

My 'inlaw' came to visit the other week. He bought this organic peanut butter that is as runny as water! It's kinda gross! I thought to myself what can I do with this?! Why not make peanut butter cookies!

I tried my hand for the first time at making some flourless cookies...they turned out yum!

I dipped them in dark chocolate and the yum factor doubled!

Thank you Pastry Affair for the recipe!

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies
Adapted from Gluten-Free Girl

Yields about 12 cookies

1 cup peanut butter (I used extra-chunky for more texture)
2/3 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 egg
Chocolate, for drizzling (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In a medium mixing bowl, cream together the peanut butter and sugar. It is much easier to do it by hand than to use a machine; just use a tough spatula. Mix in the baking powder and egg until evenly combined.

Form small balls and roll cookie dough in extra sugar. Place evenly on a baking sheet and flatten slightly with a fork. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet for at least 5-10 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. The cookies will be very fragile and need to harden before they can be moved. Drizzle with chocolate, if desired

Make them! You won't be disappointed!