Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Banana White Chocolate Cranberry Muffins

I'm back!  The past couple weeks have been crazy at our house. The respitory stuff of all types floating from person to person, leaving me, mom, exhausted.  I relied on tried and true recipes, or Trader Joes frozen entrees to get us through while recovering from my childs walking pneumonia and who knows what else was here.  Hope your family is missing it all.

Back to cooking and enjoying it this week!

So here's an easy one to get you started again.  This muffin recipe is great too because it's all in one saucepan, and no mixer is needed. Altho, I'm not too big a fan of "white" chocolate because the chocolate purist in me screams generally "there is no chocolate in white chocolate".  But the combination of flavors here is delicious, and the whole wheat stays moist, so I'll not be too picky about the white chocolate.

Prep time:  20 minutes with toddlers helping
Bake time:  15-20 minutes


1 cup flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
½ cup butter unsalted, melted
¾ cup sugar
2 egg, large
4 tablespoons rice sour cream
½ tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
4 tablespoons cranberries, dried, chopped
2-4 ounces white chocolate, chopped
3 bananas, very ripe, mashed

What to do:
  • Melt the butter in a medium to large saucepan.
  • Remove from heat. Add sugar, vanilla and mashed bananas. Stir well.

Stir in the rice sour cream and the eggs, using a wooden spoon.

  • Add baking soda, baking powder and flour. Stir until flour is almost mixed, but not quite. This coats the cranberries and chocolate so they spread out in the muffins.

  • Stir in the cranberries and chopped white chocolate until just blended. Don't overstir. You want the muffins to be light and airy.

  • Scoop into 12 muffin cups. I love the Pampered Chef scoops for this!

  • Cook for 15 to 20 minutes at 350.  I bake for 15 minutes at 325 convection.
  • Cool on a baking rack.

These smell so delicious while baking.  Set a pot of tea on the stove, clean up your utensils, and the muffins will be ready to enjoy when your kids come in the door after school.

Blessings to your family!  Laurie

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