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Sunday Food: Banana Applesauce Muffins

 

Muffins for breakfast

(Picture courtesy of Naib at Wikipedia commons.)

Many kitchens feature a supply of fruit, especially bananas, trying to give a health snack option that we all want to choose, but don’t always.   That results in bananas, and other fruit like apples, that has gotten a few brown spots and really doesn’t appeal to us for that snack we need.   The time for making something out of the fruit has come, unless you happen to have a pet monkey or goat.

Applesauce is pretty easy to make, and so is banana muffin dough.   No need for a peeler for the banana, just put the fruit in a bowl and mush it up.   The apples take just a bit more, peel, dice up, heat and stir (I prefer no extra sugar and only a splash of water though you can throw in lemon and spices, and I’ve linked a recipe if you want to take time and trouble) and you have applesauce.   The basic ingredients are there, and muffins are always a treat.

Ingredients;

1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs or 2 egg substitute
1 cup banana, mashed
1/2 cup applesauce

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2 Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
3 Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. In a separate bowl, mix all the wet ingredients. Add together and mix well.
4 Pour into muffin tin.
5 Bake for 15 – 20 minutes. (My oven baked right around 17 minutes.).
Nuts or raisins can be added as well
(Per muffin: 116 calories, no fat).

These do not take more than a few steps, and muffins make a really special treat for breakfast.   I like to spread them with cream cheese, as well.   If you want, another soft cheese will make a nice extra.   Fontin, feta and soft asiago are also excellent choices.

These are low in fat, and send off the family with energy and nutrition, what could possibly go wrong?

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Ruth Calvo

Ruth Calvo

I've blogged at The Seminal for about two years, was at cabdrollery for around three. I live in N.TX., worked for Sen.Yarborough of TX after graduation from Wellesley, went on to receive award in playwriting, served on MD Arts Council after award, then managed a few campaigns in MD and served as assistant to a member of the MD House for several years, have worked in legal offices and written for magazines, now am retired but addicted to politics, and join gladly in promoting liberals and liberal policies.

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