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Cooking with Ceci: Old bananas, perfect for baking

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(Photo by Ceci Martinez)

(Photo by Ceci Martinez)

Do you have a bunch of bananas resting on the counter kitchen? Here is a yummy treat for breakfast that will keep your weekday morning simple, sweet and warm. This banana muffin recipe is super easy to make; even the kids can make it the night before.  Keep ripe bananas in the freezer and defrost whenever you need to make a quick treat.

Note

Research has shown that bananas which are rich in potassium boost brain power. It has also been proven that eating bananas prior to exercise provide enough energy for a strenuous workout. No wonder bananas are the number one fruit for athletes.

Raw honey is honey that has not been heated, pasteurized or processed in any way.

There’s a huge difference between raw and pasteurized honey. Raw honey (referred to as “liquid gold”) contains vitamins, enzymes, antioxidants and other natural nutrients that make it such a wonderfully healing food. Pasteurized honey, on the other hand, has been stripped of the beneficial properties through the process of heating reducing its nutritional value.

BANANA MUFFINS ~

Prep: 15 minutes  Baking: 20 minutes / Serve: 12 muffins

Ingredients:

4 bananas (for the richest flavor, use overripe bananas)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup melted coconut oil or any neutral-flavored oil, such as safflower

1/2 cup to 3/4 cup 100 percent raw honey (depending on ripeness of bananas)

1 1/2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F with the rack in the middle. Line 12 muffin tin with liners or grease well.  In a large bowl, mash the bananas with a fork. Add the egg, oil, and honey and stir to combine. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the remaining ingredients. Fill the muffins cups three-fourth full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean, about 20 minutes.

Note~ Flavor up the batter with any of the following:

1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts or pecans, a pinch of cardamon, allspice or grated orange zest, 3 to 4 tablespoons flax or chia seeds, or a handful of fresh blueberries.


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