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Banana Bread Muffins

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…you have 6 bags of bananas in the freezer!”

This is what I heard after a friend put all my freezer items back in the freezer when we moved.

“Well, yes, I do.” I agreed

“What are you going to do with them?”

“Make the yummiest banana bread ever”

You see we love bananas but not when they start to get brown spots on them. One or two is okay, but the more spots they get, the longer they stay on the counter. Sometimes, I can sneak them into smoothies, but I usually put them in the freezer and make banana bread muffins. I make it every week or two, but sometimes when life gets crazy, I just don’t get around to it and wind up with tons of bananas in the freezer.

We are getting ready to take Christian to visit a college and so I’m making snacks to take with us and to take to the family who is keeping our other children. We got this recipe years ago from an elderly neighbor who my children used to call the “Cookie Granny” because she always (like every day) gave them home baked cookies. I’ve tweaked it some by using freshly ground whole wheat pastry flour and adding ground flax. It’s another great filler upper for those teenage boys.

Banana Bread
1 3/4 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp. buttermilk
1/2 cup oil
2 eggs – beaten
1 tsp. vanilla
2 mashed bananas
1 cup nuts (optional)
1/4 cup ground flax seed (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Grease and flour loaf pan or muffin pan. Combine flour, sugar, flax and salt. Combine baking soda and buttermilk. Stir in buttermilk, oil, eggs and vanilla into dry ingredients. Mix well. Fold in mashed bananas and nuts. Pour into pans and bake 1 hour 20 minutes for loaf and 20 -25 minutes for muffins (or until top is golden brown).

If only her ability to help were as great as her desire to help

If you are just beginning to grind your own flour or are interested in the nutritional benefits of it, my friend Kara has an excellent series on grains. If you can’t find grain locally, you can order from Honeyville Foods and only pay $5 for shipping.

This post is linked to Tasty Tuesdays.

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