Thursday, 18 July 2013

Banana, Choc Chip and Craisin Muffins

Working part time means that for three days of the week our house is usually chaos. Only the essential housework gets done and meals are usually simple and fast. Time just seems to go so much quicker.
We sometimes like to pretend that we are super organized and get everything shuffled into some kind of routine but somehow it always ends up the same; Leave work, day care pick up, supermarket stop, race home, throw kid in shower, sweep up sandpit inside, make food, organise stuff for next morning, battle with child over bedtime.
It really is an amazing choreographically jaw dropping dance. Pink has got nothing on us.

Thursday, the mood changes completely. My days are a little slower, the house is in some order and I get to spend time enjoying what I'm cooking rather than just getting it on the table at a decent hour.

But my favourite thing is how excited Deacon gets to be able spend some days at home. I would love to tell you that it's because he gets to spend all day with me but unfortunately most of his excitement is directed toward getting to have breakfast at home. Sigh. Rejected by a three year old in favor of what is essentially yeast spread on toast.

Now occasionally on these days at home, another boy drops by. He looks like my son, sounds like my son and by god can even throw a tantrum like my son but he is pretty insistent that his name is Hungry. Do you know him?

These tasty kid friendly muffins are a result of having to constantly fill hollow legs at the moment. Snacks on hand......Check!

Seriously muffins are great to make for snacks. They take all of 30 mins and you can even freeze them. Perfect for lunch boxes as they will keep food cool and be defrosted by lunch time.
I made this process even easier but quickly chopping the banana in my food processor. I added the rest of the wet ingredients and then just poured into the bowl. 

3 cups self raising flour
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 bananas, peeled
1 1/4 cups milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
90gm butter, melted
1 cup chocolate chips
Good handful of Craisins.

1. Pre heat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 12 hole muffin tray.  Add the flour, brown sugar and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl. Combine well.
In a food processor, roughly chop the banana. Add the milk, egg and butter. Process until just combined*. Slowly pour the banana mixture into the flour mix. Use a metal spoon or rubber spatula to combine. Stir through the chocolate chips and craisins. Be careful not to over mix. Gentle does it.

2. Place in the oven and cook for 20 minutes or until golden and bounce back when lightly pressed.
Remove the muffins from the oven and let sit for 2 minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely. But we all know the best way to eat a muffin is while its warm. Dig in.

*The consistency of the wet mixture really depends on how you like your muffins. Coarsely chop for yummy bits of banana in your muffin or blend completely for a nice smooth banana flavor.

1 comment:

  1. What a wonderful blog, just think you are not alone, so many mothers out there are doing the same thing you are. You are a great mum, before you realise it he will be grown and you will face other challenges. Although I think Hungry will always be here. These muffins look good, so good.