Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

I’m in the mood to bake today. Carlo and I are trying a new muffin recipe each week and are having fun doing so. I’m still on this banana kick, more than ever. Today, I felt like trying banana and peanut butter together in a muffin. I came across the below recipe at Recipezaar and pretty much followed it to a T. However, I have to be honest. I honesty wasn’t too keen on the taste at first when served warm (Carlo liked them though). When I let them completely cool, I really enjoyed them.

Next time, I think I’m going to add chocolate chips or cocoa powder.


INGREDIENTS
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup quick-cooking oats or old fashioned oats, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 1 large
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Topping
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar

DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Grease 12 medium muffin cups, or line with paper baking cups.
  3. Combine flour, oats, brown sugar and baking powder.
  4. Whisk together milk, peanut butter, banana, egg, oil and vanilla; add to dry ingredients, mixing just until moistened.
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full.
  6. Combine topping ingredients; sprinkle evenly over batter.
  7. Bake 16 to 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Serve warm. Carlo and I preferred them when completedly cooled. They were more flavorful.

Yummy Banana Saturday!

– Carm

Restaurant Review: Quantum Leap Natural Food (NYC)

Due to a long wait at Red Bamboo (a place we enjoyed) Carmella, myself and 3 friends of ours decided to eat at Quantum Leap Natural Food. Located at 226 Thompson Street, Quantum Leap offers various vegetarian and vegan dishes at reasonable prices.

This popular NYU haunt has a fairly diverse menu that includes everything from humus to Mexican to spring rolls. I found the baby “rib” hero to be filling and tasty, and Carmella liked the chikin sandwich with fries. Our friend Mateo had an enchilada dish that looked really good!

Quantum Leap’s strongest point is their good service. The waitress was friendly and attentive. She even offered my friend Ana a free bowl of soup while she waited for her dinner. Quantum Leap is a good second choice eatery.

– Carlo

Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies

I just felt like making cookies tonight. I was also craving bananas. Then all of the sudden, banana chocolate chip cookies came to mind. So I did a search and came across this one from Recipezaar.

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour (I used unbleached all-purpose flour)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar (I used Splenda)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnuts (I omitted these)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas

Notes: I also added 2 teaspoons of cocoa powder and 1tablespoon of peanut butter.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350,grease a cookie sheet.
  2. Beat the butter& sugar, and then eggs until light.
  3. Add bananas & vanilla extract, mix well.
  4. Blend in the flour, salt, baking powder & soda until well blended.
  5. Stir in nuts & chocolate chips.
  6. Drop by spoons onto greased cookie sheets.
  7. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.

I only baked one dozen. I wrapped the rest of the cookie dough in parchment paper and placed it in a freezer bag. I may make more this week.

The dough is very light, almost like one for meringue cookies. While I was mixing, it had almost a marshmallow-y consistency.

Cookies have a great aroma, and taste like tiny banana bread loaves. YUM!

William Shatner’s Cappuccino Muffins


(taken with Carlo’s cell phone)

So today’s been a big cooking day. As I type, I have chili in the slow cooker. It should be ready by 11:30 or so. Carlo can have it for his lunch tomorrow. I hope it comes out good.

This morning, while checking our recipes, I came across this really cool one from Recipezaar. Who would have thought that William Shatner would writing recipes?!?!? So I thought I’d try it out, and I must say that it came out GREAT!!!

Here’s the recipe from the site:

Ingredients

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips

Notes: I used Splenda in place of sugar and International Coffee’s Italian Cappuccino coffee in place of espresso powder. I also used unbleached white flour, 1/2 teaspoon of organic cocoa powder and semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400° and grease muffin tins or line with paper baking cups.
  2. Sift all dry ingredients together into a bowl.
  3. Make a well in the center of the mixture.
  4. Beat the egg together with the milk and the melted butter. Add the vanilla.
  5. Add to the dry ingredients along with the chocolate chips and mix until just moistened.
  6. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups, filling each 2/3 full.
  7. Bake until just done, approximately 20 minutes.

I’m going to freeze the muffins so we can have them during the week. They’re going to be awesome with a cup of Stumptown coffee!!

Happy Saturday Night!

– Carmella