Best Banana Bread Muffins!

Ahhhhh….It’s Spring in North Idaho, which means sunshine, rain, hail, snow, more rain, and a teensy bit more sun, all in one day! Never a dull moment!

This week has been particularly rainy and dreary so I decided to do a movie day with my daycare littles. While they were occupied with “Angelina Ballerina”, I decided to do a bit of baking!

I had four slightly over-ripe bananas in the fruit bowl so I decided to make banana bread. I got that started and then reached for my loaf pans, but then thought of the beautiful giant mini muffin pan my sister in law gave to me for Christmas!

Giant Mini Muffin Pan…. isn’t that an oxymoron?! It is a beauty though!

Change of plans! I am making banana muffins! I made 60 banana muffins while the kids were lying on the floor in a heap of blankets and pillows, having popcorn and thoroughly enjoying their morning!

What a great way to spend a rainy April morning!



Best Banana Bread (or Muffins) Ever !

Best Banana Bread Ever

Prep Time: 20 min
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 min
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

by Elizabeth

3-4 very ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup broken walnuts or Pecans (opt)
brown sugar
cinnamon
sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
Grease 3 small loaf pans or 2 small loaf pans and a muffin pan, or one giant muffin pan! . Sprinkle the bottom of the pans with brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon.
In a blender, puree bananas, eggs and vanilla. Set aside.
In large bowl, beat shortening and gradually add sugars. Stir in banana mixture. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt blend into batter. Add walnuts if desired. Divide between the prepared pans. Sprinkle the tops with more brown sugar, cinnamon and sugar.
Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

Muffins, depending on size will bake 40-50 minutes. Check with toothpick for doneness. Mini Muffins will bake 25-30 minutes. Makes approximately 60 mini muffins.


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