This is a recipe inspired by my favorite, well worn cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book:
Mine does NOT look like this! Mine has pages stuck together, dripped with sauce, dusted with flour… because I use it all the time! It was a gift from my mom when I had my first apartment. My cousin, in her first apartment, got it this year, and I was so happy for her. It may sound silly, but I really think this book made it so easy for me to learn to cook the basics: roasting a chicken, baking a cake, making a pie crust, making a vinaigrette salad dressing, or my weekly fave: pancakes. The version of this book that I have, is a binder, which I like because it will lay flat on the counter as I cook. They have a paperback of course, but I don’t like that idea at all, as I envision it flopping shut as I am cooking, or there is a Kindle version from Amazon, which if you like to cook like that, than there’s that possibility for you. I have to say, it would make a good gift for anyone you know that is a beginner cook- They will thank you for it!
Moving on. Once you have the basics down with cooking or baking, you can play with substitutions or making a recipe more to your liking. This muffin is a perfect example of that. The original recipe calls for sugar, white flour, and oil. My interest is getting the recipe a bit healthier, so I can sub in a healthier sweetener, flour, and fat substitute. Baking is tricky though, so a lot of the time, if you make substitutions the recipe won’t come out right: too bouncy, doesn’t rise, not sweet. This recipe has been tested a few times, so I know it works! But…if you don’t like bananas…well, don’t make this recipe!
I love muffins as they can be frozen and easily pulled out for a quick breakfast on-the-run, or healthy snack with a coffee break, or put into the kids’ lunches. If you want a really flexible muffin recipe, I have another one or this one that I just love and use for making different flavored muffins. Any of these recipes are great if you want an easy and portable healthy snack.