The carnivore claims he doesn't like bananas. And, for years I didn't press the issue. But, one day when we were at a bar-b-que joint I ordered banana pudding for dessert (one of my all time favorites) and he said he wanted a bite. Not wanting to remind him of his banana phobia I let him have some. While he wasn't excited about the banana he came across he gobbled up bite after bite. So, I learned he didn't hate the taste of bananas. In fact, I recalled he would sometimes eat banana bread. So, from that point on I have been sneaking in the potassium rich fruit in whenever I can. This is just one example. I got the recipe from cooks.com. I am calling them blue monkey muffins for their delicious mix of blueberries and bananas.
To make these fruit filled muffins you will need:
2 medium extra-ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 stick of butter, melted
1 package of fresh blueberries (about 3/4 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
Here is how you make these blue monkey muffins:
In your mixer, combine mashed bananas, eggs, sugar and butter until well blended. Stir in blueberries and vanilla extract. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to banana-blueberry mixture. Spoon into muffin cups. Bake in 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Let them cool for about 5 minutes in the pan, then serve while warm. This recipe makes 12 good sized muffins.
The blueberries are full of wonderful antioxidants and are a nice tart contrast to the sweet bananas. Plus, you have managed to get two types of fruit into one breakfast!
They are great on their own with a cool glass of milk, or you can serve them alongside a few slices of pork or soy bacon. You can also have one as an afternoon snack or even a mini dessert in your lunch.