Bananas and apples come together beautifully in this recipe, much to my surprise. The last time I baked anything with apples, it turned out to be quite dense and hardly yummylicious. I credit it to the apples I used this time – very delish Gala apples which were a lovely deep red.
Because this was for Eva plus a friend’s toddler, I cut back on the sugar, choosing instead of use a two-one part mix of black sugar or molasses sugar with brown sugar. I have not had refined white sugar in a while and I like it. Refined sugar is just, well, too sweet for my tastebuds so what more for my little bub? I also chose to dice one apple instead of grating both to give it a little bit of texture which I know Eva enjoys – it helps her practice her chewing and swallowing skills.
Apple bottoms and banana peels aside, this is definitely a keeper and comes with good reviews – from two toddlers, one mummy (not me) and one hubby…if that’s anything to go by!
Yummy apple & banana muffins
Adapted from Chow Times’ recipe here
1 1/2 cups flour (1/2 cup plain flour + 1 cup cake flour)
1 tsp baking soda
1/3 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup butter – melted
3/4 cup brown sugar (1/2 cup black sugar + 1/4 brown sugar)
2 medium-large bananas
2 medium-large apple (Gala, Fuji or Granny Smith – peeled and cored)
1/2 tsp of vanilla + banana essence
- Preheat the oven to 190 C and prep the fruits by mashing the bananas, roughly chopping one apple and grating the remaining apple into a mixing bowl. Add in the sugar, melted butter, vanilla + banana essence and eggs, and mix well.
- In a separate bowl, sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder.
- Fold in the dry ingredients until just mixed. It’s okay to have some lumps of flour or lumps in the batter. Muffin batter that is too smooth will result in a dense and dry muffin.
- Fill paper cups halfway and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. If possible, put a small ovenproof glass of water in together with the pan to keep the muffins moist throughout the baking process.
- Serve warm as is or with a sprinkling of icing sugar.