Thursday, 18 March 2010

Banana and Apple Cinnamon Muffins

I can’t believe I am moving next week and I’m still baking away. All my baking tins have been packed away in boxes but I made sure I left out 1 muffin tin and an extra mixing bowl. I think baking has been a therapeutic way for me in dealing with the stress of the move looming. The cake tin is yet again empty; those Chocolate Guinness cupcakes were too good to last. So I decided to make use of some bananas and apples in my fruit bowl and make up these quick and easy muffins. This is originally a recipe for banana muffins that I have done many times before. However this time I thought I’d throw some chopped apple into the mix. The apple works perfectly with this recipe, providing you with a moist sponge with nuggets of succulent juicy apple throughout. Perfect for snacking at any time of the day! At the bottom of this post I've added a pic I took lastnight of my gorgeous cat Madison, here he is laying on his blanket on his back and what I can only imagine is dreaming of being supercat, his tooooo cute!

Banana and Apple Cinnamon Muffins

3 very ripe bananas
125ml vegetable oil
2 eggs
250g plain flour
100g caster sugar
½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 eating apples, cored, peeled and cubed

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/180ºC fan oven/gas mark 6 and line a 12-bun muffin tin with muffin papers.

Mash the bananas and set aside for a moment. Pour the oil into a jug and beat in the eggs. Put the flour, sugar, bicarbonate of soda and baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl and mix in the beaten-egg-and-oil mixture, followed by the mashed bananas. Fold in the chopped apples and then place equal quantities in the prepared muffin tin and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.


Snooky doodle said...

yummy muffins !

Nora said...

Yum - I love those flavours together! Excellent planning in leaving out enough equipment to whip up some muffins.
Also, Madison has the cutest, fluffiest tummy!

Chele said...

I'm afraid Madison has somewhat stolen the lime light for me! How cute!!! The muffins look great too ;0)

Unknown said...

Maria, the photo of Madison really made me smile. Supercat to the rescue! :0)

The Food Librarian said...

Looks great! Great combo of flavors. - mary

Reeni said...

Aww precious kitty! Good shot! I love the banana and apple combo! Good luck with the packing!

Petit Filoux said...

Muffins look tasty and the cat looks so cute!!!

Lucie said...

These look yum! I can't believe you find the time. You're right though it is relaxing to bake. Madison is adorable!!!!

Love Lucie x

Beth (jamandcream) said...

I love adding fruit to muffins - sounds yummy

Rhyleysgranny said...

They look and sound delicious Maria. Love the photo of Madison x

Pam said...

Oh, what great muffins and I bet they are delicious! Madison is a furry adorable kitty! I have two black cats. Great pics!

Nic said...

You're moving? Best wishes for the move, hope it all goes well. Lovely muffins Maria!

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The Girl said...

Haha I love it when cats sleep like that. Sooooo relaxed!

Good luck with the move - you'll need something to snack on whilst you're unpacking those boxes - get baking!

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Hi, This is my 1st time here, I love to experience diff way of baking, and you have a lot of lovely recipes, will come back to check what you baking for the next.

circus monkey said...

Chocolate Guinness cupcakes! Mmm! drool. Probably drool and hic!

circus monkey said...

Lovely blog. My waistline is expanding just looking at it!

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

Hi Maria *wave*,

I made your White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies and they are just so, so good! I posted about them today. I posted the recipe converted into cup measures, I hope that is ok?
ps these muffins look rather scrummy too!

tracieMoo said...

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Have a nice day!

Nachiketa said...

What delight these muffins are....

Am sure baking has therapeutic effect... totally positive

The Variable - Nachiketa
Crazy Over Desserts - The Variable, Nachiketa

kitchen tables said...

I missed making those muffins for my family! Your flavors sound yummy! Thanks for the idea.

Louise said...

Hey Maria,

Thanks for a great website. I have spent many evenings lately reading all your lovely recipes and my husband is wondering what's happened, with me baking something different nearly everyday! :) For some reason the way you write makes me confident that the recipes will turn out great! So far have tried, Peanut butter oat bars, Oatmeal and Choc (I used sultanas) cookies, Peanut butter and white choc cookies, Vanilla Cupcakes, Fruit tea loaf, Apple and Cinnamon Cake, Apple Flapjacks and Warm cinnamon-spiced blueberry cake! See, I've become the crazy baker! All this in less than 2 weeks. Our favourite would have to be the wholemeal and sultana cookies.

I will have no clothes that fit soon! Look forward to reading what you cook next. Oh yes, we had your Rigatoni on the weekend as well! Thanks again.

Maria♥ said...

Hi Louise,

Thanks for leaving me such a lovely message, I was really touched! I'm so glad you are enjoying all the recipes I blog about and I love to hear feedback on the recipes, good or bad.

I haven't blogged for a few weeks due to moving house but we are settled in our new home and I'm raring to blog again. Look forward to hearing from you again.


Ana Powell said...

Hi Maria
I had a couple of bananas and apples in my fruit bowl calling out to be eaten, so I decided to bake some muffins to take tomorrow to work. I find absolutely annoying having to pay £1.50 for a muffin at work.
Quick search on Google and yours came up. Many thanks for the recipe.
Sorry I won`t be posting it, no time to take photos but I am sure that more opportunities will come up but I wanted to say thank you anyway.
Have a great week ♥

Elma said...

I made these muffins and they are lovely. They also freeze really well! Definitely a winner :-)

Carole said...

Hi Maria,

I made these last night for a Cancer Research cake sale going on at my school today and they have turned out beautifully! If they taste as good as they look I will be making them again for sure!

Thank you!


Maria♥ said...

Hi Carole

I am sure your muffins will be a hit and sell out quickly!!