Banana and Pink Lady Apple Muffins

Banana and Pink Lady Apple Muffins

Living on a farm requires us to be resourceful and avoid waste. We enjoy having fresh fruit in our kitchen as a tasty and visually appealing snack. However, we sometimes have trouble consuming fruit before it over-ripens, particularly bananas. We freeze over-ripe bananas to prevent waste until we are ready to use them.

We created this recipe with several goals in mind. First, we wanted to incorporate bananas into a recipe beyond a standard quick bread. This recipe features added texture from apples, no added sugar, and minimal fat. The fruit and honey provide natural sweetness and moisture, while the spices complement the flavors of bananas and apples. This muffin recipe is perfect for any time of year, and the grab-and-go format is convenient for busy families.

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  • 2 Medium or large pink lady apples
  • 4 Bananas
  • ½ Cup honey
  • ⅓ Cup butter softened
  • ¼ Cup sour cream
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • ½ Teaspoon salt
  • 2 Cups flour
  • 1 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 Teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 1 Teaspoon baking soda

Preparation time - 15 Minutes Bake for 20 minutes Makes 12 muffins

  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mash the bananas using a stand mixer, hand blender, or by hand.
  3. Cut the apples into small pieces, leaving the skin on.
  4. In a bowl, thoroughly mix all the wet ingredients, including honey, softened butter, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  5. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, spices, and salt) and whisk them together until everything is evenly distributed.
  6. Slowly incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet, being careful not to over-mix the batter.
  7. With a medium-sized cream scooper, scoop the batter and fill the liners about 3/4 full.
  8. Then, bake them in a preheated oven on a middle rack for 20-25 minutes, checking doneness towards the end. To make sure the muffins are fully cooked, use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to poke all the way through the muffin. If the toothpick comes out clean, it's time to place the muffins on a rack to cool.
  9. After they have cooled a bit, you can enjoy them warm or at room temperature or at room temperature.