Friday, May 17, 2013

Strawberry Banana Muffins (Guest Post)

Hey guys! I am currently in Orlando, FL at Disney World enjoying my pants off (only because I have a dress on!) at Food Blog Forum 2013. I am having more fun than I can even handle, so I thought I would provide you with a treat of someone else blogging for you rather than being silent today. I asked my friend Erin of Texanerin Baking if she would post for me today, and luckily, she didn't run for the hills! Thank you Erin for helping me out today!!


Hi everyone! I'm Erin and I blog over at Texanerin Baking, where I aim to make healthier baked goods that taste just as delicious as their unhealthy counterparts. I was thrilled when Carla asked me to do a guest post for her! It was my chance to share some whole grain goodness with her readers. ;) Plus she's super sweet so I was honored that she'd even ask!


With strawberry season in full swing and a ton of my bananas getting a little too dark, I thought what better to celebrate spring than with some strawberry banana muffins!

Muffins make mornings so much more worthwhile, don't they? If I have to get out of my warm, cozy bed, I want it to be for something exciting. Having a piece of toast or a bowl of boring cereal doesn't really do it for me. To be honest, I normally grab some cookies, brownies or cake for breakfast, but I know this is really naughty. These muffins are an attempt at something healthier than flat-out dessert and I think they fit the bill pretty well!

You know how some muffins are really fluffy and more cake-like? Yeah, these aren't that kind of muffin. These are actually filling! The whole wheat flour adds a little fiber, but don't worry about the taste. With all the banana and cinnamon in the batter, you can't really taste that they're made whole grain. If anything, you can taste a hint of it.

And then there's all the strawberries in there! I know it doesn't look it by the picture, but these are packed with strawberries. I normally go overboard with adding fruit and other add-ins to my muffins, but I find that if you add too many strawberries, muffins get soggy. And soggy muffins just don't appeal to me so I really recommend sticking with 1 1/4 cups strawberries.





The streusel is not exactly necessary but streusel just makes things more fun, right? The muffins are sweet enough without it, and the sweetness in the bananas means you can use less sugar than a regular muffin recipe. And then there's some honey. I love to sweeten my baked goods with honey, but if you don't like the taste of it – don't worry! You can't taste it.

I hope you enjoy the muffins and if you're ever in the mood for some decadent yet healthier baked goods, feel free to visit me over on Texanerin Baking!

Strawberry Banana Muffins {Texanerin Baking} | Printable Recipe

Ingredients:

Muffins:
  • 1 2/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 2/3 cup mashed banana
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup strawberries, chopped
Streusel:
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line 12 muffin cups with liners.
  2. To prepare the streusel, mix everything together in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (flour through baking powder). Set this aside.
  4. In a large microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil in a microwave in 30 second increments until melted.
  5. Add the banana, honey, eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Add the dry mix to the wet mix, and stir just until combined. Over stirring might result is tough muffins.
  6. Divide the batter among the 12 muffin liners, filling almost to the top, and add the streusel topping.
  7. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the pan, and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
(c) Texanerin Baking 2013

Wow those muffins look amazing! As much fun as I am having right now, I would really love to be eating one of these right now! I wish we lived a little closer to each other Erin!

Please, if you don't know Erin's blog, make sure to pop over and say hello to her! She makes tons of healthier treats, as well as some healthier savory meals. I really want to make the Browned Butter and Sage Gnocchi her husband just made for her. It looks amazing! You can also find Erin on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest :) 

I'll be back on Tuesday, and I promise you I will give you a recap of Food Blog Forum very soon! I just have to get back on my feet! :) And as long as I have wifi, I will be instagramming the fun happenings in Florida, so make sure you are following me on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook too!



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5 comments :

  1. These sound and look quite yummy. If I didn't know better, I would think that you wrote this post. Nice job!

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    1. Thanks, Dianna! And I'll take that as a compliment that I sound Carla-like. :)

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  2. Love wake up to theses muffins for sure and your right about streusel making everything better :) I really like that you made these healthier with using whole wheat flour.

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  3. These look so delicious! What a great guest post from Erin and a beautiful batch of healthy, flavorful muffins.

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  4. Looks amazing. I love the combination of strawberry and whole wheat! Glad I found your blog through Erin's guest post!

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