Muffins are wonderful things to eat for breakfast. They give you a quick and sweet start for your day. According to Joy of Baking, the word muffin came from a French word “moufflet” which means soft bread. These banana muffins are indeed soft and very moist. The extra moisture is probably due to the extra-ripped bananas, which makes this recipe the perfect solution for those mushy brown left over bananas hanging in your kitchen.

For an extra twist, I added cream cheese to the  batter which was an idea inspired by How To: Simplify. Instead of making a cream cheese filling in the centre of the muffin, I let them run free and omitted the crumb topping. The result was equally delicious and sweet. I think it would be an overkill from my sweet tooth if I did add the extra sugary topping. Although next time I may add some chocolate chips in ;).

Tip: Make sure your bananas are super ripe and never over mix a muffin batter!

Banana Cream Cheese Muffins  (Recipe adapted from How To: Simplify)

Ingredients:

For the muffins
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas (very ripe!), mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the cream cheese filling
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and then beat together the bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine banana mixture with the flour mixture until just moistened (mixture should look lumpy).
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups (leave a little batter to top the cream cheese filling).
  6. Create the cream cheese filling by mixing together all three of the ingredients. Pour a tablespoonful onto the batter in the muffin cups. Top the cream cheese with the remaining muffin batter.
  7. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.

 

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