In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful
Banana on the shelf. Why is there a banana on my kitchen shelf? Well, I wait for it to get extremely ripe and use it for baking sweet treat's, of course! If I leave it on the banana hook of the fruit bowl it will disappear in an instant!
When using banana's for baking the most ripe are best. This delicious, sweet, moist cake contains butter and sugar but is much healthier than your standard cake recipe as its packed with nutritent's. So if you are trying to eat clean then this is a little go between healthy and a cheat day! However, if you want to adapt it to be even healthier, i'm not going to stop you, just let me know how you do it!
Adapted from Once Upon A Chef here is my recipe for:
Banana & honey Cupcakes w/ Honey Cinnamon Almonds
Serves: 12 (muffins) 18 (cupcakes)
I went the cupcake route (the original recipe was for muffin's) as it looked like alot of mix for 12 and was worried my muffin's would over grow, burn and be ruined as I didn't have a muffin pan. 18 cupcake's went round further, so i'm not complaining, more people got to enjoy my baked goodies, yay!
¾ cup slithered almonds
⅓ cup plus 1 tablespoon honey
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1½ cups Organic plain flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
113g butter, at room temperature (it asked for a 'stick' of butter, which converts to 113g)
⅔ cup granulated sugar
2 large free range eggs
½ cup mashed bananas (you’ll need 1 large very ripe banana)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup whole milk
Pre heat oven 177C / 350F / GM 4
Line a cupcake tin with paper liner's
In a small bowl, combine nuts with cinnamon and add the 1 tbsp of honey, mix, then leave to the side
In a mixing bowl add flour, salt and baking powder, mix well to ensure salt and BP are evenly distributed throughout the flour
In another larger mixing bowl, add the butter and sugar. If you are hand mixing (like me) mix these two for a while, until they are just combined and then add the honey and mix. If you have an electric hand mixer, combine all 3, mix until fluffy and relish in the life of no arm ache!
Add the egg's one at a time and beat until fully incorporated between additions
Mix in the banana and vanilla, until blended
Now add the dry ingredients, in 2 batches alternating with the milk
Now, go on, take a sniff, I know you want to!
Spoon your mix into the liner's, I used a serving spoon with a teaspoon, an ice cream scoop also works well I hear
Sprinkle each one with the nut topping (if like me you only have one tray, remember to leave some nuts for that remaining mix for your next round, otherwise they will be a little naked on top)
Bake until golden and a tester poked into the middle comes out clean.
I have a fan oven and 20 minutes was more than enough, however the recipe does call for 30 minutes if using another oven, always watch out for those fan oven's!
Once they're done, place them on a cooling rack (or a spare oven shelf, which I took out before switching the oven on) and let cool...or you know, enjoy them when they're hot, like normal people!