The Cooking Chronicles: Breakfast Banana Muffins

Every family seem to have that one go-to cookbook for baked goods, so used that the spine is worn, the pages tabbed and wrinkled. For my family, when it came to muffins anyway, that cookbook was Company’s Coming Muffins & More. For Mack’s family, it was Muffin Mania, by Cathy Prange & Joan Pauli.

Though I’m not giving up Jean Pare anytime soon (her zucchini muffins are a particular favourite), Grandma Male gave me a copy of Muffin Mania last year, so appreciated because I know how much the recipes are treasured by their family.

Muffin Mania

I’ve replicated a few recipes from the book, but I had yet to venture into banana territory until recently (banana muffins are Mack’s favourite). It never really occurred to me to make muffins in the morning – but with a pot of coffee brewing and ready to sip while the muffins are in the oven, they really are a wonderful way to start the day.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

First up was a recipe for banana oatmeal muffins. The inclusion of oats certainly made it a heartier muffin, and did add a layer of texture, but both Mack and I agreed that we preferred the more cake-like banana muffin. Next.

Banana Oatmeal Muffins

Banana oatmeal muffins

Best Ever Banana Muffins

The best ever banana muffins was a winner, and though I still don’t believe Mack when he says they taste like the ones his Mum makes, I have to admit, they are pretty good. Most surprising to me is the fact that the recipe doesn’t call for any spices – the usual cinnamon and/or nutmeg is conspicuously absent. And yet, they really are the best banana muffins I’ve had – moist, soft, and so fragrant.

Best Ever Banana Muffins

Best ever banana muffins

They’re the best reason I’ve found to let your bananas brown.