There were two mushy bananas and two bruised pears sitting in the fruit bowl, recriminating me for not having eaten them before they started to go bad.
Now, they are “the best muffins I’ve ever eaten.” That’s a direct quote from the Wonderful Man.
The Best Muffins Ever!
1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup ground flax seed
a handful of sliced, toasted almonds
Wet and/or Mushy Stuff:
1 cup soy milk
1 tbs cider vinegar
2 mushy bananas
1/2 cup natural sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1 tsp almond extract
2 pears, cut up into chunks (unpeeled)
How to make them:
Preheat the oven to 350 (what a surprise!) and line your muffin tins with muffin paper cups.
Measure the soy milk, add the vinegar to curdle, and set it aside until you’ve done the following…
In one bowl, dump the flour, ground flax seed, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.
In another bowl, mash up the bananas, then add the sugar. Add the oil, almond extract, and milk/vinegar mixture. Mix with a fork or an electric mixer set on low.
Sift the dry mix into the wet, about a third of it at a time, and mix it all together.
Optional: Give the sifter (if you have one) to the baby (if you have one) to play with on the kitchen floor (if you have one).
Throw in the pear chunks (you don’t have to peel them) and the almonds.
Scoop the batter into the muffin tins, and bake for 25-30 minutes. This is a very approximate time. I’ve only made this recipe once, but believe me, it’s good.
Around minute 25, start testing with a fork poked into the middle of a muffin or two to make sure they’re done (the fork will come out clean when they’re done, though it’s a little hard to tell with all the pears).
If you take them out too early, like I did, put them back in for… 5 to 10 minutes. Sorry.
When they’re done, set them on a rack to cool. You can put the whole pan on the rack–no need to pop them out.
Eat the first one when it’s still too hot.
Optional: Enlist the baby in blowing on the hot food. Phooo! Phooo!
Now, now, don’t eat a third one.
Really. Put them in a container and freeze a few for the older kids’ school lunches.
I mean it!