I don't really remember the last time I baked and well, that's just too long to go without baking! Since summer finally decided to make an appearance in Vancouver, I've been mostly outdoors every weekend and just trying to make the most of the beautiful weather. Weekdays I've been trying to workout more so I haven't had much time to do any baking either :-( Anyway, mostly it was just lack of inspiration. However, a week or two ago, my friend was talking to me about eating some banana raisin muffins and that just sounded so darn good that I decided I needed to make some. The only problem was that I couldn't seem to ripen my bananas because people kept eating them! So after a two-week delay I finally got a chance to make these muffins.
Mashed-up ripened bananas (next time I might let them ripen more or use an extra banana for more flavour)
Baking in the oven... the pictures of the process were really unappetizing (think brown mush) so I'm not posting any. I have never made banana bread before so I was surprised at how easy it was to make these muffins. All you do is mix your dry ingredients, wet ingredients, combine until just moistened and voila!
After 15 minutes in the oven and ta-da! Perfect golden muffins that fill the house with a lovely aroma. I've never done a crumble topping before and it was super easy. A bit of brown sugar, flour and butter and sprinkle. The crumble topping kind of caramelizes and adds a nice little crunchy texture to the bite of the fluffy not-too-sweet muffin.
Here's the recipe if anyone would like to try: Banana Crumble Muffins. I substituted the butter with oil but I will try butter next time as I think it would add a lot to the recipe. However, for a low-fat fluffy banana muffin recipe, go with the oil. Enjoy!