If you have never seen or read Super Natural Cooking, by Heidi Swanon, give it a whirl, especially if you like to look for sugar and flour alternatives in your baking and cooking lifestyle. This is hands down my favorite cookbook right now. Plus, I love that she did all her own photography and the book is gorgeous to look at.
I have to give one particular recipe a special nod: the espresso banana muffins, holy delicious. There was no adapting on my part, just pure following the recipe, which I am rarely able to do. I made them for breakfast, and they have disappeared already…with a little help from our friends of course. The hint of espresso is just genius and they are the perfect breakfast…with the exception of chocolate cake of course.
Espresso Banana Muffins…
2 cups white whole-wheat flour
2 tsp aluminum-free baking powder
½ tsp fine-grain sea salt
1 ¼ cups chopped toasted walnuts
1 tbs fine espresso powder
6 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature
¾ cups natural cane sugar
2 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup plain yogurt
1 ½ cups mashed overripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
Heat oven to 375 degrees, line muffin cups with paper liners.
Combine flour, baking powder, salt, ¾ cup walnuts, and the espresso powder in a bowl and whisk to combine.
In a separate large bowl or a stand mixer, cream the butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the sugar and then the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the vanilla, yogurt, and mashed bananas, then briefly and gently mix in the dry ingredients; overmixing will result in tough muffins.
Spoon into the prepared muffin tin, top with the remaining ½ cup of walnuts, and bake until golden, about 25 minutes. Fill the cups 2/3 full for regular muffins or to the brim for a big topped version. Cool in the tin for 5 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 12 muffins.
One adaptation I did try is making mini muffins with the same recipe, in a small muffin tin without papers. I baked them at the same temperature, and just watched them until they turned golden brown. They are delicious and cute. We also added a little homemade cream cheese frosting which worked nicely.
Cook together, toast to each other, and enjoy!