Sunday, January 24, 2010

First-Ever Fiddlehead Challenge: What to do with One Black Banana

This year, Fiddlehead will be celebrating its one year anniversary during the month of June. To help us celebrate, I'm asking you, the readers, to participate in a series of monthly challenges. I'll post a challenge each month -- a suggestion to try a new ingredient, a call for your best healthy meal in under 30 minutes, etc. -- and you send me your recipes, suggestions and stories and I'll pick the winner to be posted here on Fiddlehead.

In addition, I'll be serving up some new content and will be doing some "redecorating" of the site soon!

Here's your challenge for JANUARY:

Most banana muffin or bread recipes call for 2 or 3 mashed, ripe bananas, but what do you do when you only have one? Send me your recipes and suggestions for ONE BLACK BANANA, or follow the recipe below and send your comments!

Chocolate-Nut-Banana Mini Muffins

Preheat oven to 375 and grease one mini muffin pan.

Dry Ingredients
3/4 c. all purpose flour
1/4 c. whole wheat flour or wheat bran
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/8 tsp. salt
dash of freshly grated nutmeg

Mix these together well in a bowl.

1/4 c. chopped walnuts or cashews

In a separate bowl, mix

Wet Ingredients
1 egg
1/3 c. honey
1/4 c. light brown sugar
1 tbs. vegetable oil
1/2 tsp. vanilla (or, try fiori di sicilia. It's a blend of vanilla and citrus flavors.)

Mix the dry into the wet with a few light strokes. Add

1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Scoop the batter into the muffin cups and bake for 18 min. or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let sit in pan for a few minutes before removing.


Fresh Local and Best said...

I have not made a banana walnut muffin in ages. These look quite good!

Tricia said...

They're nearly gone!

Seth said...

One bannana
Lots of Maple syrup
Maybe walnuts

Put it in the microwave for a minute, and eat :)

An old college recipe


Well, Seth, you'll win "Easiest Recipe" for sure. ;)

Kara said...

I had no idea what to do with one black banana so the mini muffin recipe is perfect.

Here's an end-of-the-winter-months challenge suggestion: What to do with all the sundry frozen vegetables from the summer harvest in my freezer.

Tricia said...

That is a good challenge suggestion!