Banana Cranberry Muffins

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These muffins are SO good… sweet, tart, moist, small enough to eat half a dozen ๐Ÿ™‚ I get excited to see cranberries back in the grocery store and I was itching to use some. I wanted to pair them with something sweet to compliment their tartness and all i could think about was my favorite banana bread recipe… click here for that.ย I decided to do muffins instead of a loaf of bread cause the kids love muffins and they easier to reheat in the morning so you can melt butter on them as seen above ๐Ÿ™‚

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Start by pouring some delicious cranberries in a bowl so you can look at them ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine had been frozen so they were patiently thawing away…

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You can top your muffins with a streusel topping… I did! For that you’ll start with a medium bowl and 1/2 cup flour.

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Add in 1/2 cup packed brown sugar.

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And a 1 tsp ground cinnamon.

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Mix that all together and then cut 4 tablespoons of cold butter into small squares.

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Cut that all together using a pastry blend, fork, or your fingers… set aside

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Preheat your oven to 375 and toss a stick of room temperature butter into your mixer bowl.

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next goes in 3/4 cup sugar…

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and 1/2 cup brown sugar. You want 1 1/4 cups sugar. I divide it up between white and brown however I feel led that day, fyi.

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Once that has been creamed together add in 2 eggs… continue to mix.

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Now for the bananas. You can use ripe ones off your counter or… I buy the bags of ripe bananas at the grocery store, separate them, and put them in gallon ziplock bags to use at will. I then just pull out as many as I need and let them thaw. Not the prettiest things ever but it’s what’s on the inside that counts… right?!?

Anyway… add in the bananas. I do 3 or 4 depending on the size.

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Now pour in 1/2 cup milk.

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1 tsp of salt…

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If you’re using regular flour, 1 tsp baking soda. If you’re using Pamela’s pancake & baking mix… 1/2 tsp.

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Also, a tsp of vanilla went in but I forgot to get a picture of it… Now for the flour. 2 1/2 cups go in a mix just until combined. Next it gets a little tricky ๐Ÿ™‚

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I poured mine into paper lined muffin tins… Notice anything about my banana CRANBERRY muffins????? Prego brain has struck again… Feel free to mix in your beautiful cranberries before pouring into muffin tins… or…

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Make it a learning experience and have your young kids make a counting game out of putting 5 or 6 cranberries in each muffin ๐Ÿ™‚ At least I knew the cranberries had been evenly distributed!!!

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I then had them use a spoon to poke the berries down into the batter a bit. They thought this was AWESOME so it all worked out ๐Ÿ™‚

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Spidey here is aย perfectionistย so it took him quite a while to feel good about his work. Who knew super heroes were so passionate about baking ๐Ÿ™‚

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Finally the topping!! You can skip this step to save some calories but if it’s all the same to you… go for it!!! Plus I had the help to put it on so why not…

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Here they are ready for the oven…

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Oh goodness… here they are after the oven. This one didn’t get much topping on it but it really showed the cranberries. And yes… the kitchen smelled amazing. I have a poor sense of smell but today it was working and I was praising God for that!! Let them cool a minute in the pan and the move to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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Or open one up immediately and lather it with salted butter… Either way… it’s your decision ๐Ÿ˜‰ For breakfast, brunch, or a breakfast/dinner you gotta try these out and utilize one of the flavors of fall… cranberries!!

Banana Cranberry Muffins
1 stick unsalted butter (softened)
1 1/4 cup sugar (use some white, some brown)
1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda (if using Pamela’s GF flour 1/2 tsp)
1 tsp vanilla
3-4 bananas depending on size
2 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups cranberries

Heat oven to 375. Mix in order given. Divide into 2 muffin pans with paper liners. Bake for 20-25 mins or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pans for a few minutes and on baking rack until completely cool. Refrigerate or freeze what you donโ€™t plan to use within a few days.

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6 Responses to Banana Cranberry Muffins

  1. Yummm! Now did the recipe say to put the cranberries on top like you did or what should I do?

    • kitchentutor says:

      Well… depends on your altitude and your ability to not fall down while making them. It’s hard to say in your particular case… I’d just pay someone to make them for you ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have your littlest helper poke them in, she’d have a blast!!

  2. Jessica says:

    I didn’t know you were pregnant! Congratulations, Laura!

    • kitchentutor says:

      Thanks! Due sometime next February with another little guy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thankfully I haven’t had any weird cravings or this blog would have the potential to get strange real fast!!

  3. Margaret says:

    Instructions with the pics say to use baking power,
    but the recipe itself says baking soda …. which is it?

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