We had snow again this morning (can. not. believe. it.)!
From the looks of the national weather map (U.S.), it appears that the entire country is well on the way to enjoying spring and even summer-like weather except for us folks up here in the Pacific Northwest. But it is, in fact, the last official day of winter, so I guess it's fitting that we woke up to snow. After all, cool weather puts us in a perfect mood for baking.
Today's muffin recipe was inspired by one from The American Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook. You're going to love the way the flavors of the banana, vanilla, maple syrup, and the toasted walnuts in these combine together for one of our favorites so far -- these really are that good. Oh, and about the cookbook, you should see how many pages we've bookmarked for future Muffin Mondays -- stay tuned!
Maple Spice Muffins
makes 18-24 muffins
2 3/4 c. whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 c. quick oats
1 t. baking soda
2 t. baking powder (aluminum free, please)
2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. ground cloves
1 c. chopped & toasted walnuts
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 c. plain yogurt
1/2 c. real maple syrup
1/3 c. Rapadura sugar
1 t. vanilla
1 stick butter, melted
1 overripe banana, mashed
Preheat oven to 400F and line muffin pan with paper baking cups. Mix together dry ingredients (including walnuts) in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, yogurt, maple syrup, sugar, vanilla, melted butter, and the mashed banana. Add wet mixture to dry ingredients stirring only until just blended -- don't over mix your muffins!
Fill muffin cups 2/3 - 3/4 full (depending on how many muffins you want to wind up with), and bake for 15 - 20 minutes until lightly browned. Check with a toothpick to be sure they're done, then cool several minutes before removing to finish cooling on a wire rack. Of course you're going to have to try one while they're still warm -- smothered with butter like we did...
We'll be back in two weeks with our next Muffin Monday recipe; in the meanwhile, visit our Muffin Monday tab for more tasty, nutritious recipe inspiration. :)
Happily sharing this week's recipe with these kind hostesses:
Far Above Rubies
Whole Foods Wednesday
Simple Lives Thursday