Thursday, November 13, 2008


Muffins are one of the most popular breakfast item in USA.As you can see they are very similar to cupcakes.So how can you identify one from the other?

Well cupcakes are always made with white flour and are light in weight,sweet and often covered with icing.They are smaller in size.Muffins are bigger in size and heavier in texture and weight,mostly containing some kind of fruit and nuts.Unlike cupcakes,muffins are never iced and not as sweet.They can be made healthier by preparing it with wheat flour,bran or oats.
That said i personally dont like having muffins for breakfast.Even though its not very sweet,its sweet enough for me to have it as a dessert.I like it that way.Here i have prepared banana nut muffins.I used ripe bananas that are firm to touch and not overipe ones.I also didnt mash them fully,kept chunks of banana pieces so that i get a bite of it ones in a while.Instead of using a whole cup of sugar or brown sugar i used 1/2 of both.The result was soft,moist and fluffy.

I am sending this to this months A.W.E.D - American hosted by DK.This is also my post on day13 of RM 2.

All purpose flour(bleached) - 2 cups

Baking soda - 1 1/2 tsp

cardamam pdr - 1/2 tsp

salt - 1/2 tsp

eggs - 2 (room temp)

Ripe bananas - 4(mash it to chunky pieces)

Sugar - 1/2 cup

Brown sugar - 1/2 cup

oil - 1/2 cup

Vanilla tsp - 2 tsp

sliced almonds - 1/4 cup(for topping)


Preheat oven to 375 deg F.Sift the flour,soda,cardamam pdr and salt and keep aside.In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs,sugar and brown sugar until it becomes thick.Add the oil,vanilla and mashed banana.Mix it well.Using a spatula slowly fold in the dry ingredients until just mixed.Line the muffin pan with paper cups and grease it with non stick spray.Using an ice cream scoop pour the batter into the greased paper cups.Top it with sliced almonds.Bake it for 15 - 20 mins or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.Serve it warm.

Check what my marathon buddies are cooking in their kitchen today!!!

1) DK

2) Siri

3) Srivalli


5)Curry Leaf









14)Divya Kudua


16)Divya M



19)Lakshmi Venkatesh







rekhas kitchen said...

looks so yummy nice recipe

Cham said...

Muffins are fluffy and pretty with nuts!

JZ @ Tasty treats said...

oh wow ranji!!! u r killing me! on alternate days u r posting cakes and muffins which is tempting me soooo much! the sliced almonds look awesome on top!

Happy cook said...

Wow these muffing really looks beautigul and delicious

Curry Leaf said...

Yummy ,they turned out very well.

karuna said...

muffins look perfect

Madhu said...

So mosit, like bananna flavour and toppings looks yummy.

Priya said...

Wowow wat a cute muffins, looks fluffy n prefect...

kamala said...

Wow nutty muffins..So moist Ranji

Suma Rajesh said...

cute little muffins with nuts looks fabulous...i guess daily its a treat to ur lucky he is..:)

Roopa said...

You are an expert in muffins Ranji ! I am fortunte to taste your muffins the last time you made it :)

Pearlsofeast said...

Ranji u have been tempting me a lot,pineapple cake, prune and now muffins, Great.

Vij said...

My gooodness!!!!!!! such yummy looking nutty muffins! gr8 bakin

Lakshmi Venkatesh said...

wow! The muffins are looking very soft & delicious. I made a banana nut cake. Will post soon.

sowmya said...

great picture..hey your new template is really good.

Bhawana said...

Muffins looks yuummmy Ranji. I love the texture came out.

Arundathi said...

yummy! like a banana bread muffin! must be delicious

PJ said...

Looks so yummmm..Wonderful pics..

DK said...

Ranj darling! Allowing to join Recipe Marathon has been my gain totally!

Luv luv these Muffins...I am coming over! :) Thanks for sending them to me for AWED

viji said...

looks yummy!!!!!

Divya Kudua said...

Yummy looking muffins Ranji..I fell in love with muffins once I started making them at home...the pics are so tempting!!