Monkey Muffins and a Mac

October 8th, 2009 · Lisa · Recipes, Sweet, vegan mofo · Comments

It has been another busy day and if it wasn’t for my commitment to Vegan MoFo I would not be posting right now. But I just can’t miss a day. I just can’t.
My big news for today is about an Apple, a Mac infact, but not the kind I usually lug home from a backyard pick or a trip to Kensington market. Today I bought my frist Mac computer. I wish I could say that I’m working on it now but I wanted to get this post up and I don’t have any of my files on the new machine so instead I’m working on my old laptop. The one that I spilled tea on early this month. It is frustrating but full of pictures and files…so I’ll make do for a little bit longer.
So tonight I’m going to share the one baking recipe that I have memorized from repeated use. It is the fail-safe recipe I use when visiting friends, babysitting adorable children or desperately trying to use up those over ripe bananas on my counter. I’m sure you have a recipe that you can create while at the same time chatting in your kitchen with a friend over warm mugs of ginger tea. I love a recipe that comes together without you even noticing.
For me that is my monkey muffins. They have welcomed many house guests to the beginning of a new day and are a favourite among my niece and nephews. They are so easy to make that I’m sure you could pull together a batch this weekend while still wearing your robe and listening to the gentle purring of the coffee percolator.

Monkey Muffins
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3 ripe bananas, well mashed
3/4 cup almond milk (with 1 tsp apple cider vinegar added)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 olive oil (that’s what I use but you can use coconut or organic canola)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
(optional: 1 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp vanilla extract)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a standard muffin tray or line with muffin papers. Use a fork to mash the bananas really well in a small bowl. In a measuring cup, measure the almond milk add the vinegar and set aside for a few minutes. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the sugar, oil, milk, bananas and chocolate chips. Stir until just combined (you really don’t want to overmix your muffins). Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Share with your favourite little monkeys (I tend to stick to human children who like to monkey around-since they are readily available in my bioregion).

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