When “Littlest Guy” was still a baby, his teeth were slow to come in (and still are now that he is almost two!). We wondered if he even had teeth underneath those light pink gums. So, when we began introducing solid foods at the pediatrician-recommended three-to-four months, we took great care to purée scrumptious, organic fruits and vegetables into smooth, creamy submission. Still, “Littlest Guy” didn’t have much interest in anything but his baby milk.
One morning, Ima (mom) made healthful, whole-grain, spiced banana muffins for a mid-day brunch. Ima adores Sunday brunch. Of course, the menu should include two things: a crisp, carbonated rosé or classic, bubbling champagne – and a luscious, honeyed pastry.
This recipe is delectable, while salubrious: it is low-sugar, low-fat and fruit-filled. The light, golden top is swirled with ribbons of sweet, earthy cardamom. The flavor profile echoes notes of warm, sultry molasses; comforting, familiar banana and spicy cinnamon and nutmeg.
Ima went for a beautiful morning walk – and came home to discover Abba and baby “Littlest Guy” happily munching on muffins at the kitchen table. Abba (dad) said, “Well, I guess he likes muffins.”
Ima was amazed – leave it to an Abba to surmise that a munchkin would enjoy muffins. “Littlest Guy” began a long, passionate relationship with solid foods.
Banana Brunch muffins were “Littlest Guy’s” gateway goodie. He now has a special affection for this toothsome treat – and devours it with vigor (using all nine teeth!).
Fortunately for Ima, preparing the nutritious dish is no arduous task. The batter is blended to creamy, velvety exquisiteness in minutes with a food processor. The muffins rise in the oven to golden, shiny glacé goodness in only twenty minutes.
I hope that you try this mouthwatering recipe for your next brunch – or whip up a tasty batch for your special “Littlest Guy” (or Girl!).Thank you for visiting us at Casa Curls and Carrots. See you soon! Warmly, Shanna
Littlest Guy’s Banana Brunch Muffins
Perfect for a classy adult brunch – or a munch for your “littlest guy” or girl
3 very ripe, large bananas, sliced
1/3 cup 0% Greek yogurt
1/3 cup unsalted butter
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 light cup brown sugar, packed
2 large, fresh eggs, at room temperature
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup quick oats
1 tsp each: baking powder and baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. fine salt
cardamom, per your taste, to sprinkle onto muffin batter
canola oil cooking spray, to spray muffin cups
15 standard muffin cups (to line muffin tin)
2 standard muffin trays (with twelve muffin cups in each)
1 large ice cream scoop
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