Heart Healthy Muffins

This muffin recipe is made with whole wheat flour and bananas and baked in silicone bakeware (that doesn't require any additional butter on the sides). See, it's practically health food!
 

Banana Spice Muffins with Brown Butter Glaze
 
Tools Needed
Heart shaped silicone baking pan (Fat Daddio's SMF-040) A regular muffin pan will work also.
Cookie sheet (to set silicone mold on for stability)
Mixing bowl
Whisk
Measuring cups/spoons
Saucepan
 
Ingredients
makes 12 muffins
2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 large egg
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2/3 cup milk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
 
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, salt and spices. Set aside. Set silicone heart shaped mold on a cookie sheet. (This will make it easier to transfer to and from the oven.)
     
  2. In a large bowl, whisk egg and brown sugar together until smooth and no lumps remain. Add in vanilla extract, butter and milk, whisk again until smooth, then stir in mashed bananas. Gradually add in dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
     
  3. Using your scoop, fill each muffin heart 2/3 of the way full with batter.
     
  4. Bake for 15-17 minutes, or until tops are no longer wet and become slightly golden. Remove and let cool until comfortable to the touch.
    Silicone bakeware never needs to be greased. Use in the freezer and the oven. Can also go into the dishwasher!
 
Brown Butter Glaze
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/2-3/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 tablespoons milk
 
  1. Heat a small saucepan over medium-low heat and add butter. Whisk constantly until melted, then continue to whisk as bubbles form, the butter begins to foam, and eventually brown bits appear in the bottom of the pan. This will take about 5-6 minutes total. As soon as the brown bits appear, remove from heat. Let cool for 10 minutes.
     
  2. In a large bowl combine brown butter, vanilla extract and powdered sugar. Whisk until the mixture comes together then add in 1 tablespoon of milk, continuing to mix.  Stir constantly for 3-4 minutes. If  mixture is thick, add in milk 1/2 tablespoon at a time and mix again. If it becomes too thin add a tiny bit of powdered sugar until you get the desired consistency.
     
  3. Spoon glaze on warm muffins or dip each top in the glaze, then serve.
Recipe courtesy of How Sweet it Is
 
For more inspiration, visit our More than a Muffin board on Pinterest.