Made some "muffins" with more ripe bananas today. I was all set to make my usual no fat, oat flour muffins, when Anna posted these Banana Split Bars at Cookie Madness. I think I'm a "sucker" for all things banana. Not sure why, I just love them, so I always have some in the house and quite often there are ripe ones. I also just happened to have about a cup of crushed pineapple from a previous opened can in the fridge that I needed to use, so I decided to make Anna's bars into muffins. You can see the recipe for the bars by clicking on the link above and I will post the recipe as I made the muffins.
Banana Split "Treat" Muffins
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1 cup unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 medium ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
6 oz. crushed pineapple, drained
1/3 cup Maraschino cherries, dabbed dry with paper towel, quartered
1/2 cup toasted walnuts, chopped
2 tablespoons softened butter
1 1/2 oz. (1/3 less fat) cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk
1/8 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
1/8 cup chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl combine both flours, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In another medium bowl, combine mashed bananas, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, and pineapple. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix carefully with a spoon, do not over mix. Fold in cherries and walnuts. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray. Drop spoonfuls of batter into each muffin tin filling almost full. (This made 24 mini muffins and 2 regular ones. *I need a second mini muffin pan!) Bake for 12-14 minutes (check after ten). The two big ones took a little longer. Let sit in pan for a few minutes, remove to cooling rack.
For the icing, mix all the ingredients together with a wire whisk until smooth. Spread icing on each muffin, sprinkle with a few nuts and chocolate chips. Top with a halved cherry.
I've never had a banana split that didn't have chocolate on it, so I had to add the chips! These are really good. They ARE more muffin-like, but I'm having a hard time calling them muffins with the icing and toppings. They are good without the topping as well. Loved the cherries in them, so do the boys--they LOVE Maraschino cherries! I'm tempted to play around with taking out the oil and using Egg Beaters next time to make them a little more healthy. I did use whole wheat pastry flour for part of the flour and I omitted half the sugar from the bars recipe for these. Thanks for the idea, Anna. YUM!