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Pumpkin Banana Streusel Muffins November 22, 2009

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It’s autumn, and fall flavors and spices are all the rage these days. Pumpkin everything, sweet potato pies, and stuffing recipes are popping up all over the place. A little late in the game, I finally made my first official autumn recipe – these pumpkin banana streusel muffins. And seriously, they’re perfect. So perfectly spiced and moist, bursting with banana, pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, these little darlings didn’t last even 24 hours.

So make these now. You will not regret it. In your eagerness to get these yummies in your tummy, you might even completely melt the butter instead of just softening it. But that’s okay, the streusel is still awesomely sweet and crumbly like it should be. And be generous. Very generous. Make extra if you’d like, because streusel topping makes the world that much better. And if you’re like me, you’ll even forget to take a decent picture of your muffins before trying one. And another. And another.

Pumpkin Banana Streusel Muffins
Adapted from The Crepes of Wrath

2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup pure pumpkin puree
3/4 cup mashed bananas (about 2 small bananas)
3/4 cup vanilla yogurt
turbinado sugar (optional)

Streusel topping:
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed and at room temperature

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

To make the streusel, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a medium sized bowl. Add butter and, using your hands, combine until small clumps have formed throughout the mixture.

In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Set aside.

In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Then add in the vegetable oil, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, pumpkin, and yogurt. Mix well, scraping down the sides of your bowl.

Gradually mix the dry mixture to the pumpkin mixture. Do not overmix!

Pour batter into muffin tins prepared with muffin liners or cooking spray. Fill each with about 1/4 cup of batter. (I like to fill until about 3/4 full, but that’s because I prefer my muffins to bake up huge.) Top with a generous sprinkle of streusel topping and then a generous sprinkle of turbinado sugar. Bake for 15-20 minutes, and allow to cool for 10 minutes before removing. (I couldn’t wait more than five.)


Peach banana smoothie September 6, 2009

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Sometimes, in scorching summer heat like this, all I want to do is settle down with a nice cool glass of something refreshingly cold. And after coming home and escaping from 100 degree heat, I did just that. I made myself a peach banana smoothie. It satisfied my craving perfectly – it was cold, it was thick, and it was healthy. It didn’t leave me feeling guilty either for indulging in something so good! At home, I can control what goes into my food and drink, so this smoothie has no added loads of sugar or high fructose syrup stuff like those other drinks from fast food and drink places. Plus… one of the best parts for a poor college student like me – this smoothie was free!

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Peach Banana Smoothie

This smoothie can be made with whatever yogurt and fruit you happen to have in your fridge or freezer. I had some peach yogurt in the fridge, so I used that. I imagine vanilla, strawberry, or other fruity flavors would make some great flavor combinations too. If you don’t have yogurt, feel free to use milk or soymilk. Smoothies are incredibly flexible!

Crushed ice (amount varies with the size of your glass)
1 frozen banana, chopped
6 oz. peach flavored yogurt

Fill your glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the yogurt on top of the ice (whether you’re using milk or yogurt, your glass should be about 3/4 full). Pour into the blender and blend a bit before adding the chopped banana. Blend the mixture until smooth. Pour back into your glass and enjoy! Easy right?