Bananas Foster Muffin Recipe



The first time I experienced Bananas Foster was while I was a State FFA Officer. I had always heard of it but had never had it before. Bananas Foster really is not a very popular dessert for most 18 year olds, go figure. During our State Officer year we had to live on the Oregon State Fairgrounds for almost three weeks in August, in an old, concrete dorm room building with creaky metal bunk beds that I am pretty sure came from the Salem Insane Asylum. Hello, One Flew Over the Cuckcoo's Nest. By the end of the three weeks I was feeling a bit cuckoo myself.

Thankfully we did not have to eat fair food or take out while we were there and had access to a kitchen. One night one of the chaperons made us bananas foster for dessert. It seemed like such a treat to have after a long day. Ever since that encounter I have been hooked on this dessert. 

If you have never had it before, it is bananas sauteed in butter and brown sugar, creating a rich caramelly sauce and then to top it off, rum is added and then lit on fire to burn off the alcohol. The sauce and bananas is then poured over vanilla ice cream, so good!

I decided to try my hand at turning this dessert into a banana muffin and was super happy with the way they came out! These muffins have a slightly crunchy outside, from the caramel sauce and a cooked banana flavor, instead of the harsh raw banana flavor you can sometimes get with other banana breads. They are my favorite right out of the oven, like most muffins and the best part is, you do not have to wait until you have brown bananas to make them!

Bananas Foster Muffins

Makes 1 Dozen

3 bananas
1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp. rum
1/3 c. milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
1 2/3 c. flour
1/3 c. instant oats

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Warm saute pan over medium high heat. Peel and dice bananas and melt butter in saute pan. Add bananas to pan and saute for one minute. Add in brown and white sugars and cook until a caramel sauce begins to form, approximately 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool.

Add mixture into a bowl once cooled and then mash all together. Add rum, eggs and milk. Mix thoroughly. Gently add in sifted dry ingredients, making sure to not over mix. Line muffin tins with liners and fill three quarters full with mix. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. 

No need for super ripe yucky bananas in this recipe1

Chop, chop, chop!

Does anyone else love the smell of melting butter as much as me??

Saute the bananas in the melted butter. 

Add in brown and white sugars. 


You don't want to let the sugars get quite to the caramel stage, just before it. 

Let cool and then mash it all together. 

Add the wet ingredients and make yourself a cocktail.
If you do not drink or do not own rum, you can use rum extract. 

Next the dry ingredients...

Trust me on the oats. 

I sprayed the top of my pan too just in case there was any muffin overage. 

Voila!

Enjoy with coffee or a mimosa!! Or both!






Easter Brunch Inspiration and Free Printable



Happy Palm Sunday! Easter is just a week away and I am sure you are all busy making/finalizing Easter Sunday plans. Growing up we usually had Easter brunch after going to mass instead of a "dinner." Sometimes we would go out to a special restaurant or sometimes it would be at home. I remember one Easter when we got home from church and I was so excited to finish looking in my Easter basket. Once we got inside the house, I ran over to my Easter basket (which I had laid in the sun), only to discover that my entire chocolate Easter bunny had melted and all that remained were two, tiny, hard candy eyes. My mom tried to get me another one from the store but it just wasn't the same. Life is traumatic when you are six. 

That story was the inspiration behind my Easter Brunch this year. Instead of doing place cards  I used tiny chocolate Easter bunnies and wrote each person's initials on them with food gel. Make sure to keep them in the fridge if they are going to sit out more than a couple hours, so you and your guests do not experience the same trauma I did. Since white is the color of Easter I used off-white dinnerware and white, tatted doilies as place mats. Tulips scream Spring and Easter so I placed several stems of them in small, mismatched, glass vases. Easy, quick and simple. Scroll to the bottom for your free Easter Menu printable!










Click here to download your FREE Easter Menu Printable. It is in black and white and the menu categories are left blank. Feel free to color in the menu using the medium of your choice once it is printed or leave as is. Please only use for your personal use and remember to tag #katiemichelledesigns so I can see your Easter meal! Have a Happy Easter!