I’m obviously on a muffin kick

But hey, when it works, it works, right?

You know what doesn’t work for me?  This whole molars/HFM virus and whatever else has Peanut’s pants all up in a bunch.  Our little toddler, the one who was on a perfect little routine and always happy has turned into a needy, whiny little tot.  You know what I have to say to that?  Nothing.  I feel defeated.  Instead I was spending 15-20 minutes rocking the poor, crying P before each bedtime and then watching her wake up, bawling, multiple times throughout the night.

Oh, and I made muffins.  Because the tot loves muffins.

I’m crossing my fingers that the virus left us alone for good now (without makings its way to Jon and I) and the molars break the skin already.  In the meantime, since P is feeling better and seems to have passed the worst of it (she’s eating and drinking again), we’ve started sleep training again.  Apparently a few days of rocking her and picking her up out of bed a handful of times makes a huge difference and Peanut has been wanting to be held every night.  Instead we’ve stood by our rules and only went in every few minutes to rub her back and let her know we’re there.  Otherwise, we’ve stuck to our sleep training (after she got better, of course).

Last night was the 3rd night of re-training and she only whined for a little while, but otherwise didn’t make a big fuss about going to bed.  Hopefully another night or two and everyone will be back to their happy selves.

Now let’s talk about these muffins.  They’re heavenly – soft on the inside, crumbly on the outside.  It all started with the nasty, browning bananas that were sitting on my counter.  I think we all know that’s how I roll – a few other ingredients I had in the pantry and the fridge plus my amazing KitchenAid mixer and these muffins were ready in no time.

The new thing this time around was adding a little streusel topping, which made these extra delicious.  But what isn’t delicious about butter and brown sugar?

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Delicious banana muffins with streusel topping
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • Muffins:
  • 1 medium banana
  • ⅓ milk
  • ¼ cup canola oil (vegetable oil is fine too)
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Streusel topping:
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon butter
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees and line 12 muffins cups with liners (or use shortening to grease them).
  2. Make streusel topping by mixing flour, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl then cutting in butter with a pastry blender (or just two knives).
  3. Beat milk, banana, oil and egg in a large bowl with a wire whisk, then stir in flour, sugar, baking soda and salt until the flour is lumpy.
  4. Divide batter among the the muffins cups and sprinkle with streusel topping (about 1 tablespoon on each).
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes and let cool on a wire rack.

 


Comments

  1. Poor peanut teething and sick. Neither are great but at the same time. Ouch. Poor Mommy and Daddy too! My DD has not been a great sleeper, but it got worse when she got her her first set of molars. Now we think she is working on the second. We use an amber teething necklace. Not sure if it actually works, but if you feel comfortable with the idea it’s worth a try.

  2. Oh snap! I was just going to tell you about our teething necklace. E has been wearing it since Jan, like all night too, and I swear it works! So far while wearing it she has grown 5 molars (including one of the two year old ones which are notoriously hard, so they tell me) and the only way I’ve noticed is that I can see the teeth in her mouth when we are playing. No crying, no red face, no pain, nada! I therefore, praise them to all! You have to make sure they are Baltic amber (don’t know why but you do) and that they have knots between each bead so if it breaks only one bead comes off. Good luck! Ps do you freeze your muffins, I freeze ours otherwise we’d be the size of houses in this house, 30 seconds in the microwave and good to go!

    • I do freeze them! In sets of about 6 and I actually just move them from freezer to fridge on Sunday and they’re perfect for breakfast. ps- I’m going to have to research this necklace, sounds really awesome.

  3. Yummy! We love muffins here! How many bananas do you use?

  4. ooohh…yummm!!!! I am always guilty of throwing bananas out at the end of the week because they dont get eaten but these muffins look delish and I have a muffin pan that hardly gets used…sounds like a good match:)

  5. Hope Peanut is all better now (and that the sleep training has done the trick again)!

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