Banana, Berry, Weet-Bix Muffins – or Waste Not, Want Not Muffins

6 Apr

Call me a tight arse but I really hate throwing away food. If you look into my fridge on any given day you’ll be sure to find all manner of left-overs…..and we’re not talking nasty-ass forgotten about in the back of the fridge type left-overs. No, we’re not. I love to turn stuff into other stuff and create new meals. Some say creative, some say thrifty, some just say tight-arse. I can handle it!

D Man loves those little Weet-Bix Bites to snack on, but when the packet is finished there’s a whole woop of Weety-Bixy Bitey bits in the bottom of the bag…..He can’t cope yet with cereal and a spoon so how can I use this, I ask myself? Then if you add the fact that Mister H is constantly ravenous now that he’s training so much so I’m endeavouring to make him a snack to take to work so he doesn’t a) turn into a ham and cheese croissant and b) spend an extra $50 a week on take-away food.

Soooo, I gots to lookin’ around my kitchen and what did I spy? Old, brown bananas, and it came to me. Rather than throwing away these fairly uninspiring, fruit fly infested items, I’d be a recycler of manky fruit and make muffins. You could make a loaf if you wanted but there’s something about having your very own little cake in your hand that I like….and they take less time to cook.

I’ve used a fairly basic banana bread recipe (Mister H’s biggest complaint of my snacks is that they always taste too healthy, so this time, I resisted the urge to add yoghurt, LSA, or straight wholemeal flour). I used half/half plain flour and wholemeal and added baking soda to get it to ‘self-raising’ status. I figured Weet Bix would add my low GI factor and give it enough ‘health’ to pass my muster. If you didn’t have any Weet-Bix, you could throw in a handful of oats, or other cereal if you wanted to. Unlike many cakes, which getting ‘right’ can be more like a science, muffins are fairly stable so you can get a bit creative and they keep their integrity…..just remember though, the more healthy stuff you throw in the heavier they become. So, if you get carried away you may end up with something that doubles as a deadly weapon that you can beat someone with, if need be (refer to yesterday’s post!). I almost always have frozen berries in my freezer so I just threw in a cup to fancy this up. If you have them, great, if not, Banana Weet Bix Muffins are nearly as good…….although you could throw in a choc chip or two if you wanted to pip me at the post!

Yeild : 10 muffs

You will need :

  • 2 over ripe banans, smooshed with a fork
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen berries
  • about 2/3 to a cup of crushed Weet-Bix or cereal de jour
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup wholemeal flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup skim milk (or whatever you have)
  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 50g butter, melted and cooled

Pre-heat over to 180C. Place you patty cake case things into your muffin pan, or line your loaf tin.

You can sift your flour for a lighter muffin, but I cannot be bothered (if it was a cake, sure, but in this case it’s not so vital) so I throw my flours, baking powder and cinnamon into a large bowl. Stir in the sugar and cereal and  make a little well in the centre. Place your eggs, milk, banana and melted butter into a separate bowl and stir until all is well combined. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and toss in your berries. Give it a good stirring until just combined. Spoon into your muffin cases and pop in the oven. Now, I have worked with many ovens in my time and the time variations depending on each oven can be massive. I would say give these 15 minutes and have a look. You want nicely golden brown and they’re ready when a skewer goes in the middle and comes out clean.

Cool on a wire rack and you better try one while they’re still hot cos they is goooood.


8 Responses to “Banana, Berry, Weet-Bix Muffins – or Waste Not, Want Not Muffins”

  1. Natasha April 7, 2012 at 3:00 am #

    Dear Danielle. You have to post your sour-dough bread recipe! I have lapsed of late, but it’s still up on my kitchen notice board. Glad to hear the ankle surgery has been such a (sporting) success. Love Tash

  2. abby @ thingsforboys December 13, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    I have been ‘collecting’ the crumbs from the Weetbix packets for a while now. The jar is nearly full, so I thought I should find a recipe for them and these muffs look perfect! Thanks!

    • Keeping Up With The Holsbys December 13, 2012 at 4:38 pm #

      You collect them? Brilliant. You just out tight-arsed me 😉
      Enjoy the muffs. I’ve also discovered a choc chip does not go astray!

      • thingsforboys December 13, 2012 at 8:11 pm #

        well I only like eating the whole bricks, the pieces are too soggy and there’s usually at least 2 broken ones in the box, so it doesn’t take long to fill a jar…but yeah, totally tight-arse! I guess if I HAVE to put choc chips in…;)

      • Keeping Up With The Holsbys December 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

        I couldn’t agree more!!
        I like ’em best with crunch but you gotta eat fast… Happy baking.

  3. thingsforboys December 15, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Just made these this afternoon. About 6 have already disappeared! Yum! I added a handful of white choc chips

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