Well, I thought that I had a favorite corn muffin. But there's a new contender on the scene. How does the saying go? A lack of ingredients is the mother of invention - or something like that.
Yesterday, I went to an "April Fools" party at a friend's house, and since I knew there was a huge pot of chili waiting there, decided I'd make some corn muffins to share. My go-to recipe for corn muffins is the Gluten-free Goddess' sweet potato corn bread recipe, which I dutifully opened in my browser. Then I checked my pantry - no squash puree of any kind. Ok - no problem. This is why I buy bananas, let them get all brown and spotty, and then freeze them. I took a few from the freezer, defrosted them, and then used them (with some applesauce) in place of the squash. The result? Deliciousness. I still love the sweet potato version, but these make an excellent alternative. They puff up beautifully and have a slight sweetness from both the banana and the cornmeal (so be forewarned that this is not the savory kind of cornbread that Southerners prefer!). They were great with the chili, but you don't need chili as an excuse to make these. These can stand on their own and would make a fantastic portable breakfast or snack, too. And they come together so quickly, you'll be eating one before you know it.
Banana Corn Muffins (Inspired by, and adapted from, the Gluten-free Goddess' Sweet Potato Cornbread recipe)
Makes 12 muffins
1 1/2 small overripe bananas (a little more than 1/2 cup)
3 - 4 tbsp. cup smooth applesauce (the bananas and applesauce together should total 3/4 cup)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup white granulated sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup potato starch
1/3 cup tapioca starch
(OR 1 cup of your favorite gluten-free flour blend - just be careful to reduce the baking powder and baking
soda if it's a self-rising blend)
1 cup stone ground cornmeal
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp. baking power
1/2 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 350 F. Spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray.
In a mixing bowl, beat together the bananas, applesauce, and sugar, eliminating as many lumps as possible. (You can do this by hand, but it might be easier to use an electric mixer.) Add the eggs and canola oil and continue to stir until well-mixed.
In a separate bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Add to the wet ingredients and mix well to incorporate. Divide the batter evenly among the 12 muffin tins. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes, or until golden brown on top and a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm from the oven, if possible. If not, refrigerate or freeze until ready to serve, then heat in the microwave.