Sunday, 5 January 2020

Homely and Healthy Honey and Banana Muffins

Healthy Muffins for Sunday morning tea with a friend, what could be nicer. It's no secret that we have a backyard beehive and with that comes a stock of our own delicious honey, and I am always looking for ways to use it in my cooking. Beehives are in crisis now in the southern states of Australia so we are very fortunate to own a healthy hive. I am often put off from eating muffins because the ones I see  in the coffee shops now are so large and not always that delicious.When Dr. J was calling in to visit before an overseas holiday, we turned the coffee machine on and I quickly made my fail proof and very quick batch of muffins. The basic muffin mixture is very simple and the buttermilk which I easily make myself gives the muffins a nice rise and lightness of crumb. I thought I'd like to share this very simple recipe with you all.

My friends who live in warm climates will know how quickly bananas ripen in the summer, particularly in the Tropics. I can tolerate most foods, however for some reason, bananas which are ripe and soft make me feel nauseous although Mr. HRK has no trouble at all with them. So rather than waste them, all overripe bananas in my kitchen are bagged up and placed in the freezer, skins and all, ready for baking cakes, muffins and whatever else I can use them for. The skins are easily removed before using the bananas.

So here I am using frozen bananas, defrosted at room temperature within 30 minutes, and then baked in muffin tins in 30 minutes. Pretty muffin cases can be used if you have them. Quick and easy preparation and cooking is my new mantra for this Summer.


2 cups (300g) plain wholemeal flour ( or just plain if you prefer)
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 cup (110g) raw sugar (1/2 cup if you like them sweeter)
2 tablespoons raw honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 mashed ripe bananas
1/3 cup (65g) oatmeal, oat bran or wheat bran
1 egg
1 1/4 cups (310ml) buttermilk (use 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup full cream milk to make your own)
1/3 cup (80ml) vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Let's cook:

Makes 12

Preheat oven to 180 deg. C (350 deg. F).

Place the dry ingredients, i.e. the flour, oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder and sugar in a bowl and mix to combine.

In a separate bowl mix to combine the honey, egg, buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.

Stir through the banana very gently. Spoon the mixture into 12 x 1/2 cup capacity (125ml) muffin tins lined with paper cases or well greased.

Bake for 25-30 minutes until cooked, by testing with a skewer.

Serve warm or cold. These also freeze well.

Happy New Year to you all reading my blog in 2020, although down here in Australia, particularly in the southern states it hasn't been a happy start to the year because of the bushfires, which the whole world is now reading about. This is unprecedented and everyone is reeling in shock, and besides donating to one of the fundraisers and finding ourselves praying for those affected there seems to be little we in the North can do. Hopefully our politicians will move beyond the politics and deal with this crisis constructively and compassionately. It has far reaching implications for everyone.

Best wishes for the future



  1. I could so do with one of these right now. The fires are terrible and I am holding positive thoughts for everyone - my family all live down south!

    1. I hope your family are ok Tandy. That must be such a worry for you.

  2. I wish I were sitting there with you having some tea and muffins :-) These look comforting, healthy and so tasty!

    1. Thanks Angie, that would be so nice. Comforting they are.

  3. I love muffinfs in any form, those look so good!

  4. Pauline, quick and easy is what I like too as regards cooking. Yes the fires down south are just incredible. Our Qld firies have headed down there to give the southern crews a rest.

    1. Thanks Chel, yes the RFS volunteers and all the firies are amazing people. I hope they are somehow rewarded at the end of all of this.

  5. Lovely muffins -- and one of these would really hit the spot right now. Thanks for the recipe. And Happy New Year!


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