Banana Blueberry Muffins

These are "Wolfie's Banana Blueberry Muffins" from La Dolce Vegan. A book that has fallen out of fashion in the J-R household a bit since I discovered RFD and Candle 79 type books. But, La Dolce does have some great go-to rather quick recipes, and I had one lonely banana on it's way out of the world, so... I gave this a shot.

These are really very good. They have some odd ingredients in them- ground ginger and molasses- but that really compliments the banana, and even though this has one banana in it vs three in our other go-to nana muffin recipe (HERE), the banana flavor really pops. Which kind of leaves you wondering why there are blueberries involved. The berries are a kind of nice tart element, but walnuts or something would make way more sense in here. Still, it's good, so whatevs!

Banana Muffins

These are great! We had some overripe nanas, and I thought I'd explore a new recipe vs my go-to Banana Bread one. It's a good recipe, but I don't want to be caught in a banana shaped rut.

These were great- totally moist with a really great flavor. I would cut down on the baking time, though (depending on your oven)- I baked for the recommended time and they were a bit overdone on the bottom (you may be able to see the color difference between the bottom and the top on the photo). Even with that, though, they weren't dried out or anything- which is saying something (that they're good!)

You can get the recipe HERE

Cranberry Orange Nut Muffins

These are some tasty muffins from Isa Chandra Moskowitzs' Vegan Brunch book. Her Bakery Style muffins from this book have become my go-to recipe (which I've oddly enough never photo'd for the blog). These are equally amazing in a way that feels a mite more healthy (there are cranberries, orange juice and walnuts involved- it's practically a meal in a muffin).

They have a great balance of flavors, any one of them seems dominant when you focus on it, which I think means that they're all doing a good job. The crans are crazy tart. The muffins have an all over orange-y taste. There's almond extract, which is very prominent (that stuff is STRONG!), but in these, it's ok (generally I halve any almond extract called for in recipes b/c it is so overpowering). In this case, it adds a fullness that the muffins need b/c between the crans and oranges could get a bit too citrus/ tarty. Same with the nuts, they are an absolute must or- again- the muffin would be too high pitched. The nuts add a low end (forgive the music analogies- I am married to a music fella). All in all- they're really good.

The tops are nice- they have a light crunch to them b/c (the author says) of the juice in the recipe. I would still prefer blueberry over anything, but this is good to mix it up. It is also great as a fall muffin and would even be good during the holidays when you have family spending over to have these in the morning. They're super easy too, which is a plus, particularly at this time of year when you have enough to do :)