1.10.2010

Banana and toasted pecan pancake muffins

Do you ever find yourself awake when you really ought to be sleeping and your mind goes straight to your blog? You think of the most smashing idea (in your own weary, sleep deprived brain) for your next post and you can hardly keep yourself from jumping out of bed that very instant and whipping up a batch of whatever it is. This was me last night. I couldn't wait for the sun to pop out so I could give these a try!

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They were every bit as scrumptious and fun as I imagined they would be.

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If you are tired of your basic ho-hum pancake recipe on the weekends, I strongly encourage you to give these a try! You can definitely mix and match ingredients to put big smiles on you and/or your loved one's sleepy faces.

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I chose to go with bananas and toasted pecans.

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I also used whole wheat pastry flour and agave nectar in this mix of goodness.

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Banana and Toasted Pecan Pancake Muffins
by theUngourmet

Makes 12 muffins

1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
4 tbsp melted butter (cooled to room temp)
1 ripe mashed banana
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 cup milk

Topping

1 sliced banana
1/2 cup toasted chopped pecans
maple syrup (if desired)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray oil a muffin pan. In a large bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Whisk to combine. In a smaller bowl combine the eggs, butter, mashed banana, vanilla, agave, and milk. Stir well. Add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and give it a good stir.

Fill muffin cups about 3/4 full. Top each with a slice of banana and a bit of the pecans. Place into the oven for about 15 minutes. Serve warm with maple syrup.

OH. SO. GOOD! We had a few left over so I'll reheat them for the kid's breakfast before school tomorrow.

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Hope all of you have a terrific week!

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45 comments:

Fresh Local and Best said...

This is a neat recipe! I've been looking to bake with agave nectar more often, this looks great!

NYCGAL said...

Thanks!! My hubby will love this recipe. So would I but can't blow my diet :D

HoneyB said...

These look so delicious Kim! I just bought some agave nectar and I am going to have to try these!

BarbaraJean said...

Hmm. Sounds so good I just might have to give them a try... next weekend!

Rhiannon Banda-Scott said...

ok GOT to try these! that one photo is PERFECT!

noble pig said...

You are truly the muffin girl. These look fantastic!

Chow and Chatter said...

looks awesome and love your pics,

Jenn said...

genius!! I've had that happen to me before too, but I ended up forgetting about it the next day. haha...

These are the perfect breakfast muffins right now. A combination of two things that I like. ;-D

Ms Bibi said...

That looks out of this world. Good thing I just had my dinner.

Claudia said...

I keep agave nectar around - I also keep bananas and pecans about - so this is a must do! Scrumptious.

love lives in the kitchen said...

lovely... i want one of these right now (for my second breakfast today, hehe)
have a sweet day,
justyna

Bellini Valli said...

Serving muffins straight from the oven with maple syrop is a stroke of pure genius. I hope I remember that!!!

jacqueline said...

Dear Kim, this looks yummieee! Oh and i am loving your lovely blog lots!

I know that feeling too well...waking up and my mind jus go straight to my little bubble space filled with idea and things to share. :)

Thank you so much for visiting me at my little bubble space and for your lovely merry happy birthday wishes! Made me so happy and so glad you pop by for i found a new friend to visit. :)

Have a lovely merry happy start of the week and love to you!

Katy ~ said...

Shaking my head in incredulity... These look amazing.

TKW said...

YUM! These are pretty darn healthy for a delicious muffin!

Pam said...

These look so delicious - I just happen to have some ripe bananas and a huge bag of pecans to use up.

CookiePie said...

MMMMMM - banana pancakes you can take on the go - perfect! Thanks for sharing!

A Year on the Grill said...

so pretty, and the extra syrup on the top must really make for an amazing dish!!!

Joanne said...

These are a fantastic idea! I have a jar of agave nectar in my closet that I need to use up. I see some pancake muffins in my future.

And yes, I toss and turn at night while thinking about blog posts.

teresa said...

i totally know what you mean. my best ideas always come right as i'm about to drift off. i'm so glad you posted this, they look fantastic!

The Blonde Duck said...

I've got ripe bananas to use too!!!

Mary said...

These really look terrific! I can't wait to give them a try.

Faith said...

Kim, pancakes in muffin form is a great idea! It completely eliminates having to stand over them and wait to flip...I'll have to try this!

pigpigscorner said...

It looks delicious and certainly healthy! Have to give this a go!

WhisperingWriter said...

Yum. I'm drooling over here.

Catherine said...

Those muffins look great Kim, perfect with a cup of coffee!

Sook said...

This looks amazing!!

Michelle said...

OH MY Goodness! Your muffins looks absolutely fantastic! Love the toasted pecans! What a fab idea.

Stacy said...

Yum yum yum! I love pecans and the flavors here are delicious!

Sophie said...

I agree, ...so good & good for you too!

These look marvellous,...Thanks to your brain!

doggybloggy said...

great photos - looks like you are sitting in an english garden...

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Delish! I love how healthy they are too.

5 Star Foodie said...

I love the idea of pancake muffins and these sound super delicious with bananas and pecans, yum!

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

I like the fact that you use wheat flour... I kinda want to start using it more, but am scared of it because every time I've used it whatever I was baking didn't raise. Is pastry flour different than regular wheat flour?

Juliana said...

Wow, like your "pancake/muffins", and like the idea of using agave :-) What a nice treat for breakfast!

koralee said...

Yum...what a grand idea I love the yummy topping. And yes..I tend to get my best ideas in the middle of the night. What is that all about I wonder? xo

Kristin said...

I think I've proclaimed my love of all things of banana before, but if I haven't....I LOVE BANANA EVERYTHING. Those sound delicious!

Cathy said...

You are the muffin queen, Kim. These look fantastic. Love bananas and pecans. Terrific photos!

Koek! said...

Yum! Those look SO delicious...

Randi Troxell said...

i really wish i could just live with you.. that is, as long as you will cook for me... lol, just kidding!!!

these look awesome!!

Melanie said...

I found your blog through Two Peas and am glad I followed the link! These muffins look fantastic and I found myself chuckling at your opening line because I do the same thing.

Can't wait to look around!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

UH YEAHHHHHHHHHH!! Why do you not weigh 8000 lbs? You're so adorable and make all this fabulous stuff ~ right on, mama! ♥

Cinnamon-Girl Reeni♥ said...

I love the name of these! I wouldn't be able to sleep knowing these were going to be in the works for breakfast. I'd be up at the crack of dawn. They look so very delicious!

spike. said...

those sound great! I'm on a huge banana kick right now

s said...

wow!! this is such a swell recipe....looks so tempting

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