Nillanana Muffins

Did you know that muffins are girl food?  This according to my darling five year old who just recently noticed that I’m the only “girl” in the house.  He now deems almost anything that I enjoy, “girl” food.  So anytime that I decide that I should make muffins, I’m left being solely responsible for their subsequent delicious demolition.  How can that be?  Doesn’t everyone like muffins?  It’s basically cake in breakfast form.

Being the ever so clever mom-type that I am I added a little more vanilla and sprinkled these gently with rainbow confections to trick his adorable mind into subconsciously believing these might just be as good as cupcakes.  Sprinkles, yes, so simple yet oh so very powerful. I think I could sprinkle them onto almost anything and suddenly my darling five year old would be at the mercy of their calling.  It’s nutrition incognito, but I’ve yet to test that hypothesis.  You know what also helps, is that I told him he wasn’t allowed to have any.  You’d be surprised how well it worked.  Simple reverse psychology yielded an almost instant desire that percolated within him….he HAD TO have that muffin.  After only a few minutes of cajoling, I “reluctantly” allowed him to have one.  Now who doesn’t like muffins?  That’s right….nobody.

Nillanana Muffins

  • 1 3/4 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 3 very ripened bananas, thoroughly mashed
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • rainbow sprinkles


Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and butter or spray a twelve cup full size muffin pan.  Whisk together in a large bowl, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  In medium bowl, whisk together eggs, butter, bananas and vanilla.  Gently and without overmixing, fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Note that the batter after folding should be a bit lumpy, do not mix until smooth, unless you like your muffins like rubber tires.  Drop batter evenly into prepared muffin pan and sprinkle rainbow sprinkles on top of each muffin before baking.  Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick comes clean from center of muffins. Place muffin tin on a wire rack to cool for five minutes before removing muffins from pan.  Serve warm or at room temperature.


Adapted from: source
02 September, 2011

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29 thoughts on “Nillanana Muffins

  1. i was thinking while reading your post … well, if no one wants these gorgeous muffins I’ll take them, just to do you a favor.
    Now, after finishing reading whole post, i’m getting hungry and no muffins to eat since your 5 yr old ate them :(

  2. I kind of already knew that muffins were girl food :) I mean, they’re individual-sized which has a high cute factor. They’re sweet (like a girl) and they smell really good (also girly.) I think your 5-year old is on to something!


  3. That’s funny….must answer the call of the sprinkles! I always find it fascinating that kids will order foods by color! They want the PINK ice-cream or the PURPLE donut! GREEN? Not so much….

  4. Funny how sprinkles can make all the difference! They are eye catching and bring you back to your childhood days. To me they are like a food magnet.
    You did a great job with that muffin. Sometimes it is nice to let one flavor just shine by iteself. Great post!

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