What do you do with a nephew who is allergic to nuts suddenly in his teenaged years? You can’t return them for cash at that point — the warranty has expired. I have tried adding millet before to muffins when I was on a millet kick, courtesy of my acupuncturist, and found the crunch very satisfying. To liven up these banana muffins which are mostly brown sugar, I threw in even more millet. Success! These were the moistest-ass muffins I have ever tasted. A big hit. I thought about calling them “Banana Upside Down Muffins” because they reminded me of pineapple upside down cake but they aren’t upside down. I can get literal when I’m baking.
Now if I could come up with a solution to my nephew’s supposed cat allergy, we could all be happy, especially the kitten we are sitting this summer for a friend.
Banana Brown Sugar Millet Moist Muffins
One large or two small bananas, mashed and soaked overnight in…
1 cup Triple Sec or other booze
1 1/2 cups Bisquick (I used lowfat)
1 pinch sea salt
1/2 cup neutral tasting oil such as canola
3/4 cup uncooked millet
1 cup brown sugar plus more for topping
1 or 2 tablespoons cinnamon and white sugar for topping
Mash a banana or two all the way and soak in the tipple of your choice overnight.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Combine mashed banana and booze, oil, sugar and the egg. Add the pinch of salt and then the flour and millet. Be careful to fold the ingredients together — no over mixing or your muffins will be tough!
Oil and/or flour a muffin tin of your choice or use muffin papers.
Put a couple of tablespoons of batter in each cup. Mine didn’t rise much and I filled almost to the top. Sprinkle each raw muffin with more brown sugar and some cinnamon and white sugar mixture (you should have this on hand for emergency cinnamon toast anyway).
Bake for about 20 – 25 minutes until a toothpick to the center of the largest muffin comes out clean. I got a dozen muffins out of this batter but you might do better. The brown sugar and the banana combine delightfully to create a caramelized muffin with big, moist crumbs. Try it and tell me if they remind you of upside down cake.