Best-Ever Banana Muffins

The little recipe that started it all!

I have a mania for muffins and this dog-eared recipe book proves it.  I caught the muffin bug in the 70’s, along with a penchant for calico skirts and truckin’ boots. I received  the book as a gift from a woman who I worked for and, truth be told (which is always a pretty good practice), I didn’t really care much for. But I do love muffins. I considered them a cure for all sorts of resentments. Still do.

Fair to say, it was a relationship which remained unresolved, but we survived, and I’ll always be grateful to her for the recipe book – and the life lesson: There is nothing that a little patience – and a lot of muffins – can’t fix.
3 large ripe bananas
3/4 c white sugar
1 slightly beaten egg
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
1/3 c melted butter

Mash bananas. Add sugar and slightly beaten egg. Add the melted butter. Add the dry ingredients. Mix until it is thoroughly moistened but not smooth. Bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes. Yum.


From: Muffin Mania -1982

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About Vicki

I’m a coach and consultant and in my spare time I like to cook and play house. I believe happy idleness is a purposeful pathway to a contented life. And I am happiest either in my pajamas or an apron – or both.


  1. One-cake Woman’s Favourite Recipe (chocolate of course)
    2 cups of sugar
    3 cups of white flour
    1/2 cup cocoa
    2 tsp baking powder
    2 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp salt

    1/2 cup oil
    2 tbsp white vinegar
    2 cups warm water
    2 tsp vanilla

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees, grease pan
    Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl
    Make 3 large holes in dry ingredients
    Add wet ingredients one at a time in same bowl
    Mix quickly until lumps gone and pour (Don’t mix too much)
    Bake for about 50 minutes (baking time varies, when cake pulls away from the sides it’s done)

  2. Julia Prange says:

    Too funny! Martha Prange (granddaughter of the author) has recently republished Muffin Mania. New cover, same recipes!


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