Monday, August 25, 2014

SRC: Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

I am one of those people who always has bananas in the house.  My boys go through them like monkeys at the zoo, so I very rarely have overly ripe bananas laying around.  But, on the rare occasions I do I take advantage of it and quickly pull one of my bookmarked banana recipes out and run to the kitchen.
I had been craving a banana baked good for quite sometime.  I came across these banana cream cheese muffins on Hapa-tite, my assignment for this month's Secret Recipe Club.  It was like the planets aligned; I found a delicious recipe I wanted to make just in time for the swap and I had some ripe bananas on hand.  It was meant to be!

I love banana baked good, but throw cream cheese in the mix and well, you've got a match made in heaven. Cream cheese is a staple in my kitchen and I love adding to to various recipes to enhance and change up the flavor just a bit.  The cream cheese adds a richness as well as a slight tang to the recipe and it's flavor really plays up and compliments the banana flavor in this muffin.
These muffins turned out amazing.  I added brown and white sugar to give it a molasses-y flavor.  I left the bananas slightly chunky so bits would be evident throughout the muffin.  These are moist, packed full of flavor and the perfect use for those ripe bananas you have sitting on your counter!  Make some of these for your crew today and they can enjoy them for a quick and delicious breakfast throughout the rest of the week!

Banana Cream Cheese Muffins

6 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
4 Oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 Cup sugar
1/2 Cup brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling (if desired)
1 Egg
1 Cup (2-3) bananas, smashed but still with chunks
1/4 Tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups flour
1/4 Tsp baking soda
1/4 Tsp baking powder
1/4 Tsp salt


Preheat oven to 350.  Line a muffin tin with liners and set aside.

Place butter and cream cheese in a large bowl and beat on high until combined and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add both sugars and beat on high until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.  Add egg and mix to combine. Add vanilla and bananas and mix until just incorporated.  Lastly, add the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and mix until just combined.

Fill muffin tin 2/3 full.  Sprinkle with brown sugar, if desired.  Place in preheated oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown and toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Remove and enjoy.

Recipe source: barely adapted from Hapa-tite, originally from The Sweetest Kitchen


SallyBR said...

What adorable photos! Love the cupcake liners, so perfect for this recipe!

great post!

Happy Reveal Monday!

Rebekah Hills said...

Oh how I do love banana muffins - I will definitely have to give these little treats a try soon! Great pick this month! :)

Karen S Booth said...

It seems as if muffins were on both our minds as I also made mufins for my SRC pick this month too! Yours look amazing!

nicole said...

Your cupcake liners are so cute & I love the photos! Thanks for stopping by and picking this recipe.

Jess @ Flying on Jess Fuel said...

I rarely have brown bananas either. I finally had some yesterday and actually made some banana bread last night. Silly me, I should have waited until after the SRC reveal!! These look amazing and I definitely need to try them!

Melissa @ Fried Ice and Donut Holes said...

With school starting back up next week, these muffins would make perfect portable breakfast for the mornings! Great pick this month :)

Wendy Klik said...

We love muffins around here and I haven't made them in a while. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lauren Everson said...

Beautiful photography!

Sarah E. said...

MMMM! I love banana baked goods too :) I bet that cream cheese makes it just out of the world delicious. Happy Reveal Day!

Avril said...

Lynsey I love everything about this post! Those muffins look sooooo good! - great idea to not mash the bananas completely to allow for some chunks to remain. I also just love the table cloth or napkins you have used as part of your display for the pictures. VERY pretty!! Happy SRC Reveal Day! :-)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

Hmmm, I have a couple of bananas in the fruit bowl right now that are a little past their best. I foresee muffins in my future.

Karen Kerr said...

Almost like cheesecake muffins! I love your photos and cupcake liners. Very cute.

Emily said...

My bananas have been turning so quickly lately. Kind of a good thing because I love baking with them. These muffins look fantastic. Happy Reveal Day!

Lyubomira L said...

I must try these! It's been hard to find a good banana muffin recipe, but I like this one since it has cream cheese in it.

Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious said...

I am like you, I ALWAYS have ripe bananas in the bowl. Perfect SRC pick just for ME!

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