Cherry Banana Muffins

Cherry Banana Muffins


Snow days are my favorite days. Waking up in the morning with bated breath, hoping that the weather man underestimated his totals, and peering out the window to (if you are lucky) a beautiful landscape of white. After a leisurely (but not too leisurely breakfast), heading outside for sledding, building snow creatures (or forts, because who can be limited to just snow people?), playing snow football, and forging paths through the knee high mountains of flakes, all before returning inside to drink hot chocolate by a warm fire with a pile of books (at least that’s how it worked before children) and, of course, baking something delicious. If the oven isn’t on (after all, you do need the extra heat in the house), you are missing an essential portion of the day.

These muffins are the result of several years of enjoyment (and tweaking) and we recently discovered what I think might be the finalized version on a very snowy day. I found this recipe while still in college and was attracted to how filling (and healthy!) they are. Over the years, I’ve subbed out the dried fruit trying mango, raisins, craisins, and apricots, before landing on cherries. I cut the nuts from the original recipe (simply because they are a choking hazard for a one year old and I was feeling too lazy to throw them in the food processor) and added vanilla (after all, don’t all baked goods need vanilla?)

I recommend a side of hot coffee and, if you are feeling fancy, scrambled eggs and fresh fruit, when enjoying these muffins on a snow day. However, given how quickly they come together, they are also a good weekday breakfast-to-go all on their own.

Cherry Banana Muffins
Adapted from Cooking Light, July 2007

1 c whole wheat flour
1/2 c all purpose flour
1/2 c oats
3/4 c light brown sugar
1 t wheat germ
2 t baking soda
2 bananas, mashed
1 c plain non-fat yogurt
1 egg
1 t vanilla
1/2 c dried cherries, finely chopped

Preheat oven to 350°. Place liners in muffin pans.

In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Once well mixed, create a well in the middle of the mixture.

In a medium bowl, add all wet ingredients and stir well. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Fold in dried cherries.

Bake for 25 minutes and remove from oven. Serve hot or cold with butter, apple butter, or nothing at all.

Makes 15-18 muffins.

4 thoughts on “Cherry Banana Muffins

  1. Johanna,

    Ellie is spending a little time here with us and when I read your recipe aloud, she said, “ohhhh, sounds good!” P said, “I can eat that some morning!”…, looks like I may be making these tomorrow morning! Luckily, I have 2 ripe bananas on hand, along with dried cherries and wheat germ (for homemade granola, Meredith style!). Can just picture you and Will and Charlotte playing in the snow! Hope we get a little bit more before it is all over….always nice to get REAL winter weather, even if for just a little bit!

    p.s. Believe it or not, I think P wants me to add chocolate chips! I’ll let you know how they turn out….maybe you’ve tried this already.


    1. Anne, I love picturing all of this happening around your kitchen table! And, I agree with P, chocolate chips would be a great addition. Do let me know how they turn out.

      And agreed! We too would love more snow! We spent a good portion of the afternoon sledding with Charlotte, who laughed at the bottom every time. Stay warm tomorrow!


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