You know those mornings when you want that sweet donut but also the salty bacon, maybe a croissant, and then some fruit because you’re obviously trying to be healthy? Or is that only me? I just want ALL the flavors ALL the time. Is that too much to ask?! No, it’s not. So I threw some savory/sweet goodness into a muffin and called it breakfast. Add a cup o’ coffee and a couple dollops of butter, and you’ve got a good morning.
|I could have eaten a bowl of just this. #NoShame|
Another little tip to follow- do not over stir the batter! Stir the mixture until it’s just barely mixed, about 10 seconds, then add the bananas and bacon and fold the batter until it’s all incorporated. This will give you a deliciously fluffy muffin. Trust me, if you’re anything like me (Type A), you’ll want to stir out every last lump. Practice some self control, put down the spatula, and thank yourself later.
Caramelized Bacon & Banana Muffins
- 8 slices thick-cut bacon
- 1/2 C. brown sugar
- 2 ripe bananas, sliced
- 2 C. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 C. sugar
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 tblsp. baking powder
- 1 C. milk
- 1/4 C. softened butter
- 2 large eggs
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Lay the slices of bacon on a baking sheet. Spoon the brown sugar evenly on top of each slice of bacon. (There’s no science to this part, it may require a little more or a little less brown sugar). Bake the bacon for 10-12 minutes, or until crispy. Check it every few minutes so it doesn’t go from crispy to burnt!
- When the bacon is done, set it aside to cool, and turn the oven up to 500 degrees.
- Peel and slice the bananas, and roughly chop the cooled caramelized bacon into bite-sized pieces.
- In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
- With a hand mixer, beat together the milk, butter, and eggs until they’re light.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and use a whisk or a fork to beat them together (remember the tip, don’t over stir!). When the mixture is about halfway incorporated, fold in the bananas and bacon pieces and combine it all a little more.
- Fill cups of a lightly-greased muffin pan about two-thirds of the way full. Place the muffins in the oven and immediately turn the temperature down to 400 degrees (this will give the muffins those perfect rounded tops). Bake the muffins for about 15-20 minutes.
|Breakfast in bed, please.|