Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Elvis Muffins

We all know of Elvis Presley's affinity for peanut butter and banana sandwiches. I make a pretty mean version of that -- spread some honey on the bread first, then some peanut butter, then a mashed banana; put it all together, spread butter on the outside of the bread, and fry it up like a grilled cheese sandwich.

Warm, gooey, sweet, with just a little bit of protein to delude a girl into thinking that it will balance out the carbs and sugars -- ha!!! Jeremy loves them ... LOVES them. I haven't made these for a long, long time; I might have to indulge him, to make up for the extra hours at work these days. Yes, I can buy his affection with food.

One of the ways that I cope with stress is to cook and to bake. Other people rely upon drive-thrus and take-out when life gets busy; I decompress in the kitchen. And the other day, I had some bananas to use up. But instead of making plain ol' banana bread, I made Elvis Muffins.

I'm sure you can already guess the primary ingredients in these beauties: peanut butter and banana. But there's whole wheat flour to make them more nutritious, and a sprinkling of honey-roasted peanuts on top "just 'cause."

They're easy to make, they were apparently quite the hit with Tom's co-workers when he brought some in to share, and the house smells amazing as they bake. These muffins are just "A Big Hunk o' Love."

Elvis Muffins

1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
3 medium bananas, mashed
1 cup unbleached white flour
3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup honey-roasted peanuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 350F. Fill a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.

In a large bowl, combine the butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Stir in the eggs, one at a time. Stir in the bananas. Add the white flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; mix well. Divide batter among the lined cups. Sprinkle tops of muffins with the chopped peanuts.

Bake for 25 minutes or so, until a tester comes out clean.



Nicole said...

Dear God in Heaven.. sounds DIVINE.

Rachel (Diary of a Recovering Chocoholic) said...

Those sound great!

I once had an "Elvis Sandwich" that had, peanutbutter, bananas, honey,and bacon and was grilled like a grilled cheese. It was yummy, but talk about fat and calories!

Heather S-G said...

Love it, Mary! I love a good Elvis sammich from time to time...great idea to roll it all into a muffin. Guess I'll probably have to try this now...otherwise I won't stop thinking about them (thanks for that) ;) ...and thanks for sharing them with Two for Tuesdays this week!

Cranberry Morning said...

Warm, gooey, sweet, with just a little bit of protein to delude a girl into thinking that it will balance out the carbs and sugars Oh yeah, been there. :-) Such delicious delusion. :-)

Ott, A. said...

Wow, what a unique flavor combination. You should get bonus points for coming up with such a creative name.

Medifast Diet Review said...

Great Elvis muffins, too funny to actually call them that.

Meg O. said...

I have got to try this. ASAP.

Yenta Mary said...

Bacon in an Elvis sandwich??? OMG, I can practically feel my heart seizing with delight ... :)

The mad woman behind the blog said...

Oh my. Yeah, this is on the to do list. Oh my Elvis, yum yum yum.

Thank you thank you thank you.

Beth Zimmerman said...

How on earth do you stay so stinkin tiny?

Yenta Mary said...

Beth, I have a couple of secrets: 1) bring treats to work, 2) send treats to others' work places, 3) give birth to a son who will eventually invite his buddies over so that they can all join in the effort to eat everything that isn't tied down ... :)

a moderate life said...

Yenta baby! Yep, me too, stress makes me want to create something so satisfying and then I feel so accomplished, the stress melts away with each delicious bite of my creation! These look wonderful and GOD elvis was such a talent! thanks for sharing on the two for tuesday recipe blog hop! :) Alex@amoderatelife

Team Chastain said...

Whoa...these are going into my "to make" file, for sure! I am the biggest peanut butter fiend on earth. :)
Tomorrow I am baking Coconut Lime cupcakes with White Chocolate frosting...pray for my waist. :)
I'm taking them to a board meeting, so hopefully that will keep me from eating them all. Hahaha!

Unknown said...

I just have to try these. Thanks for sharing. Came on Welcome Wednesday, please follow back.

Dania said...

I'm so sorry I haven't left comments over the past several weeks, but that doesn't mean I wasn't reading.

I've actually had these exact same muffins (nuts and all). My mom used to make them all the time, but se never mentioned Elvis athough she was obsessed with him.

I will absolutely have to make these. I know everyone will love them here.

Christy said...

Yippee - a little elvis with breakfast - yum!!! LOL thanks for linking this to Two for Tuesdays!

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