My dad loves to give me and my brother food. My move to NC was no different. He packed up 2 jars of peanut butter, crackers, some variety of mini oranges, bagel chips, apples, cashews, some other stuff, and bananas. A day in the car and a couple more sitting on the counter while I unpacked did not favor the bananas very well. That meant I was forced to made a banana based baked good. Muffins sounded like just the thing for Tuesday morning when I had to get up early for the cable guys and to make my house smell good in case it smelled like I had gone through a head of garlic in five days.... which I had. (I know; I have a problem.)
Also, dinosaurs are fun. And my dinosaur muffin pan is the coolest piece of bake ware I own. They are bigger than normal muffins so that's a plus. Not to mention that my husband starts chanting "D-I-N-O-S-A-U-R a dinosaur!!!" every time I use it. (Oh, yeah... the hubs knows his Ke$ha.)
Banana Cashew Muffins
2 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1 egg, beaten
1/4 C half and half
1/4 C melted butter
2 Tbsp veg oil
1 Tbsp orange juice
1/2 tsp orange zest
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg (optional)
2 bananas, coarsely mashed
1 C roughly chopped cashews
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt
Combine egg, 1/2 and 1/2, butter, oil, orange juice, zest, vanilla and nutmeg. Mix bananas into egg and milk mixture.
Form a well in dry ingredients. Add wet mixture. Slowly work together. Fold in cashews. Be careful not to over-mix.
Lightly spray muffin pan. Fill 3/4 full.
Bake 350 deg F for 18-22 minutes for regular muffin pan. 22-25 minutes for dino-pan. At minimum bake time, test muffins. Insert tooth pick into center of a muffin; if it comes out clean, they are done.
Makes 12 [regular] muffins.