Strawberry Banana Cream Cheese Microwave Muffins

21 Apr

strawberrybananamuffins001My best purchase, recently, has been a set of silicone muffin-cups.  They’re safe for microwave use as well as oven use, and the Rum Double Chocolate Microwave Brownies come out like a dream, with them. Using them is much, much more convenient than using a mug, too.  Anyway, I’ve been doing more experimentation with microwave ‘baking’, using them.  In one round, I made the brownie recipe but added about half a cup of chopped kumquat I had left over from the salsa, and let me tell you, dark chocolate, coconut rum, and kumquats? Great pairing.  In the next, I could no longer find kumquats in my neighborhood, so bought a carton of strawberries instead, and made a rum-less version to use up some milk chocolate chips I wanted to get rid of.  That variation was a bit too sweet for my tastes, but they seemed to go over well at work.

Anyway, all of this left me with most of a carton of strawberries to use up before they went bad, and then someone gave me a couple of bananas, which I don’t usually eat on their own.  I decided to kill two birds with one stone and whip up something using both fruits.  Google, as usual, led me to a helpful recipe, and I figured I might as well discover whether an oven-baking recipe would work in the microwave as well.

(Spoiler alert: It did.)

Ingredients

1/2 cup melted butter (unsalted)
3/4 cup organic cane sugar
2 tbsp fruit syrup (I used pomegranate)
1 cup ripe strawberries, chopped
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 cup cream cheese
2 & 1/4 cups wheat flour
1 & 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Start by melting the butter and letting it come to room temperature.  In a large bowl, mix the butter and sugar into a smooth blend.  Add the fruit syrup and chopped strawberries, stirring well.

strawberrybananamuffins002In a medium bowl, add the eggs, vanilla, mashed bananas, and cream cheese and beat together until the cream cheese is more or less evenly dispersed.  Add these ingredients to the strawberry mixture in the first bowl and mix well.

Sift the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt together in another bowl, then add to the wet ingredients.  Mix only enough to combine into a very sticky dough/batter.

Fill silicon muffin cups about 3/4ths full. Microwave 2 cups at a time. Start by microwaving on high for one minute, move/rotate the cups, then microwave an additional 30-40 seconds.  Muffins should slide out pretty easily when the cup is upended.  If they seem sticky, try another 10 seconds in the microwave.  Be careful not to overcook, or the muffins will have crunchy/hard patches inside.

Recipe makes about 24 cupcake-sized muffins.

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2 Responses to “Strawberry Banana Cream Cheese Microwave Muffins”

  1. Texas April 21, 2013 at 2:41 am #

    What about the microwave power? Any idea?

    • oddvocado April 21, 2013 at 2:45 am #

      High power. Pretty sure it’s a standard 1000 watt oven.

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