Glazed Orange Banana Muffins

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Another banana muffin recipe??? Ho Humm…N.O.T. !!! Healthier Ingredients ✔ Moist ✔ Delicious ✔ Orange Flavor ✔ If you like oranges and have extra ripe bananas sitting on your counter, stop everything and make these muffins ~ NOW!!!

If you are not a fan of banana muffins, these Glazed Orange Banana Muffins do not taste like banana ~ lots of orange flavor from the zest in the muffin and the orange juice in the glaze. Give these muffins a try and you might be surprised that you love them!

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This recipe is was inspired by Ina Garten’s “Old Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting” but my version is lightened up quite a bit with whole wheat flour, less sugar, coconut oil, greek yogurt and a nice orange glaze instead of a thick cream cheese icing. I also turned them into nice portable muffins instead of a cake.

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I love citrus flavors but my husband does not, so I used half the orange zest in the muffin and half the orange juice in the glaze but feel free to use the zest of one orange and 2 tbsp of orange juice for the glaze if you and your family are orange lovers.  By the way, my husband never noticed the orange flavor…my lips are sealed until he reads this post 🙂  My NEW favorite way to use up overripe bananas.  Hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

NOTE:  You could also add a cup of chocolate chips to create an amazing orange chocolate muffin! How many of you love that combination!! 

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Glazed Orange Banana Muffins

  • Servings: Makes 12 muffins
  • Difficulty: Easy
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“With healthier ingredients, these moist, orange flavored muffins with the most delicious orange glaze are so good you won’t be able to stop eating them”

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2 ripe bananas, mashed
½ cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar, not packed
½ cup melted coconut oil
2 extra large eggs, room temperature
½ cup plain greek yogurt
1 tsp vanilla
Grated Zest of one orange
1 cup white flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp sea salt
1 tsp baking powder
½ cup walnuts, chopped
12 walnut pieces (for decorating)

Glaze
1 cup icing sugar
2 TBSP orange juice

Preparation:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line muffin tin with muffin liners. Set aside.
2.  In a mixing bowl, mix bananas and sugars on low speed until combined.  On low speed, mix in the oil, eggs, yogurt, vanilla and orange zest.  Mix until smooth.
3.  In separate bowl, sift together the flours, baking soda, salt and baking powder. With mixer on low, slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients.  Mix just until combined.  Stir in the walnuts and mix just until combined.
4.  Using an ice cream scoop, add scoops of batter to your muffin liners, fill to almost the tops of the muffin liners.  Bake for 18 – 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Remove from muffin tin and cool on a cooling rack.
5.  Once cooled, mix the icing sugar and orange juice until smooth.  Dunk the top of each muffin into the glaze mixture, allowing the excess glaze to drip off.  Decorate each muffin with a walnut piece.  Enjoy!

NOTE:  Add a cup of chocolate chips if you like the orange / chocolate combination! Really who doesn’t! 

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Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

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Grilled Egg Pepper Cups

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Nostalgic days at the cabin….what memories 🙂

I have some great childhood memories of going to the cabin ~ my grandparents, both sets, each had a cabin on Salmonier Pond in Newfoundland. They were within skipping distance of each other and I have amazing memories of being there, every summer, with cousins, aunts and uncles, and of course, my grandparents!

The fun we had swimming, boating, exploring and playing games while the adults played horseshoes and then cards late at night!  We slept in bunk beds, ate hot dogs, roasted marshmallows, caught minnows in the stream, drank pineapple pop, swimming in water so cold it turned our lips blue and we still didn’t want to get out.…I’m smiling as I write this as more and more memories are remembered ~ what I wouldn’t give to be there now. Such carefree days when we were free to explore and just be kids 🙂

As you embark on your May 2 – 4 weekend, remember to make memories that your children will remember and reflect on with a smile and hopefully they will pass that tradition on to their children!

Here is a quick little recipe to enjoy this weekend! Super easy, healthy and no cleanup…add everything to the pepper cup, give a little stir, and put it on the bbq.  A great recipe that uses any leftovers – ham, mushrooms, onions, bacon, veggies –  and O.M.G….SO TASTY!

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Grilled Egg Pepper Cups (each pepper serves 1)

PRINTABLE RECIPE

  • Peppers (red, green, orange, yellow – 1 pepper per person)
  • 1 TBSP grated cheese, any flavor (per pepper)
  • 1 TBSP diced meat (ham, crumbled bacon, sausage, steak) optional (per pepper)
  • 2 eggs per pepper (per pepper)
  • 1 tsp chopped herbs (parsley, basil, cilantro, chives) (per pepper)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Preheat grill to medium heat, about 350 degrees. Grease grill.

Cup ½ inch off the top of each pepper.  Removed seeds and membranes. Save the tops of the peppers.

(I used a foil pan to make it easier to move the peppers to the bbq ~ Discovered that it is a great idea to leave the peppers in the foil tray to cook on the bbq as the peppers get a little tipsy when they soften and cook!!)

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For each pepper, add 2 eggs, 1 TBSP grated cheese, 1 TBSP diced meat, 1 tsp herb.  Gently stir with a fork to mix together. Replace pepper tops.

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Turn off one section of your bbq and carefully place peppers on the grill over the indirect heat (the area that you turned off ~ I put mind directly in the middle of the bbq). Close the lid and cook until peppers are tender and egg mixture is set and slightly puffed up, approximately 30 – 35 minutes. Serve with some fruit and whole wheat toast for a great nutritious meal!

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NOTE:  To make smaller portions, just cut the pepper in half length wise and you get 2 pepper cups instead of one.  Follow recipe as above.

Enjoy!

WOULD LOVE TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR CAMPING ADVENTURES AND TRADITIONS!  LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW! 🙂

Loving this Life Living “Around the Bay” ~ DD

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