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The Best Banana Muffins

The Best Banana Muffins

The perfect treat for hungry little gardeners, and for lunch boxes. Since my kids decided to have a few packed lunches I have returned to the things we used to bake together when we were all at home full time, cheese scones and carrot and raisin muffins, but banana bread is my favourite thing to bake with kids, all that banana mashing is fun. We decided it tasted so much better as banana muffins rather than a loaf.

On Mondays my kids normally have swimming lessons, but they had become the thing we most dreaded in the week, so for the Summer we decided to take a break and spend the time after school gardening instead or crafting when it rains, which is where Red Ted Art’s book comes in. I find baking really therapeutic, well so long as the kitchen is tidy, which is rare in our house.

Making Banana Muffins

Achieving something in the garden or sitting round the table making or baking banana muffins is a million times more fun than arguing over hair washing, overheating by the poolside and getting grumpy that your teacher still hasn’t give you a 10 metres badge. Miss L totally surprised me when we were in Miami by swimming 16 lengths, yet watching her in her lessons I would have had no clue she could do that.

I am sure we will find a new swimming class in the Autumn and return to swimming invigorated, in the meantime, there is the garden, crafting and baking.

Tiger Feet Party sent us these cases, they have a fab range. What I loved is that they really kept their shape.

The Best Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins


100g butter, 225g self raising flour, 100g soft brown sugar, 150g raisins, 2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of runny honey, 3 bananas.


1, Rub the butter and flour together til they are like breadcrumbs.

2, Add the sugar and the raisins

3, Add the eggs and the runny honey and give it a good stir.

4, Take a small bowl and mash the bananas

5, Add the bananas to the flour, butter, egg and honey mixture.

6, Give it a stir

7, Fill up the tray of cake cases

8, Bake the banana muffins for 15 minutes at Gas Mark 4, 180 degrees C, 350 degrees F.

What’s your favourite thing to bake, and please tell me other people find swimming lessons as stressful as we do?



  1. 25/06/2014 / 10:30 am

    Oooh those muffins look scrumptious!! And your kitchen looks fabulous (wish mine was that tidy!!!), including that fabulous book 😉

    • The Alexander Residence
      25/06/2014 / 12:14 pm

      Maggy, photography is all about cropping 😉

    • The Alexander Residence
      26/06/2014 / 1:40 pm

      Oh Annie, we need to sort this oven thing out!

  2. Aly
    26/06/2014 / 12:33 pm

    Oh my Ladybird cake cases! My 6 year old would love those as she has a big thing for them.I haven’t baked at all since we moved to our house.I must get my bake on and do something this weekend.

    • The Alexander Residence
      26/06/2014 / 1:40 pm

      Baking always makes me feel more at home Aly 😉

  3. 26/06/2014 / 1:13 pm

    Oh this reminded me of being about 8 (back in my pre-gluten free days!) making banana muffins with a friend and we filmed ourselves making them as if were on our own cookery show- hilarious…! They look yummy and the cases are so cute! x

    • The Alexander Residence
      26/06/2014 / 1:41 pm

      Where is that video now though Katie, I so want to see it!

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