Banana Pancake Muffins

Eggs. Flour. Sugar. Banana. The foundations for a great banana muffin sit on the shelves of Paws & Go. But it’s all a tease! They don’t sell baking powder or baking soda. Muffins don’t work without leavening agents! Muffins ain’t matzah.

I stood staring at the shelves, discouraged and upset.

When I was 10 (ish) I went to a Mets game and sat two rows above the dugout. For the whole first half, I kept my brown leather mitt on my left hand, ready to catch the fly ball I knew was coming my way. But it started to get sweaty in there and I wanted a drink so I slipped the mitt off. About three minutes later, a ball soared past the first baseman, bounced off the top of the dugout, and popped right over my head. I was so close.

The lack of leavening agent spawned a comparable level of disappointment. I’d spent all day dreaming about the banana muffin I’d decided to make. I’d named it. Loved it. Grown attached.

I was so close. So close but no muffin.

That’s when I spotted the pancake mix. Pancakes, I realized, have baking powder and baking soda in them to make them fluffy. Pancake mix, I realized, can replace the leavening agent and flour in a recipe. Aunt Jemima always comes to the rescue.

The resulting banana muffins are basically portable pancakes. They taste mostly like banana and a little bit like pancakes and a lot like happiness.

Click here for the recipe

The great thing about this recipe is that it begs for variations. I mixed up some more batter, omitted the banana, doubled up on the cinnamon, and added a spoonful of apple butter and it came out as equally delicious.

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