Peanut Butter Banana Muffins [no egg]

Banana pb muffins

Back in September, I ran a half marathon at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, PA with my friend Alaina and her friend Maggie. I had meant to post this recipe right away, but somehow it got lost in the shuffle and forgotten about for several months. Since we were traveling for this race, and since we were going to have to leave the hotel very early to get to the race (I'm talking 4am), I wanted to bring something that we could enjoy for a pre-race breakfast. Collectively, one of our favorite things to eat before a run is a banana with some peanut butter, so I wanted to incorporate those flavors into a something portable, like a muffin. Since I had no eggs in the fridge, a quick google search for no-egg banana muffins brought me to this recipe. Sounded good! After baking them up and letting them cool, I wrapped them and put them into a "good luck" box for each of my friends. In the box, I included the muffin for breakfast, a Luna bar for a snack, and a bottle of beer to enjoy post-race. Of course, I brought extras of all of those things, especially since our guys were nice enough to come with us, wake up early with us to drive us to the park, and wait around during the race for us, cheering us on for the 2 seconds it took for us to pass them and the 2-hours or so that it took for us to finish! (I promise that we'll try to find a race a little closer to home this year, guys!)

1/3 cup Applesauce
1 cup Sugar
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1 teaspoon Salt
1-2 teaspoons Vanilla
3 Bananas (very ripe), mashed
Peanut Butter Chips

Line a muffin tin with paper liners (alternatively, grease an 8x4 loaf pan). In a large bowl, mix together the applesauce, sugar, and vanilla. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt, and stir to combine. Blend in the mashed bananas. Stir in a handful of peanut butter chips. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter into each of the wells of the muffin tin. Bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean (if making bread in a loaf pan, bake for about an hour)

SOURCE: Barely adapted from The Fresh Loaf

Good luck box

the "good luck" box