Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

adapted from Deceptively Delicious

Makes 12 muffins

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 15-20 minutes

Cost: $1.55 or about $.13/muffin

(sugar: .15, peanut butter: .45, carrot puree: .50, banana: .15, egg: .10, flour: .20)

Note: You can make your own purees if you wish, but I admit that I am usually (um, okay, always) too lazy for this and tend to buy mine in baby food (or canned form in the case of pumpkin). In this recipe I use one 4-oz jar of pureed baby food carrots. 

1/2 C packed brown sugar (divided)

1/2 C creamy peanut butter

1/2 C carrot puree (about one 4-oz jar baby food carrots)

1/2 C mashed banana (about 1 large ripe banana)

1 egg

1 C whole wheat flour

1 scant tsp baking powder

1 scant tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

a handful of chocolate chips if you're of weak character

Preheat oven 350 degrees. 

In large bowl, mix 1/4 C brown sugar with peanut butter, carrot puree and mashed banana. Add egg and mix. 

Add flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir to mix until just combined. Don't overmix it or your muffins will be tough. Add remaining 1/4 C brown sugar (and chocolate chips if using). Mix this just a turn or two. You don't even want it incorporated. You want to see some stripes of lovely brown sugar. This will give it a sugarier, crispier top. 

Put batter in muffin tins and bake until toothpick comes out clean, about 15-20 minutes. 

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