I Can Has Muffins?

If you are a WordPress blogowner, you can’t open your dashboard for weeks without seeing this site at the top of the list.

It’s kind of a fun whimsy site with some cute kitty pics, but it’s the nonsensical name that catches my eye — makes me think I’m a kid again with the “I can has” bit… so, I can has muffins?

I can haz muffins?

I saw these banana pistachio muffins on Shammi’s wonderful blog,
Food In The Main. As I said in my comment at the time — I intended to make them as soon as I had some overripe bananas.

Of course I really wanted to make the muffins. It’s just that I don’t bake much. When I do, it tends to turn comical — often bordering on ludicrous.
Tonight was a perfect example.

I finally had some overripe bananas. Like Shammi, I hoarded them all weekend till I was home and able to use them for the muffins.
Oh, I was all set to go. I thought I would make the recipe exactly.
Let me just get the nuts…

I couldn’t find the pistachios. They weren’t in their usual place in the cupboard (for some reason I freeze peanuts and cashews, but pista. are usually in the cupboard… perhaps for easier snacking πŸ˜‰ ). I pulled down all the dishes — maybe someone ate some and the bag fell behind…

I called my son — he’s so tall — and made him check the very top shelf. No pistachios. Ah well, I could substitute some other nut. Out of the freezer came the split cashews, and into a warm pan they went, to toast.

Then I thought, oh good, with cashews, I will add some sultanas.

Once again I checked the cupboard. I hadn’t noticed them while looking for pistachios, but that didn’t mean they weren’t there…

Sure enough, sultanas were nowhere to be found either. Back to the freezer and a little coconut went into the pan with the cashews. I added some ghee then, to enrich the toasted flavor. Then I thought, hmm… cashews and coconut… with cardamom this might turn out ok after all… so I added a few powdered cardamom seeds to the mix.

Fabulous! All ready to go.

I began to stir up the batter. Let’s see… first instruction: whip half the bananas with the brown sugar. BROWN SUGAR????!!!!!!???

I’m out of that.
Thank goodness I have jaggery.

You see what I mean — I wasn’t meant to bake πŸ˜‰

So here I am with cardamom, cashew and coconut muffins instead of Shammi’s original banana-pistachio. Jaggery in place of brown sugar, and a little less oil than called for — yes, I was about out of oil, too.

All thanks and credit goes to you, Shammi, because #1 I never would have thought to make muffins without seeing your post, and #2, I used your recipe with just a couple of subs. out of dire necessity πŸ™‚

the batter on left waiting for flour, soda and salt… on right, toasted cashew-coconut-cardamom wait with the reserved bananas

Even with the nuts my son gave the muffins two thumbs up.
And because this spices up our b’fast tomorrow, I am sending this off to dear Trupti for her turn with Nandita’s WBB.
It’s Episode #12 at The Spice Who Loved Me, thanks Trupti!

And thanks so much Shammi, for the great muffin recipe!

oh, it’s so good with melting butter…
hot from the oven — I guess I *can* has muffins πŸ˜‰


  1. trupti said

    Thanks so much Linda!! WOW…Cardamom & Coconuts…I can totally imagine the aromas wafting from your oven……ok, now, keep some ready, I’m coming over! πŸ™‚

    Will save you a plate and pot o’coffee, dear πŸ™‚

  2. indosungod said

    I can has Muffins too! Looks great, adding jaggery increases its healthiness quotient! Cardamom will give it an exotic taste for sure

    Yes you can, ISG! Isn’t that a funny phrase! πŸ™‚ I hadn’t thought about the extra health kick from the jaggery — thanks for reminding me. Now I don’t feel so foolish setting off baking without any sugar.

    Incidentally these turned out far less sweet than they would have been with the sugar, too πŸ™‚

  3. sandeepa said

    Can I has some muffin…Linda πŸ™‚ ? Whatever you put, the end result is fantastic. Are you back from your Mom’s ?

    Back and saving you some muffins, Sandeepa πŸ™‚

  4. Mishmash! said

    LOL πŸ™‚ I had a good laugh reading towards the end of your notes :))) You re a good risk-taker with good results!


    Risk not want not? πŸ™‚ Glad you got a laugh too Shn… I was laughing pretty hard last night πŸ™‚

  5. bee said

    those look wonderful, linda. you should bake more.

    Thanks, Bee. Maybe all this baking is midlife crisis knocking at the door πŸ˜‰

  6. Suganya said

    I am amazed by yr creativity. When I have to make these many substitutions either i dont make them or they end being an entirely diff recipe.

    Sometimes I give up too Suganya — I guess it depends on our mood too. Glad you liked the kitty link πŸ™‚

  7. Suganya said

    Oh! And thanks for the link.. did i say i am a cat fanatic πŸ˜‰

  8. Richa said

    wow! those look soft & yum πŸ™‚
    the coconut-cashew-elaichi-banana mix makes a great snack in itself πŸ˜‰

    Thanks, I was excited when they came out ok, Richa πŸ™‚ And yes, was “testing” that banana-nut mixture! πŸ˜‰

  9. Luv2Cook said

    hehe…great creativity there Linda…I am not a conventional baker myself so I can totally relate to your story πŸ™‚

    Thanks Sam… you might be surprised if you get out your baking tins… πŸ˜‰

  10. Asha said

    I love the flavors!! My kids fav breakfast is Banana and chocolate muffins:)
    I am still on vacation,see you on Wednesday.

    Yummy choco-banana! Will have to try sometime. Look forward to your pics, Asha, enjoy vaca! πŸ™‚

  11. Vini K said

    Oh yes Linda,I do has some muffins today:)I actually made some vegan blueberry muffins but yours looks absolutely novel..going to try this one soon.You see,necessity is definitely the mother of invention.

    Blueberry are yummy too, Vini – my son’s favorite! And you’re right about necessity πŸ™‚

  12. Revathi said

    jaggery, coconut, ghee and cashew ? add some boiled mashed channa dal and this becomes the filling for a variety of sweets that is served for God on festival days !!!

    You did make some variation of “God food” without even knowing !!!!! You are a natural indian cook !!!!

    You know Revathi, when I tasted that it reminded me of something I made a long time back, I think it was pongal! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the nice comments πŸ™‚

  13. viji said

    woww looks great.Soft,yummy,tasty muffins…mmmmmmmmmmmm….

    Thank you, Viji! I must run check your blog too πŸ™‚

  14. Wow !! Nice and fluffy muffins. great nice recipe.
    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Thanks Jas, glad you liked it. Shammi’s recipe is a winner πŸ™‚

  15. Jyothsna said

    Those definitely taste great!! our version somehow reminded me of appams!

    Just read your latest Mumbai post… really enjoying those πŸ™‚

  16. mallugirl said

    a whole of subs.. but the result looks so good, u should give it another name.:)

    The accidental muffins? πŸ˜‰

  17. prema said

    A great combo of ingredients for the muffin Linda.. looks great.

    Thanks Prema! πŸ™‚

  18. Dilip said

    wow…I am gonna talk my new love in life…my beloved oven…maybe we will try the muffins…they do look great…loved the post…good fun to read…I am sometimes like that when I have craving to cook something…I will search for ingridents left right and center…sometimes middle of the night…carzy me…~grin~…

    I’m like that more than I care to admit, Dilip — esp. in the middle of the night! I’m sure you and your new love can carry off some muffins easily πŸ™‚

  19. shyam said

    Good grief, Linda πŸ™‚ I dont deserve any thanks – this recipe is all yours!!! And I guess I’m gonna have to try it – minus the coconut, though! πŸ™‚

    Inspiration counts for alot, shammi — I don’t go around looking for muffins to make! It was yours got me going πŸ™‚

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