This summer has not been as hot as usual so far here in Michigan. But we have had some hot, steamy days. It seems like when the temperature heats up, bananas get ripe more quickly, and before I know it, I have some yellow/brown bananas sitting in my fruit bowl. I don’t like to see food go to waste, so lately I have been making banana muffins to use our bananas before they get too ripe to eat. I made some this morning, and my kids and I ate them for breakfast out on our back porch. The recipe I have posted below calls for whole wheat pastry flour. You can use white flour if you prefer, but I like the texture of the whole wheat pastry flour, and it contains more fiber and vitamins and minerals than white flour. I also like to use Greek yogurt because it has more protein, though you can use any kind of yogurt. The bananas and yogurt keep these muffins nice and moist. They were a hit with both of my kids and husband, plus my three-year-old nephew. It is good to start out the day with something substantial! And even better if you have the chance to eat outside in the summertime.
At last, the black raspberry bushes, all in different corners of our yard, are offering up their deep, rich fruit. We did not plant these bushes, they just came with the territory. When we first moved here, I thought they were red raspberry bushes, since that was all I had ever seen. I was confused when I picked a red berry and it tasted sour. Now I have come to appreciate the dark purple berries, and their subtle, wild flavor. The photo of the berries in the colander betrays a little bit of impatience on my and my daughter’s part, as a few of the berries are not as dark as they really should be when we picked them. But since all the fruits and vegetables are so much later than usual this year, we have been waiting a couple extra weeks for our black raspberries to become ripe, and they are now irresistible! Not only do they taste delicious, but they are loaded with health-boosting antioxidants.
I have posted a recipe in the post below for black raspberry muffins. This recipe will also work if you use red raspberries. I like to use the black ones since they are the ones growing in our yard, and it is fun to send my daughter (who loves to forage for berries) out to fill up a cup, while I mix up the batter. The whole wheat flour and rolled oats make these muffins hardy and filling, while the yogurt and touch of butter and juice make them moist. The berries, of course, are what make these muffins special and bursting with flavor, especially when they are so fresh and in season.