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Come on, do not be shy…Bake me. I am the best ever banana… edit

Come on, do not be shy...Bake me. I am the best ever banana-bread-made muffins you would ever have! So you know, I have coffee too. (The banana-coffee muffins queen, Panama, June 3dr., 2007)

Muf_3 While catching up with local politics, and the load of new health and immigration laws, I stumbled upon some very interesting posts from the local blogosphere and began writing my weekly Pana-Blogs report for Global Voices. Then, suddenly---sazzz, the kitchen clock started ringing! I guessed my muffins were ready! Oh yes, the banana-coffee muffins that would hunt your over caffeinated dreams until you BAKE them. Right. They were ready and perfectly delicious. Ahhh---

This recipe is a variation of the sinfully yummy Pan de Guineo y Pepita (banana cashew nut bread) I posted -en Español- sometime ago. If you are in the mood, do not miss the Pan de guineo fat-free (ES)

Muf_2 The eggs I used were free-range eggs (from my friend's backyard), the bananas...organic (I personally grew them). The coffee beans, well, that's another story...keep reading and you'll learn why.

So, to our delight, we know where this muffins come from! Ahh, let's not forget the beautiful silicone muffin molds---I purchased them during my latest trip to Chicago to attend the IACP Conference. They come in lovely colors, and work perfectly.  For the fans of baking...get a hold of them: Regency Sili-Cups!

Let's not forget about the exotic in this recipe: coffee, which by the way, coming from Panama, is the Talk of the town: World's Best Coffee Captures Record Price in Online Auction.

To me this is love, no question about it.

Muf_1 The exhilarating aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans could be only overwhelmed by the enjoyment one could experience while drinking a cup of coffee made with this tropical bounty. I have always been amazed by the riches, the colors and the energetic spirits of the region. It feels like it is totally alive, in every aspect. It breathes the same air we breath, it walks the same paths, smiles when the rain drops wet us all, and the most important: shares the most precious creation that is food. She feeds us with love, like a mother feeds her offspring, with love and lots of patience. In retribution for all the goodness, we work side by side, and with love making possible the magic of creating the best specimens, the most flavorful plants and fruits.

Now, the recipe:


  • 2/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter, cut in 6 pieces, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 ripe bananas, pureed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts, or almonds
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground, roasted coffee beans


  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350° F. Lightly grease the muffin cups with oil spray, or a 9 x 5 x 3 inches baking pan.
  2. Cream together the sugar, butter and lemon juice. Add bananas and eggs one by one, beat well.
  3. Combine dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder, ground coffee beans and salt. Add to the banana mixture and combine well.
  4. Now is time to mix in the nuts and the chocolate chips if using.
  5. Bake in prepared muffin pans for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top. Remove from oven and let cool a few minuets before unmolding.

  Yields 1 loaf (8-10 servings), or 10 small muffins

  • by Chef Melissa
  • June 06, 2007
  • 8:22 pm


Picture of Jeremy Jeremy said on...
06.06.07 at 08:31 PM |

At last!
Thanks Melissa, I just made some the other day, blueberry and corn, best I have made in sometime!

Good to see you back!
: )

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.06.07 at 08:33 PM |

There you are!!! Gracias por la visita…Hope to see you posting soon too. Bloggers guilt smile

Picture of Zulmy Zulmy said on...
06.07.07 at 08:57 AM |

Hola Melissa,
En primer lugar, gracias por el apoyo que has dado a los venezolanos.. a ti y a ELena mil gracias.
Te he nominado para un MEME: 8 cosas de si mismo. Si te animas a participar, en mi blog encontrarás las instrucciones.

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.07.07 at 09:05 AM |

De nada Zulmy! voy a trabajar en el meme y les aviso cuando está lista. Un abrazo,

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.07.07 at 10:08 AM |

Zulmy, ya la MeMe está lista: http://diablo-rojo.net/2007/06/07/meme-88-ocho-cosas-de-mi-misma/

Gracias por invitarme, un abrazo!

Picture of Larisa .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
06.07.07 at 10:09 AM |

De una panameña en Massachusetts, me encanta el blog y todas las recetas… gracias por compartirlas!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.07.07 at 10:11 AM |

Gracias Larisa! Un abrazo desde Panama smile

Picture of Don Ray Don Ray said on...
06.08.07 at 08:44 AM |

Yum, yum. Calories, here I come.

Picture of thess thess said on...
06.11.07 at 04:17 AM |

Personally grown bananas, free-range eggs from friend..perfect ingredients for yummy coffee partner…wonderful Melissa!

Baking is my waterloo, I always say…but you’re kinda forcing me to try it…I’m crazy about banana mufs!

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.11.07 at 08:34 AM |

Hola Thess!  they are really good—-Even without the coffee smile
Have a tasty week!

Picture of memi memi said on...
06.12.07 at 04:22 AM |

simply delicious recipes

Picture of Lydia Lydia said on...
06.13.07 at 06:21 AM |

Ooooh, chocolate, coffee and banana—these really ARE the best banana muffins ever! Thanks for the recipe.

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
06.13.07 at 08:55 AM |

Hola Lydia! yes, they are scrumptious—-let me know how do you like them. Have a delicious Wednesday smile

Picture of Gayloyd .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
02.01.08 at 11:59 PM |

I’m not able to print on this site.  Am I doing something wrong???  Would love to try these banana muffins.  Hablando de todo como los locos, estoy buscando la receta para el Fresier que hacen en Caracas, Pasteleria Opera.  I’ve found several recipes on the net, but none of them are what I’m looking for.  Love your site (except for the fact that I can’t print).

Picture of melissa melissa said on...
02.12.08 at 09:12 AM |

Buenos dias Gayloyd! Para imprimir solo entra en la barra superior de tu browser donde dice “archivo” y de alli seleccionas “imprimir” o “vista previa”. Saludos desde Panama…

Picture of myhomekitchen .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) said on...
02.24.08 at 05:25 AM |


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Happy Baking! smile

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