Simple Maple Fig Bars with Pecan-Oat Crumble – The Tailored Spoon

These layered bars have a soft, sweet buttery and nutty pecan crumble oat crust with cinnamon-sugar.

Are you ready for fall? I am. I confess I was longing for cool crisp weather back in August. The Fall Season is my favorite time of year.  When we pull out the Halloween decorations and hunt for pumpkin scented candles.  This is the time where I enjoy baking the most.  Yes, I so love pumpkin everything! Since I was born a bit late and have this infinity for Halloween.  November birthday. But since I have some of my Maple Fig Preserves in the refrigerator, I decided to bake this recipe.  These are incredible tasting Simple Maple Fig Bars with Pecan-Oat Crumble. The first bite was insanely good and so was the last. There are none left in the house. At all. I believe they lasted only one day.

These bars have three simple layers.  The first layer is a soft, sweet buttery and nutty pecan-rolled crumble oat crust. The flavor is sweet and nutty. The second layer is the fig filling, using my easy Maple Fig Preserves. Any filling could be substituted. Maybe your favorite jam? Add the Buttery Pecan-Oat Crumble on top and sprinkle on some Cinnamon-Sugar.  Bake until lightly brown and crunchy.  Oh so good!  It is the perfect flavors of Fall!

Just skip to the recipe! 

Baking the bars are simple enough.  Can’t decide what taste you’re in the mood for? Ask your kids! The only difficult thing about these bars is deciding on the filling.  The kitchen tools I used for this recipe is probably what you have in your own kitchen.  I used my food processor to prepare the crumble.  But if you have some mixing bowls, a spatula, pastry blender and your hands.  That outta do it. Nothing fancy.  Our Great Grandmothers kept things simple.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 9 square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Make sure you leave about an inch or two of parchment up 2 sides of the dish. It makes lifting the bars out of the pan so easy. Nothing sticks!  No fuss, no mess. I swear by parchment.  It makes cooking so much easier! Meanwhile, prepare the pecans. Grind about 3/4 cup of pecan pieces in a Nutri Bullet, (that is what I used) or food processor until it resembles fine crumbs. Ever tried using a coffee grinder? I have heard that works as well. It should yield about 1/2 cup or slightly more. You can be the judge.

The Pecan-Oat Crust

In a large bowl or bowl of a food processor, add the one cup of all-purpose flour*, 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats,* and the ground pecans*, packed brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. Whisked until combined or pulse a few times with the processor.  Whisk or pulse until combined. Then add the softened room-temperature butter and almond extract. Using a pastry blender, fork, your hands or food processor, cream together ingredients or pulse for 30 seconds with the Processor until blended and resembles soft crumbs. This Pecan-Oat crumble will smell delightful. A reminder of cool crisp nights and warm cider.  Reserve one half of the buttery crumble and set aside. 

With the other half of the crumb mixture, you set aside to form a crust by pressing with your fingertips on the bottom of the 9 x 9-inch prepared baking dish.

Middle Filling Layer

This is where it becomes mind-boggling. What to use for a filling! If you have a jar of fig preserves, You can use any fruit jam. Be adventurous! If you don’t have a recipe, try my Easy Maple Fig Preserves. It’s a keeper! Figs have a short growing season, and fresh figs are not normally available after September. Try using dried Turkish figs and blend with water.  It will be more like a spread than preserves.  Spread on top of the crust the Fig Preserves. Using the back of a spoon or spatula to spread it around evenly.

Top Layer

Take the other half of the Pecan-Oat crumb topping and generously sprinkle on top of the filling layer. Then garnish with cinnamon-sugar.  Stick in the oven and bake for 35-40 minutes.  Until it looks lightly browned. It’s a good length of time.  Anything less and you would lose that wonderful slightly crunchy top.  Mmmm good. Then remove from the oven and smell the yummy goodness.  You will have to wait at least 15 minutes for it to cool.  Then just lift it out of the pan, slice into squares and dig in!

Tailored Tips:
  • Need more servings? Just cut the squares in half.
  • Make sure to always spoon and level when measuring flour.  Having a food scale helps too. Not having the correct amounts can really change a recipe.  But I know not everyone has one lying around.  Other scales maybe, but that kind won’t work sorry. 🙂
  • Gluten-Free Option? Replace All-purpose flour with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free 1 to1 Baking Flour and Gluten-Free Oats.

Prep 20 mins

Cook 40 mins

Total 60 mins

Author Karen

Yield 9-18 squares, depends on portion size

Crust and Topping:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour*
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats*
  • 1/2 cup ground pecans= equates to 3/4 cup of pecan pieces*
  • 1/2 cup light or dark brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature 

Filling:

  • 1 1/2 cups Maple Fig Preserves or other fillings*

Garnish:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper or foil and set aside. 
  • To a large bowl or food processor add dry ingredients: flour*, oats*, ground pecans,* packed brown sugar, baking soda, and salt. 
  • Whisk or pulse until combined. Then add the softened room-temperature butter and almond extract.
  • Using a pastry blender, fork, your hands or food processor, cream together ingredients or pulse for 30 seconds with the Processor until blended and resembles soft crumbs. 
  • Reserve one half of the buttery crumble and set aside. With the other half of the mixture form a crust by pressing with your fingertips on the bottom of the baking dish. 
  • Spread the Fig Preserves on top of the crust with the back of a spoon or small spatula. 
  • Take the second half of the crumble mixture and sprinkle on top of the filling and garnish with 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon-sugar. 
  • Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 35-40 minutes or until the top begins to brown.
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool for a least 15 minutes. Then lift out with parchment paper and slice into squares. 

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Recipe inspired by http://www.motherthyme.com/2016/12/oatmeal-fig-jam-squares.html

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Helpful Tips for Tailored Meal Planning – The Tailored Spoon

If you think about it we all enjoy eating the “the comfort food”. Who doesn’t like the idea of sitting down, perhaps with some warm apple pie loaded with vanilla ice cream and a cup of hot cider get you all warm and fuzzy? It does to me. Even our ancestors loved to gather for meals. It is what keeps our society together. Food. But dinnertime can be tiring as well. Maybe you feel like you are cooking for 6 instead of 4.  You would rather just cook one version of spaghetti, instead of two? Tailoring your meal planning may help. Read on friends. 🙂

It is a common occurrence, many kids with Autism don’t like certain foods, tastes, and textures. It’s a big, big deal. My son was diagnosed over nine years ago. Little did I know, I was doing more harm than good with my son, when he was six I would feed him 2-3 helpings of Spaghetti at the table just so he wouldn’t have a meltdown! What? Uh, not a great idea. What WAS I thinking? Pushing ahead nine years and many lessons learned, I decided to change his eating habits… slowly.  It didn’t happen overnight, but it has changed his behavior and weight for the better.  It has been a challenge for years to have my son try new foods. Getting him to be flexible is the key.

So why I am telling you this? I have learned a thing or two about food preferences, diets, palates and meal planning. I’d like to share it with you!  This Here Blog is “My Happy Kitchen.” (Insert silly Western Music Here).

This post is for ALL families whether they are atypical or typical. We could all use some helpful tailored meal planning.

1. Flexible with the Food

Many issues with food can be sensory. I believe that everyone one of us has a food quirk. For me it is peaches. Too much peach fuzz thank you. I take a bite of a peach and my arm hair stands up. Talk about goosebumps!  Just thinking about it, makes me shudder. My 20-year-old son prefers raw vegetables. But really he prefers no vegetables. Ha! If your youngest kid won’t eat string cheese and I mean the stretchy-stringy-hot-out-of the-oven-cheese(mine will not touch the stuff). If that’s the case, try having them explore beyond their “Zone.” I will admit, it’s not easy. Maybe offer an alternative, like cottage cheese (“White Cheese” as my son calls it, Autism=literal thinker).   At least they will be getting the protein they need. Not a fan of the cottage cheese? Keep on trying new foods. Take your kid out of their comfort zone and just give them a little push. If they have a meltdown, try something else. This applies to bigger kids as well. My Hubby? He doesn’t like chocolate “flavored” things, only real chocolate.  I began Tailored Spoon so I can share with you adaptable recipes to food.  Ever thought about hiding the Broccoli or spinach in the spaghetti sauce?  I know it has been done before.  I am also aware that many of us have dietary restrictions, sensory disorders, and food allergies.  Try one food at a time, if that’s what it takes. Take baby steps, add something else to the table one meal and see how it goes. It doesn’t hurt to experiment.  As Parents we are all Scientists, heck we wouldn’t get anywhere if we didn’t try things! Let’s call it flexible food and try something new.

2. Become a Label Reader

Be conscious of the food you eat. I am such a label reader and I won’t buy it if the food label has 50+ ingredients. Obviously, when kids have too much sugar the behavior skyrockets.  My youngest son has self-stimulatory behaviors, can’t focus and his attention span is two seconds. So sugar is an issue for him.  Say your child likes yogurt, and they want only those name brand ones for kids that are filled with sugar.  You know the ones, with all the added sugar, on top of the sugar already existent. How about the yogurt tubes, make your own tube yogurts? I believe that really yummy food does not have to come in a box that stares at you from the shelf in from the grocery store saying buy me I am lonely. I feel a story coming on.  Well, maybe just an interesting fact: Take sugary cereal boxes, for example, there is a reason why grocery stores stock those cereals in the middle of the shelf.  It makes it hard for adults to see, but it is the perfect height for kids and it makes you want to buy it. Frightful if you ask me. I know label reading can become such a daunting task in the store and you will probably drive your kids crazy.  BUT if you do it often enough.  After a few times, it will become easier and you’ll be outta there in no time!   This is a very good image from Cornell University regarding their very interesting article on Cereal Box Psychology.  I would avoid the cereal aisle if you can.

Downright Creepy. The boxes are stalking the children.

3. Just Think Out of the Box and make a list!

Just a quick example: This would be perfect for weekday lunchboxes. Measure yogurt in a 1/2 cup (4 ounces) sized Glad Containers. I would even get the kids to help!

  • Plain Greek yogurt or any type of plain yogurt. The sugar content will be different for each brand.
  • Stevia, honey, or another sweetener. Maple Syrup. Also if you use plain yogurt. Most likely you will not need to add in an additional sweetener if you choose to use add-ins.
  • Add-Ins: A fresh fruit or favorite jelly or preserve, granola, chocolate, ever tried cake sprinkles? The possibilities are endless!

Note: the add-ins are your preference and they are not necessarily brimming of sugar. If you do your research on each of these there are better alternatives.

Put about ¼ of a cup of yogurt in a small plastic cup, add ¼ teaspoon of Stevia or omit altogether, then add some blueberries, cut up strawberries, or raspberries.  Experiment with different sweeteners, try a bit of honey or even maple syrup! That is what I use.

Eating right does not need to be expensive and do your research.

Some Good Tailored Tips:

  1. Buying a large container of Plain Greek yogurt is a better deal than buying 4 packs of those “fun” yogurts. You’ll be saving money as well. Dairy-free yogurt works too. I never attempted to make my own yogurt.  But this is the age of the internet. I guarantee there is a recipe out there. 
  2. If the fresh fruit in your area is a little more expensive, then it’s generally not “In Season.” Try your mixing in your favorite jelly or jam instead. Yum! 
  3. Be adventurous and make your own!  Reason number 529 on why I began The Tailored Spoon Blog. 

My opinions are strictly my own and this is what has worked for me.  I am no way asking you to follow what I did.  Everyone has a right to their own opinions and solutions! Many of us have dietary restrictions and what works for one person might not work for another.

The recipes on my blog will not be restrictive but will be consistently adjustable and versatile in a way that it fits your family! In a nutshell, I believe that if you want a better lifestyle to eat a more nutritionally balanced meal with families that require adaptable recipes. It will take time, patience and experiment from the cook in the Kitchen. The idea is to cook with real food and tailor it your family. Just remember any recipe can be adaptable, adjustable and versatile! No worries!

Don’t have the time to experiment? Keep your eyes peeled for good recipes in my kitchen and yours!

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Strawberry Crumb Coffeecake – The Tailored Spoon

Originally Posted September 17, 2017; Updated February 14, 2018

A delicious strawberry crumb coffee cake filled with fresh diced strawberries and topped with a sweet crunchy but moist strawberry crumb topping made with freeze-dried strawberries.

I originally posted this recipe at the beginning of the fall season in September of 2017.  I decided with Valentine’s Day being tomorrow, this would be a really great recipe to post.  It is red, pink and delicious! This recipe is so awesomely good.  I love the fact that it is made using freeze-dried strawberries.  This recipe doesn’t have to be necessary for breakfast either.  Make it for a dessert.  It takes no time at all and you could probably whip it up just in time for Valentine’s Day dessert.  It probably doesn’t matter when you make it though because it will just as good if you decide to bake the coffee cake at midnight.

Can you feel the love in the air?  The weather here where I live has been so hot. I am so ready for Fall! You know what that means? Baking, cooking, and more baking. Time for comfort food all around. I love this time of year! I can tell you that Fall is my favorite season. I start to get excited about the holidays coming, especially Thanksgiving and Halloween, but not necessarily in that order! Since Fall is approaching and it’s finally the end of summer, I want to share a recipe that will get all your family into the kitchen feeling warm and fuzzy.

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Strawberry Crumb Topping Coffeecake! It’s a yummy Strawberry version of everyone’s favorite, Cinnamon Coffeecake but made using my Simple Homemade Baking Mix. The strawberry crumb coffeecake has bits of strawberries in the batter and the crunchy buttery crumb topping is made with a secret ingredient, finely crushed, freeze-dried strawberries! This Coffeecake is so moist, You won’t able to stop with just one piece! Oh so good!

Strawberry Crumb Topping:

Combine in a medium-sized bowl 1/3 cup of baking mix or Bisquick, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 2 tablespoons of firm butter. Cream together the ingredients with a pastry blender or just get your fingers work the mixture until it resembles crumbs and blended. I used a hand mixer on medium then high for 2 minutes. I found it to be the quickest way. Now the fun part. 🙂 To prepare the crumb topping strawberry colored and flavored we are going to create a fruit powder. Simple Fruit powder is a great substitute for the flavor powdered gelatin and you don’t have to use food coloring. Transform frostings, glazes for cakes, bread, and try it on yogurt! Be creative.

Simple Fruit Powder:

You will need the freeze-dried fruit and a food processor, blender, coffee grinder or a rolling pin. It doesn’t matter.  The idea is to end up with a fine powder that will be mixed in the crumb topping giving it a pretty pink color and the flavor of strawberries!  It smells so wonderful by the way.  Oh so good. When I discovered freeze-dried strawberries, I never turned back, thanks to https://sallysbakingaddiction.com. Blend in a food processor, grind or crush the strawberries with a rolling pin and set aside.

Note: 1/2 cup of Freeze-dried sliced strawberries=about 3 tablespoons. I used about 3/4 cup of the freeze-dried strawberries. Yielded about 5 tablespoons.

Strawberry Coffeecake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch x 3-inch springform pan or a 9-inch deep dish pie plate.  While you are waiting for the oven to heat up, make the coffee cake batter.  Take approximately 9 freshly washed, hulled strawberries and dice them. Set aside. That should yield about one cup. In a large sized bowl combine two cups of the baking mix, milk, white sugar, and separately whisk the room temperature egg, then at it to the batter. Stir well until combined either by hand or electric hand mixer. With a spatula fold in the diced strawberries. Make sure all of the strawberries are mixed in.  We don’t want any left behind. The batter will be very thick and pour into the greased pan, then spread it until even. Now comes the fun part. Take the strawberry crumb topping that you set aside and sprinkle it evenly on top. It should look something like this:

Yummers! I totally love the pink crumbles! Don’t worry if it’s not. We aren’t here to judge. It will probably be just as yummy anyway! Place coffee cake on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 18-22 minutes. Checking it periodically. When you are finished remove the coffeecake, smell the strawberry wonderfulness and let cool on a rack for about 10-15 minutes. When cooled, slice and eat away! Can you see those nooks and crannies filled with bits of strawberries? That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

This recipe is perfect for the weekend mornings or Valentine’s Day Dessert. Have a slice with your morning coffee, tea and share it with special ones in your life! Make even easier on yourself and make it the day before. That way you can just grab it from the refrigerator in the morning and warm a slice up in the microwave for 30 seconds. Also, your kids won’t be waiting impatiently for breakfast.  They will be so excited to devour it.  If your kids are like mine. I think they have broken the world’s record for speed eating! This coffee cake came out tasting moist and delicious. It also could be tailored to use with any kind of freeze-dried fruit! I can already taste the possibilities!

Prep 20 mins

Cook 22 mins

Total 42 mins

Author Karen at The Tailored Spoon

Yield 6-8 slices

Strawberry Coffeecake:

  • 2 cups baking mix or Bisquick
  • 2/3 cup milk*
  • 3 tablespoons sugar*
  • 1 extra large egg, room temperature
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries, diced

Strawberry Crumb Topping:

  • 1/3 cup baking mix or Bisquick
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup of sliced freeze-dried strawberries, blended to form a powder*
  • 2 tablespoons of firm butter

Coffeecake:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease a 9-inch x 3-inch springform pan or a 9-inch deep dish pie plate.  
  3. Take approximately nine freshly washed, hulled strawberries and dice them. Set aside. Yields about one cup.
  4. In a large sized bowl combine two cups of the baking mix, milk, white sugar, and separately whisk the room temperature egg, then add it to the batter. Stir well until combined either by hand or electric hand mixer. But do not overmix.
  5. With a spatula fold in the diced strawberries. Make sure all of the strawberries are mixed in.  We don’t want any left behind. The batter will be very thick. Pour the batter into the greased pan and spread until it is even.
  6. Take the strawberry crumb topping that you have set aside and sprinkle it evenly on top.

Strawberry Crumb Topping:

  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine 1/3 cup of baking mix or Bisquick, 1/3 cup of white sugar, 2 tablespoons of firm butter.
  2. Cream together the first three ingredients with a pastry blender or just get your fingers work the mixture until it resembles crumbs. Or use a hand mixer on medium for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the crushed freeze-dried strawberries and stir to combine.

*I used buttermilk, but you can use any kind of milk.  

*This isn’t overly sweet. You may want to increase the amount of sugar based on your preference.  Try brown sugar too.

* 1/2 cup of sliced freeze-dried strawberries = 3 tablespoons of crushed strawberry powder.  Since the recipe requirement is 3/4 cup that amounts to approximately 5 tablespoons.  You can vary the amount of strawberry powder for taste.

Gluten-Free Option: I found this Gluten-Free Bisquick Recipe at GlutenFreeBaking.com to make this Coffeecake gluten-free. 

Modified & Inspired recipe from Betty Crocker 

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Recipe modified & Inspired by Betty Crocker & #sallysbakingaddiction

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Simple Homemade Baking Mix – The Tailored Spoon

I am one of those people who walks into a grocery with their kids with the promise of being fast.  Unfortunately, sometimes I don’t keep my promise. Sorry kids. I try to take less than a few hours to shop.  Honestly, I can’t help it, I confess. I am a label reader. Every item I get my hands on in the store I read the label, checking for ingredients.  I can never pronounce what is on the side of the box.  I love the science of food, but food shouldn’t be complicated. You are also saving money making your own. That is why I changed my family’s way of eating, cooking, and began this blog. Oh, and I love food! Real Food=Recipe of Simple Homemade Baking Mix!  Made from scratch with stuff we can pronounce and have been around forever.

Just get to the recipe!

Making this recipe is so simple.  I feel like I have discovered gold when I find recipes like this and get to share it with you.  I get giddy. I must be a food nerd or something. 🙂  It literally takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare.  If you have a food processor or mixer: 10 minutes tops. But if you are preparing without plugging in a single appliance and using your hands as a tool, then add on an extra 5 minutes.  It really depends on how fast you are. This mix only has four ingredients!

Some of the baking mix recipes I have read have added sugar.   This recipe has no sugar added.  It is your preference and if you care to add some.  Two tablespoons would be a good start if you want just a hint of sweetness.

Food Processor Method:

Add to your food processor bowl 4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled. Followed by baking soda, and salt. I have an 11-cup size food processor, but I would not use anything smaller than an 8-cup. This recipe can yield quite a lot, especially if you double the recipe.

Cut the shortening into cubes and put in food processor bowl.  One stick of shortening=1 cup.  Then pulse processor 2 to 4 times until the mix resembles soft crumbs. Put in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 months. Recommended containers are Tupperware, oxo products or just use an airtight jar like I did.  This works just as well. This recipe is so simple and convenient, it might not last that long in the refrigerator!

Very Similar to Bisquick!

 Simple by hand Method:

Grab a large bowl and add to it the 4 cups of all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt.  Stir to combine. Then slice into cubes the 1 cup of shortening and add to the bowl. You can buy shortening by the stick or can.  I prefer the stick for baking and I use the can for steps like greasing baking pans and dishes. Don’t have shortening, use butter! If you have a pastry blender, use one to combine the shortening with the mix until it resembles soft crumbs. Don’t have a pastry blender use your hands and with your fingertips cream together the mixture.  Storing the mix is the same is the same for both methods.

You can use it to make pancakes, waffles, biscuits, casseroles or anything else you can think of!  I found a really good Gluten-Free Bisquick Recipe at GlutenFreeBaking.com if you need a really good Gluten-Free Bisquick­ Mix.

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Simple Blueberry Muffins

If you have been reading this blog, you might notice that I absolutely love blueberries! I tell myself that I might turn into one some day.  Just like our friend Violet, in Willy Wonkas Chocolate Factory.  I hope that’s not the case.  I always keep a fresh stash of 3 or 4 of those little bins in the refrigerator that you buy in the produce section.   I sprinkle them on my granola, my yogurt and and on top of pancakes! Have you tried my Banana Blueberry Quick Bread?  It’s moist, yummy, filled with over ripe bananas and plump blueberries.

Get Your Kids in the Kitchen

This Simple Blueberry muffin recipe is also pretty special.  Because I get to share the recipe with my kids. I feel it’s so important to get your children in the kitchen no matter what their age or ability. It really gives them the opportunity to acquire the life skills needed to function independently. My son has Autism, and this is such an important skill for him to have. Also he gets to lick the spoon after we finish! Totally exciting for him.  Second, it brings the family together.  Who doesn’t like cooking with their kids, grandkids, and students, or the neighbor kids next door? It also gives the them the ability to shine and have a sense of accomplishment.

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 Let’s Get Our Muffin On

Gather your supplies and ingredients.  This recipe make 12 muffins. I have never made mini muffins so I could not tell you the yield of mini muffins.  Go for it and let me know in the comments. I love to find out how many the recipe makes. It can also be doubled.

In your muffin tin place paper parchment liners in the cups. Don’t worry if you don’t have parchment. Use an alternative like the foil liners.  Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl measure out the flour, baking powder, and the salt. Stir briefly until combined.  In a smaller bowl add the 1/2 stick of room temperature (unsalted) butter.  Beat the egg, then add the brown sugar and milk.  The brown sugar will give the muffin a hint of molasses. Stir to combine about 2 minutes.

Just a note: The wet ingredients should all be at room temperature.  Adding ingredients that are not at room temperature will make your muffins dense because none of the fat has been allowed to separate when cold.  Use all the dairy ingredients at room temperature will make your muffins light and fluffy.  I can hardly wait!  Now if you are making pie crust, that is an entirely different science. Stay tuned for a future recipe.

Another Noteworthy Tailored Tip:  Don’t overmix the batter.  It can make the muffins dense and chewy.

Pour your bowl of wet ingredients into the larger bowl of the dry ingredients. Mix well until combined. Then fold in with a spatula those beautiful blueberries, saving a few for garnish.

Fill each muffin cup with batter up to 3/4 full.  I use a cookie scoop. Garnish on top with a few blueberries and sprinkle a bit of Turbinado sugar on top. If you’re unfamiliar with Turbinado sugar it is similar to brown sugar but lighter in color with a subtle flavor of molasses. It is not finely granulated like white sugar. Using both brown and Turbinado sugars will gave the muffins a nice unique sweetness to them.

Place prepared tin with muffin batter on middle rack of the oven and cook for a full 20 minutes. When done let cool on a wire rack for approximately 15 minutes.

Cook 20 mins

Total 20 mins

Author Karen @ the tailored spoon

Yield 1 dozen

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 extra large egg, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter*, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 cup milk*
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh blueberries*
  1. Prepare your muffin tin with parchment cupcake liners.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. 
  3. Take a large bowl and measure out the flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  4.  In a smaller bowl, whisk the egg. Then add the 1/2 cup(stick) of the room temperature butter, brown sugar and milk. Whisk to combine. 
  5. Take the smaller bowl of the wet ingredients and combine with the dry ingredients. Stir just enough to combine
  6. Fold the cup of Blueberries into the muffin batter.
  7. Fill each muffin cup with batter up to 3/4 full.
  8. Place prepared muffins on middle rack and cook for a full 20 minutes. 

Dairy & Gluten-Free Alternatives:

*Gluten Free Flour may be used. I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten-free Baking Flour. No other ingredients necessary.

*Almond milk may be substituted

*In place of butter, vegetable oil or applesauce could be used.  If you are using applesauce. 1/4 cup. 1 cup=1/2cup. The flavors should be similar but lower in fat.  

Fresh or frozen blueberries can be used.  But fresh is best!

Before baking garnish with a few extra blueberries and sprinkle some Turbinado sugar on top. 

Nutritional values will differ depending on ingredients used. 

Courses Breakfast, Baking

These are so good for breakfast, slightly warm with some melted butter.  They will not last long in a house full of hungry people!  This recipe is so great for the kids since it takes only 15-20 minutes to prepare. This Simple Blueberry Muffin recipe is totally kid friendly.  You have to offer a reward right? Awesome Blueberry muffins! Why do you think I cook and bake, just to take pictures of the food? Heck no. I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the end product. Yummers.

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Easy Fig Maple Perserves

A wonderful sweet preserve made with figs, 100% pure maple syrup, lemon juice, sugar and no pectin required! 

A few weeks ago, I would never have imagined about making Easy Fig Maple Preserves, Jam or any recipe with figs. When folks knock on my door, I usually want to hide.Those who visit my house are usually trying to sway me to buy solar panels, cable TV, or the newspaper. But this time when there was a knock on the door it was my friendly neighbor across the street! She came bearing bags of fruit. “Do you like figs? Our tree has exploded with them.” Fig Newtons are the closest I have had to Figs. Until Now.
Fun Fig Food Fact: Fig Newton Cookies have been in stores since 1891. 126 years. That is a while ago.

I did a bit of research on the topic of figs.

A Very Short History of Figs

Figs are a very deep-rooted fruit (not a fruit but a syconium) eaten in the period of the Ancient Romans and Greeks. Also, historians looked to have written evidence of the Sumerians eating figs about 2000 BC. In 1520 the Spanish Missionaries brought Figs to California, hence the common name “Black Mission Figs.” There are several other varieties of figs that come in various colors, sizes, and regions.

I am in Southern California and the Figs* my neighbor gave to me was a bag of the Black Mission Figs. This type of fig is very sweet, juicy and a dark purple skin color. They make for darn good preserves. Like “I want to put this on everything” kind of preserves.

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There is a slight difference between a jam or jelly and a preserve.  A jam or jelly has absolutely no skins when using the fruit, but for the preserves, the skin is left on. For this recipe is very simple, only 5 ingredients! Since figs come in various shapes and sizes, use whatever kind is available in your area.  Here in Southern California, I used Black Mission Figs in this recipe grown here.

Black Mission Figs

If you are lucky enough to have a fig tree or awesome neighbors who come bearing figs, or harvesting from the tree in your yard. You will also need a fresh lemon. Maybe you are fortunate enough to have a lemon tree in your yard! If you don’t happen to have a lemon tree or a lemon. You can use bottled lemon juice, but fresh is always better and cheaper! Gather the sugar from your pantry and the 100% maple syrup from your refrigerator.

Let’s Get Our Preserve On.

Start by slicing the figs into quarters or halves. Your preference. It will all depend on whether you prefer chunks of figs or puree. Me? No chunky-monkey here. I love it smooth. Remove stems and slice the figs* into quarters. In a saucepan add the water and sugar. Heat over medium-high stirring frequently until the sugar is dissolved. Approximately 5 minutes.This will make a nice sugar-syrup base for the preserves. Then add the figs to the saucepan, fresh lemon juice, and the pure maple syrup. Yes, the good stuff. Bring the saucepan to a boil on medium-high, stirring frequently to combine. Approximately 10 minutes.Reduce the heat to low, partially cover with lid. Let simmer for 50-60 minutes or until the mixture thickens. The fun part? Smelling the aroma of the figs slowly simmering through the house. Oh man!

After the mixture has been cooling, pour into a food processor. I own this one. You can also use an immersion blender or potato masher, blend or chop to desired consistency. Chunky or puree, it is your choice. Pour into a 16-ounce canning jar or other. The preserves should be stored up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator or 3-6 months in the freezer. Then enjoy the perks of your labor! You can spread it on toast and it might be good on pancakes, How about an AB & J? Almond butter and Fig Preserve sandwich. Make your own “Fig Newtons! It might be good spread on a crunchy cracker with feta cheese! I have discovered that Figs are a “Spoonful of Goodness.” Try making some. The fig will not disappoint you. 🙂

Prep 10 mins

Cook 50 mins

Total 60 mins

Author Karen| The Tailored Spoon

Yield 2 cups

  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of ripe fresh figs*, stemmed and quartered
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • juice of one lemon
  • 2 tablespoons of 100 percent pure maple syrup. 
  1. Remove stems and slice the figs* into quarters.
  2. In a saucepan add water and sugar.
  3. Heat over medium-high stirring frequently until sugar is dissolved. About 5 minutes.
  4. Add to saucepan the figs, fresh lemon juice and the maple syrup. Bring saucepan to a boil on medium-high, stirring frequently to combine. Approximately 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, partially cover with lid. Simmer for 50-60 minutes or until the mixture thickens. 
  6. With a food processor, immersion blender or potato masher, blend or chop to desired consistency. 
  7. Pour into a 8 ounce canning jar or other. Can be stored up to 4 weeks in the refrigerator or 3-6 months in the freezer. 

*Any kind of fig may be used. 

Courses Vegan, Appetizer

Cuisine Jams, Preserves, Spread, and Sauces,

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Three Veggie Quesadilla – The Tailored Spoon

What? A Three-Veggie Quesadilla?

Since I am only 30 minute drive from Mexico I might as well share a recipe that has the vibe.  Lately those Mexican dish vibes seem to be sticking with me. We are home of the Legendary Baja Fish Taco, what do you expect?!  The next best thing is my Three-Veggie Quesadillas. I opt for simple and quick during the summer. The quesadillas are for any season or anytime. Three Veggie Quesadilla? Yep, only three veggies. Why three you ask? Simple, easy and my very favorite combination! Also you don’t have to stop at three, add more if you choose. Bring out the Mariachi Band! I recommend these for lunch after you have had a nice dip in the pool.  My brain is all thoughts on cool.  These are of course, vegetarian, gluten-free and you don’t have to put the oven on! Just a burner to warm up the tortilla.  You can handle that, right?

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Our summer here has been so warm. It began in June as summer normally does, which around here is relatively mild.  The day begins with typically “June Gloom; “A nice cloudy overcast morning and by the afternoon the sun is shining.  But not this June.  The weather just decided to suddenly be hot, humid every day and it hasn’t stopped. Throw in some monsoonal moisture and boom! Welcome to instant sauna and trying to avoid the kitchen.

Enough about the weather, let’s talk quesadillas. This recipe is wonderful.  It is one of my own favorites. I found that my immediate family, are not fans. Okay with me. Just more for me to eat savour. The IT husband is a burger fan, that likes Sushi, the oldest son is a Chicken fan, the youngest has Autism and his palate is off the charts!  Me? I like most everything but beets and beef tongue. An acquired taste I might add. Normally quesadillas are made with flour tortillas.  But this quesadilla is made using corn tortillas and disguises itself as a taco. But in my half-glass, half- empty opinion, it is a quesadilla because it is prepared like one.  We are not just stuffing a taco shell here. Stick with me folks and see how it turns out.  You won’t be disappointed. 😊

Is your mouth watering yet?  All it takes to prepare is some corn tortillas, shredded monterey jack cheese, sliced avocados, sliced tomatoes, and alfalfa sprouts.   These are so unbelievably good.  I can’t stop raving about them.  The melted monterey jack paired with the creamy smoothness of the avocado, plus the sliced fresh tomatoes. Man O Man!  I use Roma tomatoes because they bring out the flavor and then…wait for it. Then filling it with alfalfa sprouts or broccoli sprouts gives the quesadilla the ultimate crunch and texture factor. OMG! When you take a bite, if that is not mouth-watering enough, top it off with Sweet Chili Sauce for an incredible taste experience.  Frying the tortilla in butter or oil also brings out the flavors.

Grab an 8 inch frying pan.  It can be non-stick, cast iron or whatever you feel comfortable to cook with.  You can either spray the pan with non-stick, canola/vegetable oil or use a dab of butter. Then place a tortilla on the pan and sear the tortilla on medium heat. While it is warming up and when it begins to bubble, turn it over and place about 1/4 cup of shredded Jack cheese only on one half. Then with your tongs fold the tortilla together and flip when the cheese melts, remove from the pan.

This recipe has been locked inside my brain for a couple of decades. There has never been a physical one until now. Yay! I first tasted this veggie quesadilla about 35 years ago when I was in high school.  It was passed down from my Uncle to my Grandma at the time!  I guess you could call it a family heirloom! It’s one of those aspects of life that you never forget.  The taste of food and the memories it imparts to us.

Now take the quesadilla (uh… taco) with the melted gooey cheese that you set aside. Add the tomatoes, the yummy sprouts, and around three slices of avocado. Top it off with the Sweet Chili Sauce. By this time I can hardly wait to eat it.  You can devour it in one sitting. I don’t get to do that much, so more power to you. 🙂 This recipe can be tailored to fit you, your family, your friends or your kid’s class at school.

Prep 10 mins

Cook 5 mins

Total 15 mins

Author Karen @ The Tailored Spoon

Yield 2-4 servings

  • 4 Corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Monterey Jack Cheese*
  • 2 Tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 or 2 Avocados, sliced
  • Alfalfa Sprouts*
  • Sweet Chili Sauce*
  1. Spray an 8-inch fry pan with cooking oil or use a dab of butter. Heat pan to medium. 
  2. Place a corn tortilla in the pan to sear one side being careful not to overcook, flip over with tongs.
  3. Add 1/4 cup of Jack cheese to one half of tortilla.
  4. When cheese is melted fold tortilla in half and remove from pan. Set aside and cool
  5. Open up quesadilla and add sliced tomatoes, avocados and sprouts. Then top it off with some sweet chili sauce.

These are incredibly simple!

*Go ahead and add any type of cheese you would like. 

* Use any kind of sprouts.  

Also, you don’t have to stick with just three vegetables.  Feel free to add anything else and pile it on! 

This is my favorite*Sweet Chili Sauce

Courses Lunch, Dinner

Cuisine Mexican

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No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites – The Tailored Spoon


Are you ready for simple, kid-friendly and no oven required? Do you enjoy seeing those words? Then keep reading! This is a recipe that I posted on another blog that I had a few years back. Since then, I have made a few tweaks and changes.  Who doesn’t want an easy “go-to” recipe that you can make in about 10 minutes and be done.  The kids can help you make them! I am a fan of teaching my children some life skills. Since we have a child with Autism and another in college, life skills are important. Get the kids in the kitchen and they will thank you for it later.

This recipe is perfect for hot days when switching on the oven is a curse. Music to my ears! My kitchen in the summer is a hot box and I try to avoid turning on the oven at all costs.

Also these No Bake Peanut Butter Energy bites are not only can be made Gluten Free, Dairy Free, but can be also made Vegan.  My friends with special dietary needs can jump for joy!

They are rated 10 points on the yum-yum scale. Made with creamy peanut butter, crushed Rice Chex cereal, rolled oats and chocolate chips. Great for a quick breakfast on the go as well. Your kids are going to devour these energy bites by stealing them from the fridge while you are not looking. Then you may be sneaking some from the refrigerator while they aren’t looking. They are like potato chips, you can’t just have one. 😊

Energy bites are easy on the wallet as well.  Buying snack bars can add up. I think you could double recipe and freeze them is an option too.  Those bars also have a bunch of ingredients that I can never pronounce and the Peanut butter bites only have 7! If your kids are like mine they go through them like toilet paper.

There are many recipes out there like this one.  I have adapted the recipe but I don’t claim it as my own.

Let’s Begin!

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Gather your ingredients. And I should say most of these ingredients you will probably have in your kitchen.

Get a large bowl and start prepping the ingredients. First you will add the Rolled oats.  I don’t think it really matters if you use the quick or old fashioned rolled oats.  I have used both and in my opinion either would work just fine.  Gluten Free Oats can also be used.  Your preference!

Now for crushing the Rice Chex, it is very simple!  Place about two cups into a food processor, blender, or anything that grinds. (Not your teeth, thank you.) But if you prefer, the good old fashion way. Get a plastic zippered bag, or wax paper and crush the cereal with a rolling pin.  This ingredient is actually something I found on a whim. Really! I went looking for rice krispies in pantry because that is what the original recipe called for.  But the box had been invaded by moths, so I threw it out. I thought, “hey!, I have some rice chex cereal, why not use that?” They were staring me in face. Eureka! They have worked out fine. I think using the crushed rice chex give the bites a nice crunchy texture.  Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe. Tell me what you think about using the Rice chex cereal.  I’d love to know.

Rice Chex Cereal ready for crushing

Next add the Flaxseed meal. You can buy already ground, but it’s so much cheaper to…

Grind it Yourself.

It’s simple to do: Take about 1-2 cups of the raw flaxseed and place it in a blender (this is what I use) or food processor. Grind up for about 15 seconds and instant ground flaxseed meal.  Then measure a ½ cup and add it to the bowl.

Finished Ground Flaxseed meal.

Tailored Tip:  Always refrigerate or freeze your leftover flaxseed for freshness and of course from those darn pantry moths.

Fold in the chocolate chips. You can pretty much add whatever you like.  I go with mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Or if you are Vegan these Chocolate chips are good. Gluten, Dairy and Nut Free!

Then grab a smaller bowl and put in the wet ingredients: 1 cup of peanut butter, ½ cup honey, and vanilla extract. With a spatula fold the ingredients until well blended.

Now take the bowl with the wet ingredients and combine it with the bowl of dry ingredients. Stir until you have a stiff batter-like consistency.

When you have a good mixture, Using a teaspoon or a small cookie scoop as a portion, start by shaping the batter into balls with your fingers.  It should yield about 16-20 one-inch balls.

Helpful Tailored Tip: Have a very small bowl of water handy, about 2 tablespoons. Periodically dip your fingers into the bowl to prevent your hands from sticking to the batter.

Prep 10 mins

Total 10 mins

Author Karen from the tailored spoon

Yield 16-20 Bites

  • 2 cups of rolled oats or quick oats
  • 1 cup crushed rice chex cereal*
  • 1/2 cup ground flaxseed meal
  • 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup creamy nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons water

In a large bowl measure oats, crushed rice chex cereal, and chocolate chips. Stir together and set aside.

In a smaller bowl measure nut butter, honey and vanilla.  Stir together until blended.

Then take the smaller bowl with the wet ingredients and add it to the bowl with the dry ingredients.

With a spatula, fold together until all ingredients are well blended.

Then using your fingers and a teaspoon, form the shape of a ball with your hands.  Using the water periodically to dip your fingertips in the water to prevent sticking.

Place bites in the refrigerator to chill for 1-2 hours to harden.

These bites can be made with all variations of ingredients. 

Gluten-Free Option: Substitute Gluten-Free Oats, Enjoy Life Brand Chocolate Chips or some other add-in. 

Vegan Option: Use maple syrup instead of honey.

*Rice Krispies can be used in place of Rice Chex.  Try shredded coconut instead. 

Courses Breakfast, Snacks

Cuisine Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Vegan Friendly

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Double Corn Tortilla Casserole – The Tailored Spoon

Lately it seems I have been on a cooking trend! This will be the second dish that uses a combined mixture of corn, eggs, and cheese. Why not? Corn, eggs, cheese and chilies.  Greatest combination ever! And it’s so simple! Simple is what I need this week.  Double Corn Tortilla Casserole fits the bill.  I have another recipe the Crustless Quiche with Green Chilies and Corn that is also pretty good as well.

The weather also has been hot and sticky.  Cooking and very hot kitchens, well they don’t mix. During the summer I try to make dishes as simple as possible without turning on the oven. Here in San Diego we don’t really have seasons either. Okay, we might have three, Spring, Summer and Fire Season.  Winter? Never heard of Winter except in Game of Thrones.  There is nothing much in the way of weather here, so I would rather talk about food.  It is a bit more exciting.

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Gather your ingredients and if your kids are helping out.  Have them follow rule #529 – Wash your hands. 🙂  First preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. (or if you are not living in the U.S.) About 127 degrees C. If I am incorrect let me know in the comments.  I was using a conversion scale to figure the temperature in celsius. It is on my bucket list to invest in a good kitchen scale.  Much more accurate. Oh yeah…stay tuned for a future post on a kitchen tools.  I will inform you of what things are essential in the kitchen!

Spray or grease an 8 x 8-inch square casserole dish with olive oil.  Then take 8 corn tortillas and slice them in half giving you 16 halves. This is where a pizza cutter comes in handy. Or you could just tear them in half. But it is more fun to use the Pizza Cutter! 🙂

Then place half the sliced tortillas in the bottom of the casserole dish, that would be 8. Isn’t math fun? And if you haven’t already, shred the Monterey Jack cheese by hand with a grater or use a food processor.

Or if you manage to find packaged pre shredded Monterey Jack cheese, wahoo! For some reason, pre shredded Jack cheese is hard to find.  Slice those green onions.   To create a layer, add half of the shredded Monterey Jack cheese, half of frozen kernel corn and half of the sliced green onions. Repeat the first layer with the remaining tortillas, cheese, corn, and the other two green onion tops.

In a medium-sized bowl whisk together the 2 eggs, 1 cup of buttermilk and the can of diced chilies.  Not everyone usually has buttermilk in the refrigerator, but have no fear!

Tailored Tip: Buttermilk Substitution:

  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of distilled vinegar or lemon juice. Basically mixing an acid with milk brings out the sourness. 1 to 1 ratio.

Next take the egg, buttermilk and diced green chilies mixture and slowly pour it on the layers, making sure to cover the layers entirely.  Then place the casserole on the upper rack of your preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes or until knife inserted in the center becomes clean.

Double Corn Tortilla Casserole can also be adjusted.  The recipe serves 4 but it could easily feed 6. Just use a 9 x 13-inch pan and adjust the ingredients accordingly. It is a layered dish and when completed there is a total of two layers.   I call my blog the Tailored Spoon for a reason, with cooking you can just about tailor and tinker with every recipe to suit everyone’s taste and palate. Yahoo!

Author Karen from the Tailored Spoon

Yield 4 servings

  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack Cheese
  • 1 cup Frozen Kernel Corn
  • 4 green onions, sliced (green tops only)*
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup Buttermilk*
  • 1 4 ounce can diced green chilies
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 2 quart casserole dish with cooking spray.
  2. Slice 4 of the tortillas in half and layer the bottom of the dish.  I use a pizza cutter.  It works well!  
  3. Then begin with a layer of cheese, half of the corn kernels, and two of the green onions (sliced, tops only)in that order.  Repeat the first layer with the remaining tortillas, cheese, corn, and the other two green onion tops. 
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and diced chilies. Gently pour mixture over the tortilla, cheese and onion layers. 
  5. Bake for 30 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes clean. 

*Buttermilk Substitution:

1 cup of milk to one tablespoon of Vinegar or Lemon Juice.

* Green onion tops. You may choose to utilize all of the green onion. Your preference. But I have a sensitivity to onions, so I only use the green tops.

Note: Nutritional values will differ depending on ingredients utilized. 

Courses Dinner, Main Dish, Vegetarian

Cuisine Mexican

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Maple Banana Bread – The Tailored Spoon

Simple…Our eyes light up when we see the word simple.  If you are anything like me. I absolutely LOVE cooking, but there are times I simply don’t want to be standing in the kitchen all day. Really! Usually if I am craving something sweet, simple, fast to prepare and smells like a bakery then I go with this simple Maple Banana Bread. Bread is an addiction of mine.  I enjoy bread. period. They say you can’t live on bread and water. I could! Maybe it is the texture I enjoy. The softness of a good slice of freshly baked bread.  I am from Northern California and I vividly remember stepping inside a deli while visiting San Francisco. The smell of the bread hits my nose and I was hooked!  I also love the hard crunch of the crust.  But I digress.

Maple Banana bread is very simple to prepare.  The only length of time you have to wait is while it’s in the oven for an hour.  When your hungry and your children are hungry, it is a life time! Since banana bread is relatively simple I decided to change it up a bit and add Pure Maple Syrup. Why not? If you have never made any bread before, banana bread is a good recipe to begin with.  It is considered a quick bread, which means no yeast is required. I say try to bake one type of bread before you begin an another.  So gather your ingredients and let’s begin.

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Let’s Start the Preparation

Preheat your oven to 350 F. and grab those bananas. These pictured here are ripe enough, the two on the bottom which are VERY ripe, could be used also.  Usually gives the bread more flavor.  Mash your bananas in a bowl with a potato masher or use a hand mixer on medium for about 2 minutes.  Which method you choose all depends on whether you prefer some banana bits in your bread or puree. Either is okay.

Add your egg, sugar, oil and most importantly the Pure Maple Syrup. This is what gives the nice maple flavor with plenty of moisture. My mouth is watering now as I type. Continue to add the rest of the ingredients. Measure the flour. Stop right there.

Remember to Measure

Take a look at this good “how-to” video by King Arthur Flour on how to correctly measure flour.  You’ll thank me later. 🙂  Baking the bread and having the incorrect amount of flour in your recipe might end up being dry and crumbly.  I learned the hard the hard way. Next add the baking powder, baking soda and combine all ingredients until moistened.

Prep 15 mins

Cook 60 mins

Total 1 hour, 15 mins

Author Karen

Yield 1 Loaf

  • 4 medium very ripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup sugar*
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl mash the bananas using either a potato masher or a hand mixer for 2 about minutes at medium speed. Add the egg, sugar, oil and maple syrup. Mix until well combined.  
  • Add flour, baking powder, baking soda and stir until moistened. Spray the bottom and sides of a 9 x 4 inch bread pan with cooking oil spray. Take the bowl with batter and pour into loaf pan, guiding it with a spoon.
  • Place pan on middle rack in oven and cook for approximately 60 minutes or when a knife or toothpick inserted in the center comes clean.  Cool for 10 minutes on wire rack.

*Adjust the amount of sugar.  The riper the bananas I have found add sweetness to the bread and lesson the need for the amount it states in the recipe. Try substituting 1/4 Brown Sugar, packed instead. 

Add Ins Optional: 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips, chopped nuts or anything that floats your loaf.  You can get pretty creative with banana bread. 

Courses Breads

Pour the batter into a parchment lined and greased 9 x 4 inch loaf pan.  Perhaps with a non-stick cooking spray.  I used a glass loaf pan, but you are welcome to use whatever you have. Just make sure you adjust the cooking time if needed.  I do know that different loaf pans depending on the material cook differently .  But don’t hold me to that.  Just experiment and see what works for you.  That is what cooking is all about! Experimentation 🙂 !

Place pan in the oven on the middle rack and bake for approximately one hour or until a knife inserted in the center becomes clean.  Remove and allow to cool 10-15 minutes or so.  Remove from the loaf pan.  It should come right out! Thank goodness for parchment paper. Right? Dig in and enjoy.  Make sure to share some with your family.

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