Pimp my recipe – Strawberry banana muffins

Posted on: May 15th, 2011 by admin 3 Comments

Or to be precise, Strawberry Hills Banana Muffins Forever.  This recipe comes from the wise culinary tomes of “Cooking with Coolio (5 star meals at a 1 star price)”.  Believe me when I tell you that this is one great cookbook.  Furthermore this is one fantastic voyage of a recipe, sweet, moist and really easy.

To be honest I hardly cook with strawberries, I usually go for another berry before a strawberry in baking.  But I had a bunch of giant strawberries and I had bananas and seeing as I regularly mix the two in delicious smoothies, I thought they would be great together in baking too.  And Coolio agrees, this recipe is from the chapter – “Sweet Treats for That Sweet Ass” and he knows what he’s talking about.

  • A few drops of olive oil
  • 1/4 c unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 c chopped strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 banana, thinly sliced

Preheat the oven to 190ºC (375ºF).  Use a few drops of olive oil to grease up a 12-cup muffin tin.

Coolio’s friend (jazz saxophonist) Jarez Sez: “You can also use those little paper liners in your muffin tin, but I’ve seen people eat the muffin without removin’ the liner, so I just suggest you leave that shit out and go with olive oil.”

In a small bowl combine the butter, milk, and egg and beat lightly. In a larger bowl, pour in flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar and mix together with a fork. Toss the chopped strawberries and sliced banana, into the flour mixture and mix gently to coat fruit. Now add in the milk mixture and stir it all up together – just enough so that the flour is all mixed through, but not too rough so the fruit keeps its shape (kind of).

Spoon the mixture into muffin tins (almost fill them) and bake for 25 – 30 minutes.  Then remove from the oven, let cool for about 10 minutes, pop them out of the pan and then eat em! Shaka Zulu!

Song for  this recipe:

“1-2-3-4 (sumpin new)” – Coolio 1-2-3-4 (Sumpin' New) - Gangsta's Paradise

Had to have the song respect the recipe and you gotta love a rapper who bakes.

Coolio was a solid fixture in ’90′s hip hop, best known for 2 songs – Fantastic Voyage and Gangsters Paradise. He and jazz saxophonist Jarez were enlisted in July 2008 as spokespersons by the group Environmental Justice and Climate Change to educate students at historically black colleges and universities about global warming.  He’s also a spokesperson for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If you want to see more of his cooking videos – Cooking with Coolio has some great recipes – including Coolio Caprese salad, Swashbucklin Shrimp and Soul Rolls.

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3 Responses

  1. Beautiful looking muffins – I make plain strawberry muffins in a similar way but have never thought to put banana in!

  2. Susie says:

    LOL I love the quote about muffin liners!!!! Muffins look great. I hardly use strawberries either but they sound pretty great with bananas.

  3. admin says:

    Oh you should see the book Susie! Talk about funny. Surprising just how great the recipe is! Coolio knows his cooking!!

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