We always have bananas on hand and I always throw 1 or 2 away that have gone bad by the end. I have intentions to use them for some type of Banana bread or muffin, but time gets in the way.
I was browsing Pinterest and quickly saw a picture here showing heart cupcakes. I stored it in my brain for later =), and then found some browning bananas hanging around our place…
(The tutorial for these Marquee Letters can be found here)
I put the two together and made these sweet little muffins.
- added two smashed ripened bananas.
- made marble sized balls out of tin foil to squish in between the liner and cupcake tin to create a heart shape while baking.
- increased the bake time 3-5 minutes.
This specific recipe made about 16 muffins. So easy! Seriously, this recipe is the best – no big mess, easy clean up and I think they taste delicious.
For extra fun, I added some simple buttercream frosting, which helped make the heart shape even truer to form. I have never made this type of frosting before (from scratch) and let me tell you – I had no clue what a delightful indulgence it is! Its name is quite fitting – ha!
This treat would be fun any time of year – great for Valentine’s Day or really any time of year.
The muffins without frosting and made in a simple circle are easy take and go breakfasts. One thing I have learned when making these is to refrigerate them and the cupcake liner seems to come off much easier.
For good measure, here is a real life picture of our kitchen in use (not styled up and just baked in).
Hope you enjoy and thanks so much for stopping by!