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Banana Honey Ricotta Muffins

I was using up a bit of this and that the other day and put together this quick little muffin with the two bananas, left over ricotta cheese and buttermilk that I had in the fridge.
They are moist and have a tender crumb with just a touch of sweetness.

  • 2 medium very ripe mashed  bananas
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons liquid honey
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup  natural bran
  1. Stir together all above ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add in the dry ingredients below.
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
     3.  Stir until just combined and spoon into 12 medium cupcake liners.
     4.  Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 20 minutes.  While the muffins are baking, warm a tablespoon of honey to make it runny  and brush over the muffins as soon as you remove them from the oven.  Return to the oven for a few minutes to glaze the muffins.  Test with a toothpick to be sure they are baked through and the toothpick tests clean.


  1. Can this be done without the "natural bran"? - I have everything else in the house (as I keep dried buttermilk on my shelf for instances like this) but NO bran (natural or otherwise)...

    1. PatsyAnne, I don't see why not....just increase the flour by a few tablespoons. If you know what muffin batter consistency is normally like and can make that adjustment to be a batter that doesn't should be totally fine.

  2. Can a person use cottage cheese instead of ricotta?

    1. Country Kitchen, I would use cottage cheese. Just use a pastry blender to make a fine crumb before adding....and then remeasure it before adding.

  3. I like how you use leftovers in the fridge for recipes! Very resourceful and economical. Thanks for the ideas!

  4. Mmmmm Mmmmm!!!! Those look so yummy!

  5. Just made these and they are so good that I'm going to make them again tomorrow instead of the loaf of banana bread I was planning on. Thanks for posting! :-)


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