I’m in love with a spice…Cardamom Banana Muffins!

Cardamom!  Where have you been all my life?  Until about a year ago I had no experience with this amazing spice used frequently in Indian cooking.  One whiff of it’s powerful floral aroma and I was hooked!  If you have never tried this spice before I highly encourage you to do so…..you won’t be disappointed.  Be careful with cardamom though….a little goes a long way.  Here’s my recipe for gluten-free banana cardamom muffins to get you started:

1 3/4 c gluten free all purpose flour mix

1 c brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

3/4 tsp ground ginger

1/2 tsp ground cardamom

1/3 c melted butter or margarine

1/2 c buttermilk

1 jar banana baby food (weird ingredient, I know…..but try it)

1 large egg

1 tsp good quality vanilla extract

2 large bananas mashed

Preheat oven to 375F and line 12 muffin cups with paper liners.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices.  In a medium bowl, whisk butter, buttermilk, baby food, mashed bananas, egg and vanilla.  Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until no streaks remain.  Using an ice cream scoop divide batter evenly into muffin cups filling about 3/4 full.  Bake for 15-20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow muffins to cool before serving.

Trust me your house will be filled with a warm, delicious aroma every time!

What is your favorite spice?

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