Mardi Gras Bananas Foster Muffins Recipe

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Apparently St. Louis has the second largest Mardi Gras celebration in the country, behind beautiful and festive New Orleans. Apparently this is especially so in the Soulard neighborhood, which I’m not especially familiar with yet. Apparently the drinking starts early and stays hard all day. So some smart individuals I know (Hi, Maggie!) decided to have a Mardi Gras breakfast to start the day off right – with full tummies. So for this St. Louis Mardi Gras breakfast, I decided to make a true New Orleans original treat – bananas foster, but in the form of a muffin. (Thanks for the idea, Lori!) Bananas foster is traditionally served with vanilla ice cream, but since it’s being served for breakfast alongside a host of other yum foods, I just topped it with a bit of cream cheese frosting and garnished with Mardi Gras colored coarse sugar and gold dragees. The recipe yields about 18 muffins.

Bananas Foster Muffin Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 large egg, room temperature

Bananas Foster Muffin Recipe Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and fill two muffin tins with paper cupcake liners. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon into one bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, combined the mashed bananas, brown sugar, sugar, butter, milk rum and egg and blend completely. Add the dry ingredients a bit at a time and blend completely after each addition. Fill the muffin cups about 3/4 full. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until the muffins have a rich golden color and spring back when pressed gently. FYI – I accidentally bought plantains instead of ripened bananas, which are very different, so I had to break mine down in a pan over low heat with orange juice, brown sugar and butter. This recipe works with plantains if you do that, but bananas are definitely the way to go.

Rum Glaze Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Rum Glaze Recipe Directions

While the muffins are baking prepare the rum glaze. Mix the three rum glaze ingredients until the sugar is dissolve. Brush over the bananas foster muffins while they’re still warm from the oven.  I garnished mine with a dollop of cream cheese frosting and coarse purple sugar and coarse green sugar, as well as gold dragees. You really don’t need to make that entire cream cheese frosting recipe, unless you plan to fully frost the muffins. I barely needed any to dollop the muffins.

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Heather is an advertising professional in Kansas City. She is a vegetarian food-lover who finds joy in cooking, baking and finding new restaurants in new cities. She leads a pack of animals, including her beagle Ford, her shepherd-collie-retriever mix, Otto, and cat, Ahab.

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5 Replies to “Mardi Gras Bananas Foster Muffins Recipe”

  1. Wow, plantains?!?! I would’ve trashed them and gone out for bananas. How’d you know what to do with those? Glad the idea worked out! Wish I was there to try one. Have fun! I attended Soulard Mardi Gras one time. It was fun, but cold!!!

    1. I honestly did think about going out for bananas, but I didn’t know where I’d find ripe ones at that hour. Figured I’d use the ingredients and early part of the process of caramelizing bananas since it makes them so mushy. It worked, but I should’ve used more liquid and done that longer, too, but it worked out I think!

  2. Tried these. They are good but we think a few peacans would be good but then we are super fans of banana nut cake which is what that would just about be. Thanks for a good one.

    Love, GC

  3. I actually liked them with the plantains. Took some of the sweet out of them, and gave them a bit more of a muffin texture, instead of a cupcake.

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