Nutrilicious Muscovado With Saba Muffin

Muscovado with saba muffin

This is a healthylicious muffin since I used special ingredients.  These are muscovado sugar, extra virgin olive oil and saba.

The muscovado is a type of unrefined sugar with a strong molasses flavour.  It is also known as Barbados or moist sugar.  It is very dark brown in color and slightly coarser and stickier than most  brown sugars.  Muscovado takes its flavor and color from the sugar cane juice it is made from.  It offers good resistance to high temperatures and has a reasonably good shelf life.  It is processed the natural way - completely free from any harmful chemicals such as phosphoric acid, formic acid, sulphur dioxide, preservatives or any flocculants, surfactants, bleaching agents or viscosity modifiers.

 Muscovado Sugar
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 Another naturally produced ingredient is the extra virgin olive oil which is simply pressed fruit juice without additives and is the highest quality and most expensive olive oil classification.  If you are on a budget, you can use vegetable oil or butter to make this muffin.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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The banana used in this recipe is called "saba" or "cardaba banana."  It originated in the Philippines and  one of the most important banana varieties in Philippine cuisine. Among the different kinds of bananas,  the cardaba is the best because it  has the highest content of nutrients.  It has the deepest roots  which can absorb more nutrients from the soil.

Saba or Cardaba Banana

Ingredients of muscovado with saba muffin :

2 Cups all purpose flour
1 Cup Muscovado sugar
1 Tsp Baking soda
1 Tsp Baking powder
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
1/2 Cup Milk
Pinch salt
5 pcs. Riped saba bananas (cut into small cubes)
1/2 Cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1  Large egg
1 Tsp vanilla

Instructions :

1.   Preheat the oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
2.  In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients - all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, cocoa powder and salt.
3.  In a medium bowl, combine the wet ingredients -  muscovado sugar, egg, olive oil, milk, vanilla and mix until smooth.
4.   Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until incorporated and add the saba banana cubes. Do the mixing only by hand,  the key to a delicious muffin is not to over mix the ingredients.
5.   Place the paper liners into your muffin pan and distribute the batter evenly.
6.   Bake for approximately 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Cooking Time      : 25 mins.
Total Time            : 35 mins.
Serve                   : 16