Why, Yes, I Know the Muffin Man
I've been using the muffin formula from Amy Dacycyzn's book, The Complete Tightwad Gazette (associate link) for about ten years. It's a terrifically versatile recipe which you adapt to whatever ingredients you happen to have on hand.
What I happened to have on hand this morning turns out to be the recipe for the best muffin I've ever made.
Buttermilk Banana Oatmeal Muffins
2 large overripe bananas mashed (about one cup of puree)
1 c. buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 c. canola oil
1 cup quick-cooking oats (not instant)
1.5 c. flour (I used Hodgson's Mill 50/50 white/whole wheat)
1/2 c. light brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Mix dry and wet ingredients separately before adding wet to dry. Stir with a fork, just enough to blend. Scoop by the quarter-cup-full into muffin tins. Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 minutes.
Serve to kids, and feel a little less guilty about letting them help themselves to Froot Loops every morning since school got out.