Saturday, December 9, 2017

Banana Blueberry Muffins #mystery #CapeBreton #recipe #giveaway

Psst!  Read right to the end to get the details of the giveaway. Just sayin'.

On our holiday in beautiful Cape Breton this October, we were lucky enough to enjoy breakfast at a fabulous B & B, Colby House in Sydney, shown here ready for the holidays.   We are looking forward to seeing them again next year!

One morning banana blueberry muffins were part of the delicious menu.  They were outstanding. We asked the B & B owner, Bev Gabriel, for the recipe and she disappeared and reappeared two minutes later with it hand-written on a recipe card. The recipe turned out to be easy as well as yummy.  I’m sharing it with you because it brings back memories of a wonderful stay, a great trip and because I suspect that you want something easy and delish to have ready at a moment’s notice during the busy lead up to the holidays.  Or maybe you just want a treat with bananas and blueberries.  Enjoy!

I was particularly happy when a child who claimed not to like bananas or blueberries decided that these muffins were delicious! Knew it. 

Banana blueberry muffins


 You will need: 

1 extra large egg, room temperature
¾ cup white sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
3 ripe bananas
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 ½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 ½ cups frozen wild blueberries (the small ones or they will turn everything blue)

Mash bananas in a large bowl.

Add sugar and egg. 

Add butter and combine well. 

Combine dry ingredients and gently stir into mixture.   Don’t overbeat. 

Add blueberries quickly and with the minimum of stirring, so they don’t turn everything blue.  

 Although we had been warned, we couldn’t find the small small frozen blueberries and had a few extra blue streaks but the taste was great. 

Transfer to 12 well-greased muffin cups.

Bake at 375 convection for about 20 minutes (or until done).

Mmm. Delicious!  

You can enjoy them warm from the oven or freeze to enjoy later.  They freeze really well!  

Just put them in freezer bag and you're set.  So if you need a break during this hectic season, pop one in the microwave for a few seconds, just long enough to warm it.  Add a little sweet butter and enjoy with a cup of hot tea.  
 After all, don’t you deserve a moment to yourself? 

In case you don't know, Victoria Abbott is a collaboration between  me, Mary Jane Maffini, and my daughter Victoria. Together we write the book collector mysteries.   We think that reading them is like taking a lovely trip to a wonderful place where books are everything and, yes, murder happens and great meals are served and some relatives are not to be trusted. Of course, justice prevails in the end and books are loved.  And we do trust our own relatives!

We love your suggestions and comments. Come on by and tell us  about B & B's you love or your favorite muffins.  Don't let us be lonely.

The book collector mysteries are fun, easy to read and surprising too. All five titles are available in print, e-book and audio format. Don't miss out.  Watch out for the Siamese cats - one is good and one will get you! 

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Here are some of MJ's books: set in Canada's capital with feisty lawyer Camilla MacPhee and various fleeing felons and frustrating family. Trust me,  Jordan doesn't have a monopoly on unusual family and friends.  This series is very well priced now in e-books, but also available in print.  Because this recipe came from Cape Breton and so do many of MJ's characters, we will offer you the Camilla MacPhee book of your choice if we pick your name from the comments!   Don't forget to include your email address!

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  1. Looking forward to getting your next book, ladies. It would be so nice to win it. Congratulations.
    ceblain AT tmlponline (DOT) net


  2. Love this blueberry muffin recipe! My favorite muffin variety, for sure. Definitely want to read the books.

  3. I make banana muffins frequently with overripe bananas so this recipe adding blueberries sounds great.

  4. I look forward to making the banana/blueberry muffins. I have never stayed at a B & B but would like too. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

  5. MJ/Victoria. I make banana muffins and blueberry muffins but never thought to combine the two in one recipe. I will have to try this.

    And lucky you vacationing in Cape Breton. I have visited there twice and it is beautiful like your photos show.

    I like staying at B&Bs when travelling. The homey setting and friendly owners make the stay much nicer than a generic hotel.
    Last one I stayed at was in Belleville (ON) for 2 nights. The gourmet breakfasts were delish!

    grace dot koshida at gmail dot com

  6. I love anything with blueberries, the fresher the better.

  7. We visited Cape Breton back in the 90s when we still lived in Ohio. Beautiful. I don't think there is any way you can mess up a blueberry muffin! Cranberry orange is good too.

  8. We stay in a B&B in Lititz PA about once a year. We’ve never had muffins there but she makes some kind of banana bread or bar for dessert every morning.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

  9. I love any muffin that contains fruit. Thanks for the giveaway. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. Several years ago, we stayed at a B&B in a small town near Lubbock, Texas. I chose the B&B because each room was dedicated to a hero of the old Western movies, i.e., Gene Autry, Tex Ritter, etc. We chose the Roy Rogers room since he is my childhood hero. It was an experience! The owners were very nice and the B&B was a house built in the 1920's. The bed must've been put together earlier than that & the bath was down the hall! Breakfast began well with a good neutral muffin & fruit & should've stopped there. The "main course" was sausage gravy, something I could live without forever! The room was really great though. It was filled with Roy Rogers & Dale Evans items. I'll ask about the beds, the baths and the breakfasts in detail before our next B&B stay! I'd be delighted to win in the giveaway & thanks for the recipe. I'm going to make the muffins this week-end.

  11. I love banana nut muffins, but we have blueberries around her for the summer, so that would be great too centrealeast2 at gmail dot com

  12. We have stayed in many B&B's in Canada and Britain. One of my favourites was the former residence of Senator Elsie Inman in Lower Montague, PEI in the 1990's. Next time we are in Cape Breton, we'll have to try Colby House. I look forward to having the muffins in the freezer for company at Christmas. I also love reading Camilla's adventures (each book more than once) and if the lucky winner, I will add that book to our special library of (Canadian) mysteries in Eleuthera.
    from the ever anonymous Nancy R at

  13. B&Bs can be fantastic! We have one near our niece in Maine and they have their own chickens. Our granddaughter thinks that is great!
    Love your seasonal picture. You two are just SO cute!

  14. I messed this up twice, so I will try a short reply. I will be making banana bread and persimmon bread soon, as I have a freezer full of frozen bananas and persimmons. I love your book collector series.

  15. I have yet to stay in a B&B. Those muffins look yummy.

  16. I love both banana muffins and blueberry muffins so these should be a hit at my house---thanks for the recipe.

  17. They sound delicious thank you for the recipe.

  18. I've always liked blueberry muffins. I've never tried them with bananas in them however. Sounds interesting.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  19. My favorite B&B is Otter's Pond Bed and Breakfast on Orcas Island in the San Juans. My husband and I honeymooned there and liked it so much we went back two years later. aut1063(at)gmail(dot)com

  20. The banana blueberry muffins and they look easy to make, just my type of muffin. I would really like to read more about Camilla MacPhee, she sounds like quite a character.

  21. I love blueberry and strawberry muffins. Thanks for sharing this recipe. My only B & B i stayed at is in Newport RI near the mansions. Love the stay and can't wait to try more B & B. Elisanabby at gmail dot com

  22. These muffins sound delicious, I've never heard of blueberry and banana together. Yum! Email address is

  23. Those muffins look delicious, blue streaks or not. Thanks for the recipe and contest.

  24. Looks delish! I make muffins grain free using coconut flour and eggs. They’re sweetened with honey. I love adding blueberries. My batter is relatively thin, so I drop the fresh blueberries (in season) on top. They settle as they bake. Also in demand are the muffins with chocolate chips. I sprinkle the minis on the top before baking. Warm with butter. Yum, anytime. Thanks for the giveaway. Lldawnjm (at) gmail (dot) com Happy Holidays!

  25. Blueberry muffins are at the top of my favourites list, followed closely by banana muffins. Actually, now that I think about it, any kind of muffin made with fruit is fine with me.