Some of my best cooking came from accidents. These were often the accidents that were born of necessary substitutions when I ran out of something at home or, literally, from accidentally adding too much or too little of an ingredient only to be pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Such is the case with this genius single-serve muffin.
When Ashley McLaughlin, creator of the blog Edible Perspective, set out to make a deep-dish chocolate chip cookie, she decided to forego oil in favor of banana and ultimately made the mistake of adding too much banana. To be exact, over three times too much banana. In the oven, her recipe puffed up to resemble more of a muffin than a cookie and made for one rather addicting snack. For an oil-free, gluten-free, vegan muffin — you could do a whole lot worse.
I love the idea of using the muffin recipe as a base for s small handful of seasonal fruits or berries, favorite nuts, flax or hemp seeds. I wonder if you could use apple sauce instead of mashed banana? Or yogurt? I wonder a lot of things about this wacky little recipe, really. And in addition to the good things that can come of mistakes, an element of wonder is something that's often missing in a recipe. Both of those things are present here, and I can't wait to try one of these "muffins" myself very soon!
(Images: Ashley McLaughlin of Edible Perspective)