Paqa’s Best Banana Muffins: #32 of 1000 Sustainable Food Experiments

The kids call my mom Paqa, which she says means Wise Elder in Peruvian. This is her recipe for the moistest, yummiest banana muffins we’ve ever tasted. At Paqa’s house there is always something delicious to eat!

This is part of our 1,000 Food Experiments to create sustainable meals for our family and hopefully yours.

Ingredients ($3.00 total)

3 bananas – $0.57
3/4 cup sugar – $0.66
1 egg – $0.31
6 tbsp margarine – $0.93
1 tsp vanilla – $0.20
1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour – $0.26
1 tsp baking powder – $0.02
1 tsp baking soda – $0.02
1/2 tsp salt – $0.03


1. In the blender, mix the bananas, sugar, egg, margarine and vanilla and process until smooth.

In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

2. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ones and mix just until combined, then spoon into 12 lined muffin tins.

3. Bake at 375F for 20 minutes. Enjoy fresh from the oven or freeze for future breakfasts or after school snacks.

Sustainability Score (explained here)

  • Time to make: 3 = <1 hour
  • Servings:  3 = >6 servings
  • Cost per person (prices based on Trader Joe’s/Costco): 3 = <$5
  • Deliciousness: 3 = when are we having this again?
  • Environmental impact: 2 = moderate impact
  • Nutritional value: 2 = healthy-ish
  • TOTAL: 16/18

If you tried it, please let me know how it came out for you. Wishing you and your family a healthy, happy day!

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