Now let me say this right off the bat. I and my family ate a lot of pinto beans growing up. I like beans! To me, pinto beans and cornbread were like Sunday dinner (and often were!).
See, the main thing about beans is that they are not only filling, but are fairly cheap. Not that we were poor, but beans came in pretty handy many times over the years, ya know? Good thing for my sisters and I that we liked them!
Most folks don't know that besides making a good main course along with cornbread, sliced onion, fried 'taters and sweet tea...beans can be used for many other dishes. Some of those might even surprise ya! Heck, I've even put Grandma King's recipe for "pinto bean pie" on here before. Before you even say it, no...it doesn't taste like beans. In fact, it taste a whole lot like rich chocolate pie to me! Pretty handy for those folks wondering how to make the best of a large supply of pinto beans when the SHTF, know what I mean?
Anyway, Baby Sis sent me this recipe that I wanted to share with you. She's pretty handy at making good stuff! Really, she is!
Muffins are especially easy to adapt, simply replace half the oil or margarine a recipe calls for with one cup well mashed pinto beans, and trust me, no one will know. The muffins will be wonderfully moist, yet not too crumbly, and your family will be getting the benefits of pinto beans while enjoying a snack. Muffins made with whole wheat flour and pinto beans also make a great breakfast, the fiber and protein fill you up and give you lasting energy.
Basic Pinto Bean Muffins, 2 cups whole wheat flour, 2 tsp baking powder, 2 tsp brown sugar, 1 tsp salt, 1 cup mashed pinto beans, 2 eggs, 1 cup milk, 1/4 cup vegetable oil, Mix flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a bowl. Set aside. Blend eggs, oil, milk and mashed pinto beans well, using a wire whisk. Add the wet ingredients to the dry all at once, stirring only until the ingredients are moistened, batter will be lumpy. Fill muffin tins 1/2 full and bake at 400 F for 20 to 25 minutes. Makes 12.
I hope you'll try this recipe and see if ya like it. If you don't like it, mail it to me and I'll eat it for ya! Or you could feed it to the chickens! Either way, it won't go to waste!
Coffee out on the patio this morning. Sorry, no muffins ready yet!