Crunchy Pecan-Banana Coffee Cake Muffins

Plate for Sharing MuffinsWhen my birthday rolled around in February my neighbor, Gaye, brought me this beautiful plate of Crunchy Pecan-Banana Coffee Cake Muffins! She is not only a really good cook and baker she is also very thoughtful.  So along with this lovely plate of muffins she brought the recipe!  (Knowing I would probably ask for it!)

This recipe comes from the folks who make Great Grains cereal.  From their website I learned a bit about supporting a healthy metabolism.  For instance, did you know that eating breakfast to “break fast” can increase your metabolism by as much as 10%?  The process of metabolism establishes the rate at which we burn our calories, and ultimately, how quickly we gain weight or how easily we lose it.

These muffins are very filling and will stick with you through the morning! They are dense and packed with quite a bit of flavor.  I think raisins or dates could easily be added.  They can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer, taking one out at a time, or just stored in an airtight container during the week so you have one ready to go as you leave for work.  A muffin is a good mid-morning snack and these are better for you than what you will find in the snack machine or from the bakery counter!  They are also fun to share! 🙂

Sharing PlateSpeaking of sharing, have you ever seen a “sharing plate?”  Along with the muffins came this fabulous plate.  Gaye said she “just knew” I would be the perfect person to give it to, as she knew I would  “pass it on.”  She is right and I am so glad she picked me!  Sharing with family, friends, and neighbors is part of what makes cooking and baking so meaningful to me.  I hope you will find someone to share these muffins with!

Just a thought … maybe you have a minute to share this website with a friend or family member too!

~Blessings, Catherine

Crunchy Pecan-Banana Coffee Cake Muffins
Using Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal gives these healthy muffins a quick head-start when baking from scratch.
Serves: 12 muffins
  • ⅓ cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • ¾ cup Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal
  • 1¼ cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 ripe bananas (14 ounces total), peeled
  • 1 cup plain lowfat yogurt
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1¼ cups Great Grains Crunchy Pecan cereal
For the streusel:
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line 12 standard muffin cups with paper liners.
  2. Toss the flour, sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl to blend.
  3. Stir in the oil and maple syrup. Stir in the cereal. Set the streusel aside.
For the batter:
  1. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend.
  2. Using a fork, coarsely mash the bananas in a large bowl.
  3. Stir in the yogurt, oil, and egg white.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the yogurt mixture and stir just until blended. Stir in the cereal. The batter will be thick.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared cups.
  6. Sprinkle the streusel over, gently pressing it into the top of the batter.
  7. Bake until a tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Cool 5 minutes in the pan on a cooling rack. Remove the muffins from the pan and cool completely on the rack.
The muffins can be made 1 day ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 muffin Calories: 260 calories Fat: 10 grams Fat, 1 gram saturated fat,

Scripture Cake

scripture cake apple fig walnutScripture cake is also known as “Bible Cake”, “Scriptural Cake” and “Old Testament Cake” and was extremely popular in the latter part of the nineteenth century, especially in the southern Appalachians.  The cake was meant as a way to teach young girls baking and Bible verses.  The cake was sweet to eat, and a chance to modestly exhibit knowledge of the Bible.  It was fun in the form of an early trivia game, and a great dish to take to a church supper.  The original recipe didn’t include the ingredients only the amount next to the scripture. Mom and I recently used this recipe as part of a devotional we presented to our Community Bible Study leaders.  It was fun, filled with scripture with a very tasty ending!
peeling applesFor example the recipe reads: 1 cup Judges 5:25
If you know your Bible well, this will pose no problem and 1 cup butter is the first ingredient.  If you don’t know it quite that well you may end up with a “surprise cake!”

The earliest recipe for this cake has been traced to the Atlanta Constitution, published on June 27, 1897.  Some researchers believe the cake dates to the late 1700s in England or Ireland, while others claim the cake a favorite of Dolly Madison, wife of U.S. President James Madison.
scripture cake nutsThis cake is my version, arranging ingredients and amounts to give us this incredible apple, fig, and walnut cake.  The cake is loaded with flavor, quite dense and wonderfully delicious.  I’ll go easy on you and give you both the scripture and the ingredient.  Scripture comes from the King James version.

Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with 1 tablespoon Judges 5:25.  Sprinkle with raw Jeremiah 6:20, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle 1/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 evenly into the bottom of the pan and set aside.

In a large mixer bowl, beat 1 cup Judges 5:25 (Butter)

He asked water, and she gave him milk; she brought forth butter in a lordly dish.

along with 1½ cups Jeremiah 6:20 beating until light and fluffy– (Sugar)

To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? Your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.

Beat in 4 Jeremiah 17:11, one at a time. (Eggs)

As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not; so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

Combine 2 cups Exodus 29:2 –(flour)

And unleavened bread, and cakes unleavened tempered with oil, and wafers unleavened anointed with oil; of wheaten flour shalt thou make them.

mix with the following ingredients: 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 – (baking powder)

And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings; for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.

2 Chronicles 9:9 to taste (cloves, allspice, nutmeg)

And she gave the king a hundred and twenty talents of gold, and of spices great abundance, and precious stones: neither was there any such spice as the queen of Sheba gave King Solomon.

2 teaspoons Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)
Take thou also, unto thee the chief spices; of flowering myrrh five hundred shekels, and of sweet cinnamon, half as much.

and A pinch of Mark 9:50 – (salt)

Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in yourselves, and have peace with another.

Add to the Judges 5:25 mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.

Stir in: 1 tablespoon 1 Samuel 14:25 – (honey)

And all they of the land came to a wood; and there was honey upon the ground.

along with 1/2 cups 1 Samuel 30:12 – (raisins)

And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins; and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him; for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights.

and 2 cups chopped dried Song of Solomon 2:13 (figs)

The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Mix in 1 cups slivered or chopped Numbers 17:8 – (almonds) and remaining 2/3 cup chopped Genesis 43:11 (walnuts).

And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yield almonds.

Add in 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8. (apple)

Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,

Follow Solomon’s advice for making good boys – Proverbs 23:14
Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell.

Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degree oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.  Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack and cool completely.  Best if prepared 1 day before serving.  Store cake at room temperature.  Serve with a dollop of whipped cream!

Scripture cake single slice

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.   Psalm 34:8

The historical cake can still be made today. To play the game as our grandmothers might have played it, read the Biblical list of ingredients and write down your knowledge (or best guess) of the scriptural ingredients. Then, to be on the safe side, look in a King James version of the Bible to verify your answers! Have fun with your sons and daughters or grandsons and granddaughters in playing this game!
scripture cake single
~Blessings, Catherine

Scripture Cake
As women moved westward across America, this recipe went with them as a small, treasured bit from "back home." It usually traveled along as part of a prized collection of recipes.
Serves: 12-16 servings
  • 1 Tablespoon Judges 5:25 (Butter)
  • ¼ cup raw Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped Genesis 43:11, divided (Walnuts)
  • 1 cup Judges 5:25, softened (Butter)
  • 1½ cups granulated Jeremiah 6:20 (Sugar)
  • 4 Jeremiah 17:11 (Eggs)
  • 2 cups Exodus 29:2 (Flour)
  • 2 teaspoons Amos 4:5 (Baking soda)
  • ½ teaspoon Mark 9:50 (Salt)
  • 2 teaspoons ground Exodus 30:23 (Cinnamon)
  • to taste Chronicles 9:9 (Cloves, Allspice, Nutmeg)
  • 4 cups cored, peeled, and coarsely chopped Psalms 17:8 (Apples)
  • 1 Tablespoon 1Samuel 14:25 (Honey)
  • 1 cup chopped Numbers 17:8 (Almonds)
  • 8 ounces dried, chopped Song of Solomon 2:13 (Figs)
  • ½ cup 1Samuel 30:12 (Raisins)
  1. Grease 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with the 1 tablespoon butter. Sprinkle raw sugar into pan, turning pan to coat. Sprinkle ⅓ cup of the chopped walnuts evenly into bottom of pan; set aside.
  2. In large mixer bowl, beat the 1 cup butter and granulated sugar at medium speed until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Add optional spices to taste: cloves, allspice, and nutmeg. Add to butter mixture; beat at low speed until well combined.
  4. Stir in chopped apples, figs, raisins, honey, almonds, and remaining ⅔ cup walnuts.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared pan. Bake in 350 degrees F. oven until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean, about 50 to 60 minutes.
  6. Cool in pan 15 minutes; invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Best if prepared 1 day before serving. Store cake covered at room temperature.
This historical cake can still be made today. To play the game as our grandmothers might have played it, read the Biblical list of ingredients and write down your knowledge (or best guess) of the scriptural ingredients. Then, to be on the safe side, look in a King James version of the bible to verify your answers!



Book Review: Suffering and Evil


This is a book review for Suffering and Evil by Scott Petty. This book is part of the Little Black Book series that he has written and published through Matthias Media.  Scott is a youth minister at Christ Church in St. Ives, Sydney, Australia.  I received a free copy of the book from Cross Focused Reviews in exchange for this review on my blog and on Amazon.

The Little Black Book series is primarily written for youth and young adults, ages 15-20.  That caught my interest as I wondered if the tough topics he tackles might be a good fit for my teen-age grandchildren.  After reading this book, I plan to read the others in the series and share with my children and grandchildren. I found the book to be well worth my time giving me an even greater understanding of God’s grace in dealing with suffering and evil as it affects His people.

In a world where we regularly see, and are often times touched by suffering and evil, young and old alike ask “why?”  Why do innocent people die in mass shootings? Why does God allow that kind of evil to touch His children? Scott approaches the subject of suffering and evil in our world with a running comparison to the Book of Job.  Early in the story of Job we learn that he was “blameless and upright in the sight of God.”  So why did he have to suffer? Why do people suffer in this world, often times unjustly?  In his very easy to understand writing style, Scott points out the suffering may not be God’s punishment for sin, which is often touted as a common theme after mass sufferings.

In the same fashion that he talks about suffering he tackles the question of why God allows evil to exist in the world.  In the end he sums it up in the point I wish to tuck away in my heart.  Scott writes, “The last thing to realize on this whole topic of evil and suffering is that God is bigger than we think. This means that the Christian life is not about knowing all the answer to life’s questions, but about knowing the one who does know all the answers.”

This little black book has reminded me that I intimately know they One who knows all the answers and sometimes that will just have to do, this side of Heaven.

While the book was written for questioning youth or young adults, it was an excellent read for me and I plan to read the rest of his series.  Other subjects he has covered in Little Black Books include, Sex, The Bible, What’s Life All About, Science and God, The Holy Spirit, and Predestination.

~Blessings, Catherine




Then Sings My Soul

Tarpon Lodge Sunset Palms

 Exodus 3:14

14 God said to Moses, “I AM who I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”

Rhema Marvanne – How Great Thou Art Music Video from rhemamarvanne on GodTube.

Have a blessed Sunday, Catherine

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