Arguments about whether a plant is a fruit or a vegetable (or legume or whatever) are largely akin to arguments about whether or not something is actually ironic: most of the parties involved come across as pretentious know-it-all assholes, and no one really knows what they’re talking about.
|Don't stop, Mr. Oatmeal. source|
And in the end, nobody learns anything and everyone hates each other. It is a very sad affair overall, which is why it is much better to settle such arguments by, you know, Googling stuff.
So for today’s recipe, I set out to discover what, exactly, was in this muffin.
I’ll start with strawberries. You may have heard that strawberries are not actually berries. You may have seen those clichéd comments along the lines of “my life is ruined” or “everything I know is a lie” or “mind = blown” (as if reading snippets of information on the Internet is some transcendent sexual experience). More importantly, no one really gives a shit whether or not a strawberry is a literal berry because they taste good and frankly, that little tidbit of information will get you nowhere in life. Unless you happen to want a job at Google.
|Because nobody likes a chap who can't organize his shirts. source|
According to all-knowing Wikipedia, strawberries are—wait for it—not botanical berries (meaning they are produced from a single ovary), but accessory fruits (which are derived from some sort of other tissue I think?). I don’t know enough about biology to refute this, but it seems the “seeds” on the exterior of a strawberry are actually individual plant ovaries, each containing a seed. So technically strawberries are also aggregate fruits, which contain seeds from multiple ovaries.
|Wait WTF? source|
|Yeah, there is no similarity here. Calling bullshit. source|
The next fruit-like piece of flesh to examine in this muffin is the banana. This, as it happens, is a berry, rendering redundant “banana berry”-flavored products everywhere.
Indeed, Wikipedia reassures us that bananas are known as “leathery berries” and dutifully lists America’s favorite yellow fruit in the article on berries. So there’s that. If you don’t want to believe Wikipedia, go right ahead.
And as it happens, just below bananas on this list is coffee—does that make coffee fruit juice?
|Look at this fucking hedonist, drinking two cups of juice for breakfast. source|
So at least there is one berry in these here muffins. But what about chocolate? Isn’t that, you know, salad, as a particularly gag-worthy Facebook meme would have you know?
|Funny as duck, you say? source|
I won’t deny that chocolate is a plant-derived product, but seriously. That’s about as accurate as saying maple syrup is sort of like kale juice.
Okay, I’m a bitter bitch. Whatever. Point is, cocoa beans are seeds. More precisely, they are the beans (which are large, fleshy seeds) of Theobroma cacao. Chocolate, however, is a highly processed piece of sugary fat that barely contains any of the original bean—especially since manufacturers take every opportunity to cut the cocoa content of their chocolate bars, a fact which is often lost on Murica’s sugar-addled palate.
Therefore cocoa beans are not berries, or fruit for that matter, but seeds. The inedible pods are the fruits. And until humans evolve to be able to digest cocoa pods, chocolate will not be salad.
It made sense in my head, I swear.
So enough of this pointless intellectual grandstanding. What have I made for you today? What delicious culinary delight have I reserved for the end of this post?
|Now that is some sexy salad.|
Banana muffins. With strawberries. And dark chocolate chunks. Praise the heavens, y’all, because these muffins are a goddamn miracle.
Not only that, they’re seasonal. That’s even more of a miracle, seeing as I’ve been intent on delivering you totally non-seasonal concoctions in recent weeks. I mean, woah.
Here is the recipe.
Dark chocolate chunk strawberry banana bread muffins
Makes about 12 to 14 muffins
Adapted from Recipe Boy
133 grams • all-purpose flour • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon
120 grams • white whole wheat flour • 1 cup
3 grams • baking soda • ¾ teaspoon
3 grams • salt • ½ teaspoon
200 grams • granulated sugar • 1 cup
56 grams • Earth Balance, softened (try substituting some or all with coconut oil) • ¼ cup
208 grams • silken tofu, blended until smooth • ¾ cup plus 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
337 grams • ripe bananas, mashed • 1 ½ cups
4 grams • vanilla extract • 1 teaspoon
168 grams • nondairy dark chocolate chunks or chips • 1 cup
116 grams • strawberries, chopped • 1 cup
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease about twelve muffin tins and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine 8 grams / 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour with chopped strawberries and set aside. Combine the rest of the all-purpose flour, white whole wheat flour, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
Place Earth Balance and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer and beat until completely combined and somewhat fluffy. Add mashed bananas, blended silken tofu, and vanilla and mix once more. With mixer on low, add flour mixture and mix just until combined. Fold in strawberries and chocolate chunks. Try not to eat all of the chocolate chunks, preferably harder than I did.
Divide batter between about twelve muffin tins. You may want to make two extra muffins so the muffins aren’t too big. Bake for about 20 to 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool for ten minutes before transferring muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. Munch.
If you had checked out the source on Recipe Boy, you would have noticed that the original recipe was in loaf form. I changed to muffins for two reasons: 1) I wanted to show off my sexy square muffin tins, and 2) I am too impatient to wait a whole goddamn hour for my banana bread. Baby June wants her strawberry chocolate banana bread NOW. As such, I put the batter in muffin tins and decreased the baking time to about 25 minutes. No big deal. If I was feeling even more impatient, I would have baked them in mini muffin tins for a mere ten minutes. Consider yourself lucky.
|Yeah I think this size is about right.|
So that, simply put, is how you adapt a loaf recipe for muffins. Super easy. Don’t tell anyone, or they might stop thinking I am some sort of baking genius. Apparently this is a deep, dark secret that requires a lot of skill and expertise and it is only June who can carry out such witchcraft.
|Notice the such profesh garnish.|
Also, don’t tell my brother that there is tofu in these bitches. Poor kid has no idea.
|Haha I suckered you into eating fermented soybeans gotchaaaa!|
I mean, it’s protein, right? So healthy. Wow.
Practically a salad.
|You're not cute, Baby June.|