German Childhood Favorites: KiBa Muffins
If you didn't grow up in Germany, there is a good chance you're not familiar with a KiBa, short for Kirsch-Banane, which is Cherry Banana translated from German. It's simply both of those juices mixed together, and it's so good! Today I turned this combo into a muffin!
About this Recipe
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Cherry Banana may not be the most common combination of fruits in America, but it's extremely popular in Germany, especially when it comes to mixing juices. To make it quicker to say and order, all you need to remember is "KiBa," which is short for Kirsch (cherry) Banane (banana). You can order a KiBa at any restaurant in Germany as well (kind of more of a kids drink, but I enjoy a KiBa every now and then, too!), and your server should know to bring you a cherry banana juice. Banana juice, I have come to find, is one of the harder items to find in the US, but every now and then I can find it at grocery stores as well (and when I do, it's time for KiBa's!).
I decided to turn this fruit combo into a muffin that can be enjoyed for either breakfast or Kaffee und Kuchen. They boast lots of fruit (a whole glass of German Schattenmorellen from Trader Joe's AND three bananas), some greek yogurt for added protein, and a delicious almond streusel topping for that final, sweet finish. Make a double batch of these, freeze some, and enjoy them for weeks to come!
Ingredients For KiBa Muffins
- 1.5 c (180 g) all-purpose wheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ c (90 g) light brown sugar
- 1 egg
- ⅓ c (80 g) butter, melted
- ⅔ c (180 g) greek yogurt
- 1 glass sour cherries (about 12 oz or 350 g net weight) - I buy the German Schattenmorellen cherries from Trader Joe's
Almond Streusel Topping:
- ½ c (60 g) all-purpose wheat flour
- ¼ c (30 g) ground almonds (the almond meal at Trader Joe's is pretty inexpensive and good!)
- 2.5 tablespoon (40 g) butter, room temperature
- 3 tablespoon (40 g) light brown sugar
- Keep Cherries From Sinking: Add the cherries in with the flour. It helps coat them and soak up some of the moisture, so they don't sink to the bottom of your muffins.
- Streusel Your Way: Experiment with adding spices to your streusel topping: Add some cinnamon or allspice if you would like, you can also substitute the ground almonds for other nuts, or leave them out altogether and increase the flour accordingly.
- Plan for Leftovers: Make an extra batch and freeze it for weeks of enjoyment to come. Simply pop each muffin in the microwave for 30 seconds (no thawing needed) and enjoy.
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KiBa Muffins Step By Step Instructions
Mash bananas and whisk together with sugar, vanilla, egg, yogurt, and melted butter in a large bowl. Add the flour mixture and drained cherries on top. Roll the cherries in the flour a bit, then fold the flour in with the remaining mixture and mix until combined and smooth. Scoop into muffin pans.
For streusel topping, knead together all ingredients until you get a crumbly texture, then distribute evenly over muffin tops. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes or until an inserted cake tester or toothpick comes out clean. It's that easy!
KiBa For Grown-Ups
Don't get me wrong, I don't always have to have an alcoholic drink, and I enjoy a simple KiBa just fine, but if you have the option to fancify your drink, why not? For this KiBa for Grown-Ups, I simply mixed in 2 ounces of Schladerer Kirschwasser, a German cherry brandy (check here for availability), with 2 ounces of tart cherry juice, and poured it together with 4 ounces of banana juice. Simple, delicious and effective!
Make this drink extra yum by soaking some jarred or dried cherries in Schladerer for a few hours, skewer them onto a cocktail pick, and serve on the rim with this drink. Yourself and your guests will thank you.
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