The Herd and Banana-Nut Goat Cheese Muffins

by Joanne on September 6, 2013

There must be an advertisement written in “deer tongue” somewhere close by:

“Calling all deer!  Come to our yard! It’s the perfect vacation spot for the entire family herd.

Visiting Herd1

Graze peacefully under the trees.

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Bask in the sun while watching the little ones play.

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Take a dip in the creek then have mom clean you off,  creek side.

Visiting Herd6

Come and go as you please because the dogs only watch

Visiting Herd8

No barking, a quiet haven.

Visiting Herd5

So come to our home, all you deer.  Why bother taking a hike up to the Adirondacks where there might be more food, more water, more shelter?  It’s just so much more fun to stay in THIS yard and leave deer poop for our people and our dogs to “enjoy”.

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It was cute when there was one baby. Then there were two baby deer. The mom and two babes wandered around for a while, harassing Shane and Zoey, then they found different stomping ground.  Now they’re back AND they brought the EXTENDED family.  Are we lucky or what?!!!!   I really hope they find another home very soon.  *Shane never knew the deer were lurking. Zoey never made a sound, just watched while Shane snoozed by the side door.


This is a breakfast, snack, and a completely pleasing dessert. It doesn’t matter which way or when you eat it, it’s just plain delicious.  Moist, sweet, flavorful.

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Makes 12 standard muffins

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  • 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/4 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 TBS shelled, slightly salted pistachios
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 large over ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Topping (optional):  1/3 cup rolled oats mixed with 1 TBS light brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Line muffin cups with cupcake liners.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt in large bowl.

Mix the beaten egg with the cheese, brown sugar, nuts, bananas, vanilla, and oil.

Make a well in the middle of the flour and fold the wet egg mix into the flour. Do not over mix.

Fill cup cake liners 3/4 full with muffin batter and top each with the topping, if using.

Bake for 14 – 15 minutes. 

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Allow to cool before removing from muffin pan.  Serve warm or cool and…

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Do you think the deer would like some?

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  • At 2013.09.07 02:19, CCU said:

    Ngaww I could imagine devouring these muffins while looking at the cute deer herd ambling around 😀


    • At 2013.09.08 18:14, Joanne said:

      The muffins were good. Lots of flavor but def. need to be warm.

    • At 2013.09.07 08:51, Donna said:

      Zoey wanted to practice her herding technique.

      • At 2013.09.08 18:14, Joanne said:

        SO right! I never thought about that. 🙂

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