Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Banana Nut Muffins

These are super easy to make - only needs a bowl and a spoon to mix up. Make sure the bananas are very ripe for best flavor.

Ingredients - basic recipe with notes on how I actually make it

3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
(note - depends on size, I used 5 of the dinky ones we get in the UK)
1/3 cup melted butter - unsalted
3/4 cup sugar
(note - I used 1/2 cup - depends on how ripe bananas are)
1 egg, beaten
(note - I used 2 eggs - why? Because I'm the Mommy)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (toasted or raw)
dashes of spices of your choice - I use cinnamon, nutmeg


No need for a mixer with this recipe. Get out a comfy mixing bowl and big spoon

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl.

2 Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla.

3 Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in.

4 Add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. Fold in the chopped walnuts.

5 Pour mixture into a prepared (this means well buttered) muffin tin.

6 Bake for 25-30 minutes. (My crazy UK fan oven did them in 23 - so check after 20 min to see how done they are)
Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it's done. Cool on a rack.

Makes 12 muffins.