Baking is one of my true loves. I love blasting the music, taking all the baking essentials out of the cabinets and baking up a storm. I especially love when a recipe turns out so perfect that you want everyone around you to try it so they can experience the magic for themselves. You have to give them the face they can’t say “no” to, the face that says, “turning down a bite would ruin your entire day.” Works like a charm ♥
I had some overly ripe bananas sitting on the counter when I got home on Sunday morning. I usually peel and freeze them for smoothies, but I was in the mood to bake and banana bread sounded fantastic! I decided to make the banana bread recipe into muffins so I could send some home with Kyle, bring some over to my neighbors and take a couple over to my parent’s house! Banana nut muffins are my dad’s favorite! I never like to go anywhere empty handed.
Ingredients: 1 stick unsalted butter, 1 cup sugar, 2 large eggs, 4 slightly brown bananas, 1 1/2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla,
Candied Walnuts: 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 2 tablespoons butter, 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 1/4 cup oats, 1 tablespoon flour, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp salt, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees!
Cream the sugar and butter together in an electric mixer.
Use a fork to smash the bananas.
Add the eggs and banana to the electric mixer. Beat on a low speed.
Sift together flour, soda and salt.
Mix in the flour bowl and vanilla.
Melt the butter on the stovetop on medium heat. Add in the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, vanilla, honey, and walnuts. Cook on medium heat for three to five minutes.
Turn the heat off and mix in the flour and oats.
Line a muffin pan with liners. Spoon in the batter, one tablespoon of the candied walnuts, batter, another tablespoon of walnuts, more batter and then top with more candied walnuts! Layering the nuts and batter gave the muffins the perfect texture!
Bake for about 18-22 minutes. All ovens cook differently, so use the toothpick method to check the centers! That will help you determine if they are done. I always take them out about 1-2 minutes before they are fully cooked and let them continue to cook in the pan. This keeps the muffins SUPER moist.
If you’re looking for a DELICIOUS recipe for banana nut muffins, I promise that these will not disappoint. It was confirmed with everyone who tried one! If you have an office party coming up, a brunch with friends, or just need muffins for the house…you’ll want to make these! They are the people pleasers.
This recipe makes 16 muffins! As you can see, some of the muffins were eaten and did not make it to the photo! Can you blame the muffin thiefs?
I am going to make a healthy version of this recipe with added blueberries sometime this weekend! I will also be making homemade peanut butter cookies, so be on the lookout!
Questions for you!
- What is your favorite muffin flavor?
- Do you enjoy baking?
- Who is the best baker you know?