This is a blog for people to discuss what they are eating. There is a theory that by journaling eating habits, people will eat healthier. I am trying to cook more at home and feed my family a wider variety of foods. People can just read or join as co-authors. Topics don't have to be recipes with nice photos. You can write about eating habits, special diets, culinary cultural differences, etc.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Banana Walnut Muffins

I was staring at these 3 tired old bananas, and thought I'd use 'em up tout de suite.  I found an old banana bread recipe, but didn't really want to do a big old loaf so I made it for muffins instead, with a few modifications...

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour (though you could use all-purpose)
  • 2/3 cup sugar (the original recipe calls for 1 cup but I just didn't want to use that much)
  • 3 mashed bananas
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts (I think I could have added more)
  • pinch of salt

If you're doing the loaf, it calls for baking it at 325 degrees for 1 hour, but I baked it at 25 minutes in a muffin tin and they turned out well!  It was a fairly thick batter, but I think it's because I was just doing it in one bowl and was adding the ingredients as I went along.    When I make this again, I think that I'll change the sequence to : bananas, sugar, butter, eggs, cinnamon, soda, vanilla, salt then the flour!  Then I won't work so hard to incorporate everything!  
Just had a  muffin with some yummy red roiboos tea with milk.  They go really well together!


Blogger Arsenette said...

Oh my they look delicious! I admit I'm a self-proclaimed muffin person. I prefer muffins over cakes and to some extent breads (the flavored ones at least). This looks good and I'm not much of a "banana" person. Thanks! I might actually try doing this some day!

January 7, 2009 at 10:12 PM

Blogger tricia said...

Love my banana bread recipe but hate making the loaves - muffins sounds so much better and don't sound as dense. I've put my batter in a cake pan before and just put a glaze on top. Texture came out totally different, really light, and was good.

I actually have 3 bananas sitting on top of the toaster staring at me. By this weekend they'll be just ripe....feel like a baking day coming on.

Thanks for the inspiration.

January 7, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Blogger chaki said...

No walnuts, gotta have those choco chips in there though!!! Muffins are definitely more portable and are easier beings. But the cinnamon. Love cinnamon... Mmm..

January 8, 2009 at 12:28 AM

Blogger Desiree B said...

Happy to report that the muffins have held up nicely second day. I worried that it would be dry but they're still yummy!

January 8, 2009 at 7:13 PM

Blogger Some Kinda Wonderful said...

Lovely looking muffins. I have developed a taste for banana bread lately. I'm trying to turn us into a "no waste" household... Besides, banana bread is one of those things that you can actually substitute Splenda for the sugar and it turns out right. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

January 9, 2009 at 5:35 AM


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