Banana Nut Muffins

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Banana Nut Muffins
barely modified from Simply Recipes

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 small, ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon strong brewed coffee (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1-1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (toasted or raw)

Method

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

Thoroughly mash the bananas in a large bowl. Stir the melted butter into the bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla extract.

Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt in another small bowl. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, a third at a time, stirring until it is just incorporated. (Do not over-mix! Over-mixing will result in dense, tough muffins.). Fold in the chopped walnuts or pecans.

Lightly spoon the mixture into prepared muffin tin. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes. Check for doneness by pressing down on the top of the muffin. If it bounces back, it’s done. You can also test by inserting a skewer or other tester into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done.

Cool on a rack.

NOTES

Not-too-sweet nutty banana goodness. These are a fabulous change of pace from the usual banana bread and a pretty healthy start to the day on top of that. Nice to have another quick breakfast food in my repertoire!

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