Friday, September 23, 2011
Banana Nut Muffins | Homemade Banana Nut Muffin Recipe
Muffins are completely underrated. Or should I say, homemade, really good muffins are completely underrated. My muffin perspective had been tainted by the bad muffins I would grab at the coffee shop or the airport. These muffins, baked weeks (or months!) ago are too sweet, too dense, too greasy and too heavy. They made me forget how incredibly moist, buttery and delicious a fresh, baked-from-scratch muffin can be.
Treat yourself to a real treat tomorrow morning and whip up these muffins. It won't take you more than 10 minutes to stir them together and 20 minutes to bake. If you're really organized, you can make the batter the night before and bake them in the morning. Your house will be brimming with the best Banana Nut aroma as it bakes - the smell is almost as good as eating the actual muffins... a great way to wake up.
I suggest making these muffins and your own "Pumpkin Spice" latte (recipe coming tomorrow!) on a Saturday morning - your house will feel cozier than the most charming coffee shop... and the muffins will be much better.
Banana Nut Muffins
better than the bakery...
4 overripe bananas
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped
Peel the bananas. Mash them roughly with a fork - leaving some chunky pieces for texture. Place half of them in a KitchenAid fitted with the whisk attachment. Set aside the other half of the bananas.
Add sugar to the KitchenAid, whip them together for 3 minutes until a frothy mixture forms. Add butter, eggs and vanilla. Mix together until combined. Add flour, soda, salt, remaining bananas and nuts. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix.
Scoop the mixture into a non-stick muffin tin (like this Golden-Touch Large Muffin Pan from Williams-Sonoma - it makes Big Muffins!) with an ice cream scoop (here are my favorite scoops). Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes until baked through. Serve with soften butter.
Can't you just taste them now - look at that melting butter!
I used mixed nuts, because that is what I had. You can use any combination you like.
Mash the bananas with a fork - leaving it a little chunky for texture.
Whipped Banana Sugar mixture... yum.