Flavorful Banana Walnut Muffins

image of bananas, walnuts, and muffins with melting pat of butter from figs_with_bri.com

Bananas are a staple food in our house. My hubby eats several daily. He likes eating bananas a bit hard and slightly unripe. Takes a couple with him at night to stave off hunger pangs, which often keep him awake.

I don’t eat bananas often, but definitely prefer them ripe with speckled skins indicating the sugars have sweetened the fruit. Speckled or even slightly blackened-skin bananas (way past ripe) are ‘perfect’ for making yummy banana walnut muffins.

image gray and white cat sleeping by cast iron wood stove

The day after Thanksgiving last November, we had several speckled bananas in the fruit bowl. Since we hadn’t gotten together with family (who were out-of-town) to celebrate the annual holiday, I was in the mood to do some baking. Woke up to a gorgeous sunny winter morning, fired up the wood stove to keep our kitty warm, and headed over to the kitchen to make muffins.

Banana Walnut Muffins

Inspired by ‘A World of Breads’ by Dolores  Casella (out-of-print). [David White Company, New York, 1966.] I combined two of her recipes on pgs. 12 & 23.

Mrs. Casella’s introduces the Muffins section by writing:
“Muffins for breakfast, lunch, or dinner are always well received. And not to be overlooked is the fact that muffins are even more quickly and easily made than are biscuits. There is no kneading, rolling, or cutting required, the batter being simply dropped into a well-buttered muffin tin and baked.”

INGREDIENTS: (Organic, if possible)
Yield: This is a large recipe that makes 2 dozen muffins.

4 cups of organic unbleached, all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
OPT: 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg
Cynthe’s TIP: If you live in Sonoma county, Oliver’s Market carries ORGANIC spices in the bulk section. YAY! If you live elsewhere, ask your grocer to purchase organic spices, too.
1/2 cup organic sugar (turbinado or brown)
1-3/4c mashed very ripe organic bananas (4-5 bananas)
1/2 cup melted organic butter
3/4 cup buttermilk (this is difficult to find organic)
1 cup chopped organic or non-sprayed walnuts

image muffin tins filled with batter and hot out of the oven golden brown muffins
Muffin batter should be lumpy…moistened through, but not beaten. The baked muffins are most fragrant hot out of the oven.

Pre-heat oven to 400F

SIFT the dry ingredients.
ADD the liquid ingredients all at once.
Cynthe’s TIP: The single most important item to remember is to stir – never beat – the batter just enough to moisten the dry ingredients; the batter should be lumpy and rough.
FILL greased muffin tins only two-thirds full to allow room for expansion.
BAKE in two buttered muffin pans for 20-25 minutes or until slightly golden brown and done.

image butter melting on a banana walnut muffin at figs_with_bri.com
Flavorful Banana Walnut muffins are great for breakfast or as snacks.

SERVE hot with plenty of butter and jam. Although they are plenty flavorful without any added jam. And interestingly, the flavor is almost more pronounced at room temperature (so these muffins make great snacks), though the aroma is best hot from the oven.

Banana Walnut Muffins are nice for breakfast or brunch, lunch or dinner, with the topping of your choice, butter & jam, maple syrup. A versatile quick bread they can be served alongside eggs & omelets, fruit salads, with yogurt, or eaten as a snack.

image of hot muffin with melting butter from figs_with_bri.com
So while it’s still wintery, let a few of your bananas ripen ’til their skins become spotted. Perfect for making these yummy muffins!

Spring is arriving early here in California, an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. And I have aromatic ‘blackened skin’ bananas in my fruit bowl. Guess it’s time to make banana muffins again before the winter’s entirely gone.

6 thoughts on “Flavorful Banana Walnut Muffins”

  1. Hi! Grandma Kat ~ Hope you enjoy them. If you use the recipe in your great collection, please put a link back to our site. Much appreciated!

    Also, I went to take a look at your recipe collection. It would be fun if folks could make comments about the ones they’ve tried OR post link to similar recipes we’ve made ourselves….I’m thinking of your berry and lemon ice cream recipe ’cause I have a super Strawberry-Blushed Lemon Ice Cream recipe on another blog I write. It’s a real winner!!

  2. Hello Cynthe!
    Thanks for the banana walnut muffins recipe.
    This one is pretty easy to make.
    I’ll create one for sure, my kids are gonna like it 🙂
    If you don’t mind, can I submit your banana walnut muffins photo in http://www.foodporn.net ?
    It’s a food photography site full of all DIY food pictures from members around the world. Or perhaps you’d like to submit by yourself? Let me know when you did, so I can share it.

  3. Hi! Kat ~ Do you run the foodporn site? Looks like my photo will need to be re-cropped to a square shape to work with the foodporn format. I’ll try to submit some images when I have time.

    Where would you like to share the banana muffin photo? Let me know, it may be just fine to do so as long as it links back to this original article. Thanks for asking! Not everyone is so considerate. Let me know if your kids like the muffins!

  4. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kindly comment, Bernideen. Your Tea Time blog is such FUN and has inspired ideas for a few articles I’ve yet to write. The past year’s been so busy I’m way behind on all the blog post ideas I have! Guess I’ll go have my morning tea and plan my spring rose jelly recipes.

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