Every Thursday, The Goose and I set aside some time in the afternoon to make a special recipe together. We spend all week deciding what we’re going to make, then on Thursday we head to the grocery store to buy any ingredients we don’t already have in the house before coming home and getting to work. Over the summer we’ve made chocolate sponge cake, jumbo blueberry muffins, deep dish pumpkin pie, and chocolate ice cream.
A few weeks ago, after we made our jumbo blueberry muffins, The Goose remembered that his very favorite muffin is the Banana Nut Muffin. So that’s what we decided to make the very next week. (Which was good, because it gave me a few days to make sure our bananas got a little too ripe).
My Banana Nut Muffin recipe was inspired by a banana bread recipe I found in my Granny’s cookbook. The recipe, called Aunt Lena’s Banana Bread, has been my go to recipe for banana bread for years. I’ve made a few changes – replacing the shortening with butter, adding a bit more banana and a touch of cinnamon – and the results have been fantastic! Even though we aren’t quite sure who Aunt Lena is – my mom thinks maybe she was my Great Grandma’s sister – I can tell you one thing… her recipe is definitely a hit.
Banana Nut Muffins
1 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cup mashed bananas (approximately 3 bananas)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
Cream together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla, and continue to beat for 30 seconds, or until well incorporated.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and beat on low for one minute, or until well blended.
Add in the bananas and walnuts, and stir gently to mix.
Pour the muffin batter evenly into 12 muffin cups, filling each cup about 2/3 full.
Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.