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I hope all of you had a pleasant weekend wherever you are. But I don’t know if it was the heat or what, but over this past weekend all of the bananas I had ripened in the blink of an eye. I didn’t know what to do. I have loads of bananas in the freezer and I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat all of the bananas on my own. So of course I turned to my ever-reliable baking skills. I wasn’t really feeling like banana bread so instead I decided to make some cute little banana muffins. Perfect for a quick snack or to grab as you are running out the door.
What I love most about muffins is that they are so easy to make but still so good. All you need to do, is throw all the ingredients together, fill up a pan with batter, bake it, and viola. A delicious snack for days! And on top of that, they are so easy to adapt to suit your own tastes once you have a delicious base to work with. Throw in some dried fruit, a few nuts, and you have a completely different flavor than every other batch that you have made before.
I ended up making four batches of these muffins, in order to deplete my banana supply to a reasonable amount (There had been a sale and I had been ambitious). I had so much fun making these and was able to get rid of almost all of the bananas, and I am pretty much the favorite for all of my friends who got their own complimentary batch of muffins because I knew I wouldn’t be able to eat all of the muffins on my own either. Overall it was a very banana filled weekend that I thoroughly enjoyed.
How do you all like your bananas to be normally when you eat them? I want to hear what all of you have to say because this has been a big discussion in my house as of late. I like my bananas to be incredibly brown and spotty while basically everybody else thinks that is disgusting and either hate bananas all together or likes them almost green. I don’t know how they can even stomach them like that, if I eat a banana that’s even just yellow with no brown my stomach disagrees (and lets me know it).
Although I love banana muffins on their own, nothing is more satisfying to me than when you bite into something warm and soft and get a hint of crunch in it. Hence the addition of the banana chips and walnut to this recipe. Yum! Although I did add both of the ingredients in the batter as well as on the top of muffins you can omit one or the other to suit your crunchiness desire or you can completely cut them out. You don’t need to worry about the muffins losing any flavor because they are amazing all on their own.
- 2 - 2 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 2/3- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fine salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 4 bananas, mashed
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 3/4 cup 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk
- 2 tablespoons flax meal
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
- 1/2 cup banana chips, chopped
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup vegan butter, melted
- Walnuts, halves
- Banana Chips
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine flour, oats, baking soda, brown sugar, salt, and cinnamon together in a medium to large mixing bowl and whisk together lightly until all ingredients are evenly distributed. In a separate bowl, mix together bananas, oil, milk, flax meal, and vanilla extract until a smooth consistency is reached.
- Combine together the two bowls, adding in walnuts and banana chips, and then mix until a slightly thick dough begins to form, making sure to not over stir.
- In a small microwavable-safe bowl, microwave the butter for 20-30 seconds or until fully melted and then add in sugar and cinnamon before mixing together.
- Take a muffin tin and either spray or line each slot with cupcake liners before filling each cup about ¾ way full with dough. Then place one walnut half and one banana chip on the top of each Place in oven and allow to bake for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean (the banana chips may turn browner on the edges but that is no indication that the muffins themselves are done).
- Allow to cool for a few minutes before attempting to remove and then enjoy.