Thursday, June 30, 2011

Banana Nut Muffins - 7 points

Notice my completely unevenly sized muffins? That is because I was making them hastily. I spotted my father-in-law, who was trying to be sneaky, mowing my lawn. I thought he needed a thank you, so I whipped up a batch of muffins for him to enjoy when he was finished with the yard. Even - no. Delicious - yes.

Banana Nut Muffins adapted from The All New Good Housekeeping Cook Book
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp cold butter, cut into pieces
1 cup walnuts, chopped
3 overripe bananas, chopped
1/3 cup milk
1/2 cup apple sauce
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Use a hand held mixer on low speed to combine the ingredients until the mixture resembles large crumbs.  Stir in walnuts.
2. In a medium bowl, combine bananas, milk, apple sauce, and vanilla. Use hand held mixer to blend until smooth.
3. Add banana mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until combined.
4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups; bake 25-30 minutes at 400F. Immediately remove from tins after baking; place on a wire rack to cool.
5. Yields 12, 7 point servings

I enjoyed this muffin guilt free, since I went for an hour long bike ride this morning. My father brought me a bike a year ago, and I finally got it in riding condition. I hadn't ridden one in years; I remembered how much fun it was but I had forgotten how much exercise it is. I am not ashamed to admit that there were a couple of hills that almost defeated me. The fun still outweighs the pain, and burning enough calories to earn a muffin is a big plus.


  1. These are perfect for breackfast! Have a nice w/end

  2. This looks delicious! I love banana bread in the morning for breakfast too!


  3. Uneven muffins show it was hand made therefore more valuable. Also if you serve one at a time on its own there another another muffin to compare with:)

  4. Uneven? Who cares? As long as they taste delicious. i bet they do!

  5. They do look delicious, so who cares if they're uneven! Great post and treat for your father-in-law!

  6. Eh, muffins are meant to be rustic-looking. And they sound delicious!

  7. Great wonky muffins :) Gives them character!

    I hope your wore your helmet!

  8. Manu- You have a nice weekend as well.
    Yasmin- Me, too.
    Maris - Thanks.
    Three-Cookies - That is true - you don't really see them all lined up together, so how would know?
    Anna - They were tasty:)
    Yummychunklet - Thanks.
    Joanne - Thank you.
    Parsley - I sure did. I wanted a pretty pink helmet, but I told myself that will be a reward if I keep biking faithfully for a few months. So, I just have a plain white one - definitely would never bike without one!
    Rita - Thank you.
    Priya - Thanks

  9. A classic ~ makes for a great homemade breakfast!
    US Masala

  10. delicious addition of applesauce looks wonderful
    torviewtoronto and createwithmom


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