Banana Muffins

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September 30, 2022
Carole Jones
The other morning during the religious education class that I teach, we had a great debate about exactly when a banana is perfect for eating.  (What this had to do with the Old Testament, I’m not quite sure….)  I like the banana peel to still have a bit of green on the ends.  I won’t even consider eating one that has any brown spots on it.  Too “banana-y”.  My students laughed at that one.  How can a food taste too much like itself?  I don’t know, but I don’t like bananas when they do.
 

Banana Muffins

The only people in our home that will eat a truly ripe banana are the two little ones.  This often leaves me with many over-ripe bananas.  I used to toss them until I discovered that you could freeze them.  Just throw them as-is, peel and all, into the freezer.  When you are ready to bake with them, just set them on the counter for about an hour.

Banana Muffins

 
I made a double batch of these muffins because my “banana shelf” in the freezer was packed.  These are my kids favorite banana muffins and they freeze so beautifully (freezer directions in the recipe).  In the morning, my kids pull one out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave.  Talk about stress-free mornings!

 

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Banana Muffins

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  • Yield: 18 muffins 1x

Ingredients

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  • 3 C flour
  • 1 Tb baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 10 Tb butter, room temperature
  • 1 C light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 C plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 C finely diced banana (about 3 small)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and lightly spray 18 muffin tins.  You could use liners, but the muffins won’t rise as much.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder and soda, salt and nutmeg.  Set aside.  In an electric mixer, cream together butter and sugar for 2 minutes.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl and mix again.
  3. Mix in 1/2 of the dry ingredients.  Mix in 1/3 of the yogurt.  Mix in the remaining dry ingredients in two batches, alternating with yogurt, until incorporated.  You should end with the dry ingredients if you have divided it correctly.  Fold in the diced bananas into the finished batter.
  4. Divide the batter evenly among the 18 muffin tins.  Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.  Allow to cool in pan for 5 minutes, then remove to a wire rack.

Notes

**To freeze, allow muffins to cool completely, then place them on a cookie sheet.  Freeze until hard, then individually wrap them in plastic wrap.  Good for 6 months in the freezer.  To thaw, just leave on the counter overnight, or pop in the microwave still wrapped in plastic wrap for 25 seconds.

  • Author: Carole

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 212
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 105mg
  • Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 32g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Cholesterol: 40mg

Carole Jones

Carole Jones is an Arizona-based cookbook author & food blogger. She's authored The 30 Minute Cooking From Frozen Cookbook and the self-published Take 5: Chicken e-cookbook. For the past 15 years, Carole has shared her culinary adventures cooking and baking for her six brutally honest children here on My Kitchen Escapades. Hot, crusty bread is Carole's love language, but her two adorable grandchildren are a close second. Yes, second. Don't judge.

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