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  • Banana Walnut Muffin

    Posted on | December 1, 2008 | 34 Comments |

    Regular readers might know that I am not much of a baker. Actually, I don’t bake at all! Following a recipe to the exact measures is not something I can do very well. I always have to make some substitution or variation to make a recipe my own. Without having any basics in baking, I don’t have the know-how to make successful alterations, which makes it a very boring process. So I normally stay away from baking altogether.

    Well, that changed last week when I had a week off, the first part of which I was at home. The plan was to just vegetate and relax and recuperate. It was fun for the first three days, and then I got somewhat bored. I had resolved to stay inside the house those days (a small money saving tip for shopaholics like me) so I had to find something to do in the house to keep myself busy and I decided to give baking a chance. All I had in hand were a couple of mushy bananas, and all I could think of were Banana Nut Muffins, my favorite kind of muffins!

    My Baking book by Carole Clements (which I picked up at some sale years ago) had a bunch of muffin recipes. I followed the basic muffin recipe from there and referred to Tyler Florence’s banana nut muffin recipe on the Internet and made my first ever banana walnut muffins. These turned out to be pretty good! These were really moist inside with just the right amount of sweetness and with all the extra walnuts I added, I liked these better than the store bought versions, I couldn’t believe I made these! Also, it was so darn easy and the kitchen smelled so nice, I am loving this baking thing! I know, muffins are the easiest baked goods, but one day I might even get to a real yeast bread!

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    (For 6 muffins)

    • 1 cup all purpose flour
    • 3/4 tsp baking soda
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 2 ripe bananas
    • 1 tsp vanilla essence
    • 1 small egg
    • 1/3 cup sugar, firmly packed
    • 1/6 cup melted butter
    • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted


    Preheat the oven to 350°F.

    Line 6 muffin cups with paper liners or with vegetable oil.

    In a bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt and keep aside.

    In a large bowl, place the bananas and smash with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the melted butter, sugar, egg and vanilla essence to the bowl and beat well to combine.

    Add the dry ingredients and mix until just incorporated. With a wooden spoon, stir in the chopped walnuts.

    Fill the prepared cups two-thirds full. Sprinkle some walnut pieces on top. For even baking, half-fill the empty cups with water.

    Bake for 20-25 minutes. Muffins are done if a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Transfer to a rack to cool.

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    These muffins tasted better the next day. You can refrigerate these and heat gently in the microwave for a quick and easy breakfast.

    Category: Baked Goods, Banana, Breakfast and Brunch, Nuts

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    34 Responses to “Banana Walnut Muffin”

    1. Happy Cook
      December 1st, 2008 @ 12:04 am

      Wow that says it all :-)
      It looks beautiful and delicious.
      I love muffins with banana and walnuts. It is a wonderfull combo.
      Looking forward to all your bakings from now one

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

        Thanks HC! :)

    2. Raaga
      December 1st, 2008 @ 12:13 am

      Absolutely yummy… when I posted this:

      your comment was:
      home baked muffins for a road trip, you are amazing sweetheart… Banana nut muffins with extra nuts are my favorites, but I have to make do with store bought ones… Its about time I get over my fear of baking, huh? :)

      So, I am so glad you have gotten over yor fear of baking.

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:35 pm

        oh yeah I forgot about your muffins… I do remember admiring them on your site though… :)

    3. sra
      December 1st, 2008 @ 12:57 am

      Hey Sig, you’ve been busy, and so many posts too – have been preoccupied with the events here :cry: and couldn’t keep up.

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:37 pm

        I finished up a bunch of pending drafts during the holidays and used the new WordPress scheduling feature to publish one by one while I was away! Glad I got away with all the drafts… , these were really bothering me… Don’t worry about keeping up with the posts… I know how busy it can get! :)

    4. Meeta
      December 1st, 2008 @ 1:05 am

      looks sensational!

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

        Thanks Meeta! :)

    5. arundati
      December 1st, 2008 @ 2:29 am

      cant believe you haven’t baked!! am glad you did…. this looks fab!!

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:39 pm

        :) I know, I give that appearance of a big time cook right? Its all smoke and mirrors ;) Oh and thanks :)

    6. Manasi
      December 1st, 2008 @ 2:31 am

      Its always muffin time around here when the bananas decide to go rot. This recipe looks like a keeper. Maybe this time I’ll decide to let the bananas rot :wink:

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:40 pm

        Yeah I have thrown away rotten bananas before, not anymore :)

    7. sunita
      December 1st, 2008 @ 5:38 am

      Those muffins look perfect! Glad you decided to have a go at baking. It’s such fun, once you get used to it :smile:

      btw, you’ve got mail :smile:

      • sig
        December 1st, 2008 @ 5:41 pm

        Oh yeah, you baking queen… :) Hope I will be as creative in the baking front as you are one day!

    8. nags
      December 1st, 2008 @ 6:03 pm

      lovely! i love baking but never do enough of it.

    9. Ramya
      December 1st, 2008 @ 7:32 pm

      The muffins looks gorgeous, it definetly looks moist.

    10. rachel
      December 1st, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

      am so glad you baked that I got to see these gorgeous creations presented so prettily…

    11. Remya Sushanth
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 12:35 am

      Hey Sig, the Muffins look mouthwatering. :smile: Especially the combination seems to be awsome. Myself an Amateur cook. I do try most of your recipes which comes out well and my family really loves it. Isnt that :cool:

    12. Swapna
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 6:17 am

      Muffins looks delicious….I love baking and it’s very easy and fun once you get used to it :neutral:

    13. Namratha
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:16 am

      Looks good Sig, I baked a banana walnut loaf…great bakers think alike eh? :wink: Ya ya you are being crowned a great baker… :grin:

    14. Aparna
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 9:58 am

      Looking at these pictures, no one would believe these are a first time effort.
      So maybe we’ll be seeing more such stuff here. :???: And I’m looking forward to the day of the yeasted bread. :wink:

    15. sharmi
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 10:47 am

      your Pics are getting too good and professional :smile: hmmm Simply awesome.
      I too make these when bananas starts to darken and everybody starts ignoring it :wink:

    16. Joie de vivre
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 2:02 pm

      Well done! See, you can bake if you put your mind to it! :)

    17. Pearl
      December 2nd, 2008 @ 8:54 pm

      wow! thanks for sharing – they are so adorable!

    18. priyanka
      December 6th, 2008 @ 7:56 pm

      One of my favorite muffins (and i like only a couple of flavors)…the pic is pretty tempting. However i usually make muffins without eggs:)

    19. srilekha
      December 12th, 2008 @ 12:56 pm

      wow! it looks delicious and yum!
      join in the sweet event going in my blog!
      do visit my blog when u find time!

    20. Banana Muffins
      December 12th, 2008 @ 11:43 pm

      comes out great, thanks.
      here is another nice one:

    21. Susan from Food Blogga
      December 17th, 2008 @ 4:38 pm

      These are the prettiest muffins, Sig. The orange mat just makes them pop!

    22. lena
      February 19th, 2009 @ 7:06 am

      hi sig,
      i tried this and came out perfect for me n my 1 year old..
      i love ur blog…photography..u r an inspiration to me nt just in cooking…


      • sig
        February 19th, 2009 @ 11:25 pm

        Thanks Lena! Glad it turned out well for you.

    23. Cathy
      February 27th, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

      Hey sig,

      When you say vanilla essence, do you mean vanilla extract? If not, can I use vanilla extract? or do i have to buy vanilla essence?? :mrgreen:

    24. SRC
      April 24th, 2010 @ 3:52 pm

      I was looking for a simple muffin recipe for quite sometime and tried yours today. They came out perfect and everyone at home loved it.

    25. Lina
      December 24th, 2010 @ 5:51 pm

      Ah, i made them in a smaller version in a muffin pan – so yummy and so easy! Thanks for the recipe =D