Banana Muffins

January 14, 2008 · 18 comments · Print This Post

in Baked Goods, Breakfast, Desserts, Muffins

Snow Day Muffins

One of the really fabulous things about working for a college in Boston is that I get Snow Days! Obviously I had to take complete advantage of this luxurious and unexpected long weekend so I decided to make some muffins. I was also in desperate need of some cooking redemption as both recipes that I made this weekend turned out terribly, including a cheesecake that didn’t completely set-up and Ina Garten’s Parmesan Chicken that I totally burned. Oops! Apparently I had some bad kitchen karma going on. Thankfully my mixer mojo was back in force today.

So, about this muffin batter. It makes an obscene amount. The thought of 18 muffins seemed a little redundant so I made 12 muffins and then poured the rest of the batter into a loaf pan. Now we have tasty muffins and walnut studded banana bread. All of which will probably end up at CK’s office tomorrow, but for the time being it smells pretty awesome in here. Plus the muffins had crunchy tops and moist centers. You can’t really ask for anything more. Now back to my pajama wearing, Jane Austen watching day.

Combine the Dry Ingredients
Combine the Dry Ingredients
Mix the Wet Ingredients
Mix the Wet Ingredients
Mash the Bananas
Mash the Bananas
Stir Together
Stir Together
Scoop & Bake
Scoop & Bake

Banana Muffins (Based on Giada De Laurentiis’s recipe originally published on the Food Network)

Makes 18 Muffins (or do what I did and bake 12 muffins and spoon the rest of the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 40-45 minutes)

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
4 ripe bananas, peeled and coarsely mashed

1 cup walnuts (Note: Totally optional, but I can’t imagine banana anything without some crunchy walnuts).

Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, baking powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg in a medium bowl to blend. Beat the sugar, oil, eggs, and vanilla in a large bowl to blend. Stir in the banana. Add the dry ingredients and walnuts, and stir just until blended.

Divide the batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake the muffins on the middle rack until the tops are golden brown and a tester inserted into the center comes out with no crumbs attached, about 25 minutes. Transfer the muffins to a rack and cool slightly.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Anna January 14, 2008 at 1:56 pm

Please feel free to teleport some to my office, the land of no snow days 🙁

they look lovely and delicious!


2 Erin January 14, 2008 at 1:58 pm

Anna – I’ll just get out my handy dandy sonic screwdriver and convert the dishwasher into a teleportation device. Expect muffins to appear in your fax machine shortly.


3 Bren January 14, 2008 at 2:45 pm

I wish I wish I wish it snowed in Atlanta! I miss home for that reason. How do find time to cook all these things!?! How great Erin. If only teleportation devices could deliver such things. 🙂


4 leigh January 14, 2008 at 3:08 pm

hey erin, i noticied i’m not a dinner guest anymore. 🙁


5 Erin January 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm

Bren – With the whole Global Warming thing you might just get your wish. Last week it was 60 plus degrees here. As for how I find time to cook, I guess I just really enjoy it so much that it tends not to feel like a chore (you know like working out or vacuuming). Plus it helps that my boyfriend almost always does the dishes after I make something. I’m a little spoiled.

Leigh – You’ve got to actually come over for dinner 😉 you’re still a “kitchen distraction” though.


6 Lys January 14, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Oh those look fabulous. I’m jealous y’all got a snow day but my shoe collection is breathing a collective sigh of relief that I’ll be up in Mass AFTER the snow. Let’s just hope it stops by March or so.


7 Lys January 14, 2008 at 3:50 pm

BTW – Parmesan Chicken – I saw that recipe this weekend and was intrigued. Any pointers?


8 Erin January 14, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Lys – Yeah we watched the same episode apparently. No pointers from me. I burned the hell out of the coating and then the topping completely flaked off. I ended up just scraping it all off and browning the chicken. It was pretty disappointing. I make something similar and I usually bake it. So if anything I’d bake the chicken if you decide to try it. In addition, dredging the chicken in flour before the egg wash makes a complete and total mess. I would recommend just dipping the chicken in the wash first, skip the flour, and finally cover the chicken in bread crumbs and parm. I pretty much cursed Ina Garten last night.


9 leigh January 14, 2008 at 4:44 pm

ahh! i see!


10 Abbey January 15, 2008 at 12:16 am

Oh how I miss snow days! I think the entire time I was in college back east we had two…and that was setting a record! Of course now that I, too, work at a college I get NO snow days ever because snow in Santa Cruz would probably be a tell-tale that the world was ending. : )

Those muffins look fantastic! I have a weakness for muffins…my absolute favorite is the Tri-Berry Muffin from Ina Garten…it’s my Go-To. I even reworked them to become Vegan for some co-workers for Christmas. THAT was an adventure because I am one of the most non-vegan eating people around!

Hope you enjoyed your snowy, wonderful day!


11 wummy January 15, 2008 at 8:04 am



12 peabody January 16, 2008 at 1:57 am

There is nothing more comforting then I nice banana muffin.


13 Nix January 16, 2008 at 7:05 am

I couldn’t agree more. I would love to have some of your delicious banananana muffins teleported to the bank today. It would make my work day much much more bearable.


14 kat January 17, 2008 at 5:14 pm

hmmm…pictures are broken?


15 Holly January 18, 2008 at 1:04 pm

I was the Muffin (Wo)Man on Sunday!! Mine were raspberry…and all gone by Sunday night!

Your melting butter shot looks like something straight off a muffin recipe book- nice angle and lighting!


16 chiffOnade January 25, 2008 at 7:45 pm

You said: “I <3 snow days and baking muffins in my pajamas.”

<3 ??? What does that mean?


17 Erin February 22, 2012 at 11:39 am

it means a love.. its a side ways heart


18 Erin February 22, 2012 at 11:38 am

My mom makes these too, we use up the overly ripe brown bananas instead of throwing them away. She adds walnuts and they are so yummy!! She bakes them in mini-muffin pan which enables us to eat them in one bite 🙂 So happy I found this blog I can’t wait to try out all your recipes.


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