Banana Nut Birthday Muffins

My hubby celebrated a birthday last weekend, and I started his day off right with his annual birthday breakfast request – Banana Nut Muffins. He’s a stickler for this particular recipe, both because it doesn’t have chocolate chips in it (but hey, add ’em in if you want!) and because it’s not too sweet or dry. I chalk up those last¬†points to¬†using apple sauce – a great alternative to keep sugar down and moisture in.

Mixing the muffins - yum!

Mixing the muffins – yum!

I’m also a bit of a stickler when it comes to making muffins. I insist on using my Pampered Chef muffin stone for the best results. Nothing is better than a muffin that’s slightly crisp on the outside and delightfully moist on the inside! And, honestly, there’s no better stoneware on the market, in my opinion, than tried-and-true Pampered Chef.

So, without further adieu, here’s the recipe. It generally yields 12 big muffins or 24 little ones:

Ingredients:

4-5 ripe bananas

4 tbsps. olive oil

1 C white sugar

1 1/2 C flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1 egg

1/2 C apple sauce

3/4 C walnut pieces

Method:

Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

Mix bananas, sugar, oil and apple sauce. Mash well.

Add flour, baking soda, egg and nuts. Mix well.

Bake @ 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 and continue baking for 35 minutes.

Let cool for 10 minutes before removing to cooling rack (or taste-testing – you know, as a quality assurance thing).

Happy baking!

The finished product - delicious success!

The finished product – a delicious success!

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