Banana Date Nut Muffins

food-9732I love bananas, so rarely do we end up with overripe bananas in our house. But when I get the opportunity and find speckled, browning bananas on my hands, I have the chance to make one of my favorite breakfast treats…banana muffins! This recipe is my best one to date, (in my opinion, anyway) and was inspired by Smitten Kitchen (www.smittenkitchen.com), The New Settlement Cookbook, and the leftover dates I had in the pantry. You might consider them a bit healthier (if there truly is such a thing in a muffin) with the addition of whole wheat flour and the dates. I honestly think that I could use only whole wheat flour next time, and they would still turn out wonderful. Great with a cup of coffee or a glass of milk and a pat of butter.

4 ripe bananas

1/3 c melted unsalted butter

¾ c light brown or natural sugar (such as turbinado)

1 egg, beaten

1 t vanilla extract

1 T buttermilk

1 t cinnamon

½ t nutmeg

Pinch ground cloves

1 t baking soda

¼ t salt

1 c all-purpose flour

½ c whole wheat flour

1/3 c chopped dates

1/3 c chopped walnuts

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put whole bananas on a cookie sheet and place in oven during preheat. Let bake in the oven about 10 minutes or until the peels have blackened and the bananas start to release their juices. Remove from oven and let cool.

 

Remove bananas from their peels and place in a large mixing bowl. Mash bananas with a fork. Add butter and mix with a wooden spoon. Mix in sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and buttermilk. Add the spices and mix. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over and mix in. Add the flours and mix just until blended. Add the dates and walnuts and mix.

 

Pour batter into muffin tin lined with papers. Bake in oven for 22-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins.

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