Caramelized Banana Nut Muffins

I hope all of you had a good weekend! Ours seemed to go by way too fast! Then again, it seems like every weekend goes by too fast. . . You spend all week looking forward to two days and then they disappear in a flash! We spent Saturday hiking at a state park where the leaves were gigantic and the temperature was an invigorating 34 degrees (Fortunately, it warmed up to 41 by the middle of the day!)!

After such a chilly day, these were a perfect excuse to turn on the oven and get the house warmed up from it’s 53 degree state! Perfect for warming the house and satisfying the taste buds! :) The extra step it takes to caramelize the bananas and pecans is well worth your time! The bananas become wonderfully sweet and the pecans get a nice layer of caramel on them bringing plain banana nut muffins to a whole new level!

Throw in some cinnamon and nutmeg, add some maple syrup, and you have banana muffins in fall form!

Caramelized Banana Nut Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 C bananas, about 3
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C finely chopped pecans
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 C granulated sugar substitute
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 C non-fat milk
  • 1/2 C butter (1 stick), melted and cooled

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Lightly spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.
  2. In a medium skillet, melt butter over medium-low heat. Add bananas and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Flip bananas over sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Allow bananas to cook for six minutes or until butter and banana mixture starts to brown. Flip bananas. Add in pecans. Allow to cook for another six minutes or until mixture starts to caramelize and bananas brown. Make sure to move bananas around occasionally to prevent scorching. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, allspice, and sugar substitute.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together syrup, egg, milk, and butter. Gently stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients just until combined.
  5. Gently fold in bananas and pecans.
  6. Spoon muffin batter into muffin tin, filling each cup about 2/3 full. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Store in a tightly covered container.
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Comments

  1. Caramelized bananas on its own sounds amazing–and then you throw it into my fave muffin flavor ever?! That’s heavenly. I want one with my mocha this AM!

  2. Oooooh just the title makes me go “yes. These muffins. Yes. They’re my friends” Mmmmm!!!

  3. Cassie says:

    Caramelizing the bananas for these muffins is genius! What a great way to add flavor. I love it!

  4. My daughter would LOVE these, she is a tiny little banana freak :)

  5. Jenni says:

    Yum, these look so delicious! I once roasted some bananas in the oven (they were bright yellow, but I was craving banana muffins) but caramelizing them with brown sugar and cinnamon sounds amazing!! I am definitely saving this recipe to try! :)

  6. These look soooo good! I haven’t made muffins in literally forever! :)

  7. Mmmm the caramelised banana is a strike of genius :D
    Yum!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  8. Ramona says:

    Love the idea of caramelized bananas… what a flavor punch. :) Great looking muffins and recipe. :)

  9. i love the caramelized bananas in here, such a great touch! can’t wait to try these!

  10. Medeja says:

    I have tried so many banana muffin recipes but nothing like this one! Lovely!

  11. Pamela says:

    Oh my kiddies will love these, anything with banana in it is a go in my home, thanks for sharing!

  12. We finally couldn’t hold off any longer with the heat. It was freezing this morning. The cold means more oven use though. I will take it.

  13. Caramelized bananas are so perfect in muffins!

  14. Bec says:

    I love caramelised bananas. This is literally muffin heaven for me :)

  15. Oooh, the flavour in these must be amazing! Love these!

  16. Joanne says:

    These muffins sound super delicious! I’m sure caramelizing the bananas adds a great depth of flavor!

  17. love the pictures :) and the napkin the muffins are in!

  18. these look so good…I love making muffins…seem like such the perfect breakfast treat!

  19. So many awesome muffin recipes I am overwhelmed!! But in a good way :)

    Love these: who wouldn’t want to bit into this muffin with a hot cup of coffee? Especially with how chilly its been!

    Delicious post

  20. Ciera says:

    These look so delicious! I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend :)

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