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Banana Crunch Muffins

These muffins turn out perfectly every time.  Make sure not to over bake them! Remove them from the oven just as they begin to lightly darken! Another recipe from The Barefoot Contessa by Ina Garten. Makes about 34 standard size muffins. For the crunch, I use my Toasted Barley & Berry Granola recipe found on this site.

3 cups all purpose flour

2 cups sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted

2 extra-large eggs

3/4 cup milk

2 teaspoons vanilla

1 cup mashed very ripe banana (2 bananas)

1 cup diced ripe banana (1 banana)

1 cup chopped walnuts

1 cup granola (Barley & Berry Granola recipe found on this site)

1 cup flaked unsweetened coconut (large flake style found at health food stores)

Optional: dried banana chips, granola or coconut

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin tins with paper liners.
  • In a large bowl of an electric mixer whisk or sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, & salt.
  • Add the melted butter and combine with paddle attachment. Do not over mix. This toughens the dough.
  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, milk, vanilla & mashed bananas. Add to the dough and do not overmix.
  • Fold in the diced bananas, walnuts, granola & coconut.
  • Spoon batter into paper liners, filling 3/4 full.
  • Top with dried banana chips, granola or coconut if desired.
  • Bake 15-20 minutes or until tops just begin to darken and an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Cool!