July 29, 2012

Banana Cherry Nut Muffins


I have been buying a lot of bananas lately. This also means that I have had a lot of bananas getting over ripe on me a lot lately. I made some Banana Crumb Muffins about a week or so ago. I had to admit, that is the best banana muffin I have found on allrecipes.com. However, since I had must made that recipe I decided I wanted to do something different with my next batch of banana muffins.


This is where the cherries come in.  I've been on a great big cherry kick.  They have been at really good prices in the grocery stores lately and I've been buying them and eating them like crazy.  I also have my new cherry pitter and absolutely love to use it and having fresh cherries in my baked goods.  So much better than buying a canned cherry any day!
This will definitely be another keeper recipe.  I loved the moist bites of cherries in the muffin, the crunch of the walnuts, and the little bit of chocolate drizzle set it right off the chart for me.

For this muffin I wanted texture, so I used two bananas slightly mashed to go in with the cherries and walnuts in the batter.  Turned out perfect.  At first I was afraid it would leave mushy spots inside the banana, but it didn't, so I was very happy!

Make these muffins for yourself, go out on your porch with your cup of coffee and a couple of these, and enjoy the comfortable morning temps.  Sounds like a perfect situation to me.  ;)



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Banana Cherry Nut Muffins
Ingredients
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 very ripe bananas
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup fresh cherries, pitted and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare muffin pans by lining with 18 muffin liners or spraying pans with non-stick cooking spray.

Sift together flours, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.

Mash two of the bananas with the brown sugar, setting the other two aside until later. Using an electric mixer, mix until thoroughly combined. Add eggs, extracts, and melted butter and mix until all is well incorporated and mixture looks creamy.

Mash the other two bananas, leaving slightly chunky. Mix into wet ingredients along with the chopped cherries and walnuts.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just incorporated. Do not beat!

Bake for 18 -20 minutes (I baked mine 18 exactly). After muffins have slightly cooled top with chocolate drizzle.

Chocolate Drizzle:
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons fat free half and half

Melt chocolate and half and half in the microwave for 1 to 1-1/2 minutes. Stir until smooth.

Notes: You could also add some small pieces of pineapple (fresh or dried) and give this a total "banana split" flavor. Walnuts are optional and other nuts could be substituted.

Details:
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 30 mins
Yield: 18

5 comments:

  1. I am guilty of over buying bananas too. These sound scrumptious

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  2. Looks rich but I wont tell if you dont! Richard

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  3. These sound so inviting. I want to make them now so I can have them with my morning coffee out on the deck! Love the chocolate and cherry combo.

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  4. These look soooooo good! Came over from your Facebook page! Enjoy your weekend!

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  5. I hear you about the bananas. I'm always looking for banana recipes, and this looks wonderful. My husband's favorite fruits are bananas and cherries. I think he'd love these muffins. Definitely making them soon.

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