Banana Nut Muffins + Thursday Thoughts

Banana bread and banana muffins are always something I make when there is a surplus of overripe bananas or when the freezer has reached its frozen banana capacity. I don't love raw bananas but I LOVE banana bread. I have been making a version of these muffins for years and have finally compiled ingredients and written a recipe. I always add chopped walnuts when I have them and add chocolate chips depending on the crowd. I will sometimes make them in mini loaf pans but muffins are so easy to share. 

The best thing about these? They are dairy free and oil free so they are perfect for someone watching their cholesterol since they do not contain butter. They are also great for anyone who can't consume dairy. 

banana nut muffins

Below the recipe I have included the first installment of Thursday Thoughts, which are a few things to help get you through the rest of the week! 

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Banana Nut Muffins
Flavorful banana muffins packed with bananas, walnuts, and chocolate chips.
  • 4 small-medium bananas (very ripe)
  • 1/2 C granulated sugar
  • 1/2 C brown sugar
  • 1/2 C unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 t vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 T baking powder
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 T ground cinnamon
  • 2 C all purpose flour
  • 1/2 C chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 C semi sweet chocolate chips (optional)
1. In a standing mixer fixed with the whisk attachment, beat the bananas on low until the mixture is shiny and the pieces are small (about two minutes). Add the sugar and beat until combined. Let sit for 10 minutes. 2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare a standard muffin tin with baking cups.3. Add the applesauce, vanilla, and eggs to the banana mixture and beat until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.4. Add the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon and beat until combined. Add the flour, one cup at a time, incorporating fully before adding the next cup. 5. Using a spatula scrape down the sides of the bowl and fold in the chopped nuts and chocolate chips. 6. Fill the muffins liners 3/4 full of batter and bake for 17-20 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.**Since there are chocolate chips in this the toothpick will likely come out with chocolate on it, just make sure there is no batter on it to test doneness.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 19 standard muffins
banana nut muffin

Thursday Thoughts is a new segment to my blog that I will attempt to publish most Thursday, along with a recipe of course. It will be full of links to varying things that stuck out to me during the week including podcasts that I like, songs that I can’t hear enough of, products I love, and inspiration. I am growing a business and brand and am educating myself more through articles, podcasts, and books so some might be on the #girlboss side of things. Hopefully these links and notes will help you pull through the rest of your week!

Thursday Thoughts #1

·      I can’t get enough of Jess Lively’s podcasts! I have been listening to her older ones and am moving through them fairly quickly, I have listened to about 8 in the last few days. I really enjoyed Episode #80 with finance guru Farnoosh Torabi. I am a huge believer in spreading financial literacy and learning more for myself so you can count me in for any interesting but accessible podcast about that topic

·     Cooking Light has been killing it recently with their recipes, photos, and trends. They are not the boring, bland magazine they used to be but their recipes are flavorful, unique, and fun! I recommend checking out their holiday issues (they have a massive Thanksgiving/30th anniversary issue that just left the stands and a Christmas issue that is out right now). I made these and they were so good!

·      The movie Mona Lisa Smiles is on Netflix right now and it is AMAZING and my favorite Julia Roberts film. It takes place in the early 1950s in Boston and the setting will make your fall complete (at least to a California girl). Grab a big mug of cocoa, a blanket and hunker down for a fabulous hour and a half

·      Scoutmob is a fabulously curated site that I have loved for years but I am looking at it again because I am trying to figure out what I am going to give friends and family for the holidays (yay!)

banana nut muffin