Thursday, March 30, 2006

Spring Break Snack - Banana Nut Muffins

Banana nut muffin

Banana Nut Muffins


I am not much of a baker. My repertoire of baking is limited to the cake mixes. I can make a decent cake with the boxed mixes, but since my kids don't eat cake (!), I have no incentive to expand my culinary skills in that direction.

We are in the midst of spring break and having both the kids home all day can be quite fun and quite challenging!!! You can only hear "I'm bored" so many times before it starts to get to you :)

One activity that they are always up for, is to help me in the kitchen. I too see it as an opportunity to teach them some "life lessons" like team work, sharing duties, taking responsibility for your messes, cleaning up after yourself etc.

So this week found us in the kitchen making "Banana nut muffins". This is an old recipe that I pulled off the internet a few years ago and it has always produced good muffins.

This time I wanted to try it without the eggs that are called for in the recipe. The reason for this is two-fold. I just don't like the "eggy" smell, and try to avoid it whenever I can. The other more unpleasant reason is this - whenever we are cooking together and eggs are in the list of ingredients, there is always a squabble over who gets to crack the eggs. Cleaning up after 2 kids that have cracked eggs into a bowl and over a large part of the kitchen counter is not pleasant !!! Worries about salmonella weigh heavy on my mind and I end up scrubbing the counters several times.

So, it was to be muffins without eggs!!

I'm happy to report that the muffins came out perfect! No one would have guessed that there were no eggs in it. It was just as moist and fluffy as the original version.

Here's the recipe:

Ingredients:

4 ripe bananas (The original recipe was 3. I increased by 1 to compensate for the egg)
1 egg (I omitted this)
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup melted butter (unsalted)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups of flour (all purpose)
Small handful of walnuts, chopped.


Muffin batter

Muffins, ready to bake



Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line muffin pan with muffin paper cups
  3. Mash bananas well
  4. Chop the walnuts and reserve 1 tbsp for sprinking on top.
  5. Add sugar and melted butter
  6. Mix the dry ingredients really well or sift and then add to banana mixture [ Mixing dry ingredients is important. Otherwise you will be biting into lumps of uncooked baking powder - not a pleasant taste!]
  7. Add the chopped nuts.
  8. Mix just enough to bring everything together
  9. Fill muffin cups about 3/4 to the top
  10. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes or till the muffins are golden brown.

This makes 12 large muffins.



muffin closeup

Eggless Banana Walnut Muffin

71 Comments:

At Thu Mar 30, 08:38:00 AM 2006, Blogger KrishnaArjuna said...

looks yummy SH!!

 
At Thu Mar 30, 10:04:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks very yummy! and healthy too! will try it soon... by the way made ur parathas but added a bit too much spinach - so it was bright green... but tasty! my 3 yr old son thought the green colour was the coolest thing! ABA

 
At Thu Mar 30, 10:15:00 AM 2006, Blogger Vineela said...

Hey SaffronHut,
Looks Yummy.
vineela

 
At Thu Mar 30, 11:26:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Indira said...

Yum, my favorite kind of muffins.
Looks gorgeous, SF.

I'm also like you, don't like the eggy smell, avoid adding it in baked stuff, whenever possible.

Spring break, already?:) So where are you planning to vacation?

 
At Thu Mar 30, 12:14:00 PM 2006, Blogger spicehut said...

Wish you and your family a Happy Ugadi/Gudi Padva !

-Sonali

 
At Thu Mar 30, 01:04:00 PM 2006, Blogger shammi said...

Y'know, you shouldnt get an eggy taste at all in the finished product if you use eggs...

However, I will say that I always am on the lookout for good eggless recipes that I can make for my mother... and this muffin of yours seems good to go on my list :) Especially as I have three rapidly blackening bananas sitting in my fruit basket!

As always - lovely pics. I've gotta start using those paper cases - they make the muffins look so much more professional! :)

 
At Thu Mar 30, 04:03:00 PM 2006, Blogger Lakshmi said...

looks great, will try. Same problem with my kids, SH, they say they want to help me, but they'll be making a mess.

 
At Thu Mar 30, 04:37:00 PM 2006, Blogger Luv2cook said...

SH:

They sure do look yummy. Great pics.

If there is banana in the recipe I never add eggs. That is because one of the "recommended" substitute for eggs in baking in mashed banana. That is probably why the end product didn't seem different :).

Thought I'd add my 2 cents :).

 
At Thu Mar 30, 05:53:00 PM 2006, Blogger Revathi said...

Wow Saffronhut
Your way of writing rocks. Expecially the blog about ur hubby's birthday and the end to that line the candle was no justice to their gleaming faces. I read it yesterday and I am able to reproduce it from my mind. It was sooo narrative and yet funny. Great writing. Ur pics superb !

 
At Thu Mar 30, 07:05:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Lera said...

Wow, one of the best muffins I've ever seen......Great pic.

 
At Thu Mar 30, 07:27:00 PM 2006, Blogger RP said...

Hey I just baked banana nut muffins. Have the picture...will post it tomorrow. Now its sleep time. :)
Your muffins look great.

 
At Thu Mar 30, 11:57:00 PM 2006, Blogger Vaishali said...

Hi SH,
I have a recipe for Banana Walnut Muffins by Tarla Dalal. I made them some time back and was not at all happy as the muffins were too greasy (she asks to use 1 cup butter for 1 cup flour!!!) and were falling apart easily. I gotta try your version now, because I adore the banana-walnut combination and must have a good, guranteed-success recipe. Will let you know once I've tried it out. Thanks for the post.

 
At Fri Mar 31, 12:30:00 AM 2006, Blogger Puspha said...

Yummy. I love banana muffins.

 
At Fri Mar 31, 07:50:00 AM 2006, Blogger BDSN said...

Hey ur muffins look great..I wanted to make the frosting with cheese and nuts but somehow ended up and finished the muffins on the same day...next time iam gonna try ur version...BTW i always thought eggs r added for fluffiness..i dint know they could be replaced with bananas...to give the same outputt...well u never know ...

 
At Fri Mar 31, 08:31:00 AM 2006, Blogger Saffron said...

KA, Vineela, Thanks!

AnonGlad the parathas came out well. Yes, the color is really cool!!

IndiraThanks. Vacation at home, if there is such a thing!!!

SpicehutWish you the same!!

ShammiOver-ripe bananas actually work very well in this recipe. The paper cases make cleanup a breeze as well!

laxmiyup, poor things do have the enthusiasm tho'

luv2cookhmmm, didn't know that. Good tip!

RevathiThanks for the kind words. Some moments are just so strong with emotions!!

 
At Fri Mar 31, 09:20:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Gini said...

Looking good! Not a fan of muffins but yours looks tempting; that muffin did really well considering that no eggs were use.d

 
At Fri Mar 31, 12:17:00 PM 2006, Blogger Kitchenmate said...

Saffron, it makes drool and pictures are beautiful:)

 
At Fri Mar 31, 02:01:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great pics. Great writing.

 
At Fri Mar 31, 02:02:00 PM 2006, Blogger Dumb Cook said...

Hmmmm.....great pics...great writing....where is my dosa recipe?

 
At Fri Mar 31, 07:16:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

WOW ...they look wonderful...Banana nut muffins are my fav...
one of the reasons I dont try to bake is the same eggy smell that I dislike...And the new list of pics added in the right column look amazing...they deserve a cook book...!!
I was away for a week visiting my frnd in another university and I had no internet and the only thing I missed was reading ur blog and the others that I follow on a daily basis.. :-)

 
At Fri Mar 31, 07:50:00 PM 2006, Blogger Santhi said...

it must so nice...baking with ur children.....
It must have beena lot of work too..:):)

Cant wait for mine to growup a lil more so that we can bake together.

 
At Fri Mar 31, 09:43:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Priya said...

Hi Saffron...another thing I'd like to mention is that the Mahanandi link does not get to the rite webpage.

 
At Sat Apr 01, 03:21:00 PM 2006, Blogger Priya Bhaskaran said...

Hi SF, Visiting your site for the first time. Your blog looks great with nice pictures.

Even I avoid eggs as much as I can! I dont like the smell. I dont make sweets a lot since we both dont take sweets much. Your banana muffins is tempting me to try:) Will try it soon and share the experience!!

 
At Sun Apr 02, 02:22:00 PM 2006, Blogger Garam Masala said...

Saffron - I love this recipe. I too prefer eggless recipes whenever available.

I have read that mushed up bananas can be used as egg replacer in certain baking recipes.

 
At Sun Apr 02, 11:08:00 PM 2006, Blogger sailu said...

Pushpa had posted a banana muffin recipe with eggs which I wanted to try and now with this eggless recipe..I am wondering which one to try..:)
I will try both and let me tell you those pictures are simple awesome.

 
At Mon Apr 03, 04:04:00 AM 2006, Blogger Mahek said...

hi,
i am a very regular to your blog
i love your pictures as i have already said and your recipe of banana nut muffins is god sent my son has been after me to make a banana cake so here i get your recipe and i am going to make it soon will let you know how it comes out to be yours look delicious. yummmm....

 
At Tue Apr 04, 10:19:00 PM 2006, Anonymous tony said...

This was a hit on my curry mela... But I am not sure if I will be able to bake muffin anytime soon... lol

 
At Sun Apr 16, 03:00:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome.Just finished baking it.
Followed your instructions and turned out to be excellent.

Cant wait to show it to my friends at work.

Ummmmm :)

Thanks a ton.

I have been wanting to bake something for a long time but never found an easier recipe to try.

Yesterday i went to BBB and bought all the necessary ingredients.

SB

 
At Tue Apr 18, 11:44:00 AM 2006, Blogger Mahek said...

hi
thanks for visiting my blog and appreciating my photos and coming from you has made my day...
i have put your recipe of banana muffins on my site pls check it out...
thanks again for this wonderful recipe too..
can you teach me how to link your recipe on my site pls...

 
At Fri Apr 28, 01:03:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Nabeela said...

OMG!!!I made your muffins last night...and they were the softest, nicest muffins I've had...and now my husband has something to take to work for breakfast for a week...thank you soooo much!

 
At Mon May 08, 02:13:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
MAde these muffins recently and they were heavenly. I was wondering if you had a recipe for choc chip muffins, my absolute fav. Could you please do a post on them if it is not too much of a bother?
Thanks a bunch,
-A foodie

 
At Mon Jun 12, 02:25:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Made the muffins yesterday following your receipe ...it turned out yummy...all nice and moist..this was my first time baking muffins. Thanks..

Anusha

 
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At Tue Sep 12, 05:48:00 PM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was unhappy with the current recipe I had been using and went in search. I was hesitant...I mean who bakes without eggs. These were the fluffiest and best banana muffins I had ever made. Great job!

 
At Fri Dec 22, 10:24:00 AM 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

yum yum, I have been searching the net for an eggless version of my fav. muffin and I am really happy to see your well illustrated recipe. thanks a ton. I am planning to make this delight tomorrow to take it to one of our friend's house.

 
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At Mon Feb 19, 02:57:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally delicious! I added some coconut (unsweetened) and dried cranberries. These are perfect and easy. Thanks for this wonderful recipe.

 
At Wed Mar 21, 11:52:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is such a perfect recipe! I am totally trying it out...I want to stop eating eggs at home and this just makes it that much easier :) thanks!

 
At Thu May 10, 05:37:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tried this today and it was a major hit at home.. But we were not able to finish the whole set of muffins.. Should I refrigerate or will they be good if left outside for a day or two...?

 
At Tue May 22, 01:40:00 PM 2007, Blogger Nora B. said...

Looks like a terrific recipe! And possible without eggs, that's a bonus.

 
At Sat May 26, 12:29:00 AM 2007, Anonymous sanjana said...

hey there Saffron

was looking with google to find an eggless banana cake. thats how i got to you site. what wonderful pictures you have put up here. im a foodie. i think about food all the time. my biggest weakness. and cake one of my sins. heheheh. im gonna try out your cake and then get back and tell you how it worked.

 
At Thu May 31, 08:12:00 AM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

I tried your recipe yesterday, it turned out good, but I see some black small strings kind of thing in the muffins, I mean I can say it is because of the banana, but do you think I must have made anything wrong? May be mixing it for long time, which I dont think I did. or baked for long time? Can you tell me what could be the reason. But I must say the taste was really good.

Thanks,
Hima

 
At Sat Jul 21, 06:45:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,

Tried your recipe yesterday and it was wonderful. This was my first attempt at muffins on my own. I normally get the pre mixed stuff in packets.

Great pics and I'll definetly be trying the other recipes soon.

Thanks.

Sindhu

 
At Thu Aug 30, 10:26:00 PM 2007, Blogger Shaila said...

I tried your muffins yesterday. They turned out to be simply amazing, light and fluffy. Can't wait to make another batch. Thanks for the wonderful recipe :-)

 
At Wed Sep 05, 12:47:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Saffron, Tried the muffins yesterday. Used almonds instead of walnuts. They turned out just great.
Thanks for the wonderful recipe. Looking forward to many more from you soon.
Meg

 
At Tue Dec 18, 10:28:00 PM 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi saffron.. great muffins!! tried them y'day.. m not a gr8 cook.. but the recipe looked so simple, so i gave it a go.. my boyfriend jus loved these!!! thanks for the recipe... lookin forward for more...

 
At Thu Apr 24, 09:43:00 AM 2008, Blogger Halimah said...

Hi,

tried this recipe last week... turned out great! Thanks..

made it vegan by using oil and added 2 tbsp of milk to wet it a bit

 
At Thu Jul 24, 01:48:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous recipe.

 
At Sat Sep 06, 09:20:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this recipe!! i actually substituted apple sauce for the butter and cut the sugar down to 1/2 cup and added a 1/2t of cinnamon!!

its amazing!!

 
At Thu Sep 11, 02:10:00 AM 2008, Anonymous Olivia said...

Hi SaffronHut

I chanced upon your website when I was searching for an eggless muffin recipe. I am definitely going to try this tonight.

I think it will be appropriate for me to ask if it is alright to post your recipe in my website?

Cheers
Olivia
www.foodlovepassion.blogspot.com

 
At Fri Oct 17, 05:30:00 PM 2008, Blogger anu said...

Thankyou so much for posting this eggless recipe...it came out very well..and its so simple!!

 
At Mon Oct 20, 08:45:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great recipe! I made it eggless and it came out great! Very easy to make.

 
At Tue Oct 21, 11:28:00 PM 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OHG! I have tried so many other eggless cake recipes (my son has egg allergy) and I must say this is the best one I have tired so far.
I don't know how it could be so soft and fluffy...
Thanks. Kaz.

 
At Sun Jan 11, 08:12:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Melissa Kowalski said...

I ran out of eggs and wanted to make a banana chocolate chip muffin - so this was perfect! Thank you! I did make a few changes though:
-only 3 bananas instead of 4
- 1/4 cup milk (b/c we don't mind milk)
- about 3/4 to 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips
- a little less sugar than the recipe calls for (b/c of chocolate)

DELICIOUS!!!

 
At Sun Feb 08, 12:45:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I had a craving for banana muffins, but I didn't have any eggs, so when I stumbled across your recipe I couldn't wait to make these. They were beautiful and delicious! Thank you for posting!

 
At Thu Jun 11, 06:17:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Craving sweets and out of eggs, I made this recipe...except I forgot to note the amount of butter! I wound up putting a whole stick of butter in the batter! I also slighted the sugar and used honey and a teaspoon of vanilla paste.

 
At Mon Jun 15, 01:15:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've made these twice now, minus the walnuts, and they are excellent. thanks for the fabulous recipe :)

 
At Tue Jun 23, 10:58:00 PM 2009, Blogger Divya Kudua said...

This is the best eggless muffin recipe I've ever tried.made it a dozen times already,everytime it gives me the same excellent results.there is no more joy than watching the muffins puff up inside the oven despite being eggless.Thanks to you for such a great recipe:)

 
At Mon Oct 26, 02:34:00 PM 2009, Anonymous Cat said...

The most amazing muffins I have had in such a long time, Thank you!

 
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At Thu May 06, 01:36:00 PM 2010, Blogger Mini said...

I tried your recipe and as Hima noted earlier, it turned out very good, However, I see some black small strings kind of thing in the muffins. Do you what is causing this or how I can get rid of the black strings ?

 
At Tue Aug 10, 08:45:00 AM 2010, Blogger Leigh said...

Thank you so much for this recipe! I made them exactly as you wrote and they were amazing. Moist yet not too dense and very flavorful. Will definitely make these again.

 
At Thu Sep 23, 05:20:00 AM 2010, Blogger SimplyErin said...

I'm making these this morning, b/c I don't have any eggs. Sounds delicious

 
At Sun Oct 17, 08:11:00 AM 2010, Blogger Pooja said...

I have made them over and over and no one gets tired of eating them . simply delicious

 
At Wed Oct 20, 11:52:00 AM 2010, Blogger Elīna said...

Thank you for inspiration - I was afraid to make usual recipe without adding eggs, but it worked out really good!
Everybody who tried banana muffins made by me(around 15 persons) felt in love with them. :)I even heard from some of them - this is the most delicious muffin I ever tried!:)
Finally also Latvia and Riga will now how does really delicious muffins taste:p

 
At Mon Mar 07, 11:37:00 AM 2011, Blogger Manjula said...

Hi Saffron,

i didnt had any eggs at home so i decide to try your recipe and muffins cameout very yummy. i reduced the quantity of flour since i had only three bananas at home. also i added little milk.

thanks for the recipe

 
At Wed Mar 09, 04:18:00 AM 2011, Blogger Simran said...

Hi Saffron,
I have tried so many recipes from your blog. And this has been my favourite. I made a few small changes to it and posted it on my blog too. I did link back to your blog so hope that's fine.
And where are you these days? I keep lurking back once in a while to see if u posted any more but u seem to have to have stopped now :(
Regards,
Simran

 
At Wed Aug 17, 09:36:00 AM 2011, Blogger sangi said...

saffron: I tried your banana muffin recipe. I added an egg. It was great for the first try. My 5 year old son loved t. I added a bit of cardamom powder and vanilla essence.

 
At Wed May 09, 11:31:00 PM 2012, Blogger Hotshot25 said...

VERY YUMMY LOVE IT


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At Wed Sep 26, 07:34:00 PM 2012, Blogger Mollie said...

I just made these muffins and they are awesome! The only thing I changed was that I only had 2 giant overripe bananas... so I felt like I need to add an egg. So I added a room temp egg when I added the melted (and cooled) butter and sugar.

Overall, the proportions were great! I did not have any leftover batter - it made exactly 12 pretty muffins. They did not puff up too large and spill over the edges and end up deflating... as I have experienced before when recipes are the wrong ratio of soda/powder. And, I loved that the tops got crunchy for me.

Thank you! This is a keeper.

 

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