Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Banana-Nut Muffins

Yesterday, while I was waiting for my oven to preheat to bake these Cream Scones (click here) that I saw over at Food in Jars, I got distracted. Somewhere between washing the dishes, leafing through Diner Desserts, a cookbook by Tish Boyle I checked out from the local library, and looking at my calendar and noticing that today is Banana Bread Day (it's an old oven and it takes forever to heat up), I changed my mind and made these muffins instead. Diner Desserts is an absolutely charming cookbook filled with fun retro photos and fabulous recipes of, well, classic diner desserts. So far I have resisted buying it, but I couldn't resist making these muffins.

Banana-Nut Muffins
Adapted from Diner Desserts by Tish Boyle
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. wheat germ
2 t. baking powder
1/2 t. baking soda
1/4 t. salt
1/4 t. nutmeg
1 c. finely minced walnuts

Mix separately:
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/3 c. butter, melted
3/4 c. yogurt, plain
1 large egg
3/4 c. brown sugar
1 T. vanilla

Combine two mixtures without over mixing. Fill paper-lined muffin cups. I had a bit more than 12 cups of batter and baked the extra as an adorable little mini banana bread loaf. Bake 350 degrees 18-20 minutes for muffins and 5 minutes extra for the mini loaf.


  1. It is very very interesting that your American have national food day and month. Is it popular custom? Japanese have nothing!

  2. Chihiro -It isn't necessarily 'official' but more that someone or some group declares a day as a day to celebrate banana bread, or strawberries, or whatever. It is fun, and because I like foods, I write them on my calendar when I see one mentioned somewhere, though I don't always do anything special to acknowledge the day. The next one I wrote down will be National Strawberry Day on Sunday, February 27!