This recipe uses applesauce in place of some of the butter or oil to make these muffins a healthier treat. For the richest flavor, use overripe bananas.
- 1 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter or vegetable oil
- 1 cup (2 to 3 whole) very ripe mashed bananas
- 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 tsp. orange zest
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Put flour, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large bowl; set aside. Put sugar and butter or oil into a second large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until well combined. Add bananas, applesauce, zest, vanilla, and egg to the sugar-butter mixture, and beat again until combined. Add flour mixture to banana mixture in three parts, stirring well after each addition; fold in walnuts.
Spoon batter into prepared tin; bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Recipe adapted from The Tassajara Bread Book , by Edward Espe Brown, copyright © 1995 (with permission from Shambhala Publications, Inc.)