Servings: Serves 6
Ingredients 1 cup whole wheat or all-purpose flour1/2 tsp. baking soda1/2 tsp. ground cardamom1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg1/4 tsp. salt1/2 cup light brown sugar1/4 cup (1/2 stick) softened butter or vegetable oil1 cup (2 to 3 whole) very ripe mashed bananas1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce1/2 tsp. orange zest1/2 tsp. vanilla extract1 egg1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Preheat oven to 350°. Line a standard 6-muffin tin with paper liners or grease well; set aside.
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.)