Caramel Banana Nut Muffins

IMG_5261Once again, I had some overly ripe bananas. I bought them with every intention of having a healthy snack to bring to work and approximately 15 minutes* after setting them on the counter they were brown and mushy. Not wanting to revisit one of the recipes I’ve used in the past, I figured I’d throw a little caramel into the mix and see how it turned out. I mean, caramel, nuts, bananas…you really can’t go too wrong with that combination.

These little glutenous numbers are definitely a solid addition to the rotten banana recipe arsenal. But be forewarned—they can be on the messy side. In one of the batches I made, much of the caramel settled on the bottom and created a sticky (if incredibly tasty) little situation.

*Or one week. Time is a flat circle.

INGREDIENTS (slightly modified from Mom On Time Out)

  • 2 – 3 “ripe” bananas
  • 1 and 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 stick butter softened
  • 3/4 cup  brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 16 caramel squares, cut into sixths
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans…up to you!)

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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 3 x 4 muffin tin with cupcake liners. I’d recommend using liners because melted caramel can make cleanup a pain.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a separate small bowl, coat the caramel pieces in a bit of the flour mixture. Set aside.
  5. Put the bananas in the bowl of your Kitchenaid and let that thing go to town.
  6. Add the butter, brown sugar, egg and vanilla. Mix until well combined.
  7. Slowly add the flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  8. Fold in caramel pieces and nuts.
  9. Divide batter evenly between the twelve cups.
  10. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and let sit for 5 – 10 minutes minutes before moving to a wire rack to completely cool.
  12. MAKE SURE THEY’RE COMPLETELY COOL BEFORE EATING…otherwise you’re going to burn the ever lovin’ hell out of your mouth. Don’t ask me how I know this.
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