Every time Josh and I buy bananas, they always start to over-ripen before we can eat them all. It doesn’t matter if we buy 10 or three, it always happens.
And I guess it doesn’t help that I’ll only eat a banana if it’s at least a little green. I probably get that from my dad. He and I both say a ripe banana is only good for making banana bread.
Well, a couple of weeks ago, Josh bought some bananas for us, and by the end of last week, we were left with one over-ripe banana. So, instead of throwing it away, I waited for it to turn black (black bananas make the best banana bread) and I came up with a solution…
One-banana muffins. The recipe only makes a handful of these muffins, but I think that’s kind of perfect. I never like having too many muffins (or any other kind of baked good) at home because if I can’t give away at least half, I almost always end up throwing some away.
Oh, and maybe don’t be a goof like me — I forgot to add pecans to my muffins. Good grief.
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Yields: 6 muffins
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 over-ripe banana
- 1/8 cup chopped pecans (optional)
What to do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line half of a 12-muffin tin with baking cups.
In a small bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
The next few steps can be done using a standalone mixer or a handheld mixer. In a medium- to large-bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Add the egg and banana, and mix until well-combined. Mix in half of the flour mixture and combine, then add in the other half of the flour mixture and combine. The result should be a doughy mixture.
Place the dough into the six baking cups, dividing the dough evenly. Bake for 30 minutes or until muffins are golden-brown and cooked through. (Test this by sticking a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s cooked through.)
Allow muffins to cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Note: This recipe was inspired by Banana Banana Bread from Allrecipes.com.