Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

This past weekend, at Marcello’s Ocean Grille & Spirits, we featured Bananas Foster French Toast during our Sunday Brunch.  It was wildly popular, made with perfectly ripe bananas and Meyers Dark Rum.

However, I did buy too many bananas so yesterday, so I made these delightful muffins! They are fabulous with your morning coffee, on an afternoon picnic or asa yummy snack on the go!  Rich, moist and delicious – they are sure to make you  a smile!

Bon Appétit! Chef Bettina

Banana Nut Muffins

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

3/4 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups ripe bananas (about 4 bananas)

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/2 cup milk

2 large eggs, at room temperature

1/8 teaspoon fine salt

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Lightly brush a 12-muffin tin with butter and set aside (or use muffin liners).

Stir the flour, baking soda, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a large bowl; set aside.

Mash the bananas on a plate with a fork.  Then whisk the banana, oil, milk, eggs, salt, and vanilla in a medium bowl.

Make a small well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour wet ingredients into the center; then stir gently with a wooden spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened but still lumpy. Do not over-mix the batter or muffins will come out dense and oddly shaped. Gently fold in the nuts. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin tin.

Put the muffins in the oven and immediately reduce oven temperature to 375 degrees F. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the cooking. (Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin to check if it is done. Toothpick should come out clean). Cool muffins in the pan on a rack for a couple minutes. Turn the muffins out of the pan and cool on the rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Bettina Tolin is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Austin.  She has cooked in the kitchens of the Ritz-Carlton Amelia Island, Florida. She is currently the Executive Chef and owner of Marcello’s Ocean Grille & Spirits overlooking the historic lighthouse in Port Isabel.  Marcello’s Ocean Grille & Spirits was recently written up in Texas Monthly magazine as the new trending restaurant for dinner and brunch in the South Padre Island area.