ADM: Banana Cake Muffins

Each time my nieces visit, I inevitably have leftover fruit. After our Thanksgiving gathering, I had some bananas that were the “left behinders”, and they were ripening rather quickly. Luckily, blogger Compulsive Foodie posted the recipe for Ina Garten’s Old Fashioned Banana Cake which specifically calls for very ripe bananas. Score!

However, knowing how yummy Ina’s recipes are, I nixed the idea of making a cake, as it would be harder to share the tastiness with others. Instead, I made regular sized and mini muffins. The recipe below yields one 9-inch round cake or 15 regular muffins plus 18 mini muffins.

As for the ingredients, I used pecans instead of walnuts, and I really couldn’t tell too much difference. And, I had to use 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt because I only had enough sour cream to fill 1/4 cup as opposed to the 1/2 cup the recipe calls for. I skipped the cream cheese frosting seeing as I was pretty good over Thanksgiving and didn’t want to start overindulging now. Plus, I thought these muffins might work well for a quick breakfast instead.

Old Fashioned Banana Cake Muffins
adapted from Ina Garten’s Old Fashioned Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour, after sifting
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans

PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees. Line muffin pan with cupcake papers or spray wells with cooking spray.

MIX bananas, granulated sugar and brown sugar in bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until combined. Add oil, eggs, sour cream, Greek yogurt and vanilla. Mix until smooth. Add flour, baking soda and salt. With mixer on low, mix just until combined. Stir in chopped pecans. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto cooling rack.


39 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Alice
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:19:04

    I love banana muffins! 🙂 No matter how they are made! I have been putting a dab of sweetened cream cheese in the centers of mine and it tastes so crazy good since I’m not a fan of nuts but yours looks so great and golden and delicious! 🙂

  2. Anita Menon
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:21:18

    They look so good. Filling and yummy. wishing you a belated Thanksgiving!

  3. kitchenbelleicious
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:27:38

    Love banana cake- love muffins so love banana cake muffins! LOL! They look so moist and chewy and scrumptious!

  4. Three-Cookies
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:39:43

    A cake and muffin – caffin? Oops that does not sound appealing!

  5. spicegirlfla
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:58:40

    Your photos are fabulous!! I love how they tumble all around – makes me want to grab one right now!! I love Ina’s recipes, never can go wrong with hers!!

  6. ceciliag
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 08:59:19

    Oh they do look good, i am very partial to banana cake so banana muffins will go down well here.. c

  7. kitchen flavours
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:26:05

    These looks wonderful, even without the cream cheese frosting. I love my cakes mostly unfrosted. Lovely with a cup of warm tea!

  8. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:46:01

    Pecans, sour cream, Greek yogurt… wow these sound great.

  9. Louanne
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:54:48

    I’ve made Ina’s banana cake, and it is yummy! I love the photo of the regular and tiny muffins.

  10. forgottenbeast
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:35:46

    I LOVE when my bananas get too ripe and I know it’s time to bake! Muffins, bread, pancakes, yeah, anything baked good is better with banana. That was a lot of alliteration.

  11. mary
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 10:39:23

    Ohh these look so good – moist and delicious

  12. Ameena
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:03:30

    Kids love their bananas, don’t they? And mine is no exception. Too bad we rarely have bananas left around here! This looks like a fabulous muffin!

  13. Liz
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 11:28:37

    YUM! I’d love to have a stash of these in the freezer for a quick snack. Can’t go wrong with Ina 🙂

  14. chutneyandspice
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:23:33

    delicious, and healthy too. I think I might go for the topping too just as a naughty treat.

  15. Miriam Barton
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 12:54:37

    They look marvelous :), Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  16. Melanie @ Melanie Cooks
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 14:11:16

    I love banana muffins! Your muffins look perfect!

  17. bakingaddict
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 15:51:08

    I am going to echo everyone else and tell you that I love banana muffins – I really do. I love baking with bananas so will definitely add this to my recipe collection. These look really delicious, I wish I could have one now 🙂

  18. peachkins
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 17:03:18

    great idea making these as muffins!

  19. rebecca
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 17:58:54

    oh these just look wonderful I just made cupcakes look just like yours 🙂

  20. Ronda
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 20:57:12

    Mmmmm….looks tasty!

  21. Just A Smidgen
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 21:17:04

    You can’t go wrong with Ina! I love her recipes… the richness in the ingredients is heavenly. I love that you used Greek Yogurt.. I love that stuff in my scones as well:)

  22. Elaine
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 22:51:58

    We eat so many bananas that I usually have some ripening too fast on the counter and am always looking for new banana recipes to try. These must be so moist with the sour cream and yogurt. Mmmm…

  23. muppy
    Nov 30, 2011 @ 23:40:47

    i love banana muffins!

  24. Trice
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 08:17:47

    Mmmmmm sounds and looks delicious!!!

  25. thu
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 11:31:39

    My BFF is always making banana bread, I think I will share this one with her and hopefully she will share some with me =)

  26. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 12:24:38

    This sounds heavenly and you are so right, these babies definitely DON’T need frosting. Wish you could deliver those yummy treats to me! 🙂

  27. JasmyneTea
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 14:02:19

    Yum, I grew up on banana cake, and these muffins look pretty amazing!

  28. vianney
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 17:58:10

    we laways have a couple of bananas laying around, yummy way to include these for our morning treats!! thanks!

  29. Christy
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 18:52:05

    Each time I go back to my hometown, I will always pick up a few banana muffins from my favorite bakery. I just finished the muffins a few days ago from my weekend trip; and now looking at yours, they are reminding me of my favorite muffins again 🙂

  30. Betty
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 20:25:51

    I often end up with ripe bananas here as well. These look like a great way to use them! 🙂

  31. erica @
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 20:33:46

    Oh my word this looks and sounds amazing. Its 9:30pm and you have me wanting to make up a batch right now! xo

  32. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 21:42:40

    Mmmmmmm. I’m down for banana anything!

  33. foodfashionandflow
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 22:12:52

    These look so good and I can only imagine the cream cheese icing really putting these over the top! yum!

  34. Beth
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 04:11:49

    I’m with you on turning a cake into muffins. Anything that makes it easier to share (i.e. not eat the whole thing myself) is a plus!

  35. Jay
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 06:11:11

    your recipe is tooo good…will surely giv this a try..
    Tasty Appetite

  36. sally
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 09:54:38

    Looks like a great use for old bananas!

  37. Kalyan
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 03:39:16

    Just mouthwatering…looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  38. Tasty Mayhem
    Dec 03, 2011 @ 13:11:01

    as usual, I’m baking vicariously through you, banana muffins and cake are my favorite. All the more so because you need to wait to have ripe bananas and sometime wait until you have enough in the freezer or on hand for the recipe. My favorite one has a mocha buttercream frosting…I highly recommend a light chocolate and coffee frosting when you are feeling decadent.

  39. Inger Wilkerson
    Dec 04, 2011 @ 13:33:58

    I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t bake with my overripe bananas! I will have to try these to see if they are anywhere near as good as your amazing apple pie muffins!

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