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.