Radiant Banana Nut Muffins from My Utility Muffin Baking Research Kitchen

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In the kitchen

I don’t have no boss, feeling lonely at home by myself. I have things I could do, I could call my favorite vegetable, but my belly is growling. The kitchen is too clean. Time to mess it up with some cosmik debris. I’m a baking tycoon. Gotta bake my radiant banana nut muffins, good enough for downtown Hollywood.

Put on the music. I think I’m itchin’ for some classic Frank Zappa right now. Joining him in song in the utility muffin baking research kitchen. I put on the oven and dance like a dancing fool around the room, beating and mashing the wet stuff, then adding the flour, scraping it down, whipping it up. Oh, god I am the American dream, I do not think I’m too extreme.

I bake during the day and sometimes even bake in the middle of the night. The house is dark, but my teeth is shiny and the lights in the kitchen are tiny. My mind is racing and I feel my body dancing. Then I chop a line of the nuts here, and fold them in, there. I apply rotation to the batter and start spooning it down, all the way down in little white cups. Then into the zircon-encrusted oven they go.  A half hour to wait. I just can’t fall asleep or the muffins will burn. Crank up the music a bit, but not too much to wake my puffin man. I close my eyes, and listen to the show. “Captain Beefheart on vocals and soprano sax and madness.”

Footsteps are heard and then the word “Baaaaaaaaaaaaby?” I turn my head and say “Ohhhhhh! I’ll be done soon, my Love.”

The house is filling with an intoxicating aroma that would NOT level Tacoma. The 30 minute buzzer goes off. Out of the oven they come looking golden and glorious. Gotta try one now. Right now! Yummm!  I am a fine girl.

The above is my fun with or modification of Frank Zappa lyrics.

Radiant Banana Nut Muffins of My Own Design

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELDS: 12 muffins

Ingredients Directions
3 large or 4 med ripe bananas, mashed

1/3 cup melted butter

1/4 cup dark brown sugar

1/2 cup white sugar

1 egg, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 Tbsp. brewed espresso or very strong coffee

1 tsp baking soda

Pinch of salt

1 1/2 cups of flour (all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour)

1 cup chopped walnuts

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. With a wooden spoon, mix mashed bananas and melted butter in large mixing bowl.
  2. Add in sugar, egg, espresso and vanilla extract, and mix well.
  3. Sift in baking soda and salt, and mix in.
  4. Add the flour and mix in until just incorporated. Fold in the chopped walnuts.
  5. Pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin (greased, sprayed with cooking spray, or with paper muffin cups). Bake for 25-30 minutes. Check for doneness with a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it’s done. Cool on rack.




10 thoughts on “Radiant Banana Nut Muffins from My Utility Muffin Baking Research Kitchen

  1. Central Scrutinizer March 16, 2017 / 7:05 am

    Glad to see this deliciously lighthearted style after some pretty serious stuff in your recent posts. I love the way you incorporated the idiosyncratic lyrics snippets and other allusions to the music you were listening to while baking. I’m sure Maestro FZ would appreciate your discerning taste in breakfast food as well as music. And I’m not saying it only because I myself am a big fan (as you might have suspected by my handle) of this giant of American avant-garde music.

    What a creative way to vividly illustrate a relatively mundane activity by expressing, with humor, your disposition and capturing the ambiance, while also paying an homage to an iconoclast who really liked muffins! Bravo!

    BTW, the recipe looks interesting, I bet the resulting goodies were real muffins, not Sears muffins.

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight March 16, 2017 / 1:00 pm

      Wow! Thank you so much, Central Scrutinizer. And yes, cool handle!

      I do have fun in me and did want to lighten up a bit. And as for baking, for me it’s never mundane. I make a great time out of it with the music on and dance. I learned to dance while cooking/baking from my grandmother, though I’m sure she wouldn’t have understood Frank Zappa that well.


  2. Ryan C September 18, 2017 / 2:34 pm

    Pinning this glorious recipe! Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 2:38 pm

      Thanks, Ryan. I’m pretty sure you’ll love them. Everyone at my hubby’s work loves them. In my opinion it is the very best recipe for Banana Nut Muffins. I hope you have as much fun making them someday as I had writing about making them.

      Liked by 1 person

    • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 9:28 pm

      I hope you love them as much as I do! They freeze well, too.


      • stoner on a rollercoaster September 18, 2017 / 9:33 pm

        That is great news because the reason i kinda quit baking was you most of the times end up having a full batch and nobody to eat.

        How do you freeze them?? After they are fully baked?

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      • updownflight September 18, 2017 / 9:37 pm

        I fully bake them, and after they are completely cooled I put the ones I don’t think I’ll eat in a gallon size zip lock freezer bag, loose. They can be defrosted in a lunch bag in just an hour or two or within 30 seconds or less in the microwave.


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