Banana-Walnut Muffin Tops

>> Thursday, February 10, 2011

They're sort of like cookies. Sort of like muffins. And made without butter or sugar. All signs point to healthy so -- of course -- you know I'm eating them for breakfast as often as possible. If you really break it down, it's like gobbling up a hearty oatmeal bowl full of bananas, nuts, and chocolate.

Well, with a side of dry toast (the flour wouldn't be in an oatmeal bowl -- oh well). Still, not too shabby, if you ask me.


BANANA-WALNUT MUFFIN TOPS

What you'll need . . .
  • 2 large bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1-1/4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup hazelnut (or other nut) meal
  • 1/2 cup steel-cut oats (uncooked)
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Handful walnuts
  • Handful chocolate chips

Method . . .
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, use the paddle attachment to mash the bananas on high speed until gooey/eggy. Then mix in the vanilla extract and maple syrup.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, hazelnut meal (if you don't have it -- just process some other nuts in a food processor until flour-like), oats, salt, baking powder, and baking soda.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until well incorporated.
  5. Stir in the walnuts and chocolate chips.
  6. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes until golden brown. Let cool a bit before serving.
THURSDAY STYLE

Finally made some time to snap a fashion photo for you. These are all staples from my 30 for 30 this month. I love the striped shirt most of all.



Jeans and plain shirt: Gap
Striped shirt: J. Crew
Shoes: Target
Scarf: TJ Max


I know it seems a bit crazy to wear cropped jeans and shoes with no socks when it "feels like" -2 degrees F outside. That's why I bundle like a maniac before heading to work. I don't go OUT like this.

No, I look far more sexy. Oh, yeah . . .


Thankfully, the heat at work is boiling hot, so I enjoy stripping down the layers after my quarter-mile walk from the car to my office door. I do need to find a looser hat because I curled my hair this morning, but you'd never know it now.

How does the weather impact your style? Lately, I've felt like living in sweats because they're warm and layer-able. Oh, I'm looking forward to spring! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.

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