Banana Crunch Muffins (adapted from a Barefoot Contessa recipe)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. salt
1/2 lb. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs
3/4 whole milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2-3, depending on size)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup granola
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)
Granola for spreading on top (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Whisk or sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas and add them to the flour mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Do not overmix.
Fold in the walnuts and granola (and chocolate chips, if using). Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each one almost to the top. Top each muffin with additional granola, if desired. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, then remove from the pan and cool completely.
Makes about 18 muffins.