We love everything there is to love about coffee. The smell, the taste, the sheer thought of it gets us excited (yes, we know we don’t get out much). Therefore we are always looking for recipes which include a splash or two (or five) of coffee.
We recently tried a few recipes which had three of our fave things to eat; bananas, coffee and nuts. So, in true Mama loves to share style, we chose the best recipe we could find and have tweaked it a little to make it just right for us. We use our beloved Nespresso machines for our coffee but you can use instant as well.
The best part about this one is you can add a little extra coffee or a little less if you wish and it won’t make a difference to the finished muffins (except for the caffeine content), so if you are making it for the kids, take some out if you wish (especially if they are having it for dessert after dinner), or add a bit more if you are making the batch just for you and your mother’s group Mama’s!
We hope you love them as much as we do!
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 of a cup of butter
1 cup of walnuts, chopped*
1/4 cup of granulated stevia (or you can use 1/2 a cup of sugar)
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
1/4 cup of espresso shot or other coffee (this amount includes mixing it with boiling water or you can use 1 and a 1/2 tablespoons of ground coffee without the water)
A pinch of salt
1 and a 1/2 cups of plain flour (we use wholemeal)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
*You can mix quickly in a small blender, you can also choose a different kind of nut if you wish like peanuts or macadamias.
1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and line a muffin tray with 12 muffin cases (we also like to spray the muffin cases with a tiny bit of oil just to prevent sticking).
2. Mash the bananas in a large bowl.
3. Melt the butter in the microwave for about 20 – 30 seconds and add to the bowl of bananas and stir for a good minute or two so they combine properly.
4. Lightly beat the egg in a small plastic bowl or cup, add to the banana and butter mixture and stir.
5. Add the coffee, sugar and the vanilla and stir well.
6. Add the pinch of salt, the baking soda and the baking powder mix well until combined.
7. Now add the flour, half cups at a time, and stir well each time, making sure it is very well combined.
8. Add the chopped walnuts and stir through gently.
9. Pour the batter evenly into each muffin case, about 3/4 full.
10. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until you insert a skewer and it comes out clean.
11. Serve once cooled slightly.