Back to School Muffins

Target is packed. With people, with notebooks and pencils, lunch boxes and backpacks. This can only mean one thing: back to school time. I know that for most of you this probably happened already, possibly weeks ago, but I live in a college town where school starts at the end of September. I’m just now heading back to my teaching job on campus and in need of healthy and delicious snacks to get me through the day.

On our first day back we had an entire day of CPR and first aid training, which required lots of coffee and some good treats. My coworkers brought some German candy (Bueno and Happy Hippo – Robin I found them on Amazon for when your stash runs out!) and Aussie bites and I brought some banana walnut muffins. I made an effort to find a relatively healthy muffin recipe and made them mini sized – perfect for a snack, quick breakfast or to pack in a lunch for a healthy dessert.



Whole Wheat Banana Walnut Mini Muffins

Adapted from

Makes 24 mini muffins

  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup (2 to 3 whole) very ripe mashed bananas
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a mini muffin tin with paper liners or grease well.

Combine flour, baking soda, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a large bowl and set aside.

Put sugar and butter into a second large bowl and beat until well combined. Add bananas, applesauce, zest, vanilla, and egg to the sugar-butter mixture, and mix again until combined. Add flour mixture to banana mixture in three parts, stirring well after each addition, then fold in walnuts.

Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin, filling each 3/4 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 minutes.

10 Comments on Back to School Muffins

  1. Lindsey@Lindselicious
    September 15, 2011 at 5:23 pm (11 years ago)

    Oooh I love Banana muffins! These look like the perfect breakfast for on the go. Congrats on your Blogger Award- I saw it on FB!!
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    • Stephanie
      September 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm (11 years ago)

      @Lindsey – thank you! 🙂

    • Stephanie
      September 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm (11 years ago)

      @RavieNomNoms – Thanks! I wanted to make them a bit healthier and they still taste great.

    • Stephanie
      September 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm (11 years ago)

      @kita – you should try these then! They’re healthy but still yummy.

    • Stephanie
      September 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm (11 years ago)

      @Lauren – thanks! They’re tasty and healthy, the ideal combo 🙂

  2. Ann
    September 19, 2011 at 7:42 pm (11 years ago)

    Delicious! I love that these have whole wheat and apple sauce in them!
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  3. Samantha
    September 19, 2011 at 9:27 pm (11 years ago)

    This recipe is good.Thank you for sharing the recipe of this muffin.It can help a lot to all the mom.
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