Monday, March 8, 2010

Caramel Banana Muffins

I just made these! I'm fighting BIG TIME to not eat the whole dozen.

1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 3-oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1 medium banana, peeled and mashed (1/2 cup)
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. caramel-flavored ice cream topping
1 medium banana, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
Caramel-flavored ice cream topping (optional)

1. Line twelve 2-1/2-inch muffin cups or 6 jumbo (3-1/4-inch) muffin cups with paper bake cups. In a small bowl, mix pecans, 2 tablespoons sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, softened butter and 2/3 cup sugar with an electric mixer until well combined. Add egg and beat well. Beat in the mashed banana and vanilla until combined.

3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the banana mixture, beating on low speed until just combined.

4. Stir 1/4 cup of the pecan mixture. Spoon half the batter into prepared muffin cups (1 rounded tablespoon for each 2 1/2-inch muffin cup or 2 rounded tablespoons for each jumbo muffin cup). Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon caramel topping over batter in each cup. Top with remaining batter. If you like, top each muffin with 2 thin slices additional banana. Drizzle each with a little melted butter and sprinkle with remaining pecan mixture.

5. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Serve warm drizzled with more caramel topping. Makes 12 standard or 6 jumbo muffins.


  1. Oh my word, that looks SO, SO good......


  2. YUM!!!! I'll definitely try this one!


  3. You and I are definitely on the same page with the kinds of things we like to bake. Yum! Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Those sound so good!! If i had a banana around here'd I'd be all over it!

  5. Wow...those look to die for!!

  6. They look fantastic. I can feel the pounds piling on by just looking at them. :)

  7. Oh wow...well, I could for sure! These look SOOOOO good, they'll get made at my house for sure! Thanks...come say hi :D

  8. These look so good! Thanks for visiting my blog...
    What a beautiful blog!

  9. Thanks for visiting my blog Diana. If your interested I'll send you the links to the other websites that give you free books to review. I'm gonna have to make these muffins my loves bananas! :)

  10. Sounds yummy. I'm headed to the store to buy ingredients!~

  11. Good gravy, I think I just gained a couple of pounds looking at those. They look wonderful. All my favorites ingredients too. Could you run some of those over to me right quick!

  12. oh those are sinful looking...atleast no calories for drooling...I mean looking

  13. Good grief I'm starved to death now! Those muffins look sooooo good.

  14. That looks very delicious. I think I'll have to try that recipe Diana. Thanks!

  15. So, why don't you gain weight since you cook all the time? If I cooked all the things you did, I'd have to sample all of them, and I would gain 10 pounds. That is so not fair!!!

  16. Those are just plain old, ooey gooey delicious!

  17. Sheesh, amiga! I love pecans, bananas, cream cheese... sheesh! I just can't look any more...

  18. Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!!!!

  19. These look and sound delicious. I'll be happy to take them off your hands so you won't eat all of them .... Kathy

  20. Oh wow, Im going to have to try this... Thank you

  21. I love banana anything. These look and sound delicious. I was just reading your "About you" page. It was written a year ago today. Is this your blogging anniversary? Also, I'd written about the quilt squares you posted about. My grandmother's quilt was made for her by the ladies in her little town in Missouri before her move to Texas. My mom told me a few of the squares are from ladies in the Texas town they moved to. It was Huckabay or Stephenville, I think. Is that anywhere close to where you live? I wonder if there are any of the same names :-)