Caramel-Banana Muffins
Recipe from Midwest Living

Caramel-Banana Muffins

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Yield: 12 standard or 6 jumbo muffins
Prep Time: 30 mins
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  • 1/2  cup 
    chopped pecans
  • 2   tablespoons 
  • 1   teaspoon 
    ground cinnamon
  • 1  3  ounce package 
    cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup 
    butter, softened
  • 2/3  cup 
  • 1   
  • 1   medium 
    banana, peeled and mashed (1/2 cup)
  • 1   teaspoon 
  • 1 1/4  cups 
    all-purpose flour
  • 3/4  teaspoon 
    baking powder
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
    baking soda
  • 1/4  teaspoon 
  • 2   tablespoons 
    caramel-flavored ice cream topping
  • 1   medium 
    banana, peeled and thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1   tablespoon 
    butter, melted
    Caramel-flavored ice cream topping (optional)
Line 12 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.
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.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add to the banana mixture, beating on low speed until just combined.
Stir in 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 (1 teaspoon for jumbo muffins). 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.
Bake in a 375 degrees oven for 18 to 20 minutes (22 to 24 minutes for jumbo) 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, if you like.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 222, Fat, total (g) 11, chol. (mg) 38, sat. fat (g) 5, carb. (g) 29, Monosaturated fat (g) 4, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 1, fiber (g) 1, sugar (g) 17, pro. (g) 3, vit. A (IU) 243, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0, Niacin (mg) 1, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, Folate (g) 28, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 172, Potassium (mg) 89, calcium (mg) 40, iron (mg) 1, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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