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Pecan Praline Banana Muffins

 Pecan Praline Banana Muffins

I really was not intending to make banana nut muffins until my hubby texted me a picture of our very ripe bananas and the question, “banana bread??” So, I had my plans for the evening, but I figured (as usual) there must be a better way to make banana bread then just the usual way I make it. Since I’ve been on a cupcake kick lately I figured I’d make muffins.

I recently bought a muffin pan at Ikea called DROMMAR. It is a really cool pan that holds the same amount as a standard pan, but creates a taller muffin or cupcake. I call them my tall-boys. I like this pan, however the only place I can get the liners is from Ikea so I guess when I run out I’ll bake them liner-less until I make the 45 minute trek south to Ikea. Ok, enough about that, back to the recipe.

I had an old recipe for apple muffins that had a brown sugar crumble on it and decided to use that for the topping. I was also simultaneously baking a Crack Apple Pie for a photo shoot and decided to use the glaze from that recipe for the muffins. The results? OMG! Light, fluffy muffins with a sweet and crunchy top.

Makes 24 muffins

Muffin Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups mashed bananas (about 4 medium)
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Topping Ingredients:

  • ½ cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • ½ cup chopped peacans
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Glaze Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened


  1. Preheat oven to 350° degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until blended.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed until just blended. With a spoon, stir in bananas, pecans, and vanilla. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Stir together topping ingredients. Sprinkle evenly over each muffin top. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 – 25 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes then gently remove from pans and place on a wire rack with wax paper underneath it. Let cool completely.
  5. Combine glaze ingredients, whisking until smooth. Use a spoon or put glaze in an icing bag with a fine tip, and drizzle glaze over each muffin.

I know right? To die for delicious! Enjoy.


Kortney and Kenzie’s Baby Shower

My daughter Kortney’s baby shower was this past week. While in the planning stage, we tried to come up with ideas for an evening that was not typical, and reflected Kortney’s personal and unique style.

We decided upon a funky and eclectic Anthropologie style theme. We set up several fun stations around the house and on the patio. We were fully decked out with a photo booth, s’mores station a D.I.Y. baby block activity and much more. We also had yummy food, beverages and desserts galore, all made by family members. The evening was a huge hit! We had 30 lovely ladies come out to support Kortney in her new adventure to mommy-hood.

As the evening progressed, our lovely friend Catalina led us in a mommy devotional, Kaela finished with a prayer over Kortney and we all got to watch her get teary eyed as she watched the video we made her. All in all, the evening was wonderful. Kortney is 37 weeks (full term) as of now and eager to start the next chapter in her life.

Thank you to all who came out and shared your love and support.

You can find more information HERE about the specific decor and activities at the shower. I hope some of our ideas inspire you to to get your creative juices flowing for your next shin-dig.

Below is a look back at this wonderful evening. Click on the first photo below to scroll through the entire album.