These Banana Muffins were inspired by a recipe found on the Williams-Sonoma site. The recipe is called Banana-Buttermilk Muffins on williamssonoma.com. I updated the recipe by omitting the walnuts and added other spices and Amaretto Liquor which contain very little alcohol. Remember when adding any liquor always to check the alcohol content. Make sure you use a type of liquor that is best for baking which has less alcohol than the real stuff. When you bake or cook with these kinds of liquors, the alcohol evaporates, and you are left with the flavoring.
I have tried many versions of the recipe by adding Banana Liquor or Hazelnut Liquor. All variations received thumbs up. But my favorite is with the Banana Liquor. You really can taste the bananas.
One thing that I am surprised by is people are always amazed when I tell them that the recipe has wheat flour. Why are people still not embracing wheat flour? I know it is something to adjust. But try it, you will not be disappointed with this recipe.
I do not add walnuts when I make these Banana Muffins because I am not a fan of eating muffins with nuts. I think if I am eating a muffin it should either be plain or with fruits and not with nuts. When nuts are roasted, cooked or baked, they release their natural oil. The oil released by the walnut is more of an earthy taste and does not go well with the added extracts, spices or liquor. I rather eat walnuts by themselves. I hope you enjoy these Banana Muffins as much as I do.
Don’t forget to omit the liquor if you are making these muffins for children.
Recipe updated from http://www.williams-sonoma.com