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Espresso banana muffins

Do you know the muffin man, the muffin man, the muffin man? Do you know the muffin man who lives on Drury Lane?

I don’t know about you but I have no idea who this muffin man is nor where in the world Drury Lane is.

I DO know the muffin woman who lives in Brookline and loves all things muffins. That would be moi.

Yes it’s true, I love muffins. Any kind really. Blueberry, cranberry, carrot, cinnamon chip, chocolate chip, and banana nut…

I love muffins almost as much as the lady from Cunningham Muffins.


Because of my eternal love for muffins, I couldn’t resist the recipe for Espresso Banana Muffins I saw in Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson. I also had a stash of five ripe bananas in my freezer that were patiently waiting to be used in a baking recipe. It was time for the bananas to leave the freezer and make their way into the muffin recipe.

With ingredients like whole wheat flour, walnuts, fine espresso powder, and natural cane sugar, how could you go wrong with this recipe?

I also did a litle switcheroo of my own with the recipe. I substituted 1 cup of plain yogurt with plain Greek yogurt, trying to make the muffins as protein packed as could be. I also added a couple handfuls of chocolate chips to the batter as well. I love the combination of chocolate, banana, and walnuts. In fact, those three ingredients work really well in pancakes and have used them before for just that!

DSCN2361Whippin up the dry ingredients…

DSCN2359Oops…forgot about the walnuts in the oven. What toasted walnuts should not look like. My second attempt was more successful.

DSCN2362The wet ingredients…

DSCN2363Mixing the dry and wet ingredients…check out those espresso flakes!


Ready for the oven!


Close up! Walnuts sprinkled on top.

DSCN2366Ta da!



These muffins turned out great! I enjoyed two of them for breakfast in the morning with my standard cup of black tea. I ended up freezing a few as well in a ziplock to save for later use. When I was ready for more muffins, I defrosted them and they tasted as good as new. I ended up microwaving a few as well and spread a little Earth Balance on them.

The subtle taste of espresso and chocolate in the morning was the perfect way to get me raring and ready to go in the morning. This muffin woman will definitely be baking these again in the future.

Happy weekend!

Peace, love, and food,


What’s your favorite muffin? Have you tried a good muffin recipe lately? Do you know the Muffin Man?

I’m a nutrition coach and yoga teacher helping people to learn to love food again. I love cooking, taking pictures of my food and traveling around the world. Follow my blog for delicious, seasonal vegetarian recipes and simple strategies to bring more yoga and mindfulness into your life. And check out my e-book to learn how to improve your health through nutrition and yoga. Show me what deliciousness you make! Tag me @karalydonRD on Instagram.


  1. I swear I can smell these through the screen. I’d also like to know where Drury lane is 😉

  2. That video is hilarious. The recipe looks great too. I gotta get on some muffins soon! I haven’t baked muffins in AGES!

  3. ahhh espresso!! love this~!! and I LOVE THAT VIDEO!

  4. I am also a muffinoholic. I love any muffin combo w/ fruit and nuts!

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