Espresso Banana Nut Muffins

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Muffins are like cupcakes you can eat for breakfast. Banana nut muffins are great, but with a dash of coffee, they are even better. These muffins are simple to make, and undeniably yummy. With a hint of espresso, these are a treat to wake up to in the morning.

This recipe makes about twelve muffins, sometimes a little bit more. 
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Bake Time: 25-30 Minutes
Overall: 45 Minutes
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Step 1: Raw Materials

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These muffins consist of ingredients you will most likely already have.

To make these muffins, you will need:
3 very ripe bananas
1/3 cup of unsalted butter
3/4 cup of sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1 1/2 Tbsp espresso or strong coffee**
1 teaspoon of baking soda
Pinch of salt
1 1/2 cup of flour
1 cup walnuts

** You can use either ground coffee, or instant espresso. If you do not have instant espresso, use regular ground coffee. Instant espresso is better to use because it has a more distinct coffee flavor, and regular ground coffee does not mix into the batter as well as the espresso does.

And if you aren't a coffee person, you can omit the coffee entirely. But I recommend keeping it in.

Step 2: Mash

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Peel all three bananas and put them in a big bowl. Mash them until they look like the second picture. You can use a spatula or a wooden spoon for this, but I prefer using a fork for this step. The metal tines of the fork get the job done faster.

Preheat your oven to 360ª.

Step 3: Mix in the Butter

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Melt the 1/3 cup of butter, making sure it doesn't burn. This melting is easily done in the microwave, but you could do it on the stove.

While you are waiting for the butter to melt, chop up your cup of walnuts. (Thanks for helping me chop, mom)

Now and mix the butter into the mashed banana. This may take a while, the butter and banana don't like to combine, but just keep with it. Stir until the mixture resembles the second picture.