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Yield: 12 Muffins

Lightly grease the top of a 12 mold muffin pan and line it with paper liners. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Have all the ingredients at room temperature.

In a medium bowl mix well:
1 cup sugar
4 ounces unsalted butter (1 stick)
2 eggs

On a piece of waxed paper, sift together:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
¾ teaspoon salt

Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix to combine.

Add and mix just to combine:
1 cup mashed bananas
½ cup chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons hot water

Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin pan filling each to the top of the paper liner. (Optional: Before baking sprinkle ½ cup chopped walnuts over the muffins.) Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 5 to 10 minutes before removing the muffins from the pan.