Sunday, April 6, 2014

Banana Walnut Muffins and Two Giveaways to Celebrate Spring

The weather is becoming warmer, and we are happy to feel and see the sunshine :) The warm temperatures make the bananas I buy ripe very fast, and I like this as I can use the ripe bananas in desserts and snacks. To celebrate the blue skies, fresh air, spring birds and blooms, I can't think of any other dessert but muffins with bananas and walnuts in it. With the long weekend coming soon, these easy to make, quick muffins would be wonderful to make a day ahead and take with us on a picnic or a road trip. These muffins taste even more special with a spread of Gay Lea Spreadables. 
Gay Lea Spreadables Butter takes traditional creamery butter and adds unsaturated canola oil, which means we don’t have to worry about tearing our muffins or bread when we spread it on. There are also no preservatives and it is a source of Omega 3. The Spreadables are available in Regular, Light, and Cinnamon and Brown Sugar. Our favourite is the Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Spreadables. 
To make the recipe for twelve Banana Walnut Muffins is adapted from the Model Bakery Cookbook we need...

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup ripe banana mashed (2 bananas)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts plus 2 tbsp

Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt and leave aside. Beat sugar, oil, and lemon juice using a hand held electric mixer on high speed until pale for about a minute, then beat in the egg. When the mixture is pale in colour add the flour mixture in thirds alternating with two equal additions of mashed bananas. Stir in the 1/2 cup walnuts and using a 1/4 cup measuring scoop place the mixture in a lined muffin pan. Divide the chopped 2 tbsp walnuts over the tops before baking.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes in a preheated 375F oven until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Leave the baked muffins in the muffin pan for about 5 minutes before moving it to a wire rack to cool. The muffins stay in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 day.

Giveaways:
#1: Win 12 free product coupons to buy any Gay Lea product. One winner per blog, you can enter similar giveaways on other sites but will be eligible to win only one prize. This giveaway is open to everyone in Canada except Quebec residents until April 30th. 
Update: The winner is Brandee
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#2: A Waring Pro Double Belgian-Waffle Maker valued at $190. Open to everyone in Canada except Quebec residents until the end of April.
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Disclosure: I am part of the Gay Lea Blogger Campaign with MC Canada and receive special perks as part of my affiliation. All rights reserved on photographs and written content Createwithmom © 2011 - 2014. Please Ask First

119 comments:

  1. Honestly, I've never used gay lea spreadables. Gay Lea products are not available in Alberta.

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  2. I am in Ontario, my fav product is their whipped cream!

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  3. i am in Newfoundland and i love Gay Lea garlic butter

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  4. I am not so creative in the kitchen unfortunately. My favourite way to use the Spreadables is on toast or muffins like the ones you baked. Can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I love the whipped cream for fruit and cakes and i do not have unique recipes.

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  6. I am in Ontario and my favourite product is Gay Lea Sour Cream! (Judy Cowan)

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  7. I don't really have any unique ways to cook with the spreadables but we have been using the cinnamon one on pancakes and I stirred in some with the carrots I cooked for dinner last night and that was good! (Judy Cowan)

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  8. I live in Ontario and I love Gay Lea butter!

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  9. I have used the spreadables, however only for toast and sandwiches, not for cooking or baking.

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  10. I like to use it to make cinnamon toast! (Suzi)

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  11. My way to use the spreadables is to use lots of it! My favourite recipe I use it in is Breakfast scramble. I fry potatoes and onion in copious amounts of butter, then I fry egg (also in butter) add spinach and peas, then toss it all in a casserole dish with some sausage and bacon, cover it all in cheese and put it in the oven.

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  12. I live in BC. My favourite Gay Lea product is their whip cream!

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  13. I haven't used it yet, but sounds perfect for grilled cheese sandwiches

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  14. I live in Ontario and I love the cinnamon and brown sugar spreadable butter, it's soooo good!!

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  15. I live in Ontario. My favourite Gay Lea product is their sour cream.

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  16. don't really have any unique recipes, but I love the cinnamon on raisin toast mmmmmm

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  17. I live in Ontario. My favourite Gay Lea product is their butter.

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  18. I've never used the spreadable butter, I would be wonderful on fresh, hot banana muffins

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  19. I'm in BC and my favourite product of Gay Lea's is there whipping cream

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  20. I use Gay Lea spreadable on toast, muffins, garlic bread etc.

    RAFFLECOPTER NAME is Anne Taylor

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  21. I live in Fergus,Ontario. My fav. Gaylea product is there BUTTER

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  22. People love my choc.chip and peanut butter cookies. My secret is I use gaylea butter. Most people use margarine yuk.

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  23. I live in Niagara, we're fans of the butter :)

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  24. I live in NW Ontario (land of the never-ending winter!).
    I love Gay Lea butter.

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  25. I live in NB and like Gaylea garlic butter.

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  26. I use Gaylea butter for my famous chocolate chip cookies!

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  27. I am from Ontario. My favourite Gay Lea product is the butter.

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  28. Ive never used the Spreadable butter. Not cery creative, but I would use it on toast and bagels.

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  29. I saw that Cinnamon Brown Sugar today and I was sooooo tempted :) Maybe I'll get some for my next 'treat'.

    Besides slathered on those muffins of yours I think it would be delicious on mashed sweet potatoes :)

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  30. Muffin looks so soft and spongy...

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  31. I live in Ontario, I love gay lea butter... and whipped cream :)

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  32. I love putting a bit of melted gay lea butter into my pancake & waffle mix, gives it a buttery taste :)

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  33. I'm in NB and I really like the brown sugar cinnamon butter. It's the best on pancakes.

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  34. i live in ontario and i love their spreadables

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  35. I'm not the most creative baker or anything but I definitely try to jazz up some muffin sized apple pies every so often and they are delicious!!

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  36. Where I live in Ontario we've got all the Gay Lea products but I must admit I've only ever used their butter but I'm dying to try the spreadables.

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  37. I am not really creative with baking/cooking so I need to start getting creative- perhaps the cinnamon butter used in cookies?

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  38. I love using Gay Lea in my famous double chocoalte banana bread! I live in BC>

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  39. I'm in Ontario & I use Gay Lea butter all of the time, It's my favourite.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  40. I like to make garlic bread with the Gay Lea Spreadable Butter.
    My rafflecopter name is Julie G.

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  41. I live in Alberta and love gay lea whipped cream

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  42. I dont really have a fun and creative way to cook with gay lea I just bake normally with it . Muffins yum yum

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  43. I live in Ontario and we love the cinnamon butter on our pancakes.
    Lori R Jackson is my rafflecopter name

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  44. I have never used Gay Lea products as they are not available in my province. However I do like to use spreadable butter to make cinnamon toast!
    Thanks!

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  45. I live in Ontario Canada and I love Gay Lea Whip Cream (in a can of course!) :)

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    1. I have not actually tried any of the Gay Lea products, but would love to try the brown sugar cinnamon.

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  46. I live in Nova Scotia, I love their garlic butter

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  47. I live in Ontario. My favorite Gay Lea product is the Nordica 4% cottage cheese.

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  48. I dont have a secret recipe but would love to get some!

    Narathip W.
    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

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  49. I live in Abbotsford, BC.
    I love their butter.

    Narathip w.
    polo_wataga at yahoo dot com

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  50. My favorite way to use the butter is lazy homemade garlic bread which consists of toast, Gay Lea garlic butter with shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Then I microwave it for 30 seconds.

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  51. I have not actually tried any of the Gay Lea products, but would like to try the brown sugar cinnamon butter.

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  52. I live in Ontario. I like the Spreadables butter very much and their sour cream as well.

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  53. Don't have any really unique recipes, but I like to use Gay Lea Spreadable Butter when making garlic butter for garlic bread. Makes it easier for me to mix and spread. And tasty too.

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  54. I'm from Ontario.
    I like their salted butter.

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  55. I like to use their spreadable butter to butter fresh, homemade bread for grilled cheese sandwiches.

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  56. I live in BC. I love Gay Lea Sour Cream.

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  57. I am in Ontario and I have never used Gay Lea Spreadable Butter.

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  58. From Manitoba. Like the light butter

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  59. I live in Newfondland.. I love theGay Lea Whip Cream,,yumm!
    (Karla Sceviour)

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  60. I'm in Newfoundland. My favourite is their butter. Wish they sold the bricks here :(

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  61. I live in Newfoundland and we use the Gay Lea Spreadables.
    Florence c

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  62. I like melting the Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Spreadables for making monkey bread. I used to dip the dough in melted butter and then dip in the cinnamon sugar mix, but now I just melt the Spreadables and use that. Love it!

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  63. I live in Ontario. My favourite Gay Lea product is their butter!!!!!

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  64. I use it on toast but my husband uses it on his popcorn,

    Florence C

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  65. I live in Ontario! My favourite Gay Lea product is their Real Whipped Cream!

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  66. I live in Alberta. I do not recognize the Gay Lea brand.

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  67. What is your favorite, most creative way to cook with Gay Lea Spreadable Butter? Do you have unique recipes? We don't use Gay Lea but I am going to look for it at our store soon. Butter is lovely in everything

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  68. I live in Ontario. I love butter. I use it on everything. My favorite thing to use it on is popcorn

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  69. I live in Saskatchewan. My favorite Gay Lea product is their French Onion Dip.

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  70. I don't have any creative ways to use the spreadable butter because I save it for sandwiches and toast and I use hard butter for baking.

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  71. I live in Ontario. I have never used in cooking. I would love the cinnamon and brown sugar on toast.

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  72. I'm in BC. I like Gay Lea Spreadables regular butter.

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  73. I don't have any fancy recipes but we use Gay Lea Spreadable butter mostly for toast, pancakes and french toast.

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  74. I live in Ontario - I tried the cinnamon & brown sugar butter and really like it!

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  75. I need some new ideas on how to use cinnamon & brown sugar butter - I like it to make cinnamon rolls, and it is good on waffles.

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  76. Not too creative but love it on my popcorn and we use it on toast a lot

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  77. I'm in New Brunswick. My favourite product is their butter.

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  78. I love making scones and lemon cakes. Not the most creative use but always have good results with their product.

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  79. I live in New Brunswick. Love using their spreadable butter to bake with.

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  80. I live in Ontario and I love Gay Lea unsalted butter for baking.

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  81. I'm not very creative with my cooking but I love to use spreadable butter on my baked breads.

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  82. I live in Ontario and love their sour cream. Yum!

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  83. I don't cook or bake really so I'll be interested to see what ideas other people have.

    Besos, Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

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  84. I've never used Gay Lea Spreadable Butter, but I would use it in any of my recipes. The cinnamon and brown sugar spread would be great to add to steamed vegetables.

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  85. love it on fresh and warm breads or cinnamon buns, in BC

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  86. Ontario is where I live and I love GayLea sour cream! (Suzi)

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  87. I'm from Nova Scotia. I haven't tried any Gay Lea products yet, so I don't have a favourite.

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  88. I'm in Alberta, and love the Butter!

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  89. I have not tried the spreadable butter yet, so curious to see what recipes I can come up with :)

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  90. I'm from Toronto, Canada and I love Gay Lea's Cinnamon spreadable butters. They are perfect for french toast!

    Rafflecopter name: Sarah S.
    texan_michael AT yahoo DOT com

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  91. I use Gay Leas spreadable butter in mashed potatoes and when I'm making grilled cheese sandwiches.

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  92. I just love that spreadable butter on my toast

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  93. I live in ON, and I love their cottage cheese.

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  94. I love using it in baking to make banana bread

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  95. I've never cooked with it before and have only used the butter on my toast!

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  96. I live in BC and I haven't used very many of their products to have a favorite... yet!

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  97. I always use their butter. My recipes turn out fantastic. I live in Ontario
    (Debbie W)

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  98. I use the spreadable on my toast. It's handy
    (Debbie W)

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  99. I use it for garlic bread and pretty much anything I cook.

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  100. I live in manitoba and I like the cinnamon spread butter

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  101. I use gaylea products in my baking but I have nothing fancy to share

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  102. i am in nova scotia, i love gay lea whip cream

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  103. I live in Manitoba and besides Gay Lea butter my next top pick is their whipping cream!

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  104. I live in Port Hope Ontario, we love love the cinnamon spread.

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  105. I have never cooked with the spreadables but that would be interesting!

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  106. I live in Ontario and my favorite Gay Lea product is salted butter.

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  107. I live in Ontario. I love their cottage cheese!!

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  108. I used the spreadables on french toast. So yummy!

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  109. I'm in Ontario and I like their butter best.

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  110. I live in Manitoba and my fave is the spreadable butter

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  111. I live in Newfoundland I love the spreadable butter

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  112. Not creative but I use it to grease my baking pans

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  113. I'm in BC and I love their spreadable butter.

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