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Makenna's Bodacious Banana Muffins

“My mommy and I bake lots of muffins to raise awareness for Down syndrome. I walk in ‘Walk for Success’ each year with my family and almost always win a medal,” says Makenna. “I would have my muffins alongside a yogurt parfait with strawberries and blueberries, and a nice green salad with only dark greens like kale and spinach and some cherry tomatoes and cucumbers.” Her dad Mark reports that Makenna wants to open her own bake shop when she’s older, and that she sells muffins to schools and businesses in the community to raise money for research and programs for Down syndrome. - Makenna Hurd, age 9, Tennessee

Makes 12 servings


  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil, plus more for pans
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon, plus more for pans


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease a 12-cup muffin pan with the vegetable oil and sprinkle a little cinnamon in the bottom of each cup.
  2. In a large bowl, beat together the bananas, eggs, brown sugar, applesauce, oil, and vanilla.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture and stir until incorporated. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tray and bake until the tops of the muffins spring back when pressed lightly, about 30 minutes. Let cool and enjoy!

201 calories; 4g protein; 35g carbohydrates; 6g fat (1g saturated fat); 123mg sodium

More information about the Kids' State Dinner:

  • Check out the other winning 2013 Kids' State Dinner Recipes here.
  • Learn more about Kids' State Dinner here.