Mary Anne's Banana Nana Muffins

      Do you ever need muffins in a hurry? I know there are times that I need something, anything to make for breakfast or take to a potluck and I need it fast. If you're like me, then this recipe is for you!

      1 yellow or butter yellow cake mix

      2 eggs

      4-5 over-ripe bananas

      1 cup chopped toasted pecans

      1 3/4 cups chocolate chips, optional

      frosting, optional

      3 ounces cream cheese, softened and at room temperature

      6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened and at room temperature

      1/3 cup mascarpone cheese, room temperature

      2-3 tablespoons honey

      1/2 cup chopped toasted pecans

      • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 2 muffin pans with paper liners. In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients and mix well. With a medium cookie scoop, fill cupcake tins with batter one-half to two-thirds full. Bake for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the muffins comes out clean.
      Makes 24 muffins.For the frosting:

      • If you are frosting your muffins, beat the cream cheese and butter in a large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Add the mascarpone cheese. Mix well and then beat in the honey. Spread the frosting over the muffins. Sprinkle with the pecans.
      Note: you can also use this recipe to make banana bread. Spray with a non-vegetable cooking spray or grease and flour two medium loaf pans or one large loaf pan. Pour into two prepared loaf pan(s). Bake for approximately 40-45 minutes.