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Life Lesson Recipes

Beverly Nadler

The Life Lessons Department at the J would like to share some favorite recipes with you.

“I’ve always found cooking and baking both enjoyable and therapeutic and have been doing a lot of this in between work, reading and television,” says Bev Nadler, Director of the Life Lessons programs. This recipe is not from an Adult Cooking Class but one that I think is worth sharing. It’s easy and uses ingredients that most people have available at home. Hope you’ll try making these muffins…they’re yummy!!


Please share your favorite recipe with us too!


Banana Pecan Crunch Muffins


  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 3 ripe bananas mashed
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • ½ c melted butter or margarine


  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 2 TBSP flour
  • 2 TBSP softened butter
  • 2 TBSP oats
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans or any other nuts you have


  • Preheat oven to 375. Line a muffin pan with paper cupcake liners.
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together masked bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Add in flour mixture and stir until combined. (Don’t over mix) Divide batter evenly in 12 muffin cups.
  • In a small bowl combine topping ingredients and spoon over 12 muffins.
  • Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.


Additional Favorite Life Lessons Recipes…

King Arthur Pie Pastry