Easier to share than slicing a loaf, and quicker to bake! Buns are also easier to control for perfect baking, especially with GF, than in a loaf tin (see footnote for loaves). Makes 24 regular muffins or 30 to 36 small-case muffins, with only 15 minutes of prep and 20 minutes baking.
You could use walnuts instead of pecans if you prefer, but the recipe is just fine with no nuts at all (or, just as a garnish). You could also make two 9"x5" loaves from this recipe - just grease two loaf tins and line with parchment/baking paper, and increase baking time to 45 to 60 minutes. (Remember with GF loaves to let them cool in the loaf tins *before* removing them.)