Banana Bread Muffins


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Moist and delicious, Banana Bread Muffins are a great way to enjoy those ripe bananas on your counter. 

This recipe turns classic banana bread recipe into a perfectly moist grab-and-go snack or a deliciously easy breakfast. This is a basic recipe and you can easily add in your favorite additions from nuts to chocolate chips.

Banana Bread Muffins stacked on parchment paper with a muffin pan in the background

Why We Love This Recipe

These come out soft,  moist and flavorful with just the right amount of sweetness and the flavor resembles our favorite banana bread.

This is a basic recipe that lends itself well to additions from nuts to chocolate chips.

This recipe is easy to make with basic pantry ingredients you likely have on hand yet comes out flavorful every time.

These muffins can be made in batches ahead of time and freeze perfectly for months.

banana bread muffins mixture

Ingredients & Variations

BANANAS Bananas are definitely a key ingredient in this recipe. Be sure to use ripened or over-ripened bananas as they are sweeter and full of that delicious banana flavor!

You can also use frozen bananas, be sure to defrost them before adding to the batter.

NUTS While optional, nuts are a great addition to this muffin recipe. Any kind of nut works well, especially walnuts and pecans. They add additional flavor and crunch!

Tip: Lightly toast raw nuts before putting them into recipes. Toasting them keeps them crunchy and enhances their flavor!

OPTIONAL ADD-INS Anything that goes with banana bread will be just as amazing paired with banana bread muffins!

      • Add some oatmeal for a little extra fiber.
      • Mix in chocolate chips for a sweet, dessert-type muffin!
      • Or try coconut, raisins or any kind of dried berry for a fruity twist! Why not a banana blueberry muffin?

Banana Bread Muffin batter in a muffin pan

How to Make Banana Bread Muffins

Making banana bread muffins is as easy as 1, 2, 3! Just grease or line your muffin pan and you are ready to bake.

  1. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately (per recipe below).
  2. Mix together until just barely combined. Add optional nuts at this step.
  3. Pour batter evenly into prepared muffin tin and bake until fluffy and browned on top!

Take care not to over bake; banana bread muffins should extra moist!

Banana Bread Muffins baked in a muffin pan

Tips for Success

  • Use ripe bananas with black spots for the best flavor.
  • Toss add ins with a bit of flour before adding to the batter, this helps so they don’t sink to the bottom of the batter.
  • Do not add extra bananas, this can make the batter too heavy and dense.
  • Do not overmix batter, it should be mixed just until moistened.
  • Fill muffin cups only 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  • Do not overbake, ovens can vary so be sure to check muffins a few minutes before they should be done. If a toothpick comes out clean, they are done.

Banana Bread Muffins cut open on the table

How to Store Muffins

Muffins are essentially quick bread and quick bread is easily stored! Keep muffins fresh by storing them in a zippered bag at room temperature for up to 3 days.

To Freeze Muffins

Banana bread muffins freeze well

  • To freeze, wrap each muffin in plastic wrap and place them in zippered bags with the date on them. They will last for up to 3 months in the freezer.
  • To thaw, remove the wrapping, thaw in the microwave and enjoy a warm muffin!

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Banana Bread Muffins stacked on parchment paper with bananas
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Review Recipe

Banana Bread Muffins

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 12 muffins
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Breakfast, Muffins, Snack
Cuisine American
Homemade Banana Bread Muffins are moist and full of flavor! Add chocolate chips, oatmeal or nuts for a twist.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup bananas mashed, about 3 medium
  • ½ cup walnuts chopped, or pecans optional

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Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.
  • Whisk together flour, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Combine melted butter and sugars. Add eggs, vanilla, and mashed banana. Mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Fold in nuts if using.
  • Pour into prepared muffin pan and bake 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Do not overbake.
  • Cool on a baking rack.

Recipe Notes

  • Use ripe bananas with black spots for the best flavor.
  • Toss add ins with a bit of flour before adding to the batter, this helps so they don’t sink to the bottom of the batter.
  • Do not add extra bananas, this can make the batter too heavy and dense.
  • Do not overmix batter, it should be mixed just until moistened.
  • Fill muffin cups only 1/2 to 2/3 full.
  • Do not overbake, ovens can vary so be sure to check muffins a few minutes before they should be done. If a toothpick comes out clean, they are done.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1muffin, Calories: 186, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 48mg, Sodium: 268mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 12g, Vitamin A: 284IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 14mg, Iron: 1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

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  1. This is a fantastic recipe for banana muffins! My daughter and I enjoyed making these muffins together – twice in one week! They are delicious!

  2. These were delicious! For add-ins we added in one small diced apple, a handful of chopped dried cranberries and like a 1/4 cup oatmeal. Very happy to have found this recipe, thanks!5 stars

  3. Wanted to try a new and quick easy recipe and this was terrific! I didn’t have white sugar so added just a little more than what the recipe called for (for brown sugar) and the results were great. My bananas were only just ripe. I added chocolate chips so I think that made up for the lack of white sugar.5 stars

  4. I made these muffins the 2 nights ago and they were phenomenal! I also added a 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips and they tasted amazing, my family also loved them too:) I will defiantly be making them again!5 stars

  5. These are fantastic. Love they are not overly sweet. Will definitely make again. My husband and I worked as a team, since he loves to cook and bake. Plan to freeze some for later use. Thanks for the great recipe as we did have everything in our pantry. I added walnuts. The bake time was right on. I checked at 18 min. But they were still raw in middle, so added 2 minutes and they were done perfectly.5 stars

  6. These are the best. I’ve made 2 days in a row. Added blueberries both times, and pecans added as well, today. Delish!5 stars

  7. Hi :)
    Would 1/2 cup chocolate chips suffice?
    How much oatmeal?
    Could I omit the cinnamon? xoxox

    1. Hi KC, half a cup of chocolate chips would be delicious! You can definitely omit the cinnamon and for the oatmeal, I would start with ¼-1/2 cup and go from there.

  8. I just made these this morning. I added some mini chocolate chips so they could be a mid morning snack for my grandkids. They are oh so good!! This recipe is a keeper :).

  9. I made these for the first time today and they are great! I used pecans (I’m not a big walnut fan) and they were really flavorful. Thanks, as always!5 stars

  10. OMG best banana cupcakes ever you go to a restaurant and wonder how their bread is so light and fluffy now I know soooo easy to make about 1/3 cup batter in each. I’ll never buy those heavy ones at the store again thanks for the recipe my fav. 5 stars