Warm, homemade banana nut muffins are always in season! This easy recipe is ready in 30 minutes and makes 12 muffins. These muffins make a delicious breakfast or a tasty snack. Bananas and brown sugar add cozy sweetness. Walnuts add a delightful crunch. Bananas, eggs, and butter ensure a moist muffin.
Why You'll Love These Muffins
Banana nut bread has always been one of our favorites. How simply wonderful to bake it into muffins! These may become your favorite breakfast muffins, snack muffins, or dessert muffins. Eating them with a cup of hot coffee or a glass of cold milk is a must! So simple to pack inside a lunch bag, too.
Do you have people at your house that will not dare eat a banana if there are any spots on them? If so, now's the perfect time to make these muffins. Ripe bananas tend to be much sweeter than the bright, firm yellow bananas. In fact, the more ripe the banana, the sweeter it is. Which makes overripe bananas perfect for a sweet treat such as these muffins.
How do you enjoy homemade muffins the day after you've baked them? You can certainly eat them at room temperature but have you ever sliced a muffin in half and toasted it? Try it! Spread butter over each hot half of the muffin...it is so good.
I've received SO MANY wonderful comments about these muffins!
- Kelli said, "Had to hide them from my 4 year old and hubby."
- Sha wrote, "Omg!! Perfection!! And my house smells AMAZING!! Soooo yummy!!!"
- Dave commented, "Doubled recipe. Made loaves instead of muffins - still great."
- Paul wrote, "Came out great I just added some cinnamon."
Many people have told me that this is the best banana nut muffin recipe. Thanks, I really appreciate all the comments! Keep 'em coming 🙂
Non-stick cooking spray
3 bananas, mashed (about a cup of mashed bananas)
¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup brown sugar, packed*
½ cup sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped + extra to top muffins before baking, if desired
*how to pack brown sugar: spoon the brown sugar into a measuring cup. With the back of a spoon, press down the brown sugar. Spoon more brown sugar into the measuring cup, and pack down again with a spoon. Repeat the process until the measuring cup is full of brown sugar.
Kitchen Tools/Equipment Needed
Large mixing bowl
Step by Step Instructions
STEP 1: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a standard muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. OXO offers a wonderful, heavy gauge muffin pan with easy grip sides...find it here.
STEP 2: Add the mashed bananas, melted butter, and milk to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
STEP 3: Beat in the egg and vanilla, and brown sugar.
STEP 4: Add in the remaining dry ingredients and fold in until just mixed. Then, fold in the walnuts.
STEP 5: Fill muffin pan cups to about ¾ full. Ensure each muffin cup has an equal amount of muffin mix. Top with additional walnuts, if desired.
STEP 6: Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 5-10 minutes before serving.
What Can You Put on a Muffin?
As I stated earlier, nothing is more wonderful than putting a small pat of real butter on a freshly baked, hot muffin! But here are some other things you may want to try spreading onto a banana nut muffin:
- peanut butter
- cream cheese
- apple butter
Storing Baked Muffins
To keep these muffins fresh and moist, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days (refrigerate them and they'll keep fresh for a couple days more). You can also freeze muffins for up to 3 months if you wrap them tightly in aluminum foil or place in plastic freezer bags.
Substitutions and Variations
Use chopped pecans instead of walnuts (or leave the nuts out altogether)
Add some chocolate chips (my husband's suggestion, lol)
Sprinkle the tops of the cooked, cooled muffins with powdered sugar
How to Transport Muffins
So now that you've made these delicious muffins, what's the best way to transport them? I recently discovered a plastic carrier that's perfect for transporting pies, muffins, and cupcakes. It's the Southern Homewares 3-in-1 Plastic Holder Container. It offers easy-grip handles, a snap-tight lid, and it's made out of durable plastic. Available now on Amazon!
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Banana Nut Muffins
- Standard muffin pan
- large mixing bowl
- measuring cup(s)
- measuring spoons
- non-stick cooking spray
- 3 ripe bananas, mashed
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted
- ¼ cup whole milk
- 1 large egg
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup brown sugar, packed
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- ½ cup white sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup unsalted walnuts, chopped (plus extra for topping if desired)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a standard muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside
- Add the mashed bananas, melted butter, and milk to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
- Beat in the egg and vanilla, and brown sugar.
- Add in the remaining dry ingredients and fold in until just mixed. Then, fold in the walnuts.
- Fill muffin pan cups to about ¾ full. Ensure each muffin cup has an equal amount of muffin mix. Top with additional walnuts, if desired.
- Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 5-10 minutes before serving.
If you try this recipe, leave me a comment! I'd love to hear from you.
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