These Banana Muffins are delicious, easy to make, packed with flavor, and ready in a little over 30 minutes. The perfect way to use up overripe bananas!
Do you always end up with too many bananas on your counter at the end of the week? Over the years I’ve shared some of my favorite way to use up overripe bananas with my homemade banana bread, banana cake, and blueberry banana baked oatmeal.
So today I wanted to share another fantastic way to use up those ripe bananas with these easy banana muffins. One of the things that I love about this recipe is that you don’t need a mixer to make it. You only need a couple of bowls and about 30 minutes to make these muffins.
I think these muffins are fantastic plain, but if you want to add some chopped nuts, chocolate chips or even blueberries I’ve added some options for that as well. These also freeze well, so you can make a batch and leave them in the freezer for an easy breakfast or snack when you need it!
How To Make These Muffins
To make these banana muffins, you’ll start out by whisking together your dry ingredients – all purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt.
- All-Purpose Flour: As with all of my recipes, you want to make sure to spoon and level your flour. Too much flour can lead to really dense muffins, so make sure to measure your flour correctly first.
- Baking Soda: This helps the muffins rise nice and tall and browns them a little too.
- Ground Cinnamon: I love the addition of the cinnamon in these muffins, but feel free to leave it out if you prefer.
- Salt: To help balance out the sweetness and enhance the flavor of the other ingredients.
Once the dry ingredients are mixed up, you’ll whisk together the wet ingredients in a separate bowl. For the wet ingredients, you’ll be using some melted butter, brown sugar, an egg, vanilla extract, and mashed bananas. Let’s break down each ingredient:
- Melted Butter: To make this recipe a bit easier, I decided to just use melted butter so you don’t have to use a mixer. I suggest using unsalted butter, but if you use salted butter you’ll want to reduce the salt in the recipe to just a tiny pinch.
- Brown Sugar: The flavor of the brown sugar pairs beautifully with the banana flavor and it helps to keep the muffins moist too.
- Egg: It’s best to use a room temperature egg for this recipe so that the melted butter doesn’t get cold again. If you need to bring your egg to room temperature quickly, just place it in a bowl of warm water for 5-10 minutes.
- Vanilla Extract: For a little extra flavor!
- Mashed Bananas: Because you can’t have banana muffins without bananas, right?! Remember the darker and riper the bananas, the better!
Once the dry and wet ingredients are mixed up, you’ll mix the two together until just combined. You may see a few lumps in your batter, but this okay! You want to avoid overmixing the batter because that can lead to denser muffins.
Then, just line a 12-count muffin pan with liners and evenly distribute the batter between all 12 liners. The muffins will need to bake for about 16-20 minutes, you’ll know they’re done when a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. I suggest removing them from the pan and letting them cool slightly before you enjoy them.
How many bananas will I need?
You’ll need about 3 medium bananas for this recipe.
How do you freeze these muffins?
Once the muffins have cooled, you can store them in a freezer bag or container for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to enjoy them, thaw to room temperature or microwave individual muffins for 20-30 seconds.
Can I make these muffins with whole wheat flour?
I don’t suggest using only whole wheat flour because it can dry the muffins out and make them dense. You can use 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 all-purpose flour in this recipe if you prefer though.
As I mentioned, these banana bread muffins are fantastic plain but here are a few ways that you can change up the recipe:
- Banana Nut Muffins: Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Add 1/2 – 3/4 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips
- Blueberry Banana Muffins: Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries. If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw and stir them into the batter gently. If using blueberries, you’ll likely need to make more than 12 muffins and adjust the baking time slightly.
- When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it from the container. Instead, stir the flour around to aerate it, spoon it into your measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife.
- Avoid overmixing the wet and dry ingredients together, this can lead to denser muffins that don’t taste as good.
- Need to ripen your bananas faster? You can place them in a brown paper bag and close it tightly for 2-3 days to help ripen them quickly.
- 1 and ½ cups (190 grams) all-purpose flour spooned & leveled
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 6 tablespoons (85 grams) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- ⅔ cup (135 grams) light brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 and ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 and ½ cups (375 grams) mashed ripe bananas
- Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a 12-count muffin pan with muffin liners and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, ground cinnamon, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the melted butter, brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract, and mashed banana until fully combined.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix together until just combined, making sure not to over mix the batter.
- Evenly distribute the batter between all 12 liners in the muffin pan.
- Bake at 375°F (190°C) for 16-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then carefully remove the muffins from the pan, and place them on a wire rack to cool completely.
- Banana Nut Muffins: Add 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts to the batter.
- Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Add 1/2 - 3/4 cup of semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips to the batter.
- Blueberry Banana Muffins: Add 1 cup of fresh or frozen blueberries. If using frozen blueberries, do not thaw and stir them into the batter gently. If using blueberries, you'll likely need to make a few extra muffins.