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Banana Bread Muffins are so easy to make! They’re the perfect grab-and-go breakfast, lunchbox treat, or afternoon snack.  They’re loaded with banana flavor and nuts for the best banana muffins you’ll ever have!

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Table of Contents
  1. Best Banana Bread Muffins in the World
  2. VIDEO: How to make Banana Bread Muffins
  3. Ingredients in Banana Muffins
  4. How to make Banana Bread Muffins
  5. Substitutions and Variations
  6. How to mash bananas for muffins
  7. How to store banana bread muffins
  8. What’s the secret to making moist muffins?
  9. FAQ:
  10. More Banana Bread Variation Recipes You’ll Love
  11. Banana Bread Muffins Recipe

Best Banana Bread Muffins in the World

I’ve been making these banana nut muffins almost every week for years because the flavor and texture are amazing, and the muffins are freezer-friendly. It’s so easy to make a batch and freeze them to have on hand for breakfast, brunch, and snacks.

One of the most popular recipes on this site is my mom’s banana bread, and I use that recipe for these easy banana muffins. They have the same great flavor but are easier because they bake faster, so you can eat them sooner!

You’ll want to add this banana muffin recipe to your file because they are seriously the best. They are soft and full of banana flavor and the nuts? You can add them or leave them off – it’s up to you!

I’m sharing all of my tips, so your banana muffins turn out perfectly every time – they’re really easy! You don’t have to worry about your muffins being too dense or bland with this recipe. They are perfection – everything a banana muffin should be!

If you have some ripe bananas on the counter, this is the best way to use them up. Or, get yourself to the store to get some – you’ll want to try these banana nut muffins as soon as possible!

VIDEO: How to make Banana Bread Muffins

Ingredients in Banana Muffins

Vegetable Oil: I love using oil in muffins because then I can mix by hand.

Granulated Sugar: For sweetness – you can also use brown sugar.

Mashed overripe bananas: Be sure the bananas have lots of brown spots! The brown spots make them sweeter and perfect for baking.

Large Eggs: Be sure to buy the correct size!

Sour Milk: This is what my mom’s recipe calls for, it’s basically buttermilk. You can use buttermilk or use 1 tsp vinegar (see recipe notes).

Baking Soda: The vinegar or sourness in the milk activates the baking soda, making these nice and fluffy.

Salt: A must since we are using oil – it’s such a neutral flavor we need to add salt.

All-purpose flour: Be sure to measure it correctly.

Chopped walnuts or pecans: Or use can omit, or use chocolate chips.

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How to make Banana Bread Muffins

  1. Mash the bananas using a fork.
  2. Combine the sugar and oil and eggs in a bowl. Stir until combined.
  3. Add the mashed bananas and milk, then stir.
  4. Mix in flour, salt, and baking soda. Mixture will be slightly lumpy.
  5. Stir in the nuts.
  6. Place muffin batter in muffin liners about 2/3 full. Sprinkle the rest of the nuts over the top of each muffin and then bake them for about 15 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
muffin without liner

Substitutions and Variations

  • Make banana chocolate chip muffins – just swap the nuts for chocolate chips!
  • Substitute for oil: You can use the same amount of softened butter or melted butter.
  • What is sour milk? Sour milk is just regular milk with vinegar added – you can swap it for buttermilk if you prefer. Or add 1 teaspoon vinegar and use regular milk.
  • Dairy Free Banana Muffins: You can use non-dairy milk for this recipe – just add one teaspoon of vinegar to activate the baking soda.
  • Gluten Free Banana Bread Muffins: Use 1:1 Gluten Free All Purpose Flour in place of the regular flour.
  • Whole Wheat Banana Muffins: Use half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour.

How to mash bananas for muffins

You can use a fork or a potato masher to mash bananas. Just place them in a bowl and mash them until they break down. I’ve also used the blender but using a masher is easier!

How to store banana bread muffins

Banana bread muffins will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for two days.

You can freeze them in a freezer bag for up to one month. You can leave them out at room temperature to thaw or warm them up in the microwave.

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What’s the secret to making moist muffins?

  • The best bananas for moist banana muffins are overripe ones with very spotty or brown peels.
  • For the best soft banana muffins, use muffin liners when you bake them.
  • When you add the flour, only mix until combined. It’s okay if there are some lumps in the batter – it doesn’t need to be completely smooth. If you overmix, your muffins won’t be as soft.
  • Don’t over bake! The muffins are done baking when you insert a toothpick, and it comes out with a few moist crumbs. If you over bake them, they will be dry.
half of muffin on pile of muffins

FAQ:

Can you freeze banana muffins?

Yes, you can freeze banana nut muffins for up to a month.

How can I make muffins lighter and fluffy?

First, accurately measure the flour. The best way is to measure your flour with a kitchen scale. If you don’t have one, use the spoon and level method for measuring with a dry measuring cup.

Second, make sure you measure the oil (or butter) correctly. If you don’t add enough fat to the batter, your muffins won’t be as soft.

Lastly, don’t over bake the muffins.

How do you know when muffins are done baking?

Insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out with a few crumbs, the muffins are done baking. If there is wet batter on the toothpick, they need more time. If the toothpick comes out totally clean, they are probably overbaked.

Can I make these muffins dairy-free?

Yes, you can use dairy-free milk in this recipe. Make sure to add one teaspoon of vinegar to the wet ingredients. This will activate the baking soda, so your muffins puff up while they bake.

How to make gluten free banana muffins?

Use a 1:1 gluten free flour in place of the all-purpose flour to make gluten-free banana muffins.

You won’t need another recipe once you try these banana bread muffins! I’ve been making them for years, and they’re always a hit. I hope you give them a try soon!

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Banana Bread Muffins

5 from 2 votes
Banana Bread Muffins are so easy to make! This recipe is my favorite banana bread recipe made into banana nut muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Yield 18 muffins
Serving Size 1 muffin

Ingredients
  

  • ½ cup (119ml) vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 2 large eggs
  • 7 tablespoons sour milk or buttermilk (make your own by adding 1/2 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice to your milk and let it sit for 5 minutes)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (248g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chopped nuts walnuts or pecans, divided

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line muffin pans with liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Mash bananas with a fork or potato masher until smooth.
  • Stir together granulated sugar and oil. Add mashed bananas, eggs, sour milk, salt, and baking soda and stir until combined. Mixture will be slightly lumpy.
  • Add flour and stir until just incorporated. Stir in 1/2 cup chopped nuts. Divide evenly among muffin liners, filling about 2/3 full.
  • Sprinkle each muffin with some of the remaining nuts.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes until a toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs.
  • These are wonderful fresh from the oven or cooled to room temperature. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to one month. Defrost at room temperature or in the microwave.

Recipe Notes

  • Use regular or nondairy milk (add 1 tsp vinegar) or use buttermilk
  • Use softened or melted butter or oil
  • Use GF 1:1 AP flour or half whole wheat and half all purpose flour
  • Use chocolate chips in place of nuts or leave plain.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 637mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Dorothy Kern
Keyword banana, muffin
stack of banana nut muffins in brown liners

Banana Bread Muffins are so easy to make! This recipe is my favorite banana bread recipe made into banana nut muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch!

Last Updated on April 12, 2022

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8 Comments

  1. I made these today. I haven’t tried one yet but my husband said they were the best banana muffins he’s ever eaten. Easy to make, low calorie and delicious. It doesn’t get better than this.

  2. Have these in the oven right now. My kids are currently licking the bowl .lol. I’ve made your banana bread many many times it a favorite around here.

  3. Very tasty cake.I made it with a piece of chocolate in the middle n nuts but it got spoiled within a day n half.I left it outside thinking that cakes last 3 days left outside.Was shocked when it was a bit stringy.Why did this happen? This is the first time that my cake got spoiled.

  4. Yum, the perfect afterschool/work snack, warmed up with a slather o’ buttah!

  5. I had never heard anyone call overripe bananas tired until you did, but I immediately thought that it was the perfect and more polite way of calling them old and brown 🙂 I love banana bread and would adore these!

  6. I haven’t make the recipe yet but it sounds and looks great. I’m baking for groups so much I find I’m hesitant to add nuts worrying about nut-haters or allergies. A trick I’ve found is using roasted cacao nibs. Me, I haven’t met any nut I don’t love but you might consider that option next experiment. I made a banana bread not long ago with those added and got rave reviews. But I’d go with the nits f I knew people like those. Banana bread and nuts work well together. 

  7. These look so good, I love banana bread…. and even more when it’s easy to grab and go. I think I need to come visit so you can make me these. ❤️