Banana Bread Muffins ~ @SavorySimple #recipe

My super secret recipe project is moving right along and it feels like such an unusual, unexpected adventure.  I cannot wait to share details with you and show you why things have become so quiet around here.  But for all of the excitement, my new year has certainly been thrown into a tailspin.  So many recipe ideas are swimming around in my head and they just have to wait for now.  I did manage to squeeze in these banana bread muffins and I hope you enjoy them.  I’m also lining up a few guest posts!

It’s been a whole lot of non-stop work lately and I’ve never been good at balancing life and work.  It was different back in the 9 to 5 days. Get up, go to work, get it done, come home and relax.  Now my days consist of work>break>work>errands>work>break>work and I often find myself still plugging away at 10pm or on a Sunday afternoon.  I’m lucky to have a very patient husband (football playoffs help).  And I know the overlap between personal and work time is draining but I can’t seem to stop.  These days I often find myself working in my dreams. Two nights ago I was planning out the food styling for a layer cake shot as I slept.  On one hand this is very productive.  The negative about planning out food photography while sleeping?  I was using props I don’t actually own.  I woke up and thought “Why yes, an eggplant-colored cake stand would look lovely with the cake. If only I had one!”

Lately Pinterest has been one of my favorite ways to take a mental break.  When I’m super busy, I always find my creative side bursting with ideas that I don’t have time to properly deal with.  Right now I’m obsessed with taking my food styling to the next level.  I find myself wanting to spend hours on pinterest studying gorgeous photos.  How are the props balanced, how is the light bouncing?  What makes this a gorgeous photo?  What would I have done differently?  I’ve been slowly buying up new props and backdrops to experiment with and I’m really itching to get started.  But it will have to wait for just a few more weeks!

These banana bread muffins were a request from the hubby.  I’ve never been a huge fan of banana bread but I fell in love with this recipe.  Moist, not overly sweet, nutty, soft, not overly dense.  A great breakfast on a lazy Sunday morning.  I’m looking forward to lazy Sunday mornings in the very near future.

Banana Bread Muffins
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Serves: 12 muffins
  • 10 ounces (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  • 1¼ cups toasted walnuts, chopped finely
  • 5¼ ounces (3/4 cup) sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large muffin tin.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking soda, salt and walnuts together. In a separate bowl, combine the bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter and vanilla. Fold the wet ingredients into the dry until just combined. Scoop the batter evenly between the muffin tins.
  3. Bake until the muffins are golden brown on top, approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Adapted from The Best New Recipe by Cook's Illustrated Magazine

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  • Jenny

    I love banana bread! this seems like an amazing way to make it as you can freeze some and not end up eating a whole loaf on one go (its happened more than once over here!)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Exactly! I’m a big fan of portion control.

  • Hayley

    HECK. YES. I super heart banana bread and in muffin form, they’re *almost* too cute to eat. And yay for secret projects ;)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Aren’t they just the cutest little things? We were cooing the entire time ate them (not really) :D

  • Carol

    I have 3 very ripe bananas on my counter just begging to be made into these lovely looking muffins!!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Let me know what you think if you try them! I have one super ripe banana sitting on my counter that I need to do something with ASAP. Might be smoothie time.

  • Erin

    Jen, I can’t wait to see what you are cooking up and the many things that are inspiring you! PS. I love putting yogurt in muffins. It adds a little tang and makes them so moist!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I cannot wait to show everyone! And yes, yogurt is that perfect secret ingredient in many baked goods.

  • Bev

    Oh me oh my. I like this.

    • Jennifer Farley


  • Liz

    Too funny about your dream! Your muffins are perfectly domed…and irresistible!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Have you ever done that? I find myself working in my dreams all the time now and it’s a little bit disturbing!

  • Laura

    These look absolutely perfect.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you, Laura!

      • Alison

        These are so good! They turned out so moist and delicious. I didn’t have walnuts, so I substituted 1/2 a cup of dates soaked in rum. I think this is my new favorite recipe for leftover bananas…so much cuter than banana bread.

        • Jennifer Farley

          Oh I’m so happy you liked them! The rum-soaked dates sound like an amazing addition!

  • kelly

    You just reminded me of the door-ful (yes, you read right) of frozen bananas in my freezer! These are simply gorgeous and perfect for munching while in the midst of a project. My schedule in grad school was procrastinate >> research recipes >> bake >> take out books >> munch >> start reading >> munch >> try to write >> munch… etc. etc. There were lots of muffins involved! :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Ha, I should have added “procrastinate” to a few spots in my day. And I have a door ful of bananas myself so I totally believe you!

  • Little Kitchie

    These look fabulous! Will have to try – I’m always looking for new banana bread/muffin recipes to use up all those overripe bananas!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Let me know what you think if you make them! They’re the best muffins I’ve had in quite some time.

  • Anna

    I could talk about food styling and props for hours! Love it! The spaghetti photo is gorgeous! As are these muffins! Easy yet delicious! Love the styling :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you! If you ever want to get into a chat about it I am so all over props and styling at the moment (if you can’t tell.) Some of the food photography I’m seeing right now is absolute art! I want to play.

  • Joanne

    LMAO! I love the dreaming of props you don’t have. These banana bread muffins look KILLER!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Isn’t that hilarious? And I think once I got the photo styled just right in my head I actually fell back to normal dreaming, as though my subconscious was like “ah, problem solved.” Luckily my subconscious is kind of dumb.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci)

    I love banana bread, these are my kind of muffins!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks, Laura!

  • Sush

    These look fantastic! Can’t wait to give them a try!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Let me know if you do!

  • Maggie

    These muffins look delicious! I love a muffin that gets a nice dome on top instead of being flat!


    I get where you’re coming from… I’d often be thinking about a work related problem going to bed and what is amazing is how I could wake up with a solution… and that’s a good start to any day. Muffins look fab, great photograph. Siobhan :)

  • Valerie

    When I can’t sleep I’ll think of new ways of setting up photo shoots too…and then my p & s camera will laugh at them in the morning. ;-) Glad to hear I’m not the only one who takes their blog to bed with them at night!

    These muffins are calling to me! They look so moist and happy. :D

  • Chung-Ah

    Focusing on photography and all the setting up of props can be so time consuming!

    But you seriously did such a great job here – I love the rustic, simple presentation here. Well done!

  • Katie

    I made banana bread muffins recently and they were one of my favorite muffins to date. Yours are beautifully photographed! Good luck balancing work and personal time…being able to go home and forget about work is definitely the one thing I like about having a 9-5.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thank you! I think it’s the one thing I miss about 9-5 life. Everything else is an improvement but the separation of work and play was wonderful.

  • Urban Wife

    I just HAD to pop in and leave a comment. After seeing these on Pinterest earlier, I thought \”self, what a perfect excuse to waste some time this afternoon…and use up those brown bananas.\” Well, I just took them out of the oven and couldn\’t resist trying one. OMG. So. flippin. good. Thanks for sharing the recipe and trust me, these are about to make a solid rotation in our breakfast menu. :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      Oh that makes my day! I’m so glad you tried them. Yay!

  • Marta

    And I am a fan of a banana bread, so this muffin are good for me. You’re lucky to have such a patient husband, and he’s lucky as well, because you pay him back with this amazing food. And Pinterest – it helps, I agree :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I agree, I’m pretty lucky! He’s the best.

  • Noble Pig – Cathy

    Can’t wait to hear about your project…wish I could have these muffins with my hot tea right now!

  • Kate

    Sounds like me and my sleeping… I often dream about recipes and styling my food…weirdos! ;-) I’ll let you borrow my eggplant cake stand for a dozen of these yummylicious muffins!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Great trade as far as I’m concerned!

  • Laura Dembowski

    The muffins look lovely! It is awesome you are so into food styling! That is definitely not where my passion lies- I’m too impatient. My work and private life are way too intertwined. I just want a break sometimes but it seems one never comes.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I definitely didn’t care about it for the first couple of years. It’s been a growing hobby.

  • Libby Bouma

    Holy Yum! I was just doing thinking about what I could make in a couple of weeks for breakfast when school starts. A super easy grab and go breakfast!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Good luck with school!

  • Jen L

    Simple and easy banana muffins. It’s lovely how your have risen perfectly! This will be my next muffin project!

    • Jennifer Farley

      These muffins definitely have the best shape of anything I’ve posted so far. I just replaced my baking soda and powder, that can go a long way!

  • philippe faure ice cream

    The tastiest muffin I’ve ever had.

    • Jennifer Farley

      They are pretty tasty! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Elizabeth

    MMm those muffins look fab! I could go one of those right with my morning cuppa, please! Can\’t wait to see what your secret project is! How exciting! I must say, I don\’t find that spaghetti pinterest photo you linked to pleasant at all. It makes me feel slightly nauseous and cross-eyed since most of it is out of focus! Isn\’t it strange how we all perceive food art differently. :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’ve seen quite a few out of focus pictures recently! It definitely takes some practice.

  • Roger Stowell

    Well, I have to say that all the day and night dreaming is producing great pictures.

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Roger :)

  • Kathryn

    I’ve been loving all the pictures you’ve pinned recently, such great inspiration. As, indeed, are these muffins!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Kathryn!

  • Jessica

    It’s so sad when you come up with a great idea in your sleep only to realize that you don’t own half of the things that you had thought up while sleeping!
    I would love to have these muffins around to munch on! Thanks for the mention!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Anytime, Jessica! I’m glad to know it’s not just me.

  • Kathy – Panini Happy

    I’ve got 3 bananas in my kitchen right now that are BEGGING to be turned into these muffins! And so they will be…this weekend. :-) They look so incredible!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Thanks Kathy! Let me know how they turn out!

  • Shea Goldstein

    Although I’m allergic to bananas, I love them and my kids would adore these muffins. Beautiful!

    • Jennifer Farley

      That’s too bad! Bananas are one of my favorite fruits. How do they effect you?

  • ashley – baker by nature

    Whoa… I want these. Like right now.

  • Laura

    Great post. Good luck on your project–I am so excited to see how it all turns out!

  • Jennifer

    These muffins look fabulous! Banana bread muffins are my favorite and I always love trying new recipes for them. I still can’t wait to hear what you are working on too!

  • Lorraine

    Wow I can’t wait to hear more about your project! You won’t keep us waiting for too long will you? :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      March is when everything will go public, I believe :)

  • Patty

    Can’t wait to hear about your recipe project!
    I am a huge banana bread fan and I like your idea of creating a banana bead muffin-will have to give your recipe a try;-)

  • Aimee

    Oooh, can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up in the kitchen! Congrats on whatever it is. These muffins look incredible!

  • Averie

    Wow, Jen, these look amazing! I do love banana bread but am super picky about it. If you say these are amazing (and they come from a Cooks Illustrated recipe), no doubt they’re scrumptious!

    I too dream of things food photography/styling related. Lol

    • Jennifer Farley

      See, I’m the opposite. I’ve always been kind of indifferent to banana bread but these muffins totally won me over. I’m glad I’m not the only one who obsesses in her sleep!

  • Four Green Steps

    Looks great! And yes, Pintrest is full of ideas!

  • Jackie

    I’m the same way. I find that even when I’m not “working” I’m still working. And without the structure of a 9 to 5, it all gets blurred and I feel guilty not being productive, even when its 9:30 at night. These muffins looks like a lovely way to start a busy day :)

  • natalie

    these look absolutely amazing! I can’t wait to see what you’ve got up your sleeve!

  • Carrie

    I can’t wait to see the results of your top secret project ;) these muffins look like perfection.

  • Nami

    Your life sounds really crazy but hang in there Jen! It’ll be worth it at the end and you will gain tremendous experience! Love your banana bread muffins! We can eat that everyday!

  • Marianne

    Could you use vanilla yogurt? That is all I have on hand!

    • Jennifer Farley

      You can try it but I can’t promise the same results! Those are usually sweetened.

  • Debbie

    What is the measurement on flour? 2 cups? Or 1 1/4 cups which would equal 10 oz?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Debbie! I highly recommend investing in a cheap kitchen scale (they run about $15). I always prefer weighing out ingredients because the volume of flour really varies from brand to brand. I weighed out 10 ounces when I prepared the muffins. According to the authors of the cookbook, the volume measurement will be 2 cups.

  • kiley

    can I use greek yogurt?

    • Jennifer Farley

      You sure can!

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon

    Ok, I had to comment on this. Thank you for sharing the human side of blogging, and the obsession with props. You made me laugh out loud.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m glad! Thanks for the comment :)

  • stacey

    These taste great, I like the addition of yogurt. Thanks

  • saba

    OMG I just made these and they are absolutely delicious… I didn’t have walnuts so I put almonds… Also, I had salted butter so I put less and didn’t put the extra salt. Stil veryyyy delicious and my mother in law approved so I am really happy about that… Thank you sooo much for sharing the recipe.

    • Jennifer Farley

      I am so happy you liked them! They’re definitely my favorite muffins.

  • Rachael

    Can you make these without the walnuts? t feel like that is a lot to cut out since it is over a cup! I just don’t like nuts in bread!!

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hmmm, good question. I made these for my husband on request and I thought about leaving the nuts out for the same reason! I don’t like nuts in bread, either. But he wanted them so my solution was the chop the walnuts incredibly thin. They absorbed moisture from the batter and honestly you can’t really tell they’re there. If you cut them out you might not have enough batter to fill all of the tins but I think the muffins themselves will be fine.

  • Arli Joy

    Want to try this one. Looks yummy and interesting. But i don’t have yogurt. Can i use buttermilk instead of yogurt?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hi Arli! I never tested it with buttermilk instead of yogurt so I can’t guarantee the results. If you try it this way please let me know how the recipe turns out!

      • Arli Joy May

        Well, I just have to try it with yogurt then. Will let you know. Thanks.

  • Jane

    Thanks for this recipe! My daughters love it and quite often request I make them :)

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so happy you like them!

  • Julia

    Just made them, they’re fantastic! My toddler approves too :)

  • Candace

    I just made these up, along with a batch of oatmeal cookies. I decided to try cookie muffins, by dropping a spoonful of cookie in the middle of the muffin and covering them a bit with more muffin batter. Anyway, these turned out great! I did add cinnamon, nutmeg, gloves, and ginger….oh and dark chocolate chips shhh… I made about 18 medium sized muffins from this. Thanks (banana ;D ) bunches for the recipe!

    • Candace

      AND yes, my toddler also approves! *****

  • Melissa

    Thanks for the recipe, it turned out great! I don’t like nuts so I substituted for 1 cup of raisins and I don’t keep yogurt in the house, but I didn’t use a substitute. They still turned out pretty moist and it was a perfect treat for a fall day!

  • Michele

    I made these muffins and they turned out SUPER dense and not a ton of flavor. My husband will eat almost any dessert, and he couldn’t finish these! Anyone else have the same problem?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Oh no, I am so sorry to hear that! Are you 100% sure all of the measurements were accurate? We make these all the time and they never turn out dense :(

  • michele

    maybe I didn’t put in enough baking soda? I didn’t have 3/4teaspoon so I just had to estimate. maybe that was it! Either way–i will check out other recipes in this site–I do love the pics! Thanks!

  • Mary-Clay @ Cooking with the King

    Just browsing, and I came upon this! I heart banana bread – yum!

  • Amanda

    Can I use sour cream in place yogurt? If not, what do you suggest?

    • Jennifer Farley

      Hmmm, I’ve never tried it with sour cream. They obviously have a similar consistency but I’m not sure how that will change the flavor. My guess is that it will be find but I can’t guarantee it. Is there a particular reason you don’t want to use yogurt?

      • Lisa

        I use yogurt and sour cream interchangeably when baking, depending what’s in the fridge, and have always had good results. In fact, I used sour cream in this recipe for a bake sale last week – fantastic! Almost kept half for my long-suffering boys, who too often don’t get to eat what I bake. Which is why I’ve been shooing everyone away from these last three bananas for days, and will have fresh-baked when they get home from school today. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  • Farah

    Made these this morning & my family loved them! I used 1/2 whole wheat & 1/2 white. No nuts (BC baby can’t eat them) & added about 1/2C wheat bran (didn’t measure the bran). So fluffy & perfect! Do you think this would be good as a banana bread in loaf form or should I just go for a simple banana bread recipe? Thank you for sharing & your photos are beautiful!

  • T.R.

    I buy bananas all the time to put into my smoothies but inevitably I always either buy too many or don’t end up using them all. I’ve been looking for a simple and easy banana bread recipe. I will be trying this one out this week. I’ve never made banana bread (muffins) before. I’m really excited.

  • Jess @ The Dreaming Foodie

    I made these tonight and they are delicious! I will be saving this to make many times in the future! Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  • Cinda Brown

    This looks delicious. I’m going to have to try it.

  • Geraldyne

    I love banana bread! I’m gonna try this!!

  • Jaime

    I’m looking forward to giving this recipe a try. I can never manage to find a recipe that is moist. I love making muffins for college. I’ll make these on the weekend, wrap them up individuals, and the night before take it out to thaw so during my crazy morning, I can grab the muffin for breakfast and eat it on the train with a cup of coffee. :)

  • Dee Schwark

    Yum….gonna try this one tomorrow :)

  • Holly

    I only have strawberry yogurt… would that mess up the whole recipe if I used that instead?!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I can’t say I’ve tested the recipe with strawberry yogurt. The muffins will still have the same physical structure but they’ll probably taste like strawberry banana bread muffins. Doesn’t sound too bad! :)

  • Mary Henderson

    These muffins are to die for! I put in chocolate chips and it made them so creamy! I also used splenda (for baking). They are fabulous! Thanks

    • Jennifer Farley

      I’m so glad you liked them!

  • Lisa B

    What size bananas did you use? Is there an approximate measurement? They look so good!

    • Jennifer Farley

      I used medium sized bananas.

  • Rinku Datta

    Hey Jen… Those cute lil muffins are so droolicious…. Had a question though… Made banana walnut cake yday and the recipe said I needed to use 100 gms castor sugar… however I thot it was kinda bland… So is the 3/4 cup sugar you mentioned sufficient????