These epic banana bread muffins are foolproof, soft and flavorful, with perfectly rounded dome tops. I’ve adapted them from my favorite banana bread recipe, and the results are everything I want in a muffin. They’re also incredibly fast and easy. You’re going to love these easy muffins! Trust me; just make them!
I never used to be a huge fan of banana bread, but let me tell you- I fell in love with these muffins the moment I tasted them. They’re soft, nutty, moist without being overly sweet or dense.
I’ve gone on to make these many more times since that first batch, and I can safely say we are both hooked.
For this recipe, you’ll need the following:
- All-purpose flour
- Granulated sugar
- Baking soda
- Plain yogurt
- Large eggs
- Unsalted butter
- Kosher salt
How to Make Banana Bread Muffins
If you’ve ever made banana bread, preparing these muffins is almost exactly the same process except you use a standard muffin pan instead of a loaf pan. It’s also a very similar process to making muffins:
- Mash super ripe bananas in one bowl.
- Whisk together the dry ingredients in another bowl, followed by the wet ingredients in another.
- Combine the three, divide evenly among greased muffin tins. Bake!
I adapted these muffins from a Cook’s Illustrated banana bread recipe. They have never let me down, and this time was no exception.
I love these so much that I’ve even gone one step further and created brown butter banana bread muffins If you like brown butter as much as I do, I highly recommend checking those out.
- I chop the walnuts very finely, both because I prefer less texture in the muffins, and because I think you get better flavor distribution that way. If you’re using raw nuts and need to toast them first, spread the walnuts in a thin layer on a baking sheet, and toast in a 350 degree F oven for around 5-7 minutes, shaking the pan once or twice, until fragrant.
- I always recommend weighing the flour over using a measuring cup. I used 10 ounces of flour. If you measure out two cups, it might be 8 ounces (or more/less). You can buy inexpensive kitchen scales on Amazon. So worth it. You can also read more about this in my post How to Measure Flour Correctly.
- I always use plain, full fat or part-skim yogurt in this recipe, but I’d imagine that sour cream works as well. However, I haven’t personally tried it yet.
How to Quickly Ripen Bananas
To speed up ripening, place the bananas in a paper bag and loosely fold the top to seal. If available, add an apple or 1-2 already ripe bananas to the bag to increase the amount of ethylene gas (this is what causes ripening). With this method, your bananas should ripen within 1-2 days.
How to Store
To store banana bread muffins, place them in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag, then store at room temperature for up to three days.
Can You Freeze These Muffins?
Yes, you can absolutely store these muffins in the freezer. It’s a great way to preserve their shelf life! To freeze, store the muffins in resealable freezer bags freeze for up to three months.
Why Egg Size Matters in Baking
This recipe calls for large eggs. Using different size eggs can drastically impact baked goods. Don’t substitute a different size unless you have a kitchen scale to measure an equal weight by volume (ounces or grams) to get the same total amount of egg.
Read more about why egg size matters in baking (and how to make substitutions).
How to Measure Flour
For baked goods (as well as desserts like custard and ice cream), I always recommend using a kitchen scale to measure flour by weight instead of volume. Weight (ounces, grams, etc) will always give an accurate measurement of dry goods; volume (cups) can create varied results.
A cup of flour can weigh anywhere from 3 1/2 to 5 ounces. That could make a big difference in your recipe! If you still want to use cups, there’s a proper technique to make sure you get the best results possible.
My post How to Measure Flour explains all of this in more detail.
More Muffin Recipes
Banana Bread Muffins
- 10 ounces all-purpose flour (approximately 2 cups using the Scoop & Sweep Method)
- 1 1/4 cups toasted walnuts, chopped finely
- 5 1/4 ounces granulated sugar (approximately 3/4 cup)
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I recommend full or low-fat)
- 2 large eggs, beaten
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup standard-size muffin tin.
- 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.
- Bake until the muffins are golden brown on top, approximately 20-25 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container or sealed plastic bag at room temperature for up to three days. You can also freeze them in a freezer bag for up to three months.
Please read my full post for additional recipe notes, tips, and serving suggestions!
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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 says
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 says
This looks delicious. I’m going to have to try it.
I love banana bread! I’m gonna try this!!
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 says
Yum….gonna try this one tomorrow :)
I only have strawberry yogurt… would that mess up the whole recipe if I used that instead?!
Jennifer Farley says
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 says
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 says
I’m so glad you liked them!
Lisa B says
What size bananas did you use? Is there an approximate measurement? They look so good!
Jennifer Farley says
I used medium sized bananas.
Rinku Datta says
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????
Just wondered – you say to use a large muffin tin – do you mean the Texas style large muffin tin (holds 6) or the regular size cupcake/muffin tin that holds 12? Thank you!
Jennifer Farley says
Hi Janet! Great question. The recipe yields 12 regular muffins. For reference, I use the Wilton Nonstick 12-Cup Regular Muffin Pan. I didn’t realize there were large/jumbo muffin pans that were bigger than the regular size; I will modify the instructions to clarify. Thank you! :)
Kathy Andrews says
Can you use mini muffin pan. If you can how long to cook
Jennifer Farley says
You can definitely use mini muffin pans! I usually reduce the cook time by about 1/3, but it can vary. My guess would be around 12-15 minutes. You’ll definitely want to use a toothpick in the center of one to double check before removing them from the oven. Enjoy!
Katie | Healthy Seasonal Recipes says
I love banana muffins, so I would request them too! Love all the tips Jennifer!
Jennifer Blake says
Banana bread is one of my favorite items to make. Can’t wait to try this version!
Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness says
Banana bread is always a winner and these are no different!
I love the lighter texture—plus the built in portion control! I know I’ll want to go back for seconds!