The Best Banana Muffins for A Busy Morning

My kids love banana muffins. We eat them at least once a week or whenever we have bananas reaching their peak ripeness. I tried multiple varieties of this banana muffin recipe.

Nothing worked!

Some were too complicated with strange ingredients. Others didn’t taste like a banana – isn’t that the point?

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After what seemed like an eternity, this banana muffin recipe appeared. The angels and heavens sang, along with the praises from my children.

Now, we have banana muffins a few times a week. I typically buy four to five pounds of bananas every two weeks, with muffins and smoothies in mind.

Making the Best Banana Muffins

This recipe isn’t too hard to make. Even my 10-year-old figured out how to make it. I suppose that’s one of the reasons I love it. I can hand it to my husband and tell him to make them.

And they come out good each and every time.

After I had our last baby, Jolene, he made dozens of batches of banana muffins. Turns out, I tend to freeze bananas and forget about them. So, he was using up all of these random frozen bananas.

You can make these however you want…

  • with chocolate chips
  • with a crumb topping – seriously YUM
  • add in some raisins or walnuts
  • Try some cranberries

Crumb topping is my favorite, but I add crumb topping to everything. If I could eat crumb topping in a bowl every day, I would. Call me strange; I knew I am.

4 Tips for Making Banana Muffins

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I just wanted to give you some simple tips for making banana muffins. Here they are.

  1. Make sure your bananas are VERY ripe. I daresay that your bananas cannot be too ripe. Do you know the black, mushy ones that your kids would never dare to eat? yup, those are ones for this recipe.
  2. Chunks are good, but make sure you do take time to mash up the bananas. That moisture is needed to create a fluffy muffin.
  3. I hand-mix my muffins. I don’t want to overmix the batter or not leave any chunks behind. You can use a paddle attachment on a mixer if you need to use one.
  4. Watch the last 2-3 minutes of baking. I’ve found that if you overbake these muffins, they turn dry fast. I rarely go over 20 minutes of baking time. Sometimes, I need as little as 18. Use a toothpick or a butter knife. If it comes out clean, the muffins are done.

Easy and Fast Banana Muffins

Delicious, yet fast and simple, banana muffins that can be ready to eat in 30 minutes!

Course Breakfast
Servings 12 Muffins


  • 3 Bananas Ripe
  • 1 Egg
  • ¾ cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • cup Butter Melted
  • 1 ½ cup All-Purpose Flour


  1. Preheat the oven at 350°F.

  2. Mash up all of the bananas in the bowl. It's okay if you have some chunks. Often times, the chunks of bananas in the muffin are the best part.

  3. Once the bananas are mashed to your satisfaction, mix in the egg and sugar.

  4. Then, mix in the baking soda, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. I put the cinnamon at 1 tsp, but feel free to add more. I know that I do often.

  5. Pour in the melted butter and mix thoroughly.

  6. Now, add in the flour. I do this 1/2 cup at a time, mixing thoroughly each time.

  7. Grease the muffin pan and divide the batter equally into each muffin. I use a greased 1/3 cup to make dividing the batter easier.

  8. Bake the muffins for 18-20 minutes. A toothpick should come out clean. Eat immediately.

Recipe Notes

Fell free to add chocolate chips as well. Typically, 1/2 cup of chocolate chips is perfect for the recipe. I mix them at the end but before I add in the flour.

Also, this recipe doubles perfectly. Now that we are a family of 6, I regularly double the recipe and have faced no problem. 

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These are one of our favorite breakfast recipes. I can make them without my glasses – I’ve done it before.

I wake up, make my coffee, toss in the muffins, and clean up before they’re finished. Then, I call the kids to school time and serve muffins. No arguments from anyone in this house when banana muffins come along!

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  1. Yep looks like the recipe I have been using for years. My mother even use to make this all the time. Never fails.

  2. Banana muffins are my favorite! I am always trying every banana muffin recipe I can find, haha. So, I’ll be trying this one Saturday morning.

  3. I literally just told my husband and coworkers that I was going to make banana bread soon, but banana muffins sound so much better! Thanks for sharing- this recipe looks simple and so delicious!

    1. The best thing about muffins is that they bake in 20 minutes, so you don’t have to wait for an hour or so like you do with banana bread.

  4. Perfect, I am so thankful that women like you who are good at refining recipes, take the time to share them with me. I pinned this and will definitely use this recipe soon.

    1. You are just too kind! My kids tasted a dozen different recipes, not that they complained!

  5. Oh man, this sounds AMAZING! I’ve always loved banana bread, but I don’t think I’ve ever made or tried banana muffins before. Definitely going to try these out 🙂

    1. I love banana bread, but it takes so much longer to bake. If I don’t have anything to do, I make bread, but muffins can be made in less than 30 minutes start to finish.

  6. Yummm! This sounds deeelish! I’m going to have to try these this week! I may even add chocolate chips to mine 🙂

    1. Chocolate chips are my kids’ favorite addition. I like extra cinnamon. Raisins are delicious too!

  7. These sound delicious! I am 22 weeks pregnant and muffins have been a craving of mine, I might just have to try these! Thanks so much for the recipe!

  8. Chocolate chips are my favorite add in to pretty much every kind of muffin or sweet bread. Your recipe looks perfect — I’m going to try it right now! I bought way too many bananas this week 😉

    1. I always overbuy bananas, but they are so versatile. My kids love chocolate chips in the muffins. I like them with them as well or just extra cinnamon. I’m a cinnamon freak!

  9. Banana muffins or banana bread are one of my favorite things on earth. These look like a more classic recipe. Which is even better!!!

    1. It definitely is more of a classic recipe. Some use stuff like coconut oil or applesauce in replace of butter, but I like simple and straightforward.

  10. Great recipe! Banana muffins are my go-to breakfast for my kids. Do you think you could substitute the sugar here with honey, for example?

    1. You might be able to substitute, but it will throw off the dry ingredients. It might need more flour to compensate.

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