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Easy Banana Bread Muffins

Our homemade banana bread muffins are moist and delicious. They’re loaded with sweet Fall spices and crunchy walnuts!

It’s been more than two years since we published this recipe. Back then, we were doing recipe swaps with other bloggers.

It was nice way to try different recipes and get your name out there. But, enough of that, you’re here for the banana bread muffins.

Moist and full of Fall flavors are the words I would use to describe these sweet breakfast treats!

Banana bread muffins stacked on a plate.
Not only are they delicious, but they’re stackable too!

This banana bread muffin recipe is simple to prepare and only takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.

You can make these muffins gluten-fee by using King Arthur Flour’s Cup for Cup Mix. It’s what I use to make all my homemade muffins.

So, shall we get cooking?

A muffin with it's liner pulled away.
Kim and I have always double-lined our muffins and cupcakes.

How to make banana bread muffins from scratch?

First, start by preheating your oven to 350°F. and lining a muffin pan with cupcake or muffin liners.

Next, in a large mixing bowl, use a hand or stand mixer to combine the butter and granulated sugar.

Butter and sugar creamed together in a bowl.
You can use a hand mixer or stand mixer for this recipe.

Now, you want to cream the butter and sugar together. That means mixing it until it’s light and fluffy. Use the photo above as a reference.

Then, crack the eggs and measure out the vanilla extract. Add these ingredients to the butter and sugar mixture.

Eggs, vanilla, and other ingredients added to the bowl.
The batter will start out smooth and creamy.

After that, continue to mix everything for another thirty seconds. At this point you can now add the bananas.

Be sure to blend the mixture until all the chunks of banana disappear. You don’t want to have slimy banana pieces in your muffins.

Soft, over ripe bananas stirred into the mixture.
Afterwards, it gets a little chunky until you add the flour.

Afterward, blend in the ground cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and all-purpose flour. Your batter should like the banana muffin batter shown below.

Once the dry ingredients have been incorporated, all that’s left to add are the chopped walnuts (or pecans).

Dry ingredients added to create the muffin batter.
The dry ingredients bring the batter together.

If you have a nut allergy or you don’t like nuts, simply leave (omit) them out. It won’t hurt the recipe.

Last, transfer the batter to your liners. As a general rule, I usually only fill my liners about half full. However, feel free to make the muffins as large or as small as you like.

Muffin batter transferred to the liners and pan.
We only fill the liners about halfway.

Just keep in mind it will effect the total servings (amount of muffins). Place them into the oven to bake for about twenty minutes.

Once they’re done, remove the banana muffins from the oven and let them cool for a few minutes before serving.

The muffins have baked and need to cool.
The baked muffins are moist and delicious!

That’s it, your easy banana muffins are done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the recipe and wish you all the best 🙂

Banana Bread Muffins Recipe Tips:

  • You can substitute oil in place of the butter. I recommend starting with a 1/2-cup and increasing the amount, if needed.
  • Also, for even more Fall flavor, consider adding a 1/4-cup of brown sugar. However, you’ll need to reduce the granulated sugar by 1/4-cup (from 1-cup to 3/4-cup).
  • Want this recipe in loaf form? It’s the same recipe we use for our Best Banana Bread Recipe.
  • Don’t forget to check out our Banana Nutella Muffins recipe which uses pancake mix swirled with sweet Nutella.
A close-up view of the baked muffins.
For a cute garnish, considered sprinkling oats atop the muffins just before they bake.

Do you need baking powder to make banana bread muffins?

No, you can use a little baking soda and all-purpose flour for most recipes.

Can you freeze banana muffins?

Absolutely, simply place the baked and cooled muffins into freezer bags, remove any excess air, and seal the bag. They should hold for up to sixty (60) days.

How long do banana muffins keep?

Homemade muffins have a very low shelf life. I would keep them in an airtight container, at room temperature for about 5-days. If properly frozen, then they should keep for about sixty (60) days.
Three stacked muffins on a counter.
Once they cool, they’re ready to eat.
A muffin with it's liner pulled away.

Banana Bread Muffins

4.8 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 13 Servings


  • 1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 3 Large Bananas (over ripe)
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg (optional)
  • 2 Cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Cup Walnuts (or pecans, chopped, nuts are optional)


  • Preheat oven to 350, and line a muffin pan with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl, use a hand mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla, and continue to mix until the ingredients are incorporated.
  • Add the bananas, and mix until no chunks remain. Add the salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and flour. Mix until just combined. Then fold in the nuts if using.
  • Divide the batter equally among the muffin liners. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Remove from the oven, and transfer the muffins to a cooling rack. Store any leftovers in a sealed container for up to 5 days.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 banana muffin. Actual calories will vary.


Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 47mg | Sodium: 191mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g
Recipe Rating


Thursday 7th of October 2021

Absolutely brilliant, I have just made a double batch 9 was first ( before adding nuts) and putting at least 8 chocolate chips in each and pressing them down a bit, then I added the walnuts to rest of mix, then I added chocolate chips again to just 3 of the nutty mix, then last dozen was just original recipe ( with just 1 and an extra third of a cup of sugar) and they were not too sweet, thanks for the comments, it made it easier to do it right from the start ( for me) the recipe is as light as a feather, very satisfied 🌞🇦🇺


Thursday 7th of October 2021

Hi Yvonne!

We love the addition of chocolate chips and nuts! Thanks so much for the comment. We're glad you enjoyed the recipe. Have a wonderful day! :)


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Ok I wrote a comment that the baking soda was not in the instructions, I was very wrong and apologize, just missed it, Allie


Thursday 14th of November 2019

No, no, Allie you were right. We missed the baking soda. Kim went in and added to the post and recipe card after your comment came through. Really, thank you for pointing it out, we appreciate it :)


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Ok just made this recipe and noticed in the ingredients it shows baking soda but no where in the instructions does it say to use it. So I just added it at the end. Thank you for this as I love banana bread, Allie


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

Hey Allie! Thanks so much for catching that. I've updated the recipe and the post. The baking soda is added with the dry ingredients. We're glad you enjoyed the muffins! Thanks, again and have a great evening!