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Homemade Banana Bread Muffins

4.82 from 59 votes
My Banana Bread Muffins recipe takes everything you love about banana bread, puts it into a muffin, and tops it with cinnamon sugar!

Hi Bold Bakers!

Did you know that banana bread was the most Googled recipe in 2020? If you’re like millions of other bakers, you probably made your own homemade banana bread with some spotty bananas you forgot about on your counter. You’ve probably made it a few times over the past year! 

[ Try my Best-Ever Banana Bread recipe, too! ]

Let’s upgrade banana bread this year by making banana bread muffins! My homemade banana bread muffin recipe comes together quickly, and it’s one of my favorite breakfast treats! The muffins are so soft and moist, and I love the crunchy cinnamon-sugar topping. Simple and sweet, comforting, and delicious! 

So reach for those three very ripe bananas, and let’s get to it!

What Are Banana Bread Muffins?

We all love banana bread, but making it into muffin form is both quicker and more convenient! These bake in only 20 minutes (give or take, depending on your oven and weather factors, of course). And while they have that great banana bread flavor, these muffins come out softer and less dense. Luckily this recipe makes 12, so you can grab more than one (or two)!

Banana Bread Muffins on a cooling rack, cover with cinnamon sugar.

What You Need To Make Banana Bread Muffins

How Do You Make Banana Bread Muffins?

Making banana bread muffins is the perfect way to use up any bananas you’ve let get too mushy! Here’s how you make banana bread muffins (and don’t forget to get the full recipe with measurements, on the page down below.):

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C). Prepare your 12-cup muffin tin by lining them with paper liners (if you don’t have any, you can simply butter and flour your tin so your muffins don’t stick).
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In another large bowl, whisk together the granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and bananas until thoroughly combined.
  4. Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until it is just combined. Be sure not to overmix!
  5. Divide the batter into your prepared muffin cups and bake for 16-20 minutes. To check to see if the muffins are done baking, insert a toothpick into the center. If it comes out clean, they are finished.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
  7. While the muffins are cooling, prepare the topping by combining the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  8. Brush the muffin tops with melted butter, and then roll the muffin in the cinnamon-sugar. Return the muffin to the rack and let it finish cooling.

Gemma’s Pro Chef Tips For Making Banana Bread Muffins

  • To make sure these muffins stay super tender, you’ll want to be mindful not to overmix the batter.
  • You can add in ¾ cup (4½oz/128g) chocolate chips, ¾ cup (3¾oz/106g) chopped walnuts, or pecans, to these muffins when you fold in the flour.
  • Be sure your bananas are very ripe for the most pronounced banana flavor.
  • If you don’t have any paper muffin liners, butter, and flour your muffin tin, so they don’t stick! 
  • Bananas freeze very well! If you have some ripe bananas but don’t have the time to make muffins, peel them and store them in an airtight container in the freezer. When you’re ready to bake, defrost on the counter or in your microwave, proceed as directed above! 

A close up of the interior of my banana bread muffins, to show texture and consistency.

How Do I Store Banana Bread Muffins?

Any leftover banana bread muffins can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days. If you want to store them for longer, you can freeze the muffins for up to 2 months. Defrost them at room temperature for about an hour, or microwave briefly before serving.

Make More Banana Bread!

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Full (and printable) recipe below!

Banana Bread Muffins Recipe

4.82 from 59 votes
My Banana Bread Muffins recipe takes everything you love about banana bread, puts it into a muffin, and tops it with cinnamon sugar!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 Muffins
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
My Banana Bread Muffins recipe takes everything you love about banana bread, puts it into a muffin, and tops it with cinnamon sugar!
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 12 Muffins

Ingredients

Banana Muffins

  • cups (7½oz/213g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • cup (2½oz/71g) granulated sugar
  • cup (2oz/57g) dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup (4oz/115g) butter melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium-sized very ripe bananas mashed

Cinnamon Topping

  • ¼ cup (2oz/57g) granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter melted

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) and line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  • In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  • In another large bowl, whisk the granulated sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs, vanilla, and bananas until thoroughly combined.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture until just combined. Take care not to overmix.
  • Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups and bake for 16-20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins come out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool in the pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a rack.
  • While the muffins are still warm, prepare the topping: combine the sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
  • Brush the tops of the muffins with the melted butter, roll in the cinnamon-sugar and then return to the rack to let cool completely.
  • Store any leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days. For longer storage, freeze for up to 2 months. Defrost at room temperature for about an hour or microwave briefly.

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jody26
jody26
8 months ago

Can I use light brown sugar instead of dark?

Merrymim
7 months ago

These are amazing! I usually have difficulty making muffins that are a perfect texture but these are it!!!!

Andrea Keener
Andrea Keener
7 months ago

I am not a banana fan…since birth. But I will bake with them for others. I am told these were the best they had had…ever! I will take that! Thanks BBB!

Terri
7 months ago

Hi Gemma, can I use gluten free 1 to 1 flour and Lakanto Monkfruit sweetener instead of white flour and both sugars? And can I do this for your basic muffin recipe as well. Looks delishus. I can’t wait to try this.

JulieC613
8 months ago

Hey Gemma I submitted a photo of a banana bread muffin recipe of yours that I made only with a little twist. 1 I turned it into an 8×8 loaf baked it at 359 for 50mins. I let rest for 20min then poked holes in it and allowed to rest for 10mins. I heated and made the toppings all combined then poured that all over the top of the loaf. I allowed that to rest another 20mins and I make a drizzle of icing sugar vanilla and a little water to fancy it up. It was absolutely delicious 😋 Thank… Read more »

Suhana
1 month ago

Hi Gemma,
I love the texture of the muffins. I replaced the brown sugar with coconut flower sugar and added chopped walnuts. The result is awesome. Thank you for having the picture of the muffins on the recipe post.

5 months ago

Very Tasty Gemma!

HamiltonLover
5 months ago

Hi Gemma,
I loved this recipe but when I tried to peel away the liners they were stuck to the muffin, I know it wasn’t the liners because I’ve used the same ones in the pack multiple times (they came with like 50) the only difference in this recipe was I used cane sugar instead of white sugar. Would that be the problem?

Shaneaj Mamuyac
Shaneaj Mamuyac
6 months ago

Hi, Gemma! Can I put frosting on the top of the muffin to turn it into a cupcake style? Thanks!

Indy
Indy
7 months ago

Hi, is the oven temperature for a fan assisted oven or a conventional one ?

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