BEST Banana Bread Muffins (Easy!)

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5 from 281 votes

Banana bread muffins are the best breakfast or afternoon treat! Moist and soft, these muffins take just 20 minutes of prep, a few easy steps, and a handful of basic kitchen ingredients to make. With your favorite mix-ins or just plain, you can’t go wrong.

I joke that these muffins are the best way to get in your daily dose of fruit! I mean…am I really joking? These banana bread muffins are my favorite way to eat bananas. HA! It also helps that these muffins take no time at all, but taste oh-so incredible. Banana bread lovers have found their kryptonite.

My Banana Bread loaf is just as delicious. Serve with homemade honey Peanut Butter or Mom’s Strawberry Preserves.

Why You’ll Love This Banana Bread Muffins Recipe

It’s difficult to list just a few reasons why you’ll love these muffins, because there’s so many!

  • Fast and easy. Requiring only about 20 minutes of prep and 20 minutes of baking, you’ll have banana bread muffins in no time.
  • Add mix-ins if you’re feeling it! Chocolate chips and walnuts? One or the other? None? These muffins are awesome any way.
  • Soft and moist. Banana bread muffins should be soft and moist…and YES, these are!
  • Easily made ahead and stored. These muffins keep well for at least 5 days.
  • Standard kitchen ingredients. Most of the ingredients in this recipe are basic pantry ingredients, making these muffins achievable on any occasion!

Ingredients

  • Bananas – use bananas that are at least speckled. You can use bananas that are overripe as well. Very ripe bananas are easier to mash, sweeter, and more flavorful.
  • All-purpose flour – all-purpose flour is the base for our muffins.
  • Light brown sugar – light brown sugar adds moisture, flavor, and sweetness.
  • Butter – butter adds rich flavor and texture.
  • Egg – an egg binds everything together.
  • Pure vanilla extract – vanilla adds flavor.
  • Baking soda – baking soda helps our banana bread muffins rise.
  • Salt – salt adds flavor.
  • Chocolate chips (optional) – chocolate chips are an optional mix-in. I like bittersweet chocolate chips.
  • Chopped walnuts (optional) – walnuts are an optional mix-in. I use chopped walnuts.

Substitutions & Variations

Here are some substitutions and variations on banana bread muffins, in case you’re looking for something a little different!

  • Sprinkle turbinado sugar on the muffins before baking for a crunchy sugar topping.
  • Add a dash of cinnamon to the batter for a warm finish.
  • Add a crumb topping, like on my Blueberry Coffee Cake recipe. Make the topping and add it to these muffins before baking as instructed below. You’ll likely have more crumb topping than you need.
  • Make mini muffins, which require roughly 10-13 minutes of bake time.
  • Use whole wheat flour if you’d like!

Expert Tips

  • Use bananas that are at least speckled for banana bread muffins. You can use bananas that are overripe as well. Very ripe bananas are easier to mash, sweeter, and more flavorful!
  • Measure your dry ingredients carefully. Too little or too much flour, sugar, etc. will change the recipe.
  • Use no more than 1 cup of mix-ins (chocolate chips, walnuts, both, etc.).

How to Make Banana Bread Muffins

Let’s make these muffins in just 40 minutes, from bowl to full batch! Full instructions in the recipe card; this is just an outline!

  1. Prepare.

    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

  2. Wet ingredients.

    In a large bowl, use a potato masher to mash peeled bananas into a smooth puree. Add beaten egg, melted and cooled butter, and vanilla. Stir until combined.

  3. Dry ingredients.

    In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt until combined.

  4. Combine.

    Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.

  5. Bake.

    Fill liners about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 15-21 minutes.

  6. Cool.

    Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack.
    Let muffins cool for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Do you need to use overripe bananas?

No, you don’t! Banana should be at least speckled to be ripe enough for banana bread muffins. They don’t need to be all brown or overripe unless you have them on hand.

Can you use frozen bananas?

I don’t recommend using frozen bananas for banana bread muffins since the consistently changes when thawed.

How do you mash bananas?

I recommend mashing bananas with a potato masher, or if you don’t have one, a fork!

How do you store banana bread muffins?

Store muffins at room temperature in an airtight container. You can heat them in the oven or microwave if desired.

How long do banana bread muffins last?

Banana bread muffins last for 5-7 days in an airtight container.

Can you freeze banana bread muffins?

Yes! Freeze muffins for up to 3 months, thawing them at room temperature, and then heating them in the oven or microwave if desired.

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BEST Banana Bread Muffins Recipe

Banana bread muffins are the best breakfast or afternoon treat! Moist and soft, these muffins take just 20 minutes of prep, a few easy steps, and a handful of basic kitchen ingredients to make. With your favorite mix-ins or just plain, you can’t go wrong.
5 from 281 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American, New England
Keyword: winter
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 247kcal
Author: Tastefully Grace

Equipment

  • Muffin pan or foil baking cups (with paper liners)

Ingredients

  • 4 medium bananas overripe (or at least speckled)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
  • cup butter melted
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • ½ tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips optional
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners. This recipe will make 12 muffins.
  • In a large bowl, use a potato masher to mash peeled bananas into a smooth puree. Add beaten egg, melted and cooled butter, and vanilla. Stir until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt until combined.
  • Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, mixing until just incorporated. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts if desired.
  • Fill liners about ¾ of the way up. Bake for 15-21 minutes, until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out with loose crumbs.
  • Let muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack – or enjoying them warm!

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Notes

  • I recommend using bananas that are at least speckled for banana bread muffins. You can use bananas that are overripe as well. Very ripe bananas are easier to mash, sweeter, and more flavorful.
  • Measure your dry ingredients carefully!
  • I recommend using no more than 1 cup of mix-ins (chocolate chips, walnuts or both).

Nutrition

Serving: 1muffin (with chocolate chips & walnuts) | Calories: 247kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 190mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 204IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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82 Comments

  1. Karen Dreps Holmes
    July 22, 2024 / 10:44 am

    5 stars
    Just made them camping with my granddaughters. They were soft and easy to make. I added blueberries to this recipe.

    • July 22, 2024 / 11:13 am

      Hi Karen,

      Love the blueberry addition. Thanks for your review!

      Grace

  2. Beth
    May 20, 2024 / 2:55 pm

    5 stars
    The best banana muffins i’ve ever had (including banana breads)! These are such a wonderful texture and i’ve truly never had such springyness, not a word i don’t believe, in a baked good before.

    I made them over here in the UK and i’m not fond of chocolate chips so i took a knife to a dairy milk bar and made one half plain and the other with chunks of dairy milk, and my god, i already have another batch in the oven as i write this comment, and will be taking them over for some family in a couple of days! 🙂

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe and i’m super excited to try some more of yours!

    • May 20, 2024 / 2:58 pm

      Beth,

      Your words are so kind! Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review. I’m SO happy they turned out well! Love the dairy milk bar idea 🙂

      Grace

  3. Anonymous
    May 9, 2024 / 4:42 pm

    5 stars
    Delish!!

  4. Rico
    May 6, 2024 / 12:55 pm

    5 stars
    Yum!

  5. Jenna Kennedy
    April 20, 2024 / 7:39 pm

    5 stars
    Very good!

  6. Trish Erhard
    April 19, 2024 / 11:43 pm

    5 stars
    So I saw that you did not recommend frozen bananas. I froze bananas from my tree, thawed them out, and recipe was awesome.

    • April 20, 2024 / 10:50 am

      Hi Trish,

      I’m so glad they worked out well! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

      Grace

  7. xiomara
    April 14, 2024 / 8:48 pm

    5 stars
    They are delicious! My 9 year old picky eater loved them!

  8. Kristi W.
    April 14, 2024 / 3:22 pm

    5 stars
    This is now my go-to recipe!

  9. Anonymous
    February 10, 2024 / 9:59 pm

    5 stars
    These are great, and super easy!

  10. Anonymous
    January 30, 2024 / 2:01 pm

    5 stars
    Wow the banana muffins were amazing and I also made a loaf as well and added baking powder for extra rise and reduced the sugar.

    One word AMAZING
    Thank you for sharing.

    • January 30, 2024 / 2:10 pm

      Ahh yay!!! This made my day. Thanks for reviewing.

      Grace

  11. Nirel
    January 27, 2024 / 4:47 pm

    5 stars
    These came out delicious!

    I had less than a cup of normal flour so I replaced the rest with almond flour (and added a bit extra when the batter looked too liquid), and reduced the sugar to around 2/3 or a little less loose cup of regular brown sugar.

    My husband likes them plain and I like added fixings, so I filled 1/2 the muffin tin with plain batter and then added toasted walnut pieces and dark chocolate pieces to the other 1/2 (added and mixed in the bowl so there would be pieces throughout my muffins).

    I would make this recipe again! Already shared with friends and family.

    Thank you!

    • January 28, 2024 / 11:41 am

      Hi Nirel,

      Thanks so much for your review. Love the toasted walnuts idea and your variations!

      Grace

    • Anonymous
      April 27, 2024 / 8:05 pm

      5 stars
      I added some cinnamon and nutmeg to the muffins. These muffins are probably the best banana bread I’ve ever made. It’s my go to recipe now.

      • April 28, 2024 / 10:57 am

        Love the additions! Glad they came out so well 🙂

        Grace

  12. Anonymous
    January 27, 2024 / 8:40 am

    Hi can you add baking powder

    • January 27, 2024 / 10:56 am

      Hi There!

      Unfortunately I’ve never used baking powder (only baking soda) so I’m not sure how they would turn out. I’d stick with soda if at all possible.

      Grace

  13. Kristin
    January 25, 2024 / 3:47 pm

    5 stars
    My first time making banana bread in any form and this recipe was easy and SO YUMMY!

    • January 26, 2024 / 10:11 am

      Hi Kristin,

      Thanks so much for letting me know! So glad they came out well.

      Grace

  14. Anonymous
    January 23, 2024 / 9:14 pm

    5 stars
    Best recipe !!

  15. Katrina Savel
    January 22, 2024 / 10:03 am

    5 stars
    The BEST banana bread I’ve ever had.

    • January 22, 2024 / 10:05 am

      Hi Katrina,

      Yay! So happy they turned out perfectly 🙂

      Grace

  16. Amethyst Ali
    January 21, 2024 / 8:01 pm

    I made these for my class (I’m a senior) and they loved them! A few even snuck a few extra after class. I loved them too. Thanks for the recipe!

    • January 22, 2024 / 10:01 am

      Hi Amethyst,

      Woohoo! Thanks for letting me know. I love these muffins too!!

      Grace

  17. Haylee
    January 20, 2024 / 10:16 pm

    1 star
    I wanted to try a muffin specific banana bread since I usually make a regular recipe and bake it for a shorter amount of time at a hotter temp. Im not sure what went wrong with this recipe, but my muffins didn’t rise and tasted bland/weird. I followed the instructions, it seems like 4 bananas was too much as the muffins were very wet and a weird texture.

    • January 21, 2024 / 11:43 am

      Hi Haylee,

      Ugh, this is a first! I’m sorry they turned out so poorly. I encourage you to try the recipe again as this is my tried and true recipe and I honestly don’t know what could have gone wrong!

      Let me know if there’s any way I can help.
      Grace

  18. Serena
    January 9, 2024 / 6:43 pm

    5 stars
    Stupid question? I just made these and I just want to know if I should refrigerate the muffins?

    • January 9, 2024 / 7:35 pm

      Hi Serena,

      No need to refrigerate! They last for 5-7 days in an airtight container. I hope that helps!

      Grace

  19. Susan
    December 5, 2023 / 6:28 am

    5 stars
    My daughter asked me to make banana muffins. I found this recipe while searching for a new one. I made these for my family yesterday afternoon. They LOVED them! They are the perfect muffin and so easy to make. I will definitely make these muffins again.

  20. Brooke W Hegarty
    November 27, 2023 / 10:29 am

    5 stars
    Family favorite, I will save this one. Good texture. I did not have brown sugar so i just used white. It was a hit, but will use brown sugar next time.

    • November 28, 2023 / 2:07 pm

      Hi Brooke!

      Thanks so much for the review. I’m so glad they turned out well!

      Grace

  21. Mrs. Tea
    November 26, 2023 / 7:06 pm

    5 stars
    Well…. I’m doing this without my cooking friend who usually reads the instructions and make sure I get it right. I’m dyslexic and I don’t see things correctly, but I had bananas that were overripe. So I did this by myself.. they look great 😃 now here is the real test😋😋🥰 I did it!!! Taste awesome 👍🏾.

    • November 28, 2023 / 2:07 pm

      Hi There,

      Aw this is awesome! I’m so glad the muffins turned out well!

      Grace

  22. Madison
    November 6, 2023 / 3:18 pm

    Love this recipe! Am I able to substitute light brown sugar for dark brown sugar? Or regular granulated sugar?

    Thanks in advance!

    • November 6, 2023 / 3:51 pm

      Hi Madison!

      You can use dark brown sugar instead of light brown (they will have a slightly richer molasses taste). I don’t recommend granulated because the texture will change!

      I hope this helps.
      Grace

    • Emily
      June 22, 2024 / 10:37 pm

      5 stars
      Do you mean substitute dark brown for light brown? The original recipe already has light brown!

      • June 23, 2024 / 2:54 pm

        Hi Emily!

        I recommend using light brown sugar but if you don’t have, you can use dark brown!

        Grace

  23. October 19, 2023 / 9:55 pm

    5 stars
    they wre graeatttttt🤪

  24. Vitek
    October 14, 2023 / 9:24 am

    Very very tasty! I’m a crazy recipe-changer, so I added only 3/4 of the sugar from the recipe, added a tablespoon of both espresso powder and malted milk to the dry ingredients, and substituted 1/4 c of brown rice flour for regular flour. Also, two of my bananas were fresh, and two were very old bananas from the freezer. For mix-ins, I added 1/4 c of pecans, 1/4 c of pistachios and 1/4 c of chocolate chip. Even with all that, they came out perfect, moist, sweet and yummy! Thank you for the recipe, I’ll be making them again for a potluck.

    • October 16, 2023 / 11:04 am

      Hi Vitek,

      Love your additions – and I’m so glad the muffins came out well!

      Thanks again for sharing!
      Grace

  25. Paige
    September 6, 2023 / 12:14 pm

    5 stars
    The best banana bread recipe ever!! So moist and delicious. I didn’t even need butter. Definitely a big hit.

    • September 6, 2023 / 12:35 pm

      Woohoo! Thanks so much for letting me know, Paige!

      Grace

    • Magdalena
      March 23, 2024 / 5:22 pm

      5 stars
      Wooow! Sooo good!!! These muffins were the best picnic companion ever 🤗 small question, could peanut butter be added, or replace the standard butter?

      • March 24, 2024 / 12:06 pm

        Hi Magdalena!

        So glad you like these! I unfortunately haven’t tried replacing the butter with PB and don’t want to steer you in the wrong direction. If you do try it, please let me know how it turns out! I do think the best substitute for butter would be oil, like veg or canola.

        Grace

        • Magdalena
          March 24, 2024 / 2:20 pm

          I tried couldn’t resist, replaced butter, sugar and salt with 2/3 cup crunchy peanut butter, added some water to make it a bit smoother. It worked! 😁 Thanks for making my picnic day extra sweet ☺️

          • March 25, 2024 / 8:55 am

            Awesome!! Thanks for reporting back. Love it 🙂

            Grace

  26. Melissa Rost
    September 6, 2023 / 11:07 am

    5 stars
    Absolutely love this recipe! One thing – I see that salt is included in the ingredients but it’s not listed in the Instructions therefore making it super easy to miss. The first time I made these, I remembered to add it but when I was referencing the instructions yesterday I missed adding it because it wasn’t in there. They still taste great but just an FYI!

    • September 6, 2023 / 11:12 am

      Melissa,

      Thank you SO much for pointing this out!! I just changed the recipe instructions. I truly appreciate it. So glad you love the recipe as much as I do!

      Grace

  27. Jan Greggo
    August 30, 2023 / 2:58 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing and super easy! I was at 7-11 when they cleared out their dark bananas yesterday . . and gave them to ME!!! Score 🥳 I wanted to make a loaf of banana bread but share it with 2 different people. So instead, I looked up banana muffins. I used a whole stick of butter because I forgot, and as I slid them in the oven, I stuck a few frozen blueberries in them. On my 3rd batch 🤣. Incredible. Thank you!

    • August 31, 2023 / 8:57 am

      Hi Jan,

      Love the story about 7-11! Amazing!! Thanks so much for letting me know they turned out deliciously 🙂

      Grace

  28. Carmen
    August 27, 2023 / 8:48 pm

    These look great ! Would I be able to use just two bananas ?

    • August 27, 2023 / 8:54 pm

      Hi Carmen!

      Yes, you can use 2 bananas but you’d have to halve the recipe and make 6 muffins. If you click on 12 muffins in the recipe, you can adjust it to 6 and it will show the halved quantities of each ingredient. I hope this helps!

      Grace

  29. Elma
    July 12, 2023 / 10:25 pm

    5 stars
    Absolutely fantastic muffins. My toddler exclaimed “mmmmmm!” everytime he took a bite. I did end up adding some cinnamon, doubling the vanilla, and cutting the sugar to a half cup. So so delicious. I’ve been using the same banana bread recipe for years now but decided to try a new one today and I’m so glad I found yours! It’s my new favorite! Thank you for sharing!

    • July 13, 2023 / 8:44 am

      Hi Elma,

      Love to hear this. Thanks so much for letting me know how the muffins turned out! So glad they are toddler approved!!

      Grace

  30. Nichole
    July 3, 2023 / 12:53 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad I clicked on your recipe. Honestly all I did was search on google for banana bread muffins. And it was the top recipe. I put a little less than half a cup of peanut butter chips. My kids and myself loved them! Moist! Easy to make too! Keeper for sure!

    • July 4, 2023 / 3:54 pm

      Hi Nichole,

      Thanks so much for your note! So glad the muffins came out perfectly!

      Grace

  31. Judy Schuetz
    June 26, 2023 / 8:34 pm

    These muffins are delicious – thank you! Would this recipe work in a loaf pan? How long would I need to cook?

    • June 27, 2023 / 8:58 am

      Hi Judy,

      Great question. Yes, you can use a loaf pan. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a 9×5” loaf pan. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Place a piece of foil loosely over the loaf after 40 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes before turning onto a wire rack – or enjoying warm! I hope this helps 🙂

      Grace

  32. Liz C
    June 26, 2023 / 10:09 am

    5 stars
    Usually, anything I try to bake, becomes a doorstop. This turned out fabulous. Moist and the boys love them. Thank you so much for finally having a success.

    • June 26, 2023 / 1:10 pm

      Hi Liz,

      Woohoo! Thanks for sharing the success!!

      Grace

  33. Amanda
    June 23, 2023 / 8:34 am

    I’ve been using my mother in laws banana bread recipe for years because it’s my husband’s favorite but it never tastes the same as hers and secretly, I never really even liked her BB! So I made your recipe yesterday with the help of my 6 year old and they were delicious! I added walnuts to my husband’s and chocolate chips to my daughter’s. Then plain for my 2 other kids. Everyone rated them a 10 out of 10! I saved your recipe and printed a copy to add to my tried and true recipe book. This is the recipe I’ve been looking for! Thank you!!

    • June 23, 2023 / 12:57 pm

      Hi Amanda,

      Your review made my day! So happy you found a BB recipe you love. I feel honored to be added to your recipe collection!

      Grace

  34. Anonymous
    June 13, 2023 / 8:05 pm

    5 stars
    We make the mini muffins and they are a hit.
    Our new goto recipe

  35. Deyanira
    May 23, 2023 / 9:11 am

    5 stars
    Perfect banana muffins! Super easy to make, totally toddler helper friendly and approved!!

    • May 23, 2023 / 9:54 am

      Hi Deyanira,

      Yay! So glad you and the kiddo liked the recipe! Thanks for letting me know 🙂

      Grace

  36. Marti Howton
    May 4, 2023 / 5:39 pm

    5 stars
    Thank you for this great recipe. I made these with my grandchildren and everyone loved them.

    • May 5, 2023 / 8:30 am

      Hi Marti,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you and your grandkids loved the muffins!

      Take care,
      Grace

  37. Kelly K. Griffin
    March 21, 2023 / 11:57 pm

    5 stars
    My 16 year old son is extremely picky.
    Hard to please. But I made him these muffins….and he told me they were PERFECT!!!

    • March 22, 2023 / 8:47 am

      Hi Kelly,

      Yay! I’m so happy he liked them. They are one of my favorite recipes!

      Grace

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