Ripe bananas be gone! Today, I’m going to make some moist banana bread muffins for a quick and easy treat to use up as all those ripe bananas that I always have lying around. Part of the reason that I have so many banana recipes on this site. The recipe balances the natural sweetness of bananas with a hint of cinnamon, and the addition of chocolate chips creates a rich, indulgent treat. I love to grab a yummy muffin when I’m dashing out the door to work or enjoying as mid-day snack.
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What I Love About This Moist Banana Bread Muffins Recipe
These muffins are a nice bite to eat in the morning with my coffee. I can make a whole tin of them, and have breakfast for 6 days (with the both of us). They are also not overly sweet, so I’m not zapping my body with sugar so early in the day.
I also need to use up overripe bananas a lot. A win-win for our family, so I don’t feel like I am wasting fruit that went bad.
Kitchen Equipment Needed
- Food processor or blender
- Mixing bowls
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Muffin tin
- Muffin liners
- How Can I Ensure My Muffins Stay Moist? To ensure your muffins stay moist, use bananas that are very ripe. The ripeness adds natural sweetness and moisture. Also, avoid overmixing the batter to maintain a tender texture.
- Can I Make These Muffins Gluten-Free or Dairy-Free? Yes, for gluten-free muffins, substitute all-purpose flour with a gluten-free flour blend. For dairy-free muffins, replace butter with coconut oil or a dairy-free butter alternative, and use almond or oat milk instead of buttermilk.
- How Should I Store Leftover Muffins? Store leftover muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to three days. For longer storage, refrigerate them for up to a week or freeze them for up to three months.
- What Are Some Tasty Pairings for These Muffins? These muffins pair wonderfully with honey butter or cream cheese for a rich flavor contrast. They’re also delightful with a cup of coffee or tea, or served with vanilla ice cream for a dessert treat.
- Can I Add Extra Ingredients Like Nuts or Chocolate? Absolutely! Feel free to stir in up to 1½ cups of extras like walnuts, pecans, or chocolate chips to the batter for added texture and flavor.
- Is There a Vegan Version of This Recipe? For a vegan version, use flax eggs (1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons water per egg) and follow the dairy-free substitutions. Make sure your sugar is vegan-friendly too.
- Can I Use a Different Type of Sugar? Brown sugar is a great alternative to white sugar for a deeper flavor. You can also use a mix of white and brown sugar. Coconut sugar is a healthier option but may alter the texture slightly.
- How Can I Adjust the Recipe for High Altitude Baking? For high altitude baking, increase the oven temperature by 25°F and slightly reduce the baking powder. This helps to counteract the effects of reduced air pressure.
- Can I Make This Recipe as a Loaf Instead of Muffins? Yes, you can make this recipe as a loaf. Pour the batter into a loaf pan and adjust the baking time, which will be longer than for muffins. Check for doneness with a toothpick.
- How Do I Know When the Muffins Are Perfectly Baked? To check if the muffins are perfectly baked, insert a toothpick into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, they’re ready. The tops should be golden brown.
- Can I Use Frozen Bananas for This Recipe? Using frozen bananas is not recommended as they can change in texture when thawed, which might affect the overall texture of the muffins.
- What’s a Good Sugar Substitute for These Muffins? Dark brown sugar can be used instead of light brown sugar for a richer molasses flavor. Granulated sugar, however, is not recommended as it changes the texture of the muffins.
- Can I Add Espresso or Malted Milk for a Unique Flavor? Adding a tablespoon of espresso powder or malted milk to the dry ingredients can introduce a unique flavor to the muffins. Experimentation is encouraged!
- How Can I Make a Crunchy Topping for My Muffins? For a crunchy topping, sprinkle turbinado sugar on top of the muffins before baking. This adds a delightful textural contrast to the soft muffins.
- Is It Possible to Make Mini Muffins with This Recipe? Yes, you can make mini muffins with this recipe. They will require a shorter baking time, about 10-13 minutes.
- What If I Only Have Fresh Bananas, Not Overripe Ones? If you only have fresh bananas, they can still be used as long as they are at least a bit ripe or speckled. Riper bananas add more sweetness and moisture.
- What Are Some Fun Mix-Ins I Can Try? For fun mix-ins, consider adding peanut butter chips, pistachios, or a few frozen blueberries for a unique twist on the classic recipe.
- What’s a Good Way to Mash Bananas for Muffins? A good way to mash bananas for muffins is to use a mixer. Simply peel, break them into chunks, and beat until mashed for a smooth consistency.
- Can I Make Healthier Substitutions in This Recipe? To make the recipe healthier, try substituting all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour. You might need to add a bit more milk to the batter when using whole wheat.
- Is It Possible to Use Honey or Maple Syrup Instead of Sugar? You can replace the brown sugar with honey or pure maple syrup. However, this might make the muffins a bit more moist in the centers.
- How Do I Get My Muffins to Rise Nicely? Start baking at a higher temperature (425°F) for the first 5 minutes, then reduce to 350°F. This helps the muffins rise quickly and create a nice dome shape.
- Can I Make These Muffins with a Streusel Topping? Adding a streusel topping for extra texture and flavor is a great idea. This can be the same topping used in banana chocolate chip streusel muffins.
- What If I Don’t Have Ripe Bananas? If your bananas aren’t ripe enough, you can bake them in a 300°F oven for about 15-20 minutes or until they turn black to ripen them quickly.
- How Can I Add a Twist to These Muffins? For a unique twist, try dipping the tops of cooled muffins in chocolate ganache and adding sprinkles for a decorative and delicious finish.
- 3 medium bananas
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons milk
- ⅓ cup butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon vinegar
- ¾ cup oats
- 1⅔ cups white flour
- 2 tablespoons chopped walnuts
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ tablespoon cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat your oven to 320°F (160°C).
- Blend two bananas with sugar, milk, melted butter, and vinegar in a food processor.
- In a separate bowl, combine oats, flour, walnuts, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Stir in half of the chocolate chips.
- Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Mash the remaining banana and fold it in.
- Fill muffin liners in a tin with the batter. Sprinkle the rest of the chocolate chips on top.
- Bake covered with foil for 30 minutes. Then, remove the foil and bake for another 30 minutes. Allow cooling before serving.
If the mixture is too liquid due to the butter, add a little more flour to adjust.
Nutrition InformationYield 12 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 266Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 14mgSodium 201mgCarbohydrates 42gFiber 3gSugar 20gProtein 4g
Nutrition automatically generated.
Maximizing Banana Freshness: Effective Storage Methods
To extend the shelf life of bananas and keep them fresh:
- Store bananas at room temperature until they ripen to your liking.
- Once ripe, you can slow down the ripening process by placing them in the refrigerator; the peel may darken, but the fruit inside stays fresh longer.
- For longer storage, peel and slice bananas, then freeze them in airtight containers or bags. This method is particularly useful for smoothies.
- Additionally, keeping bananas away from other ripe fruits, as they release gases that can accelerate ripening, helps maintain their freshness.
- Consider using a banana holder! It’s cute and keeps your bananas fresher, longer.