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Banana Nut Muffins (Easy Recipe)

Loaded with sweet, fruity banana flavor and plenty of nutty goodness, these fantastic banana nut muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking, or dessert.

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Have you ever had a bite of food that tasted like pure comfort? If not, these sensational banana nut muffins are sure to do the trick! 

Tender, moist, and slightly crunchy, they’re like a cross between yummy banana bread and your favorite breakfast on-the-go muffin.

So break out the mixing bowls and get ready to fall in love.

Best Ever Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

These banana nut muffins are the perfect way to curb your sweet cravings without overindulging.

Yes, they’re sweet, fluffy, nutty, and delicious, but they’re also way better for you than a thick slice of brownie!

Plus, there are so many ways to spruce them up. For example, try topping them with chocolate chips for extra decadence!

Best of all, you can make a big batch of these muffins ahead of time. That way, you’ve got them on hand when you need a quick breakfast or snack.

Freshly Baked Banana Nut Muffins

Ingredients

  • Overripe Bananas – The key to making the best banana nut muffins (and banana bread) is to use overripe bananas. They’re sweeter, more flavorful, and improve the consistency of the muffins.
  • Brown Sugar – Enhances the natural sweetness of bananas.
  • Pecans – I use chopped pecans for a burst of nutty goodness and a subtle crunch to the fluffy muffin. Feel free to use walnuts or macadamia nuts if you prefer.
  • Butter – I used unsalted butter for this recipe, but you can use salted. Just leave out the extra salt you see in the recipe box. Either way, melt and let the butter properly cool before mixing it with other ingredients.
  • Eggs – Use room-temperature eggs to avoid clumping and over-mixing. 
  • All-purpose Flour – All-purpose flour is the best option for banana nut muffins. Using another flour, like whole-wheat or gluten-free, may change the consistency. 
  • Baking soda – Allows the muffins to fluff up and rise.

Tips for The Best Banana Nut Muffins

Banana nut muffins are insanely easy to make. But I’ve still got a few tips to ensure they’re perfect!

  • The best banana nut muffins start with the ripest bananas you can find. They’ll add more flavor and make the muffins incredibly moist and tender. So go for dark brown and spotty to black!
  • Use the right type of nuts. Walnuts, pecans, or almonds make excellent additions to banana nut muffins because they’re lightly crunchy and buttery. But if you go for something more firm, like peanuts, you’ll have a different texture overall.
  • Use fresh, soft brown sugar for optimal texture and consistency. If you don’t have any, try mixing molasses into white sugar!
  • Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing the batter forms air bubbles, resulting in air holes inside the muffin.
  • Spray the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray to keep the freshly-baked muffins from sticking. If you use tall muffin liners, you can skip this step.
  • For tall, bakery-style muffins, bake them at a higher temperature during the first 8 minutes. Set the oven temperature to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220°C), then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175°C) for the remainder of the baking time.
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Banana Nut Muffin Variations and Add-Ins

These banana nut muffins are already loaded with flavors and deliciousness. But if you want to take things up a notch, try these variations and add-ins!

  • Chocolate chips – For a sweeter, chocolatey treat, top the muffins with chocolate chips and bake until melty.
  • Dried fruits – If you want a sweet, tart muffin, incorporate dried fruits into the mix.
  • Powdered sugar – A straightforward way to make your muffins sweeter is to sprinkle them with powdered sugar. It’s a fool-proof addition to bring some sparkle to your treats.
  • Peanut butter or almond butter – Spread nut butter on baked muffins for extra texture and flavor.
  • Nutella – This classic hazelnut cocoa spread always manages to revamp any sweet treat.

How to Store Muffins

Muffins are a delicious and perfect make-ahead snack that you can eat on the go.

And if you want them to last, you’ll need to store them properly to keep them fresh and delicious.

Here are some tips on how to properly store muffins:

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How to Store Muffins at Room Temperature

If you plan on eating these muffins within a day or two, it’s best to store them at room temperature. Here’s how:

  1. Let the muffins cool completely.
  2. Place a paper towel in the bottom of an airtight container and add the cooled muffins.
  3. Seal the container and keep it in a cool, dry place for 3-4 days.

You can also put the muffins in a ziplock bag. Just be sure to press out any excess air and seal it tightly.

How to Store Muffins in The Refrigerator

For longer-term storage, place the muffins in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator.

This method will keep them fresh for up to two weeks.

How to Freeze Muffins

If you want to store a big batch of muffins for longer, you can freeze them for a good few months. Here’s how:

  1. Let the muffins cool completely.
  2. Wrap each muffin individually in plastic wrap.
  3. Place the wrapped muffins in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag and seal shut.
  4. Label and date the muffins and store them for up to 3 months.

Reheating Muffins

If you froze the muffins, be sure to let them thaw before reheating.

To do this, pull however many you need and let them sit in the fridge overnight (still wrapped).

Once thawed, unwrap them and pop them in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds.

Alternatively, bake foil-wrapped muffins at 350°F for 10-15 minutes for that freshly baked taste.

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Banana Nut Muffins (Easy Recipe)

Servings

12

servings
Prep time

7

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes
Calories

258

kcal

Loaded with sweet, fruity banana flavor and plenty of nutty goodness, these fantastic banana nut muffins are perfect for breakfast, snack time, or dessert.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups 2 all-purpose flour

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons 1 1/2 baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon 1/2 salt

  • 4 4 overripe bananas

  • 1 cup 1 brown sugar

  • 3/4 cup 3/4 (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled

  • 2 2 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon 1 pure vanilla extract

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 pecans, chopped

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit (190°C) and spray the top of the muffin pan with cooking spray. Add muffin liners, if using.
  • Mix the flour with the baking soda and salt in a large bowl and then set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mash the bananas with a fork, then beat in the sugar with an electric mixer for 3 minutes.
  • Add the melted butter, eggs, and vanilla. Mix until well combined, and make sure to scrape down the sides of the bowl once or twice.
  • Stir the dry mixture into the wet ingredients until about half incorporated. You should still see streaks of flour.
  • Add the nuts and any other extras, then gently mix by hand until you no longer see streaks of flour. Stop right away to keep from overmixing.
  • Spoon the batter into the muffin tin until each mold is half-filled. Gently tap the tin on a flat surface to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake the muffins for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean (a few crumbs are okay).
  • After baking, let the muffins cool at room temperature before taking them out of the muffin tin. Serve warm, and enjoy!
Banana Nut Muffins

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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