These fantastic banana nut muffins are perfect for snacking, dessert, or breakfast. Especially quick and easy on-the-go breakfasts!
They’re loaded with sweet, fruity banana flavor and plenty of nutty goodness. Each bite is a soft, crumbly mouthful of pure warm comfort.
Tender, moist, and slightly crunchy, they’re a cross between yummy banana bread and your favorite on-the-go muffin.
In short, these banana nut muffins are ones the whole family will 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 much healthier than a thick chocolate brownie!
Plus, there are so many ways to jazz them up. You can top them with melted butter or toffee bits for extra decadence.
Best of all, you can make a big batch ahead of time. That way, you’ve got them on hand when you need something quick.
You’ll need only seven ingredients to make these sweet, ready-in-30-minutes-or-less banana nut muffins!
- 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 the 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 it and let it 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!
- Ensure the bananas are overripe. I know I’ve already said it. But 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.
- Use the right nuts. Walnuts, pecans, or almonds make excellent additions to banana nut muffins because they’re lightly crunchy and buttery. If you go for something firmer, like peanuts, you’ll have a different texture overall.
- Soft brown sugar is the way to go. Also, ensure it’s fresh for optimal texture and consistency. If you don’t have any, try mixing molasses into white sugar!
- Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing forms air bubbles, resulting in air holes inside the muffin.
- Take steps to prevent sticking. Spray the muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray. You can alternately use tall muffin liners.
- Want tall muffins? Remember this tip! For tall, bakery-style muffins, bake them at 425 degrees Fahrenheit during the first 8 minutes. Then, reduce the temperature to 350 degrees for the remainder of the baking time.
Banana Nut Muffin Variations and Add-Ins
These banana nut muffins are already loaded with flavor and deliciousness. 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 sweetly 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 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. They also make a flavorful, healthy, on-the-go breakfast.
Store your leftovers properly to ensure you have breakfast for the next few days. Here’s how:
- To store. Store fully cooled muffins in an airtight container with a paper towel on the bottom. Store them at room temperature for up to 4 days. Use the same method (or a Ziploc bag) to keep them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze. Wrap individual muffins in plastic wrap. Then, place all the wrapped muffins in a freezer-safe bag or container. Freeze them for up to 3 months.
- To thaw. Transfer individually wrapped muffins to the refrigerator to thaw. Let them sit overnight. Then, reheat them in the microwave for 20 to 30 seconds immediately before serving. You can also bake them at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
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