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Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins are an easy breakfast that the whole family will love. These moist and tender muffins are great without or without nuts. It’s the perfect way to use up those leftover bananas.

Banana Nut Muffins

This Banana Nut Muffins recipe is based on our family-favorite Banana Nut Bread recipe.

We’ve adapted it to fit into 16 standard-sized muffin cups.

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It’s still an easy one-bowl recipe and turns out perfectly every time.

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Banana Nut Muffins

🔑 Key to Success #1 – Use Super Ripe Bananas

The key to sweet and flavorful banana bread is using super ripe bananas.

Look for bananas that are heavily spotted.

If you think they’re too ripe to eat, they’re probably perfect to use in this banana nut muffins recipe.

If your bananas are not fully ripe, you can leave them overnight in a paper sack with the top loosely closed.

Or just wait a few days until they ripe.

In a pinch, you can put whole unpeeled bananas in a 250 degree F oven for about 15 minutes.

This will help the bananas soften and sweeten up a bit without turning them to mush.

You’ll want to use 1 cup of ripe banana in this recipe.

That’s about 3 bananas.

When baking with bananas, it does not pay to add extra bananas to the mix.

Extra bananas can lead to dense and tough muffins.

Just be sure to mash your bananas well before incorporating them into your batter.

Banana Nut Muffins

🔑 Key to Success #2 – Add a Little Sour Cream

Adding a little sour cream to the batter is the key to moist banana muffins that are not dense or heavy.

These muffins are light and fluffy and super moist.

You’ll only use a half cup of sour cream but it’s definitely enough to notice a difference in the texture of these banana nut muffins.

If you prefer, you can use the low-fat sour cream in this recipe.

That’s what I buy and use when I can find it in the store.

Banana Nut Muffins

🔑 Key to Success #3 – No Mixer Required

This recipe is so easy that you can mix it up in one bowl with only a wooden spoon or a nice sturdy rubber spatula.

You do not need a hand mixer or a stand mixer for this recipe.

It would be very easy to overmix the muffin batter if you used an electric mixer.

You can mix the wet ingredients as much as you want.

But when you add in the flour, stir it only until the batter comes together.

It’s okay if the batter has some lumps.

It does not have to be completely smooth and in fact, shouldn’t be completely smooth.

Overmixing the batter will result in a heavy and tough muffin and we want to avoid that.

The nuts are optional in this recipe.

I like to use walnuts if I have them. If not, I’ll use chopped pecans.

Do you like nuts in your banana muffins or banana bread? If so, which one do you prefer?

Banana Nut Muffins

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Banana Nut Muffins
Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

Yield: 16 muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes

Banana Nut Muffins are an easy breakfast that the whole family will love. These moist and tender muffins are great without or without nuts. It's the perfect way to use up those leftover bananas.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas, about 3 bananas
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup walnuts or pecans, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place cupcake liners into 16 muffin cups.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together sugar and oil. Add eggs, mashed bananas, sour cream and vanilla and mix well.
  3. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir until just blended. Spoon into 16 muffin cups.
  4. Bake for 22-24 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.


Diabetic Substitution:

  • Replace half of oil with equal amount unsweetened applesauce
  • Reduce sugar to 2/3 cup
  • Use reduced-fat sour cream
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 240Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g

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