Banana Nut Muffins

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Lightly sweetened with honey, these fluffy banana nut muffins are a delicious way to use up overripe bananas.

banana nut muffins

When I was in culinary school, the chefs would randomly (and terrifyingly!) inspect our trash cans to make we hadn’t tossed any scraps that could be repurposed into something else. I quickly learned that absolutely nothing is wasted in restaurant kitchens: stale bread becomes breadcrumbs and croutons; bones become stock; vegetable odds and ends become soup; cake trimmings become dessert trifles; and old bananas become muffins, cake, banana bread or banana ice cream. These fluffy banana nut muffins sweetened with honey and enriched with Greek yogurt are one of my favorite ways to use up overripe bananas. Instead of folding the walnuts into the batter, I toss them with honey and cinnamon and sprinkle them over top to give each muffin a sweet and crunchy lid.

What You’ll Need To Make Banana Nut Muffins

ingredients for banana nut muffins

As you can see, you want your bananas to be pretty brown; the browner and spottier, the better! To speed up the ripening process, place your bananas in a brown paper bag and fold down the top.

If you have over-ripe bananas that you aren’t ready to bake with, peel them first and then place them in a resealable plastic bag in the freezer. Most banana bread recipes call for about three ripe bananas, so I freeze them in groups of three and defrost when the baking mood strikes.

How To Make Banana Nut Muffins

ingredients for muffin topping in mixing bowl

To begin, make the walnut topping: In a small bowl, toss the nuts with the honey and cinnamon until the nuts are evenly coated (the mixture will be sticky). Set aside.

stirring nut topping

Next, combine the dry ingredients for the muffins in a medium bowl.

dry ingredients in bowl for banana nut muffins

Whisk and set aside.

whisked dry ingredients in bowl

In a large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter, sugar and honey.

butter, sugar and honey in mixing bowl

Beat until fluffy, about 2 minutes.

creaming butter mixture

Beat in the eggs one at a time.

beating in the eggs

Add the banana, vanilla, and yogurt (or sour cream).

adding sour cream, bananas, and vanilla

Beat until blended (the batter will look grainy; that’s okay).

banana nut muffin wet mixture mixed in bowl

Add the dry ingredients.

adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients

The batter will look like this.

finished batter for banana nut muffins

Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (the cups will be very full) and sprinkle evenly with the nut topping.

banana nut muffin batter in muffin cups with walnut topping

Bake the muffins until the tops are golden and domed, 25 to 28 minutes.

baked banana nut muffins cooling on rack

Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.

banana nut muffins

More ways to use up your Overripe Bananas:

Banana Nut Muffins

Lightly sweetened with honey, these fluffy banana nut muffins are a delicious way to use up overripe bananas.

Servings: 12 muffins
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Walnut Topping

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For the Muffins

  • 1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed bananas, from 2 to 3 overripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt or sour cream (low fat is fine)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Make the walnut topping: In a small bowl, toss the nuts with the honey and cinnamon until the nuts are evenly coated (the mixture will be sticky). Set aside.
  3. For the Muffins: In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  4. In a large bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, and honey until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary. At medium speed, add the eggs one at a time, beating until fully incorporated between additions. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and yogurt (or sour cream) and beat until blended (the batter will look grainy; that's okay). Add the dry ingredients and mix on low speed until well blended.
  5. Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin (the cups will be very full) and sprinkle evenly with the nut topping. Bake the muffins until the tops are golden and domed, 25 to 28 minutes. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then turn them out onto a rack and let cool for at least 10 minutes before serving.
  6. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The muffins can be frozen in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag for up to 3 months. Thaw for 3 – 4 hours on the countertop before serving. To reheat, wrap individual muffins in aluminum foil and place in a preheated 350°F oven until warm.

Nutrition Information

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  • Serving size: 1 muffin
  • Calories: 302
  • Fat: 15 g
  • Saturated fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 38 g
  • Sugar: 21 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 5 g
  • Sodium: 216 mg
  • Cholesterol: 52 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Reviews & Comments

  • I make muffins each week for our family and these are the most requested. When people outside of our family try them, they instantly ask for the recipe.

    • — Autumn on September 22, 2021
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  • Wow! Another awesome recipe thank you so much for sharing. I made in mini muffin pans and cooked down my bananas first and ended up using five total. Used maple syrup in the batter and used cane sugar as well. Added in ~tablespoon of ground flax. The topping was incredible and I toasted the walnuts first. A perfect little bite! Thank you again!

    • — Jennifer on September 14, 2021
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  • These were absolutely amazing! So light and fluffy. Not to sweet. I can’t believe someone said they were dense. Mine turned out super fluffy. Another amazing recipe. I also got your new cookbook yesterday, can’t wait to try some of those recipes 😀

    • — Daniella on September 9, 2021
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  • Hi Jenn. I made your banana nut muffins and they turned out awesome! I used almonds rather than walnuts, and I subbed coconut oil in place of the butter, trying to be healthy. It turned out really well. The batter seemed a little more liquid than your photo but they rose and baked up just fine!

    Thanks for your excellent recipies!

    • — Joe Walter on August 29, 2021
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  • Very yummy muffins! They turned out well

    • — Umm bonjon on August 3, 2021
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  • Hi jenn !
    I made the banana nut muffins and out of the oven they tasted amazing! Moist and not too sweet! PERFECT
    The nut topping is perfect and will definitely make again!

    • — Jennifer on July 26, 2021
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  • These muffins are so good. I used frozen, then thawed bananas and sour cream instead of yogurt. This is a keeper, thank you!

    • — Kt on May 30, 2021
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  • Hi, I thawed some frozen bananas for this and there is a lot of juice. Should I use the juice or drain the bananas? I had the bananas thawing for 24 hours and don’t know if I should use them or not. Thank you

    • — Kt on May 30, 2021
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    • Hi Kt, I’d drain them a bit. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 30, 2021
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      • Thank you!

        • — Kt on May 30, 2021
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  • I am a HUGE Jenn fan!! And these muffins are just one reason why. She brings up the level of a simple banana muffin to extraordinary. If you’re not following her yet you should sign up!

    • — Susan on May 28, 2021
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  • These are sooooo delish! I had the same problem though that a few others mentioned. Mine didn’t rise too well. Instead, the tops the spread into each other. I plan to try again. Any tips? Less batter? More baking powder? Higher temp initially? Thanks!

    • — Jenny on May 28, 2021
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    • Hi Jenny, What brand of flour are you using?

      • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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      • Trader Joe’s All Purpose

        • — Jenny on May 29, 2021
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        • Hmmm…okay I don’t think the flour is the issue. Did you by chance make any substitutions?

          • — Jenn on May 29, 2021
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      • These are delicious.

        • — Syd on June 23, 2021
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  • Best banana nut muffin recipe I’ve tried !!!

    • — Laur on May 25, 2021
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  • Absolutely loved these muffins. Moist, fluffy and delicious. Some seem to have had some mishaps. My first attempt had to do with an over hot oven temperature. Investing in an oven thermometer fixed that so for my second try today, I adjusted the temperature accordingly. Because my oven is 15 degrees hotter than normal, I baked these at 335 and had perfect results! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    • — Rusty on May 18, 2021
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  • Hello
    Yummyum. But mine stuck to the paper liners. Any suggestions?
    Thanks Jenn. Love you’re recipes.

    • — Mary on May 16, 2021
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    • Hi Mary, Sorry to hear they stuck to the liners! If you make them again, I’d suggest spraying the liners with nonstick spray. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 17, 2021
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    • Try using parchment liners. I find they come off easily.

      • — Cheryl on May 20, 2021
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  • These muffins are a WOW, Jenn! I definitely will use the pecans rolled in honey and cinnamon on my pancakes before flipping them over as well. Would these nuts also work on top of a banana bread loaf, or is that too long for them? Thanks for this awesome recipe.

    • — Margaret on May 7, 2021
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    • So glad you liked these! I do think the pecans would work on top of the banana bread. (If you find that they’re getting too browned while the banana bread is baking, just loosely lay a piece of foil over top of the loaf pan.) Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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  • I discovered recently than I’m allergic to honey. Any problem w/ substituting maybe light corn syrup for the honey in the topping? Equal amounts?

    • — TSandy on May 6, 2021
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    • You could use corn syrup, Lyle’s golden syrup, or maple syrup (an equal amount). Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
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    • These taste delicious but the texture and consistency is completely off.

      I’ve tried making them a few times and every time the insides are way too dense and the muffins also seem deflated. Not at all light and fluffy like they are meant to be. Same issues as others have mentioned.

      After some research it seems that the baking soda and powder in this recipe is completely off. Less soda should be used.

      • — Anon on July 29, 2021
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  • I wish I could post the picture I took, these came out just like your photo and were absolutely delicious! I followed the recipes to a tee, they were not overly sweet at all. I didn’t add, I didn’t subtract. I followed the recipe. I did use whole sour cream, and I used a local very good honey. They didn’t spread like a few others said theirs had. They were full and they did dome like you said they should. My neighbor had surgery the other day and I brought over a half dozen of them right out of the oven for her and her hubby and she text me after and said, OMG, these look beautiful and taste amazing! I have used your recipes for a long time now and they are always the best. My husband always says, when I make a new dinner or dessert, “is this Jens recipe? You are on a first name basis in this household! Lol
    You are and will continue to be my go to chef!

    • — Stephanie Orlando on April 30, 2021
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    • Glad you (and your neighbors) enjoyed these (and I’m flattered to be on a first-name basis in your house)! 🙂

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2021
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  • Delicious!! I baked at 425 for the first 5 min and then 350 for the rest of time (created more of a peak). The topping on these muffins were the best! Thank you!

    • — Tammie Good on April 24, 2021
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    • Can I use flax eggs (1 T ground flax seed + 1.5T water) instead of eggs?

      • — Connie Manuel on May 6, 2021
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      • Hi Connie, I’ve never made these with flax eggs, so I can’t stay for sure, but I suspect it should work. Also, two of the best substitutes I’ve heard about (I haven’t personally tried either of them) are a combination of water, oil, and baking powder, and carbonated water. Scroll down to the bottom of this article for more information about both. Hope that helps!

        • — Jenn on May 6, 2021
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        • Hi Jen! I love your recipes and always get compliments on EVERY SINGLE ONE I make!!:). This one was a little weird for me, though. I followed the instructions exactly, but the muffins actually overflowed and dripped to the bottom of the oven. Any clues on what may have gone wrong?

          • — Jennifer on May 6, 2021
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          • Hi Jennifer, glad you like the recipes but sorry you had a problem with this one! This calls for both baking powder and baking soda. Is there any chance that you omitted one of those?

            • — Jenn on May 7, 2021
          • Hi Jen! I used one teaspoon of each and I just checked the packets to make sure. Regardless, they were (I use the past tense because I just pounded the last two AND gave some to a neighbor who also finished them) DELICIOUS and I will definitely make them again…with a baking sheet underneath!!:)

            • — Jennifer on May 7, 2021
          • Hmmm… that’s a head-scratcher! Well glad you enjoyed them regardless and that you know now to put a baking sheet under the muffin tine! 🙂

            • — Jenn on May 9, 2021
  • First off, let me say I’m slowly making my way through the recipes on this site because every single one has been an absolute hit 🙂 Thank you!!

    I must have messed something up here because my muffins didn’t rise quite like yours, the tops are more like pancakes. And I notice that my muffin tin is full of melted butter that must have seeped through the liners. It’s a lot. I wonder if that’s also impacted the texture, which is good but not great.

    Any idea what could have gone wrong here, Jenn? I believe I followed the recipe to a “T”.

    All of that said, certainly won’t go to waste 🙂

    • — Annette Latoszewska on April 23, 2021
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    • Glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes but sorry to hear you had a problem with this one! I’m trying to figure out what may have gone wrong for you but am coming up blank. You mentioned that you followed the recipe exactly, but because these muffins are generally very predictable for people, I’m wondering if perhaps you made a measuring mistake.

      • — Jenn on April 29, 2021
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    • Perhaps your butter was too soft? I’ve had similar issues when my butter had been out in our hot kitchen in summertime.

      • — Farmgal on April 29, 2021
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    • I would say it has to be a measuring error. I too experienced a mishap the first time making these. While delicious, I felt the texture was off and I realized it may have been over baked because my oven gets too hot. My second try, using an oven thermometer and adjusting the temperature accordingly, they came out perfectly. Fluffy, moist and delicious! Thank you for a great recipe!

      • — Rusty on May 18, 2021
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  • This became a recipe staple the day I made them. We can’t decide which muffins we like best though, these or your chocolate muffins in your current cookbook. Thank you for all you do, we use a lot of your recipes and really enjoy them. We even pre-ordered your next cookbook.

    • — Autumn on April 15, 2021
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    • 💗

      • — Jenn on April 15, 2021
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  • I make them every week they are so good!

    • — Yifat on March 21, 2021
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  • These are delicious – the honey flavor and aroma are so nice. The recipe is very forgiving; I was not at all fussy about measuring (sort of eyeballed the flour and the sour cream, and used a little too much banana rather than letting it go to waste), and still they were lovely.

    • — L M on January 28, 2021
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