Banana Nut Muffins

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These easy and moist Banana Nut Muffins are the perfect sweet start to the day, while also having a mix of textures and flavors from the bananas and walnuts.

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Banana nut muffins

If you enjoy muffins, or specifically banana nut muffins, this is a must-try recipe. The flavors of banana, walnuts, and butter shine through in every bite, making this a go-to recipe for breakfast or as a grab and go snack.

This recipe is very easy. Your muffins will be ready in less than thirty minutes. It’s also great for beginner bakers as muffins are hard to mess up, and it’s a recipe with few steps and simple instructions.

Ingredients You’ll Need

banana bread ingredients
  • Bananas– Bananas bring a fruity sweetness and adds moisture to the batter.
  • Unsalted Butter– Using unsalted butter will ensure the muffins don’t get too savory, you’ll need to melt the butter for this recipe. Cutting the butter into slices will make it melt faster, it should need 15-30 seconds in the microwave.
  • Whole Milk– Makes a thicker, softer batter. You can use other types of milk, but whole milk will give you the best result.
  • Egg– The egg is one of the leavening agents in the muffins, preferably room temperature but it’s not crucial for this recipe.
  • Vanilla– Adds a greater depth of flavor, you can use any type of vanilla.
  • Brown sugar– Using brown sugar gives a more complex sweetness, and brings a hint of molasses. Make sure to pack in the brown sugar to get an accurate amount.
  • Sugar– Sugar sweetens the batter, and keeps it from being too savory of a muffin.
  • All-Purpose Flour– Makes the muffin batter thicker. Using all-purpose flour will give you the best result, but you could experiment with other flours.
  • SaltSalt balances out a little of the sweetness, so that the recipe isn’t one-note.
  • Baking Soda– The other leavening agent to the recipe that makes the muffins rise.
  • Walnuts– Adds beautiful crunch to the recipe. You mix them into the batter and can also top the muffins with them if you want. You can also use other types of nuts, depending on what types of nuts you prefer.

Equipment Needed

  • Non-stick cooking spray– Keeps the muffins from sticking to the muffin pan and being hard to remove. You can use any type of spray, but make sure to use a neutral oil so it doesn’t change the flavor of the muffins.
  • Muffin liners – You can also use muffin liners, which will ensure the muffins don’t stick to the pan, and then there’s no need to spray or prep the wells of the muffin tin.
  • Muffin tin – A metal or silicon muffin tin with 12 wells is perfect for this recipe. You can also make mini muffins with 2 mini muffin pans, instead.
Banana nut muffins

How to Make Banana Nut Muffins

Preheat your oven to 350° F, and spray down a muffin tin with a non-sticking cooking spray with neutral flavor.

Then, gather and prepare all of your ingredients. Chop the walnuts into medium sized pieces, or whatever size you prefer to have. Melt your butter, it takes 15-45 seconds in the microwave. Then, mash your bananas- using a fork works, and so does something like a potato masher.

Mixing banana nut batter

Add the mashed bananas, butter, and milk to a large mixing bowl and mix. This mixture doesn’t need to be completely smooth, in fact it’s sometimes nice to get chunks of banana in the muffins, but try to get it completely incorporated.

Beat in vanilla, egg, and brown sugar. Fold in the rest of the dry ingredients(flour, baking soda, sugar, and salt), then fold in the walnuts. Fill the prepared muffin tins about 4/5 full of batter, then top with some walnuts if you want.

banana nut muffin batter in a cupcake tin

Put the muffins into the oven, and bake for 18-20 minutes. When they are done, a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffins will come out clean. Take them out of the oven, and cool 5-10 minutes before enjoying.

Banana nut muffins

Tips & Suggestions

  • Using ripe or over-ripe bananas will make your bananas easier to mash. This recipe is a great way to use your bananas that are too old to eat by themselves.
  • If you want banana chunks in your muffins, you should beat the mixture with a whisk. If you want it with no chunks of banana, an electric mixer will break down the chunks.
  • You can experiment with substituting other types of milks or flours to fit your dietary needs.
  • Adding other types of nuts, seeds, pineapple bits, or chocolate chips can add even more flavor to this recipe.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are my muffins dry?

In baking it is very important to measure your ingredients correctly. You may have added too much flour. Another reason for dry muffins is overbaking. Watch them closely when the cooking time is almost up. The toothpick should come out dry.

Can bananas be too ripe for banana muffins?

Yes. You want nice ripe to overripe bananas because they are easy to mash and add tons of flavor. Just make sure that your bananas are not so ripe that they are moldy.


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Banana nut muffins

Banana Nut Muffins

These easy and moist Banana Nut Muffins are the perfect sweet start to the day, while also having a mix of textures and flavors from the bananas and walnuts.
5 from 31 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, Walnut
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 276kcal
Author: Jillian Morris


  • 3 bananas mashed
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter melted
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup walnuts chopped, plus some for the top


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a standard muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray and set aside. 
  • Add the mashed bananas, melted butter, and milk to a large mixing bowl. Mix to combine.
  • Beat in the egg and vanilla, and brown sugar.
  • Add in the remaining dry ingredients and fold in until just mixed. Then, fold in the walnuts.
  • Fill muffin pan cups to about 4/5 full. Top with additional walnuts, if desired.
  • Place in the pre-heated oven and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool for at least 5-10 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 296mg | Potassium: 198mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

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