Easy Banana Muffins

Our classic banana muffin recipe bakes perfectly soft and moist muffins that are ready in less than 30 minutes! A super easy recipe that’s great for lunch boxes.

A soft and moist banana muffin on a white and gold plate.

Whether you’re after an easy lunch box recipe, a ‘grab and go’ snack to have on the run, or an afternoon snack for yourself or the kids, a batch of muffins is always popular!

Just like our ACBD muffins (apple, banana, coconut and date), apple crumble muffins, carrot cake muffins and blueberry muffins, these simple banana muffins are sure to become a family favourite in no time. 

A plate with three homemade muffins on it.

Banana Muffin Ingredients

*For ingredient quantities and the method, please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post

The ingredients needed for banana muffins are kitchen staples – making them a budget-friendly option for snacks and lunch box treats.

The ingredients for banana muffins.

Bananas – our recipe calls for 2 large bananas. One large banana weighs approximately 135g, so for this recipe you’ll want to use around 270g of mashed banana. However, this is a very forgiving recipe, so it wont matter if you use a little more or less.

Butter – I generally use an unsalted butter for this recipe (as we add a pinch of salt separately). You can however, use salted butter and omit the extra pinch of salt.

Vanilla extract – this can be bought from the baking section of any major supermarket. I generally use Queen brand, but absolutely any brand is fine to use.

Honey – you can substitute the honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup if you prefer. 

Milk – I recommend using full fat milk (not skim milk) when baking muffins as it results in a beautiful and moist texture.

Eggs – use large eggs (around 55g-60g each).

Self-raising flour – also known as self-rising flour. You can buy this from any major supermarket or make your own using plain flour. 

Caster sugar – this is a very fine sugar (also known as superfine sugar). It is perfect for muffins as it dissolves easily when baked.

Baking powder & bi-carbonate of soda – these assist the self-raising flour to help the banana muffins rise perfectly. Please note that bi-carbonate of soda is also known as baking soda and bicarb soda. 

Ground cinnamon – this gives the banana muffins the perfect hint of spice.

Pinch of salt – optional (but highly recommended if you’re using unsalted butter).

Raw sugar – also known as granulated sugar. This is completely optional. I like to sprinkle it over the top of the muffins before baking as it gives them a beautiful sweet crunch on top.

 

One Bowl Banana Muffins

This is the easiest banana muffin recipe EVER! You can make it using a microwave, stovetop or Thermomix and you only need ONE BOWL!

*For the full method, please scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Step 1 – Melt the butter and add the vanilla extract, honey, milk and eggs

Melted butter in a mixing bowl with eggs.

Step 3 – Mix through the mashed banana

Muffin mixture being whisked in a bowl.

Step 4 – Sift the dry ingredients and fold through

Self-raising flour, bi-carbonate soda, baking powder and cinnamon being sifted into a bowl.

Banana chunks in a bowl of muffin mixture.

Step 5 – Fill lined muffin tins to 3/4 full (see recipe tips below) and bake

A muffin tray with paper liners and muffin mixture.

How To Store Muffins

Banana muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months. Allow to defrost at room temperature before consuming.

A banana muffin on a white plate.

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • The riper the bananas, the better! Overripe bananas will give you super sweet banana muffins.
  • Use room temperature ingredients.
  • Fold through the dry ingredients – don’t over-mix.
  • Add rice to the bottom of the muffin tin holes (this stops the paper cases from getting greasy).
  • Sprinkle a small amount of raw sugar (granulated sugar) over the top of the muffins before baking for a beautiful sweet crunch.
  • Bake until lightly golden and the muffins spring back when lightly touched
  • Store the muffins at room temperature (not in the fridge – or they’ll dry out). 

Three golden baked muffins in paper cases.

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Our classic banana muffin recipe bakes perfectly soft and moist muffins that are ready in less than 30 minutes! A super easy recipe that's great for lunch boxes.

Easy Banana Muffins

Our classic banana muffin recipe bakes perfectly soft and moist muffins that are ready in less than 30 minutes! A super easy recipe that's great for lunch boxes.
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Course: Snacks
Cuisine: Muffins
Keyword: Banana Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 serves
Calories: 201kcal

Ingredients

  • 80 g butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 125 g (1/2 cup) milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 large bananas mashed
  • 250 g self-raising flour
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tbs raw sugar optional

Instructions

Conventional Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin liners.
  • Melt the butter in a microwave-safe bowl for 30-60 seconds or until melted. Allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the vanilla extract, honey and milk and whisk together until well combined.
  • Add the eggs one at a time and whisk between each addition.
  • Add the mashed bananas and beat for a further 20 seconds or until well combined.
  • Sift over the self-raising flour, caster sugar, baking powder, bi-carbonate soda, cinnamon and salt and fold through with a wooden spoon.
  • Divide mixture evenly between the muffin cases (filling to 2/3 full).
  • Sprinkle with the raw sugar (optional).
  • Cook for 15 minutes or until the muffins are lightly golden and spring back when touched in the middle.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Thermomix Method

  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (fan-forced).
  • Line a 12 hole muffin tray with muffin liners.
  • Place bananas into the Thermomix bowl. Mash for 10 seconds, Speed 8. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
  • Place the butter into the Thermomix bowl (don't worry about cleaning it) and melt for 1 minute, 100 degrees, Speed 2. Scrape down the sides and melt for a further 30 seconds, 100 degrees, Speed 2 (if needed). Allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the vanilla extract, honey and milk and mix together for 20 seconds, Speed 4. With the blades spinning, reduce to Speed 3 and add the eggs one at a time through the MC hole.
  • Add the mashed bananas and mix for a further 20 seconds or until well combined.
  • Add the self-raising flour, caster sugar, baking powder, bi-carb soda, cinnamon and salt and mix for 5 seconds on Speed 4 (use the spatula to help mix).
  • Divide mixture evenly between the muffin cases. Sprinkle with raw sugar (optional). Cook for 15 minutes or until they spring back when lightly touched in the middle.
  • Allow to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.

Notes

RECIPE NOTES & TIPS
Bananas – our recipe calls for 2 large bananas. One large banana weighs approximately 135g, so for this recipe you’ll want to use around 270g of mashed banana. However, this is a very forgiving recipe, so it wont matter if you use a little more or less. The riper the bananas, the better! Overripe bananas will give you super sweet banana muffins.
Butter – I generally use an unsalted butter for this recipe (as we add a pinch of salt separately). You can however, use salted butter and omit the extra pinch of salt.
Vanilla extract – this can be bought from the baking section of any major supermarket. I generally use Queens brand, but absolutely any brand is fine to use.
Honey – you can substitute the honey for maple syrup or rice malt syrup if you prefer. 
Milk – I recommend using full fat milk (not skim milk) when baking muffins as it results in a beautiful and moist texture.
Eggs – use large eggs (around 55g-60g each).
Self-raising flour – also known as self-rising flour. You can buy this from any major supermarket or make your own using plain flour. 
Caster sugar – this is a very fine sugar (also known as superfine sugar). It is perfect for muffins as it dissolves easily when baked.
Baking powder & bi-carbonate of soda – these assist the self-raising flour to help the banana muffins rise perfectly. Please note that bi-carbonate of soda is also known as baking soda and bicarb soda. 
Ground cinnamon – this gives the banana muffins the perfect hint of spice.
Pinch of salt – optional (but highly recommended if you’re using unsalted butter).
Raw sugar – also known as granulated sugar. This is completely optional. I like to sprinkle it over the top of the muffins before baking as it gives them a beautiful sweet crunch on top.
One bowl recipe - You can make our banana muffins using a microwave, stovetop or Thermomix and you only need ONE BOWL!
Ingredients - ensure your ingredients are at room temperature before preparing.
Fold through the dry ingredients – don’t over-mix.
Add rice to the bottom of the muffin tin holes - (this stops the paper cases from getting greasy).
Bake -  until lightly golden and the muffins spring back when lightly touched.
Storing muffins - Banana muffins can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days (not in the fridge – or they’ll dry out). Alternatively, they can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 201kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 116mg | Potassium: 157mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 235IU | Vitamin C: 1.7mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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5 thoughts on “Easy Banana Muffins”

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid says:

    I made banana muffins the other day – totally legit breakfast food! These look so yummy!

  2. Beck says:

    These are the lightest, fluffiest muffins ever! Demolished as an after school treat!

    1. Lucy Mathieson says:

      Yay!!! I’m so glad you liked them! xx

  3. Sandra says:

    I made these muffins yesterday they were really delicious hubby had 2 for breki will definitely make again

    1. Lucy says:

      That’s fantastic!

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