Banana Bread Muffins

Banana Bread MuffinsBanana bread muffins are super-hero among foods.  Let me explain.

When my children were teenagers, they left home early for school.  They were out the door by 5:45 a.m.  This made breakfast difficult, especially because they usually didn’t allow enough time to sit down and eat. Sometimes they weren’t even hungry at that hour.  However, I couldn’t send them out the door to face a long day without sustenance.  So I began preparing “to-go” foods.  Banana bread muffins to the rescue!  I would bake a batch, and freeze them.  Then my kids could grab a couple as they were heading out, and by the time they were hungry, the muffins would be thawed.  

Also, have you ever noticed how bananas can go from being too green to too brown in about 7 seconds?  bananas for banana breadI’ve had to throw out a lot of bananas that got too ripe.  However, extra ripe bananas are perfect for banana bread.  In fact, I wouldn’t even use the green ones because they don’t have enough flavor.  I’d let them sit for 7 seconds, until they turn brown. 🙂 Banana Bread MuffinsAnyway, banana bread muffins are a quick, easy, semi-nutritious breakfast, but they’re also a wonderful snack.  You can make them with or without the nuts, and if you need some chocolate in your life, stir in 1 cup of mini chocolate chips.

Easy Step-By-Step Instructions for Banana Bread Muffins

Paper liners for Banana Bread Muffins

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F, and grease or line muffin tins.I got these super cute papers right here.  or Here’s another cute option.  

dry ingredients for banana bread

Combine and whisk the following:
2 cups flour
½ tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

If you need mixing bowls, these are my favorite.

baking banana bread

Cream together
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar

2 eggs
Beat until well creamed.

preparing bananas for banana bread

You’re going to need 1 cup of mashed banana, and a 7.5 inch banana is ½ cup. So peel 2 of them, making sure to remove all the long fibers.

Mashing bananas for Banana Bread Muffins

Mash them with a fork.

baking banana bread

Add the following to the egg mixture:
1 cup mashed bananas
¼ cup milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

baking banana bread

Mix well, and don’t worry. It’s supposed to look like this.

preparing batter for banana bread

If you’re using nuts, add
1 cup chopped walnuts
Stir into wet ingredients This would also be the time to add
1 cup mini chocolate chips (if desired).

preparing batter for banana bread

Add the dry ingredients, and stir just long enough to combine. Don’t beat. The baking powder will begin acting to make the bread rise.

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Scoop into prepared tins, filling about 2/3 full.

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Bake at 375 degrees for 18-20 minutes.

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Cool in tin for 5 minutes, and then …

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… remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

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When they’re completely cool, transfer them to a zippered freezer bag, and they can be frozen for up to 3 months.

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Enjoy them now.

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Banana Bread Muffins
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 cup mashed bananas (a 7.5 inch banana is ½ cup)
  5. ¼ cup milk
  6. 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  7. 2 cups flour
  8. ½ tablespoon baking powder
  9. ½ teaspoon baking soda
  10. ¼ teaspoon salt
  11. 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Grease muffin tins, or line with paper
  3. Cream butter and sugar.
  4. Add eggs and beat well.
  5. Add banana, milk, and lemon juice, and beat to combine.
  6. Add nuts, if desired, and incorporated.
  7. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to wet ingredients, stirring as little as possible.
  8. Immediately pour batter into prepared tins, and bake for 18-20 minutes at 375 degrees F. Watch carefully!
  9. Cool in tins for 5 minutes, then remove to rack and cool completely.
  1. To make Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins, add
  2. 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  3. Add them to the batter at the same time as the nuts.
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 Here are the links for some of the tools used in this post.  Happy baking!