Banana Muffins


These flavorful banana muffins are the perfect way to start your day or to enjoy as an afternoon snack.

Southern Living Banana Muffins one broken open with some butter to serve

Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Active Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
1 dozen

While banana bread often steals the spotlight, banana muffins are absolutely worth the attention. They’re the ideal treat to whip up for a quick breakfast or brunch, or prep a batch ahead of time to keep in the fridge to grab throughout the week.

Why These Banana Muffins Are So Perfect

These simple banana muffins are incredibly moist, with a strong banana flavor paired with buttery notes and just a touch of cinnamon. They’re delicious on their own, or you can add mix-ins like chocolate chips, pecans, or a sprinkle of oats on top. Make them when you have too many leftover ripe bananas, or patiently wait for your bananas to ripen to mix up your next batch.

A few other things to love about these banana muffins:

  • They freeze beautifully.
  • You don't need an electric mixer; melted butter makes mixing by hand easy enough.
  • You can customize with mix-ins if you want.
  • They're faster than banana bread but deliver on big banana flavor.
  • They're portable and convenient, and if you need a treat to bring to school, they're sweet and special without any sort of sticky topping or sprinkles.

Ingredients for Banana Muffins

A great thing about banana muffins is the basic ingredient list. If you're a home baker with a well-stocked pantry, odds are you have everything you need in the house right now.

  • Flour provides the structure for the muffins. We prefer all-purpose flour because it delivers big on texture while also being fluffy and light.
  • Baking soda, baking powder, and salt do the work of making the muffins rise and puff out. Salt also helps balance the other flavors.
  • Cinnamon adds a gentle note of spice to these banana muffins so they're not all one note.
  • Three medium-sized bananas provide much of the moisture and all of the banana flavor. You'll want them to be fairly ripe so they're easy to mash and mix.
  • Melted unsalted butter is easy to mix by hand. It adds flavor and richness and helps make the muffins moist.
  • Light brown sugar and granulated sugar are in here for sweetness obviously. You can split the sugars, like this recipe does, or do all of either.
  • Eggs help hold everything together and build structure in the muffins as they bake.
  • Vanilla extract is a must in all baking recipes. It helps to boost the flavors of all the other ingredients.
  • Milk is the final ingredient in these banana muffins. It helps to bring the batter together so everything bakes up beautifully.
Southern Living Banana Muffins ingredients

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How To Mash Bananas

The easiest method for mashing bananas requires you to take the bananas out of their peels, put them in a wide bowl, and use the back of a fork to gently mash until they're the consistency you want.

If you have a lot of bananas to mash, consider using a masher (the kind you use for mashed potatoes). You can also use a food processor, but be careful you don't process too mush and make the bananas gluey.

mashing bananas

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How To Make Banana Muffins

The full recipe for banana muffins is below, but here's a brief recap:

Step 1. Prepare the muffin pan by greasing 12 wells with cooking spray or placing a muffin pan liner in each well.

Step 2. Combine the dry ingredients—flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon—in one bowl. Whisk to fully incorporate.

Step 3. In a medium bowl, mix the mashed bananas, melted butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract, and milk. Stir until well combined.

Step 4. Combine the dry ingredients and the wet in one bowl. Mix just until combined.

Step 5. Pour the muffin batter into the prepared muffin tray, and bake until golden brown. Let the muffins cool before serving.

Don't Overmix

The key to keeping these bananas moist and fluffy is to not overmix the batter. Since you do not need to use a stand or hand mixer, mix the batter by hand, and stop once it's all combined.

How To Store Banana Muffins

Banana muffins store well for several days, so you don't need to eat a whole dozen in one sitting. You can make these on the weekend, pop them in the fridge, and enjoy them every morning all week.

  • In the fridge: Store the muffins in an airtight container for 5 days.
  • In the freezer: Let the muffins cool completely. Wrap each one in plastic wrap, then store them in a zip-top bag. When you're ready to defrost, leave them at room temperature for about an hour.
  • At room temperature: If left on the counter, these muffins will last up to 3 days. Just be sure to store them in a container that keeps the air out.

More Banana Recipes

If you've got loads of bananas and need ideas for using them, consider these recipes:

Editorial contributions by Kimberly Holland.


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp. baking powder

  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon

  • 3 medium-size ripe bananas

  • 4 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

  • 2/3 cup packed light brown sugar

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup milk


  1. Prepare muffin pan:

    Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tray with paper liners or grease with cooking spray.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins lining the muffin tray with paper liners

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  2. Combine dry ingredients:

    In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Set aside.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins whisking together the dry ingredients

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  3. Mash bananas:

    Mash the bananas in a large mixing bowl.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins mashing the banana in a mixing bowl

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Whisk in the melted butter and sugars.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins adding the sugars and butter to the bananas

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Add  the eggs, vanilla, and milk; whisk until smooth.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins whisking together the banana mixture with vanilla and milk

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  4. Combine wet and dry ingredients:

    Stir the flour mixture into the banana mixture until just combined.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins stirring in the flour mixture until just combined

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  5. Add batter to pan:

    Divide the batter evenly into the prepared wells.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins in the pan before baking

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

    Bake the muffins in preheated oven for 20 minutes until the tops are golden.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins in the pan after baking

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

  6. Cool and enjoy:

    Once baked, remove the muffins from the oven and allow them to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before serving.

    Southern Living Banana Muffins after baking

    Caitlin Bensel; Food Stylist: Torie Cox

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do you make banana muffins moist?

    The two biggest factors you can control with banana muffins' moisture: overmixing and overbaking. Overmixing the batter can make it drier and stiff. Overbaking will do the same. It's important to mix all the ingredients until just combined, and then pull the muffins from the oven right when they're done.

  • Can you use frozen bananas for banana muffins?

    Absolutely you can use frozen bananas in muffins. Let them thaw enough that you can mash them (and remove the peel if you didn't already), and they'll be ready to use right away.

  • Can you freeze banana muffins?

    Yes, you can freeze banana muffins, and they're a great breakfast to make ahead and freeze for later. Once baked, let the muffins cool, then wrap each one in plastic wrap. Pop the muffins into a zip-top bag, label it, and stash it in the freezer. When you want a muffin, grab it from the freezer and let it thaw on the counter, about 60 minutes. You can even microwave it for a few seconds to speed up the thawing process.

  • Can you add anything to banana muffins?

    Sure, add chocolate chips, blueberries, or nuts like pecans and walnuts. You can even make a quick streusel topping like Alton Brown suggests.

Additional reporting by
Kimberly Holland
Kimberly Holland
Kimberly Holland is a writer and editor with 15 years of experience in food, lifestyle, health, and nutrition content. She has been published in Southern Living, Real Simple, Allrecipes, EatingWell, Cooking Light, and other publications.
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