This banana muffin recipe goes out to Cassie McBride and her sweet family.  Cassie and I were talking the other day about the Fresh Blueberry Muffins recipe and she asked if I had one with banana and nuts.  Her sweet kids totally gobbled up the blueberry muffins and she needed more fuel.  This is an oldie but goodie.  I, honestly, can't tell you why I haven't posted this recipe before today.  It's been living in my cookbook binder for some 14 years.

The texture of these banana muffins is lighter than a dense muffin, denser than a cupcake.  It can easily be served up for breakfast, a tea party, an afternoon snack or a light, sweet dessert.  You can add 2/3 cups of finely chopped pecans, if you like.  And even a 1/3 cup coconut flakes.  I left them out this time, because my daughter is so picky.  She drives me crazy.  If I hadn't witnessed her come out of my body, I'd swear they gave me the wrong kid at the hospital.  ANYHOO.
This recipe takes messing up a couple of bowls and a muffin pan, but it easily comes together without ever dragging out the heavy mixer.  So, grab your best whisk and rubber spatula and let's get cooking.


Makes 15 yummy muffins.

  • 2 1/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 small ripe bananas, mashed (1 to 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 3 eggs

HEAT OVEN TO 350ºF. Grease muffin pan with oil.

Sift all the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.

Whisk all the wet ingredients in a medium bowl.  Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture.  Fold together with a rubber spatula until all the dry ingredients are absorbed.  Try not to over mix the batter.  Using a 2-inch scooper, scoop out enough batter to fill each muffin cup 2/3 full.

Bake 17 to 20 minutes, until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.  The tops should be light golden with darker golden edges.


Have you seen my moment of genius about greasing muffin pans? Watch this video.