Banana Nut Muffins

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Banana nut muffin recipe with ripe bananas, nuts, sugar, egg, flour. If time and waistline permitted, I could wake up every morning to these banana nut muffins!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

If time and waistline permitted, I could wake up every morning to the smell of fresh muffins baking in the oven, especially these banana nut muffins!

This quick and easy muffin recipe is based on our favorite banana bread, with the addition of a cup of chopped nuts and a dash of coffee.

Why the coffee? The tip I learned from the guru of all things dessert—David Lebovitz—is that tropical ingredients like bananas, coffee, chocolate go well together. The dash of coffee brightens up the banana flavors in the muffin.

If you would like to go full on tropical, swap out the nuts for chocolate chips!

Video! How to Make Banana Nut Muffins

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: Makes 12 muffins

No need for a mixer with this recipe.

Don't want the nuts? Feel free to leave out or swap with chocolate chips.

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 ripe bananas, thoroughly mashed (about 1 1/4 cup mashed)
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp strong brewed coffee or espresso, or a pinch of instant coffee granules mixed with a Tbsp of water (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (toasted or raw)

Method

1 Preheat oven, prepare muffin pan: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a muffin pan with paper liners.

2 Combine wet ingredients and sugar: Thoroughly mash the bananas in a large bowl. Stir the melted butter into the bananas. Mix in the sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla extract.

3 Combine dry ingredients: Whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.

4 Add dry ingredients into wet, add nuts: Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, a third at a time, stirring until it is just incorporated. (Do not over-mix! Over-mixing will result in dense, tough muffins.)

Fold in the chopped walnuts or pecans.

5 Fill muffin cups, and bake: Lightly spoon the mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes.

Check for doneness by pressing down on the top of the muffin. If it bounces back, it's done. You can also test by inserting a skewer or other tester into the center of a muffin. If it comes out clean, it's done.

Cool on a rack.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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325 Comments / Reviews

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  1. Sherry

    These came out perfect.The spoon of coffee made them not too sweet but just right

  2. Laura

    Excellent recipe! Used 1/2 c mini choc chips & 1/2 c chopped walnuts, and added 1/2 c unsweetened applesauce since the bananas were rather small. Beautiful muffins, great texture throughout, perfectly baked with 20 min in our countertop oven.

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  3. Jacie

    I’ve made a lot of banana nut muffin over the years, this recipe ranks as one of the top! Just the right combination of nuts and banana, not too heavy (don’t over mix, like noted). It had one of the best “top of the muffin” I’ve had in a long time! I think the coffee added took it to a new level (compared to a typical banana nut recipe). I didn’t change a thing, so stick to the directions and you will Not be disappointed! I’m so happy I chose this one to make, it’s now earned a place in my recipe box!! Thank you for posting!!

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  4. Jen

    these were just perfect!!!!

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  5. Robyn

    very delicious and moist. I was a little nervous about adding the coffee, but am so glad I did!

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