Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana muffins studded with walnuts and topped with a layer of crunchy sugar for a satisfying breakfast, quick snack, or delicious dessert!

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Banana Walnut Muffins

Wednesday October 26, 2022

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Baking Powder Baking Soda Banana Butter Cinnamon Eggs Flour Salt Sour Cream Sugar Turbinado Sugar Vanilla Walnuts

Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana muffins studded with walnuts and topped with a layer of crunchy sugar for a satisfying breakfast, quick snack, or delicious dessert!

Wednesday October 26, 2022

(0 stars from 0 ratings)

Baking Powder Baking Soda Banana Butter Cinnamon Eggs Flour Salt Sour Cream Sugar Turbinado Sugar Vanilla Walnuts

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Everyone has a banana muffin recipe. Mine is from my husband's great aunt; she is always baking something and I was lucky enough to get the recipe after the whole family had helped themselves to these delicious muffins at her house! This recipe is my go to for moist and delicious fail-proof banana muffins time and time again. If you're anything like me, you have a freezer full of bananas just waiting to be made into these muffins!

banana walnut muffin on a plate with a bite taken out

What are the ingredients in banana nut muffins?

This recipe needs only basic ingredients:

  • flour - for structure
  • butter - to add moisture and flavor
  • sugar - for sweetness
  • bananas - obviously
  • cinnamon, salt, vanilla - all used as flavor enhancers
  • eggs - help bind the ingredients together
  • baking powder and baking soda - to help the muffins rise into perfect domes
  • sour cream - adds moisture and makes a more tender muffin
  • walnuts - I love the combination of banana and walnut, but feel free to use pecans, or substitute chocolate chips
  • coarse sugar - sprinkle on top before baking for a bakery-style banana muffin
ingredients for banana walnut muffins

How to make banana walnut muffins?

These muffins are as easy as mixing the ingredients in a bowl:

step one: mash bananas to desired consistency, I usually leave some lumps

step two: stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt

step three: beat the butter and sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla and beat again

step four: stir in the mashed banana, sour cream and vanilla

mashed banana in a bowl
dry ingredients in a bowl with a whisk
butter mixture in a bowl
banana mixture in a bowl

step five: add the flour mixture to the banana mixture, then fold in the nuts

step six: divide the batter into 12 muffin tins, top with coarse sugar, and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean

muffin batter in a bowl
baked muffins in a tin

Tips and tricks for the best banana walnut muffins:

  • use the ripe, brown spotty bananas that no one wants to eat, they have more sweetness and banana flavor when baked than under ripe ones
  • you can use frozen bananas, just make sure they're thawed before using in the recipe, soak in hot water with the skin on for about 15 minutes to thaw quickly
  • muffin liners make clean up so much easier, but aren't required - if you choose not to use them grease your muffin liner really well with cooking spray or butter
  • do not over-mix your batter just fold the flour in until moistened
  • try to portion and bake your muffins as soon as possible after preparing the batter, this results in a more fluffy muffin
  • make sure the muffins are equal in size so that they all bake for the same amount of time
two muffins on a plate

Storage instructions for banana walnut muffins:

These muffins are best if enjoyed within 3 days of baking. They can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 3 days, or in the fridge for 4-5. You can also freeze them in a freezer safe ziploc or container for up to 3 months. I reheat in the microwave from frozen!


Banana Walnut Muffins

Banana Walnut Muffins
By: Natalie Kollee
Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes
Total Time: 35 Minutes
Cuisine: American

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 medium bananas
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 tablespoons coarse sugar

Directions

1

Prepare the oven and pan

Preheat oven to 425 F, line a 12-count muffin tin with paper liners; set aside

dry ingredients in a bowl

2

Whisk the dry

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

wet ingredients in a bowl

3

Mix the wet ingredients

In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, then beat in the eggs and vanilla until smooth. Finally, stir in the mashed bananas, sour cream, and vanilla extract

dry ingredients getting mixed into wet

4

Add the dry to the wet

Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture in 2-3 smaller additions, mixing well after each, gently fold in the chopped walnuts

cooked muffins on a rack

5

Bake the muffins

Divide the batter among the 12 muffin cups, and sprinkle each with a pinch of coarse sugar. Bake in preheated oven for 5 minutes, then turn the oven down and bake an additional 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in muffin tin for 5 minutes, then cool completely on a wire rack

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