Basic Banana Muffins Recipe
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Basic Banana Muffins Recipe

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These muffins go over well with kids. Not only are the treats loaded with bananas, but they’re ready, start to finish, in just half an hour! —Lorna Greene, Harrington, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 209 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 209mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In another bowl, mash the bananas. Add egg, oil and vanilla; mix well. Stir into the dry ingredients just until moistened. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups half full.
  2. Bake at 375° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Yield: 1 dozen.
Originally published as Basic Banana Muffins in Taste of Home December/January 1998, p14

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Piiches User ID: 9168406 265978
Reviewed May. 15, 2017

"This is a really great recipe especially for beginners. The ingredients are really simple and the directions are easy to follow. They came out great. 1 c of sugar made it super sweet so I'll put in less next time.

*I didn't have baking soda at the time so I used 3 tsp. of baking powder as others suggested"

dollargirl User ID: 939213 265409
Reviewed May. 1, 2017

"Great recipe! Half cup sugar is good and plenty, especially if the bananas are ripe and sweet. I substituted a quarter cup of oats for some of the flour."

mrsbragan User ID: 7503735 265145
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

"Love this recipe. Great way to use up over ripe bananas that no one will eat!"

Jeanette User ID: 9092767 261853
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2017

"I have just made these and they were perfect in every way! Trying to cut down on sugar so I only put in half a cup. Instead of 3 bananas, I put in 2 and added a small box of sultanas and a pear diced into small pieces then sprinkled some sunflower seeds on the top. They were beautiful and definitely sweet enough.....even for me!! Thanks so much for sharing :)"

ancila63 User ID: 8266030 254583
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2016

"Perfect recipe. The first time I added 1 cup dried cranberries because I love cranberries. Second time I added cranberries and chopped walnuts. The muffins came out perfect. Finally, I found a really, really moist muffin recipe. Love the texture."

angela32 User ID: 3084463 252445
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"Seriously good and easy! I did this all in one bowl and they came out perfect. Now I wish I had doubled the recipe!"

s_pants User ID: 174050 247142
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2016

"The whole family loved these muffins! I added a few mini chocolate chips to them all and then added chopped walnuts to half. Baked them in mini muffin tins for about 13 minutes."

Kristinkatjoyce User ID: 4061751 247093
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2016

"Fantastic and simple recipe! Loved it! I added a few tablespoons of jam I needed to use up from the fridge, and I loved the added depth of flavor."

dirteejeep User ID: 8810181 245677
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2016

"I love this recipe. I squish my bananas in a big zip lock bag and then I add the rest of the ingredients (liquids first) to the same bag, squish it up real good and then just snip the bag corner to easily fill my muffin tins. Sooo easy!"

dlindenf User ID: 4192917 245190
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2016

"Excellent muffins! Definitely a keeper!"

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