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Banana Berry Muffins

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min./batch


1-1/2 dozen

In Pembina, North Dakota, Alyce Wyman bakes up these moist muffins with a sweet nut topping. “The original recipe called for bran cereal with raisins,” she says. “But I was out of that cereal one day, so I used plain bran flakes and added blueberries instead of raisins. Now I always make it this way.”
Banana Berry Muffins Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 4 cups bran flakes
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pecans
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a large bowl, combine bran flakes and buttermilk; set aside.
  2. In another large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in bananas and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled).
  3. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually stir into creamed mixture just until moistened. Stir in bran mixture. Fold in blueberries. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  4. Combine the pecans, brown sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. Serve warm.
    Freeze option: Freeze cooled muffins in airtight freezer containers. To use, thaw at room temperature or, if desired, microwave each muffin on high for 20-30 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts

1 muffin: 218 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 38mg cholesterol, 249mg sodium, 37g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 3g protein.

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