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Banana Cranberry Muffins

"Any time I get together with friends and family members, they ask me to bring some of these yummy muffins," writes Gretchen Zoch. The Boiling Springs, North Carolina reader relies on cranbereies to dress up her homemade banana muffins.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    14 muffins


  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup mashed ripe banana (2 to 3 medium)
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • In a small saucepan, bring cranberries, 1 cup sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until berries begin to pop. Drain and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream shortening and remaining sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to creamed mixture alternately with bananas. Fold in cranberry mixture and walnuts.
  • Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 250 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 30mg cholesterol, 174mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Weenz
    Feb 21, 2016

    I made these muffins tonight and they are delicious. Likely the best muffins I've ever made. Tonight's batch made 17 muffins because I didn't want the 14 running over the tins. I'm making another batch tomorrow and will only make 14. My friends all need to try these! Best recipe I've found to use up bananas and the cranberry tartness is wonderful. Bravo!

  • lynnmel
    Jul 2, 2015

    Great recipe. I modified as I always find muffins to sweet. I didn't cook the cranberries just added them in as is and used 1/2 instead of 2/3 cup sugar in the batter. Also used butter instead of shortening. They were perfect.

  • manga
    Apr 15, 2015

    very good recipe. will make again

  • danan38
    Feb 5, 2014

    These muffins are excellent. I left the nuts out. Made them into mini muffins. I will take some to a women's meeting where we each bring a snack to share.

  • aerva084
    Jan 18, 2014

    Yummy! I followed the recipe exactly but left out the nuts. Flavors play well together!

  • DeliciouslyResourceful_Gina
    Dec 14, 2013

    These muffins were tasty. I omitted the nuts, and saved the cranberry syrup drained from cranberries to make cranberry lemonade!

  • roymurdock
    Nov 10, 2013

    Great recipe! Followed the recipe exactly and these are the best muffins I have ever made! Simply delicious!

  • RN*2009
    Dec 24, 2010

    Yum! Love these muffins. I only had one egg so I used that and threw in an extra banana. Also used craisins because I didn't have fresh or frozen cranberries. Still turned out amazing!

  • graciete
    Nov 8, 2010

    Great recipe! I like to make healthier adjustments so I modified it by: a) replacing the 2/3 cups of sugar with splenda; b) adding 1/4 cup of oats; c) using 1 cup whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup all purpose flour; d) replacing 1/3 cup shortening w/ 1/6 cup of butter and a little more than 1/6 cup of unsweetened apple sauce; e) take away the walnuts. I baked it for about 20 - 21 minutes.

  • vt_pure_angel
    Oct 20, 2010

    Really good! Neither the banana or cranberry dominated the recipe, they worked well together! Thank you for sharing!!