Banana Bread Muffins

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Banana bread muffins are moist, fluffy and filled with big banana flavor. Brown sugar, bananas, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon pack these muffins with flaovr. Then adding sour cream makes them perfectly tender. It’s an easy, no mixer recipe that makes perfect banana muffins every time.Close up shot of a moist, tender banana bread muffin with chopped walnuts.

Do you love banana bread? If yes (who doesn’t????) – then these banana bread muffins are definitely for you. They’re oh so moist and packed with flavor thanks to the bananas, brown sugar, cinnamon and vanilla.

The idea to make these banana bread muffins came last week. I had sooooo many brown bananas (aka – about 3 bunches), so clearly I had my baking work cut out for me. However, the idea of sitting around at home for an hour waiting for banana bread to finish baking was definitely a no go. These muffins have all the flavor of banana bread – but take way less time to bake. 

How to Make Moist Banana Bread Muffins

Making banana bread muffins is really simple. To make the muffin batter:

  1. First whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt & cinnamon. I found using a combo of baking soda and baking powder made the muffins rise perfectly. Then the cinnamon really adds flavor.
  2. Whisk together the melted butter, sugars, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream. Then whisk in the mashed bananas. We’re using 1/2 cup packed brown sugar in addition to 1/2 cup white sugar to add more flavor to the muffins. Then the bananas, 2 eggs and sour cream make these muffins moist, tender and fluffy.
  3. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the banana mixture.
  4. When it’s almost incorporated, stir in 1/2 cup chopped walnuts. Optional – but recommended.



Step by step photos showing how to make banana bread muffins.

Baking the Muffins

For extra tall muffins, make sure to fill your muffin liners to the very top. Then we bake them for 5 minutes at 400F degrees followed by about 10 minutes at 375F which makes them rise nicely and have golden edges. *You don’t need to remove your muffins from the oven in between – just let them continue to happily bake.*

A tray of moist banana bread muffins fresh from the oven makes for the perfect breakfast.

These banana bread muffins are perfect for breakfast, coffee time, or a mid-afternoon snack. And if you’re still on the fence – here’s the recap:

  • Big on flavor thanks to bananas, brown sugar, cinnamon & vanilla
  • Extra moist
  • Perfectly tender and soft
  • Sky-high muffin tops
  • From start to finish, ready in under 30 minutes

A warm banana muffin slathered with butter makes for a delicious breakfast.

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Banana bread muffins are moist, fluffy and filled with big banana flavor. It's an easy, no mixer recipe that makes perfect banana muffins every time.
4.95 from 59 votes

Banana Bread Muffins

Banana bread muffins are moist, fluffy and filled with big banana flavor. It's an easy, no mixer recipe that makes perfect banana muffins every time.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
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  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar*, packed
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 medium large brown bananas*, mashed
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  • Preheat the oven to 400F degrees and line a muffin pan with papers.
  • In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the sugars, melted butter, eggs, vanilla extract and sour cream.
  • Stir in the mashed bananas.
  • Gently fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, followed by the chopped walnuts. 
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin tin. 
  • Bake for 5 minutes at 400F degrees. Without removing the pan from the oven, turn the oven down to 375F and continue baking for 10-12 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 


For less sweet muffins, use 1/2 cup white sugar and 1/4 cup brown sugar.
3 large bananas should be about 1 1/2 cups mashed. 
Muffins are best enjoyed the same day that they're baked. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. 


Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 37g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 241mg, Potassium: 196mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 17g, Vitamin A: 335IU, Vitamin C: 2.6mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 1.4mg
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  1. I made these and they turned out great, I sprinkled a little raw sugar on the tops before baking. Thanks for sharing, will make these again!

      1. 5 stars
        This was delicious! I’m about to make some more this weekend! 🥰 I doubled the recipe and took them to church, they were gone in minutes!!

    1. Yes, just make sure that they’re fully cooled before freezing and freeze in a freezer bag or airtight freezer safe container

  2. 5 stars
    These were perfect! I subbed plain Greek yogurt for the sour cream and they turned out really good. So fluffy and yummy. I needed to bake them for a couple minutes longer. This is going to be my go to recipe for these. Forget banana bread. These taste better and cook faster.

  3. 5 stars
    Great recipe! I’m so happy you have it for metric because I think recipes turn out better this way. I used Fage 0% Greek yogurt in place of the sour cream. The 1st I used only 1/4 of cup of yogurt and the 2nd time I used the whole container of Fage. These are very moist and yummy!

  4. 5 stars
    I just wanted to say that these are absolutely delicious! Doubled and followed the recipe to a T- they turned out nice and fluffy with a beautiful muffin top. Thank you so much!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow- delicious!!! These are so dang tasty. Made 18 muffins. Telling hubby to hide so I don’t eat it all. Thank you for a fantastic and easy recipe!

    1. I wouldn’t use honey because it will add liquid to the batter. If you have time, you can place a piece of bread in the brown sugar bag overnight which will soften the brown sugar.