This Best Banana Muffins Recipe is packed with banana flavor and the brown sugar streusel (crumb) topping is divine. If you want to indulge a little more, don't forget to drizzle them with the vanilla icing. Read on to find my tips on how to ripen bananas quickly and also how to store and freeze the best banana muffins!
So I absolutely love bananas in baking. They tend to add the perfect sweet flavor and also moistness. And any baked banana good is usually healthy-ish so it's kind of okay to have them as breakfast. Who doesn't love dessert for breakfast? I know I do! And this Best Banana Muffins Recipe is the perfect way to start your day with.
Not that this best banana muffins recipe would be considered super healthy, but I think since there's fruit in the muffins let's just agree that these banana muffins are kinda healthy.
While this recipe is pretty simple (no creaming butter and sugar since we are using oil) I do have some tips for ensuring that you end up with the best results.
How to Quickly Ripen Bananas
We all know how important it is to use very ripe bananas in all baked banana goods / desserts. However if your family is like me and loves bananas, you usually don't end up with any super ripe bananas. But you have a hankering for this best banana muffins recipe and no ripe bananas? Worry not! I've got a few of tips to quickly ripen the bananas.
- The Microwave Oven Method:
This is the quickest method to quickly ripen bananas. Poke a banana with a fork all over the peel and then place in the microwave for 30 seconds. Check and see if the banana has softened enough. If not continue for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- The Oven Method:
Preheat your oven to 300 F and line the bananas on a baking sheet. Bake for about 40 minutes. Now the bananas will be completely black, but worry not, they'll be perfectly ripe inside and totally ready for this best banana muffins recipe. Even though this method is fairly quick, you have to use yellow bananas. You can't use green bananas because they aren't fully ripe for this method, so keep that in mind.
- The Paper Bag Method:
This is a slower method than the two methods mentioned above but you can place bananas in a paper bag and loosely close it. After 12-24 hours the bananas will be ripe enough to be used in this best banana muffins recipe!
*note these tips have been adapted from: 5 Genius Ways to Quickly Ripen Bananas.
Some Tips & Tricks
- As discussed above, the riper the bananas the better they are for making the best banana muffins. I like to use almost brown bananas for baking because they impart the most flavor. However if you don't have ripe bananas, just use one of the methods above to quickly ripen bananas.
- I like to use oil in this recipe for two reasons: oil makes these bananas super moist, and since the bananas have such a strong flavor using butter instead of oil isn't all that important because we already get maximum flavor from the bananas.
- I like to use brown sugar because the brown sugar has a deeper flavor than white sugar and also it helps add moisture. Nobody likes likes a dry muffin, after all.
- I like to use a hand whisk to mix the batter because this way there's less risk of over mixing. Now, how do you know how much mixing is just the right amount of mixing? Well just stir the batter until you can no longer see white streaks of flour. Stop stirring after that, or else you'll be at risk of over mixing.
Storing & Freezing Instructions
- These banana muffins can be stored at room temperature in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
- You can also them. After baking the banana muffins wait until they are at complete room temperature. Then wrap them with cling film, and place in ziplock bags and freeze. To thaw, place them out of the freezer at room temperature or gently microwave for a few seconds.
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Best Banana Muffins Recipe
For the Banana Muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 bananas mashed (use ripe bananas)
- 1/3 cup oil
For The Crumb (Streusel) Topping
- 2/3 cup brown sugar (packed)
- 1/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons butter (softened)
For the Vanilla Icing
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons milk
For the Banana Muffins
- Preheat oven to 375 F and prepare a 12 count cupcake pan by greasing it or line with 12 cupcake liners.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: all purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk until combined.
- In another bowl, combine the wet ingredients: egg, brown sugar, vanilla extract, mashed bananas and oil.
- Transfer the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients mix and gently mix until fully incorporated. Do not overmix.
- Using a scoop or a tablespoon transfer the banana muffins batter to the prepared cupcake pan.
For the Crumb (Streusel) Topping
- In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, all purpose flour and cinnamon. Cut in the butter.
- Crumble this streusel topping over the muffin batter.
- Bake at 375 F for 20-25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
For the Vanilla Icing
- Combine the vanilla icing ingredients and mix well. Drizzle over prepared banana muffins.