My Favorite Banana Nut Muffins

These modest muffins aren’t winning any beauty contests, but boy, are they ever delicious! This is the one of the best banana nut muffin recipes I’ve ever tried. In fact, I’ve been making these almost weekly for the past six months. It takes many batches of baking for me to bestow the word favorite on a recipe, but this one has earned the title. They make an excellent breakfast with salted butter and coffee, and often one of these muffins will sustain me for most of the day.

This recipe makes six big muffins (this size) but I always, always double the recipe to make twelve. They’ve become quite popular with friends and family, and they always seem eager to enjoy one straight from the oven.

My best tip? I recommend using bananas that are at least as brown as the one in the picture above, for best results. Often my muffin-making bananas are completely brown.

I have one variation on this recipe using tahini, which I’ll explain in the recipe. The original version is my favorite, but tahini is so delicious with the flavor of banana. Tahini lovers will want to try this option.

This is such an easy, unfussy recipe. And so satisfying! I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

Banana Nut Muffins

Heather Baird
This recipe makes six big muffins but I always, always double the recipe to make twelve. Use over ripe bananas for the best flavor.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6


  • Jumbo muffin tin


  • 1/2 cup 114g unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup 200g granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 3 medium ripe bananas mashed, a little more than 1 cup
  • 1 1/2 cups 223g all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup 125g walnut halves and pieces


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a jumbo muffin tin with paper liners (tin cavities should be about 3.5 x 2.5 x 3 inches each).
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the butter and sugar. Mix on medium speed until well-incorporated. Add the eggs and mashed bananas. Mix again until combined.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture. Mix briefly until just combined, add the vanilla. Mix again briefly. Use a rubber spatula to scrape down the bowl and mix in any pockets of dry ingredients that may remain. Fold in the walnuts.
  • Divide the batter evenly between the six muffin cups. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick tester inserted in the centers of the muffins comes out clean, or with a few moist crumbs attached.
  • Transfer to wire racks and let cool slightly. Serve warm with salted butter.


Loaf option: Pour batter into a greased and floured loaf pan, approximately 8×4-inches. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
Tahini option: Make batter and remove half to a bowl. Add 1 cup of tahini and 1 egg to the bowl. Mix well. Add tahini batter to remaining banana batter and swirl together lightly (do not thoroughly mix; just marble together 2-3 times). Proceed with adding nuts and baking.
Keyword jumbo muffins, quick bread, walnut halves
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5 years ago

I would like to know what’s in the bowl that is beside the muffin?

Heather Baird
Heather Baird
5 years ago
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Hi! If it's the bottom picture you're speaking of, that's tahini which is sesame paste. There's a Tahini variation in the recipe text.

Bronya Seifert
Bronya Seifert
5 years ago

Muffins straight from the oven….can’t beat it!

the impossible quiz
the impossible quiz
5 years ago

wow, the cake looks delicious and very attractive, thank you for sharing

Mrs. Currie
Mrs. Currie
5 years ago

These are terrific muffins. I have found that using toasted pecans works really well too!

5 years ago

Delicious! I made it with tahini. This sesamy hint was surprising but so good!

2 years ago

5 stars
I made these as mini bundts like Heather suggested in her friendsgiving mini bundt bar post. I used Cup4Cup gluten free flour and baked at 350 for 21 minutes. It made about 7 mini bundts and was sheer perfection! Also to those that struggle with food sticking to their bundt pan, I use Ever Bake vegetable release spray and everything slides out without any issue. I couldn’t find a spray with gluten free flour and found this recommendation during my research. Hope this helps others!