Classic Banana Muffins

July 19, 2009 by Ali


When I pay my visit to our local farmers’ market every Saturday morning, I always feel compelled to swing by the outdoor grocery nextdoor to pickup a basket of bananas. And why bananas, you might ask? Because for some fantastic reason, they sell 3 lbs. for $1. Who can pass up a bargain (and the potential for a delightful week of smoothies and muffins and whatnot) like that?

Needless to say, I still often have a surplus sitting around the house. So being that I’m single and usually fail to make it through an entire loaf of bread before it goes bad, I love turning this recipe into a batch of yummy muffins! They freeze beautifully, and are perfect for healthy snacking or a breakfast-on-the-run.

I should also point out that – being as bananas as I am for banana bread – I’ve been on a search for a fabulous recipe for years. And I’m thrilled to share that I finally found a winner! The flavor in these muffins is perfection, the ingredients are reasonably healthy, the texture is a nice balance between chewy and light, and they are of course deliciously moist. So cheers to the test cooks at Cooks Illustrated for getting it right!!


Classic Banana Muffins

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12 muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, unbleached
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 very ripe, mashed bananas (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/4 cup plain (or banana-flavored) yogrut
  • 2 large eggs
  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • (Optional: 1 cups toasted, coarsely-chopped walnuts)


Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare muffin liners or lightly grease muffin pan. (For banana bread, grease bottom only of regular loaf pan, or grease and flour bottom and sides of nonstick 9-by-5-by-3-inch loaf pan.) Set aside. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon (and optional walnuts) in large bowl; set aside.

Mix mashed bananas, yogurt, eggs, butter, and vanilla with wooden spoon in medium bowl. Lightly fold banana mixture into dry ingredients with rubber spatula until just combined and batter looks thick and chunky. Scrape batter into prepared muffin cups; bake until muffins are golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, about 15 minutes. Cool in pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Adapted from Cooks Illustrated

Ali's Tip: For some simple decor, sprinkle a pinch of raw sugar and/or cinnamon on top of each muffin. This will make them sparkle!

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About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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6 thoughts on “Classic Banana Muffins

  1. Could “flax eggs” be substituted for the eggs in this recipe?

    - Kim

  2. I have some vanilla yogurt in the fridge I would really like to use before it goes bad. Will that be an alright substitute?

    - Jordan

  3. this recipe looks fabulous, but i’m wondering if i could sub butternut squash for the banana?

    - Sophie

    • Hey Sophie!

      Mmmm, I’ve never tried these with butternut squash, but imagine the substitution might work! Let me know if you give it a try. :)


      - ali

  4. I LOVED these…think I have a project in mind for this weekend! :)

    - Ally

  5. Alison – I tried these this morning and they are yum! Jon is taking the extras into his office to prevent me from eating about eight of them on my own. Thanks for the recipe!!!

    - Mary