Easy Small Batch Banana Muffins Recipe

This quick and easy Banana Muffins recipe uses only 2 bananas to make a small batch of muffins. This is a perfect muffin recipe if you’re cooking for one or two people. Step by step recipe video included with the printable recipe. These tender, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert.


Four banana muffins in a muffin tin.

Banana muffins have been a favorite breakfast treat at my house for years. This small batch banana muffin recipe is a scaled down version of the muffins I’ve been making for my family for years. It’s the perfect muffin recipe to use when you have 2 bananas.

Pro Tip: Extra ripe bananas are perfect to use in this banana muffins recipe – the riper the banana, the sweeter the muffins.

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Small Batch Banana Muffins

If you’re cooking for one or two, this small batch banana muffin recipe should definitely be in your recipe files. It’s the perfect way to use up extra ripe bananas.

This easy banana muffin recipe will give you five or six extra moist, tender and simply perfect banana bread muffins.

a close up of a banana muffin in a muffin tin

If you like banana nut muffins, feel free to add in about a quarter cup of chopped nuts.

Banana muffins make an easy grab-and-go breakfast when you’re rushing out the door. If you have the time and want to linger, they’re lovely with a cup of coffee or tea – especially when they’re hot from the oven slathered with butter.

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butter melting on a muffin and dripping onto the plate.

Ingredients In Banana Muffins

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • sugar
  • 2 overripe bananas 
  • butter 
  • egg
  • vanilla extract
  • all purpose flour 
  • baking soda
  • salt

How To Make Banana Muffins

  1. Mash one of the bananas with a fork on a small plate so it still has a bit of texture. Set the plate aside, you will use this banana later.
  2. With a hand mixer, whip the remaining banana and sugar together for 35-40 seconds; you want a light and smooth banana cream.
  3. Add the melted butter, egg, and vanilla; beat well. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
  4. Pour the batter into lightly greased or lined muffin tin.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until the tip of a sharp knife or a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean.

How To Store Banana Muffins

Cover the muffins well with plastic wrap or foil to prevent them from drying out. When properly stored, they should last 1 to 2 days at room temperature.

If you would like to freeze the muffins, wrap them individually in plastic wrap and place them in a ziptop bag and place in the freezer. They will last for up to 2 months.

Variations

  • Banana Nut Muffins: Add 1/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter.
  • Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins: Add 1/4 cup chocolate chips to the batter.

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Recipe

Small Batch Banana Muffins | One Dish Kitchen

Easy Small Batch Banana Muffins Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Cool: 5 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: bread
Keyword: banana, muffin
Servings: 6 muffins
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
  • 2 overripe bananas , divided
  • 6 tablespoons butter , melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour (148 grams)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

How To Video

How To Make a Small Batch of Banana Muffins
Watch this video on YouTube.

Instructions

  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C).
  • Spray or lightly butter muffin tin.
  • In a large bowl, whip the sugar and one of the bananas together until well blended.
  • Add the cooled melted butter, the egg, and the vanilla and beat well.
  • Mix in the flour, baking soda, and salt just until incorporated.
  • Peel and mash the remaining banana with a fork on a small plate. Fold into the batter.
  • Scoop the batter into the muffin tins and fill them 3/4 of the way. 
  • Bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 391mg | Potassium: 33mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.1mg
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Small Batch Banana Muffins, the perfect amount if you’re cooking for one or two. These tender, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert. MAKES 5-6 BANANA MUFFINS | One Dish Kitchen.
Small Batch Banana Muffins, the perfect amount if you’re cooking for one or two. These tender, sweet muffins are perfect for breakfast, snacking or dessert. MAKES 5-6 BANANA MUFFINS | One Dish Kitchen.

94 thoughts on “Easy Small Batch Banana Muffins Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Will be my go to from now on. I was thinking of adding golden raisins next time in addition to the walnuts. what do you think about that idea?

  2. 5 stars
    I was beginning to get depressed about the 2 brown bananas on my counter, but then I remembered I had some pecans left over from Passover! That inspired me to look to make sure I had all the other ingredients for banana nut bread. I was thrilled when I found this recipe! It is wonderful! I think next time I’ll plan to make it but add chocolate chips instead of nuts. Thanks for sharing your recipe!! My family definitely enjoyed it!

  3. 5 stars
    This made 9 muffins for me. I used 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar and 1/4 cup of white sugar. Turned out amazing. 😍

  4. 5 stars
    I had these two tiny, sad, really brown bananas. Not enough to make banana bread, I thought. Then I Googled “recipes 2 bananas” and this was the first result, and man! I did not see a redemption story in the cards for those two bananas, but they were wholly redeemed by this great recipe. They had some help from the handful of chocolate chips I threw in, but still … this recipe is a winner and I will keep it on hand.

    1. 5 stars
      I only had one big banana that was ripe but not overripe- tried the recipe anyway. My kids loved it!

  5. 5 stars
    So glad I Googled recipes with 2 bananas! Found your recipe, subbed in GFJules all purpose gluten free flour (best EVER!) and they are fabulous! Fluffy, moist, full of flavor. Stirred together quick & easy. Thanks for this recipe I’ll use again & again.

  6. 5 stars
    These were really delicious! The texture turned out perfectly. I added a big scoop of peanut butter and probably a 1/4 of milk.

    1. 5 stars
      I went right by the recipe and sprinkled a little bit of brown sugar on top before cooking. These were so delicious. The whole family loved them.

  7. I just made this recipe today. Instead of making the muffins I made 2 small loafs. They were so moist and yummy! Best banana bread I ever made. I will use this recipe everytime I make it. Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      Googled “small batch banana muffins” and this was the first site. I actually only had one really ripe banana but I went ahead and gave it a shot. So one overripe banana and one yellow banana. Mixed the overripe banana with the sugar and smashed the other one with the fork to fold in. It turned out SO yummy! This will be the recipe I use from now on. Also I did it in my loaf pan!! Perfection!

  8. 5 stars
    I made your recipe this afternoon and let me tell you, they are delicious! Just the right amount too, I actually used a Wilton 12 muffin pan and I got 7 full size muffins! Thank you for such a great recipe and a small batch, love it!

      1. 5 stars
        Just made these and they were lovely, thank you so much! A question though, is there anything else you can use instead of bananas? Thank you 🙂

        1. 3 stars
          These didnt work at all but I thawed my bananas from frozen and I think they had too much moisture. Will try again another time

  9. Just found this recipe and tried it. I actually googled “what can you make with 2 ripe bananas” and this is what I got. I made it and was pleasantly surprised. Mine did not rise quite like these did but that’s okay they were delicious and this was the first time I’ve attempted to make anything with banana. Delicious!! Thank you. I will be looking at other recipes because it is just the hubs and I. Thank you!!!

  10. Virginia Jensen

    Hi Joanie,

    Thank you so much for these recipes. Since it is just my husband and I there was so much food waste. We like different things so cooking was a bit challenging. Now with these recipes I can easily make smaller portions and enjoy what I like without wasting so much food.

    Virginia

    1. Hi Virginia,

      I’m so happy you and your husband are enjoying the recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      Joanie

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