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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 and a muffin split in half on a cooling rack

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 the last 20+ years. It's the perfect recipe to use when you have 2 bananas.

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If you're cooking for one or two, this small batch muffin recipe should definitely be in your recipe files. It's the perfect overripe banana recipe and will yield 5 to 6 muffins.

a close up of four banana muffins in a muffin tin

Why This Recipe Works

  • Everyone loves a good banana muffin recipe, right? Well, this easy ripe banana recipe definitely delivers. It's time tested - I've been using this recipe for years.
  • The banana recipe calls for ingredients most commonly found in our pantries.
  • With just 10 minutes of prep time and about 20 minutes of baking time, you can enjoy the best tasting muffins that are perfect for breakfast or for an afternoon snack.

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Ingredients

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

the ingredients used in banana muffins on a brown wooden cutting board.

Ingredient Notes

  • Sugar: I use granulated sugar.
  • 2 overripe bananas, vanilla, and salt: These add flavor. Remember, the riper the bananas the sweeter the bananas. The ones shown in this picture could be even riper and more speckled.
  • Butter: Use melted butter.
  • Egg: One large egg gives the banana muffins structure.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour or plain flour.
  • Baking soda: Helps the muffins rise.

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. With a hand mixer, whip the remaining banana and sugar together for 35-40 seconds; you want a light and smooth banana cream.
  2. Add the melted butter, egg, and vanilla; beat well. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated and fold in the mashed banana.
  3. Pour the batter into lightly greased or lined muffin tin.
  4. 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.
four pictures showing how to make banana muffins, from mixing the batter to pouring the batter into muffin tins.

Expert Tips

  • Extra ripe bananas are perfect to use in this banana muffins recipe - the riper the banana, the sweeter the muffins.
  • If you like banana nut muffins, feel free to add in about a quarter cup of chopped nuts.
  • Do not overmix the batter or your banana muffins will turn out dense and gummy.
Butter melting on a muffin half and dripping onto the plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Store Banana Muffins?

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

Can I Freeze Muffins?

If you would like to freeze banana 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.

What Size Muffin Tin Do You Use?

For this small batch banana muffin recipe, I use a muffin tin with a 2-inch diameter base and is 1 1/4-inches tall.
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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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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
Keywords: banana, muffin
Servings: 6 muffins
Calories: 253kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

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

How To Video

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.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Extra ripe bananas are perfect to use in this banana muffins recipe - the riper the banana, the sweeter the muffins.
  • If you like banana nut muffins, feel free to add in about a quarter cup of chopped nuts.
  • Do not overmix the batter or your muffins will turn out dense and gummy.

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

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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193 thoughts on “Easy Small Batch Banana Muffins Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    Light and delicious! I had two leftover very ripe bananas and used Rachael Ray’s muffin top pan and made 8 perfect size muffins. Such an easy recipe and will be my “go to” for banana muffins.

  2. 5 stars
    I haven’t altered anything.Did exactly as per the recipe.OK I admit,I used less butter and added veg oil instead.Turned out perrrtfect.Soft,bouncy,so flavorful…..I will always follow this recipe.Enough for me and my son.Thanks.

  3. 5 stars
    Ms Joanie, I go to the Asian markets where they sell 6-7#’s of bananas in their “get-it-out-of the store bags for $1.25…Yay! I have made these muffins quite a few times! I have made edits to the recipe: Instead of the 1/2 cup of sugar…I’ve substituted 1/8 cup of cane sugar and 1/8 cup of packed brown sugar…they are lightly sweet but oh so yummy. Also, I add only 4-TBl of unsalted melted butter and 1-TBl of EVOO…tasty! Also, I add 3/4-tsp of vanilla extract. These edits raise the umami flavor of the muffin. What I love most about these muffins is exactly what I love about banana-nut loaf…the ends! I love the all-around taste of the browned muffin with the tender, tasty cake inside! I just spray the muffin pan with spray and go! Also, I bang the pan on the counter to settle my batter. FYI, I’ve been spreading the word about “One Dish Kitchen”; it’s a winner for a retired man limiting quantities of homemade and delicious eats! Thank you!

    1. Hi Jeff, thank you so much for sharing our site with others. We appreciate it so much! I’m also so happy to know you are enjoying the muffin recipe. Thank you for your feedback and for sharing the changes you made to the recipe. Others might like to try it this way too.

  4. 5 stars
    I made this recipe many times but forget to comment 😬 I absolutely love it!! Not only are the muffins fluffy and tasteful but just making a few instead of 12 is a great way to keep portions in check!! Thank you so much!

  5. 5 stars
    I tried these and they were delicious!! I added walnuts and sprinkled a little brown sugar on top for the last 10 minutes of baking. Just fantastic. Thank you so much for sharing.

  6. 5 stars
    These are the best banana muffins I have ever had! They were a big hit in our house! I subbed light brown sugar for regular and added chocolate chips. This is going to be my new go-to banana muffin recipe!

  7. OH. MY. GOD. These are the best ever muffins!! So light and delicious, I used half the amount of sugar and my bananas were a lot more ripe. Although it made it less sweet it was still delicious a little warm with some butter. Honestly incredible!

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent Recipe!!! Made these for my elderly parents and served them warm. They both totally enjoyed them.

    By folding in the second banana at the end provided the muffins with lots of banana flavor.

    Thank you SO MUCH for posting this delicious muffin recipe. Personally, I am not much of a store bought muffin fan as they are usually too heavy and dense but the banana muffins in this recipe were light and fluffy!!!! Mmmm….

      1. 5 stars
        I am NOT a baker whatsoever! But you’d never know with these muffins! A recipe that was easy to follow with minimal ingredients. My kids and I loved these muffins and I will be making them again. Thank you!

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