Extra Moist Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

Banana muffins, like banana bread, could be a poster child recipe for the zero waste food movement. Not only can they be made with fruit that's past its prime, but, as recipe developer Erin Johnson tells us, "The browner your bananas, the better these muffins will be." That way, you can indulge your love of this budget-friendly fruit with no fear that you won't be able to get through the whole bunch before the bananas go bad. Once they get soft and speckled, it's a great excuse to make up a batch of muffins! While there is such a thing as a banana that's too ripe for baking, it takes about 2 months to reach the stage where it's black and rotten.

Besides overripe bananas, Johnson says these muffins contain another special ingredient, a secret one, in fact: Greek yogurt, something that "makes the muffins incredibly moist and flavorful." She also informs us that you can swap out the nuts if you should happen to prefer pecans or some other type, but tells us, "I prefer the classic walnut version" of the muffins.

Assemble the ingredients for the banana nut muffins

In addition to bananas, yogurt, and walnuts, what else do you need to make these muffins? Well, you'll need sugar, an egg, oil, vanilla, and vinegar (the plan white distilled kind) for the batter, along with flour, baking soda, and salt. You will also need some brown sugar and butter for the nutty topping.

Make the banana batter

Before you start making the muffin batter, preheat the oven to 350 F. Peel and mash the bananas (you can do the mashing with a fork), then, once they are creamy, add the sugar, then stir in the yogurt, eggs, oil, and vinegar. Mix the flour with the baking soda, salt, and ¾ cup of the walnuts, then stir the dry ingredients and nuts into the banana mixture.

One interesting note about this muffin batter: Johnson tells us, "I like to use this same recipe for other muffins," explaining that all you need to do is "sub in blueberries or chocolate chips for bananas and walnuts."

Top the muffins with walnuts

Line a 12-cup standard-sized muffin pan with paper cups, then add a squirt of cooking spray for good measure. Fill the cups about ¾ of the way, which should use up all of the batter.

At this point, take the remaining nuts and mix them with the butter and brown sugar. Sprinkle the sugary nuts over the unbaked muffins.

Bake the muffins

Bake the muffins for 30 to 35 minutes. When they are done, they will be golden brown in color, and they should also pass the famous toothpick test — push one of these wooden skewers into the middle of a muffin and check to make sure it comes out free of still-wet batter.

Johnson says these muffins will last for about 3 days in an airtight container, but adds that they "freeze well." She does note, though, that you'll need to thaw out the frozen muffins overnight (or all day) before you eat them.

Extra Moist Banana Nut Muffins Recipe
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Learn how to make this banana nut muffin recipe that uses Greek yogurt in the batter to make the treat deliciously moist and full of flavor.
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banana nut muffin on plate
Total time: 45 minutes
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • ⅓ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts, divided
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Mash the bananas until creamy, then mix them with the sugar.
  3. Stir the yogurt, egg, oil, vanilla, and vinegar into the bananas until well-combined.
  4. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and ¾ cup walnuts.
  5. Stir the flour mixture into the bananas until just combined.
  6. Line a muffin pan and grease with cooking spray.
  7. Fill the muffin cups ¾ full.
  8. Mix the remaining walnuts with the brown sugar and butter.
  9. Sprinkle the walnuts over the muffins.
  10. Bake the muffins at 350 F for 30 to 35 minutes or until they are golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the centers comes out clean.
Calories per Serving 304
Total Fat 20.4 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Trans Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 23.4 mg
Total Carbohydrates 27.8 g
Dietary Fiber 2.4 g
Total Sugars 12.6 g
Sodium 133.3 mg
Protein 5.6 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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