Banana Nut Muffins

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These banana nut muffins are soft and moist! They are great to serve for a quick breakfast or a midday snack!

Banana nut muffins served with raspberries and yogurt

Finely chopped nuts are a great way to introduce more textures into your little one’s palate. These banana nut muffins have a nice slight sweetness and are packed with healthy fats!

What You’ll Need

Here is what you’ll need to make these banana nut muffins:

Ingredients to make banana nut muffins. See recipe card for detailed ingredient quantities.
  • Rolled Oats: I love baking with rolled oats as they are packed with nutrition! Gluten-free rolled oats make these muffins gluten-free.
  • Baking Powder: Leavening agent to help these muffins rise.
  • Cinnamon: Provides an extra warm spice.
  • Vanilla: To enhance the natural sweetness of these muffins.
  • Milk: I used whole milk in this recipe, but dairy-free alternatives work as well.
  • Egg: Used as a binder to hold the muffins together.
  • Bananas: The main source of sweetness for these muffins. Try to use bananas that are very ripe with several brown spots. The riper the bananas, the sweeter the muffins!
  • Finely Chopped Nuts: Optional ingredient for added texture.

Step By Step Instructions

  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl until smooth.
  2. Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg and whisk until combined.
  3. Blend the oats into a flour and add them to a bowl.
  4. Add the baking powder, and cinnamon to the bowl with the ground oats and mix until combined.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  6. Fold in the finely chopped nuts.
  7. Pour the mixture into a mini muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Steps to make banana nut muffins. Specifics provided in recipe card.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Eggs: You may replace the egg with a flax egg. To make a flax egg, combine 3 tablespoons of water with 1 tablespoon of ground flaxseed. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for about 15 minutes until it forms a gel-like texture.
  • Milk: You may replace the milk with a dairy-free alternative like coconut milk or oat milk.
  • Nuts: I usually finely chopped pecans or almonds in this recipe, but you may use any type of nuts. You may also omit the nuts to make plain banana muffins!
Banana nut muffins fresh out of the oven in a silicone muffin pan

Storage Instructions

Let the muffins completely cool and store them in an airtight container for up to 2 days at room temperature or up to 5 days in the fridge. To freeze, store in a freezer-safe Ziploc bag once cooled for up to 3 months. To reheat, simply microwave the muffins for 20-30 seconds, or until warmed through!

Banana nut muffins stacked on top of each other

Recipe Notes

  • This recipe makes 20 mini muffins. You may make regular-sized muffins by adding a few more minutes to the total bake time. You may also bake in a loaf pan to make banana bread.
  • Be sure to use very ripe bananas with brown spots. The bananas provide the main sweetness in these muffins, so the ripper, the better.
  • These muffins are not that sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter muffin, add 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • I like to use a silicone muffin pan to bake these muffins as they pop out easily without any sticking. If using a regular mini muffin pan, be sure to coat with a cooking spray beforehand. 

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Banana nut muffins served with raspberries and yogurt
5 from 9 votes

Banana Nut Muffins

These banana nut muffins are soft and moist! They are great to serve for a quick breakfast or a midday snack!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 25 minutes
Servings: 20 mini muffins

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsps milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 medium overripe bananas
  • ¼ cup finely chopped nuts

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (180 degrees C).
  • Mash the bananas in a bowl until smooth.
  • Add in the milk, vanilla, and egg and whisk until combined.
  • Blend the oats into a flour and add it to a bowl.
  • Add the baking powder, and cinnamon to the bowl with the ground oats and mix until combined.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Mix until combined.
  • Fold in the finely chopped nuts.
  • Pour the mixture into a mini muffin pan. Bake for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Notes

  • This recipe makes 20 mini muffins. You may make regular-sized muffins by adding a few more minutes to the total bake time. You may also bake in a loaf pan to make banana bread.
  • Be sure to use very ripe bananas with brown spots. The bananas provide the main sweetness in these muffins, so the ripper, the better.
  • These muffins are not that sweet, so if you prefer a sweeter muffin, add 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup.
  • I like to use a silicone muffin pan to bake these muffins as they pop out easily without any sticking. If using a regular mini muffin pan, be sure to coat with a cooking spray beforehand.

Nutrition

Calories: 39.44kcal, Carbohydrates: 5.84g, Protein: 1.12g, Fat: 1.48g, Saturated Fat: 0.25g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.42g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.69g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Cholesterol: 8.41mg, Sodium: 25.67mg, Potassium: 68.39mg, Fiber: 0.86g, Sugar: 1.67g, Vitamin A: 23.92IU, Vitamin C: 1.04mg, Calcium: 19.6mg, Iron: 0.3mg
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Until next time, Lily!

About Lily Payen

Hi, I’m Lily! The mama behind Feeding Tiny Bellies. I’m here to help you take some of the stress out of meal times for your little ones. My goal is to create simple recipes with baby in mind that can easily be adapted for the entire family.

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Lily,
    Tried this over the weekend and the LO seems to love it.
    But I have one question. They turned out dense, is it due to the oat floor or are they supposed to be fluffy and probably I messed up somewhere?

    1. Hi Keerthana! I’m so glad that your little one liked them!😊 They are slightly more dense than normal all purpose flour because of the oats, but they shouldn’t be too dense. Did they rise well with the baking powder?

      1. Hey, thanks for your reply. I just saw it.
        They did rise but not sure if I would call it well! Maybe the temperature was too high. I will try again a couple more times with a different temperature and see how it goes. Thanks 🙂