whole wheat banana muffins

I hate when produce goes to waste, so I love anything that can save over-ripened fruit. Banana bread muffins are the perfect example of making use of some fruit that's been left a little too long. As the banana ripens, its starch is broken down into sugar. The really, really ripe bananas are really, really sweet! So even better than saving this fruit from a bleak, inedible future, you can use less sugar in your recipe. The next time you have a banana that's a bit old or beaten up, peel it and freeze it! Once you have three or four, thaw them and turn that mush into some sweet, delicious muffins!

Note: Set out the egg and butter ahead of time so that they can reach room temperature. And if your bananas are really ripe, use half the amount of sugar.


  • 1/2 cup100 g brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup75 g butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp5 mL vanilla extract
  • 14-15 oz400-425 g bananas (3-4, depending on size)
  • 1 1/2 cups185 g whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • generous pinch of salt
  • cinnamon sugar
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  • bowl
  • wooden spoon
  • rubber spatula
  • muffin cups
  • muffin baking forms
  • oven

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Cream butter and brown sugar with a wooden spoon or in a mixer with a paddle attachment.

banana muffin mixture with wooden spoon

Add egg and vanilla. Mash the bananas to the desired consistency and add to the mixture.

cinnamon sugar with spoon

In a separate bowl, mix together the whole wheat flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda and salt.

spooning mixture into muffin forms

Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture. Once thoroughly mixed, spoon into muffin forms.

topping muffin mixure with cinnamon sugar

Top muffins with cinnamon sugar and bake for 18-20 minutes at 325º F165º C.

whole wheat banana muffins on wire rack

Let them cool for about ten minutes, then transfer the muffins to a wire rack.

Store muffins at room temperature in an air-tight container. Muffins will keep for 3-4 days.