5 easy and delicious Banana Muffin ideas
So, you’re after some Banana Muffins? You’re in the right place!
Not only will we cover 5 easy and delicious Banana Muffin ideas, we will also cover what some of the top questions are that people have when baking them.
5 easy and delicious Banana Muffin ideas?
- Banana Oat Muffins
- Banana Choc Chip Muffins
- Banana Blueberry Muffins
- Banana Coconut Muffins
- Chocolate Banana Muffins
Top questions we will answer in this blog?
- What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake?
- Can I swap oil for butter in baking Banana Muffins?
- How do I ripen bananas faster for baking?
- Are Banana Muffins healthy?
- How to make Banana Muffins for kids?
- How to make Vegan Banana Muffins?
5 times that a Banana Muffin may be just what you are looking for!
- A healthy lunchbox treat
- A breakfast on the go
- For fussy eaters
- Hosting a morning tea
- To use up Spotty Bananas
So lets get into the detail…
5 easy and delicious Banana Muffin ideas?
1. Banana Oat Muffins
For that extra bit of crunchy oaty goodness, add some healthy oats into your mixture for delicious Banana Oat Muffins. Taking your favourite banana muffin recipe, add ⅔ of a cup of rolled oats to the dry mix and stir carefully until well combined. Add the other wet ingredients and bake as usual. If you find the oats are drying out your mix, add a small amount of additional liquid from your recipe such as oil to the mix.
2. Banana Choc Chip Muffins
Delicious! Do we need to say anything else. Banana Choc Chip muffins are a well loved favourite. To make, add ⅔ cup of your favourite choc chips to the banana muffin mix and stir through well. Bake as per normal. We recommend our Premium Choc Chips when baking If you are looking for a sugar free option, we recommend Spotty Sugar Free Choc Chips available if you want to reduce your sugar intake.
For a more detailed guide, we love our delicious Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe
3. Banana Blueberry Muffins
Who doesn’t love an extra hit of blueberries. And banana blueberry muffins are a favourite to get two of your favourite fruits in the same muffin. Take your already mixed banana muffin recipe and gently fold through ⅔ cup of frozen blueberries. Bake as usual. If you add the blueberries too early in the mixing process, your mixture will turn blue which is why we recommend adding them at the end.
4. Banana Coconut Muffins
Adding coconut to your banana muffin recipe is the perfect way to add a tropical twist. Add ½ a cup of desiccated coconut to your banana muffin recipe and stir through well. Note that the addition of coconut can dry out your mixture so you may need to add a small amount of additional liquid such as oil to offset this dryness.
5. Chocolate Banana Muffins
Looking for a chocolate hit in your banana muffins but don’t want chunky choc chips. Add 3 tablespoons of sifted cocoa powder to your mix to get that chocolatey goodness. Cocoa will dry out your mix so you may need to add some additional liquid before baking.
What are some of the top questions people have about Banana Muffins?
What is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake?
Well, we need to start off with the fact that both are small but delicious cakes. This makes them really versatile and suitable for many occasions.
You typically find a muffin in a paper case with flavours such as choc chips and fruit in them. They’re the type of cake that are perfect for lunchboxes and a healthy on the go snack.
A cupcake is more of a treat cake that is topped with icing. And if you’re really lucky, they might even have sprinkles on them. Yum! You'll often find cupcakes at a morning tea or a birthday party!
Can I swap butter for oil in baking Banana Muffins?
Yes, in short, you definitely can swap between butter and oil when baking banana muffins. However, you might want to know that using oil in a muffin recipe generally makes for a lighter and fluffier muffin so keep this in mind when baking.
Replace the amount of butter that your recipe asks for with the equivalent amount of oil. We recommend replacing butter with an olive or coconut oil which is a healthier oil than a vegetable or canola oil.
Likewise, if you’re swapping oil for butter, we recommend using pure unsalted butter (and not a butter spread) for baking.
One thing to be mindful of when using butter in your recipe is how you will be storing your muffins. If storing them in a fridge, the butter may harden meaning a firmer muffin if they’re not brought down to room temperature before eating.
How do I ripen bananas faster for baking?
How often do you have under ripe or ripe bananas in your fruit bowl that never quite make it to the spotty stage because hey, bananas! What it means is that when you want bananas for baking, they’re not quite right. Pro tip: over ripe bananas are perfect for baking as they are generally sweeter from the conversion of starches into sugar, bringing out that bananary flavour we all love.
The two best ways to get your bananas riper for baking are:
- Oven method (the best way to develop the sweet flavours of overripe bananas). Pre-heat a fan forced oven to 160°C and bake unpeeled bananas for 15-20 minutes, turning over half way through until the peel is black. Once cool, scoop the banana pulp from the peel and mash before adding to your recipe.
- Microwave method (this way only softens the bananas and doesn’t increase the sweetness or flavour of the bananas). Microwave peeled bananas for 30 seconds, or until you hear them sizzling. Mash the bananas and add them into your recipe. You might need to add additional sugar to compensate for the lack of sweetness of the under ripe banana. Pro tip: this method isn’t suitable for green bananas.
Are Banana Muffins healthy
Banana Muffins come in all shapes and sizes and can be healthy or unhealthy, depending on what you’re looking for. Made from the addition of real bananas, banana muffins have the edge over other cakes with the inclusion of one of our favourite all time fruits.
Healthy is different for different people so we include several options if you’re looking for a healthy banana muffin ideas:
- Gluten Free Banana Muffins - made from gluten free flours instead of traditional flours, it supports people who might feel bloated and tired after eating normal flours. These banana muffins are perfect for those on a gluten free diet. If you're looking to make gluten free banana muffins but don't have a recipe, try our Gluten Free Banana Muffin recipe.
- Sugar Free Banana Muffins - we know that it is good to cut down our sugar intake where possible. So to make a sugar free banana muffin, we recommend replacing sugar in your baking mix with a natural sweetener. That way, you can keep your sugar intake down without losing the sweetness that we all love in banana muffins. If you're looking to make sugar free banana muffins but don't have a recipe, try our Sugar Free Banana Muffin Recipe.
- Organic Banana Muffins - wanting a healthier muffin but still want all the good stuff. Try making a banana muffin with organic ingredients. You can readily buy many organic ingredients in the supermarket which is the perfect way to create a healthy banana muffin that is right for you. Did you know that all our Spotty Banana Bread mixes are made from natural and certified organic ingredients.
- Protein Banana Muffins - with many of us looking for that extra protein hit in our diet, adding protein to a banana muffin might be the perfect way to do it. Add two to three scoops of your favourite unflavoured or vanilla flavoured protein powder to your baking mix. You might need to add some additional liquid to the mix if it is too dry and watch the baking time as with the additional protein, it might cook a bit quicker than advised in your recipe. For those of you reducing dairy in your diet, replace a whey protein with a plant protein such as Faba protein, the new premium Australian plant protein. If you're looking to make protein banana muffins but don't have a recipe, try our Protein Banana Bread mix.
How to make Banana Muffins for kids
The best thing about Banana Muffins is that they are for kids of all sizes, young and old. The best way to make kids size banana muffins is to use a mini muffin baking tin. This gives kids (especially smaller kids) the chance to love their favourite muffins without there being too much food waste. When making mini muffins, you will also need mini muffin patty cases.
Just remember when it comes to baking mini muffins for your kids, reduce the baking time by half (or cook for approximately 15-20 minutes) as these smaller muffins will bake a lot quicker than a standard sized muffin.
Now, to get the kids really loving these muffins can be helped with a little something extra decorated on top. Try a slice of banana, choc chips, blueberries or other decorations that you know your kids will love and enjoy when eating their mini banana muffins
How to make Vegan Banana Muffins
Most banana muffins recipes include eggs as an addition which can be difficult if you’re vegan or following an egg free diet. When making your banana muffins, we recommend swapping out the eggs with an egg replacer, allowing you to eat delicious muffins your way. We recommend using the Spotty Vegan Egg Replacer as the perfect egg replacer in your banana muffins.
For more info, we recommend reading our resource on all things Vegan Banana Muffins
5 times that a Banana Muffin may be just what you are looking for!
- A healthy lunchbox treat - banana muffins are the perfect way to get portion control for all of the family. Especially when you have the option of making mini muffins for the really little kids. They are delicious, won’t come home from school or work and they are food safe so they can stay in the lunchbox all day (trust me, that will never happen). What is great about them is that banana muffins contains fresh bananas, meaning you are adding an extra serving of fruit into your family's diet.
- A breakfast on the go - it’s hard enough to juggle multiple things in the morning and with coffee the first thing you reach for, brekkie can often get missed. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t get those cravings for something delicious mid-morning and wished that you had packed something. That’s where banana muffins can be really handy as a breakfast option. If you’re making a batch of banana muffins, keep some in the freezer and defrost the night before so you have a ready to eat muffin in the morning. You can even pop it in the microwave for 20 seconds if you’re looking for that warmth when eating your muffin. And if you’re looking to keep full throughout the morning, add some protein into your mix for a delicious protein banana muffin.
- For fussy eaters - we all know who the fussy eaters are and how they can make our life so so difficult. But one trick that can help make your life easy is to get them involved in the baking of your banana muffins. If they help with the baking, there is more chance of them eating it which can only be a win for everyone. Add their favourite flavours such as choc chips or fruits they love such as blueberries to the mix. And a great way to really get their buy in is with the decorations on top. Its amazing how choc chips decorated on top of a banana muffin can turn into a smiley face, their favourite shapes or a tv character they love.
- Hosting a morning tea - so how do you make your banana muffins that little bit fancy for a morning tea? Add a swirl of cream cheese frosting and garnish with some banana chips for a decadent and beautiful addition to your morning tea table.
- To use up Spotty Bananas - never waste a spotty banana again, especially those really overripe bananas. This is the perfect time to bake as the starches in the sugar have converted to sugar, bringing out the incredible flavour and sweetness of the bananas. If you don’t have time to bake, peel your overripe bananas, store them in a sealed container or sandwich bag and freeze until you can bake. Make sure you bring frozen bananas to room temperature before you use them in baking and if you’ve run out of time, you can always microwave.