August 15, 2011

Banana Muffins

When I told people I made banana muffins this weekend, their first response was “how much did the bananas cost you??!”  Since the floods in Queensland, I haven’t bought a banana.  No, the bananas I used in this recipe were from my freezer.  Is it ok to use frozen bananas that have been tucked away for over 6 months?  I hope so. 

As I write up this post I’m munching away on one, and old bananas or not, they are pretty darn tasty.  I always freeze bananas because I never get around to eating the whole bunch when I buy them.  Baking with frozen bananas is so ideal that it’s a blessing in disguise.  I’ve written bananas too many times.

I was watching TV not long ago when Donna Hay make these really quick blueberry muffins on her new series, Fast, Fresh, Simple.  I clearly remember her saying that the base recipe of the muffins could be adapted to any other flavour.  So I jumped on the internet, found her recipe (you can find the book here), and yep, it really is a great base recipe.

I didn’t change anything besides omitting the blueberries and adding banana.  Oh, and I adding some crushed up white chocolate bits on top because I had some left over from my last lot of muffins.  You could also add crushed up nuts, like almonds or walnuts, on top of the muffins. 

Adapted from Donna Hay
2½ cups self-raising flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup caster sugar
½ cup vegetable oil
1 egg
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 over ripe bananas, mashed
Granulated sugar, for sprinkling

Preheat the oven to 180°C.  Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, sugar, oil, egg, milk and vanilla.  Mix well with a spoon.  Add the banana and continue to mix.

Fill the paper cases with the mixture, and sprinkle a little of the granulated sugar on top.  Bake for 30 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean when tested.  Cool on a wire rack.


  1. haha don't worry I did exactly the same recently and pulled all these old frozen bananas out and used them in muffins. Worked perfectly! Yum I miss bananas!!!

  2. Am preparing to come back to Australia for a couple of weeks from London. Am thinking I'm going to need a special line item in my budget for bananas. Nb, just discovered your blog and am kicking myself for taking so long. Your photos are exquisite.

  3. I just stumbled upon your blog and I absolutely love it! I can't wait to try out your recipes, especially these muffins. Thanks!

  4. Haha, Tori, when I'm shopping for fruit I walk straight pass them, they are so expensive!

    Thanks for leaving lovely comments tho, glad you're enjoying the blog :)

  5. What beautiful photography! Soft and lovely. I've not made muffins in a while -- banana in particular because the ripe ones have had smoothie duty! so I need to try these. They sound wonderful right now. :)

  6. Great recipe, I'm looking for more to try now!

  7. I am just making these, in the oven right now - puffing up nicely :) I hope they taste as good as they look, only used one banana as that was all I had and mum insisted I made banana cupcakes! Thanks for the recipe,

  8. yummy, my cupcakes are ready, I tried to add less sugar - don't do that, it is better with the extra 1/4 cup that I took away. very good, will be keeping this recipe!! :D

  9. These look great! I can see why the kids loved them so much!


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