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Mini Banana Muffins

These mini banana muffins taste just like classic banana bread but made into bite-size mini muffins! They are moist and fluffy with delicious banana flavor, plus can be made in minutes.

Sliced mini banana muffin.
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Banana Bread Mini Muffins Recipe

A tasty and healthy snack, mini banana muffins are as cute as they sound. These bite-sized treats are a smaller version of traditional banana bread muffins and have a moist texture with sweet banana flavor. They are so easy to make and will be a hit not only with the kids but adults, too!

Plus, smaller muffins just means you can eat more of them, just like with mini silver dollar pancakes, right?

Leave them as is or add some chocolate chips like I do in zucchini chocolate chip muffins or pumpkin chocolate chip muffins or even try a different add-in for texture. With just a few baking staples and the bananas you’ve been wondering what to do with, you can have an entire batch ready in just 35 minutes!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Feeds a crowd. Banana mini muffins are great for potlucks and parties. It gives people a little sampling or two of a muffin while leaving room for other treats.
  • Fun to make. Kids get a kick out of these cute little muffins! If we’re headed on a road trip or to the kids’ activity, I usually whip up a batch because they travel well.
  • Customizable. Add some dried fruit, chocolate chips, or nuts to the batter.
  • Tasty! If you love a traditional banana bread recipe or any kind of banana-flavored muffin, you’ll love the taste of this mini banana muffin recipe.

Recipe Ingredients

Mini banana muffins ingredients.

Find the full printable recipe with specific measurements below.

  • Butter: You’ll need unsalted butter that’s been brought to room temperature and softened ahead of time. If you’ve forgotten to do this, here are some tips on how to soften butter quickly.
  • Baking staples: Granulated sugar, packed light brown sugar, large eggs, vanilla extract, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Sour cream: When added to baked goods, the acidity reacts with the leavening agents making the muffins nice and soft. The fat helps to keep the mini banana muffins moist.
  • Bananas: You’ll need 3 ripe bananas. The riper the better, even if they’re brown on the outside! It gives the muffins added moisture and sweetness.

Mix-Ins

Add some tasty extras to your mini banana bread muffins.

How to Make Mini Banana Muffins

Showing how to make mini banana muffins in a 4 step collage.
  • Mix wet and dry ingredients separately. In a large mixing bowl, cream together softened butter and both sugars with an electric mixer until light and creamy. Then, add the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream and mix until just combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Combine the muffin batter. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, but by bit, stirring with a wooden spoon, but being careful not to overmix. Once combined, fold in the mashed banana and any add-ins, if using.
  • Divide batter into the tin. Using an ice cream scoop, fill the mini muffin tin liners 2/3 of the way full. Sprinkle in remaining mix-ins over the tops of the muffins.
  • Bake, cool, and enjoy. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 12-15 minutes until lightly brown. Transfer mini banana muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. Enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Don’t skip using cooking spray to grease your muffin liners. It’ll help avoid them sticking to the paper.
  • Keep an eye on them. They bake quicker than regular muffins, so don’t stray too far from the oven.
  • Test for doneness. Stick a toothpick into the center of the muffin. If it comes out clean, they’re ready.
Stacked mini banana muffins on white cake plate.

Recipe FAQs

What substitutions can I use to make these muffins lighter?

Swap the sour cream for Greek yogurt and applesauce for butter. Both are 1:1 ratio, so there’s no change in the amount of ingredients.

How to ripen bananas quickly?

If you’re planning ahead and have a few days to spare, you can place your bananas on the counter to ripen on their own. Placing them in a brown paper bag with an apple can also help speed this up.

If we’re talking minutes, then you can ripen them even faster than that. Place bananas, skin on, onto a baking tray. Bake at 350°F until the skin has turned black. This should be about 10-15 minutes.

Once they are cool to the touch, slice open the banana and expose the soft, mushy, sweet banana on the inside.

How long to bake mini banana muffins?

These should take anywhere from 12-15 minutes. However, because all ovens are different, and you don’t want to overbake them, check on them around the 10-minute mark.

Storing

Keep muffins stored in an airtight container or zip-top bag at room temperature for up to 4 days. To avoid excess moisture, place a couple of paper towels in with the muffins for absorption.

Freeze them for up to 2 months.

To reheat, place them in the microwave for 10 second intervals to warm up.

Stacked mini banana muffins.

For more banana recipes, check out my banana bars, banana pancakes, banana cream pie and my double chocolate banana bread.

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Mini Banana Muffins

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
Sweetened with brown sugar and ripe bananas, these little guys are super moist with so much delicious banana flavor. Mini banana muffins are great for little hands and toddler snacks, and easily fit into school lunches or to take on the go in the morning!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 48

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Ingredients 

  • ½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter , softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon table salt or fine sea salt
  • 1 ¼ cups ripe banana , mashed (about 3 medium bananas)

Optional: 1 cup mini chocolate chips

    Instructions

    • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 2 muffin tins with paper liners. Spray with nonstick spray.
    • In a large bowl, cream together the butter, granulated sugar, and brown sugar using an electric mixer. Mix in the eggs, vanilla, and sour cream until just combined.
    • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon until just combined, being careful not to over mix. Fold in the banana and 1 cup chocolate chips, if using.
    • Fill the muffin liners 2/3 of the way full. If adding chocolate chips, sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup evenly over the top of the muffins.
    • Bake 12to 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer muffins to a wire rack to cool.

    Notes

    Variations:
    • Recipe can be lightened by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream and apple sauce in place of butter in a 1:1 ratio.
    • Can add in extras like chopped nuts, cinnamon, and coconut. 
    Storing: Store in a zip-top bag at room temperature up to 4 days. To avoid the muffins getting soggy, add in a few folded paper towels to absorb moisture.
    Freezing: Add to a freezer bag or airtight container and store in freezer up to 2 months. To reheat, place muffins in microwave 10 seconds, or until warm.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1muffin | Calories: 76kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 77mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 103IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: bread
    Cuisine: American

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