Saturday Bakin’ Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

by jennine on November 8, 2008

Baking is one of those things I’ve always loved to do. Those of you who follow me on Twitter, may catch me on my baking binges, but it’s always been a part of me. Instead of being a girl scout, I was in 4-H for cooking, and would enter my baked goods in the county and state fairs… wow… that’s nerdy. Five years ago, I had this crazy idea to open up a cupcake shop called ‘Nice Cupcakes’ and while people thought it was funny, they also said, no one would go to a shop that only had cupcakes.

These days I like to make cookies and muffins, and eventually I’ll make my way back to bread which was my specialty for a number of years. Homemade muffins are really nice for a Sunday brunch, and they make the house smell divine. I found a great recipe on Simply Recipes a year or so ago, and it’s pretty much my favorite banana bread/muffin recipe, because it doesn’t call for that banana extract which I find to be too much. And of course I’ve tweaked it to suit my own tastes…

Also, I’ve included the European adjustments with ingredients/measurements.


  • 3 or 4 ripe bananas, smashed
  • 1/3 cup melted butter (75g)
  • 1 cup sugar (125g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (often I’ll add more like 2tsp) or 1 packet of vanilla sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda or 1 packet of baking soda
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (200g)
  • 1 cup raisins (125g)
  • 1 cup walnuts coarsely chopped (125g)
  • oats for garnish


Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Mash bananas with a potato masher. With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, and vanilla, then add in baking soda and salt.  Add the flour, mix. Lastly mix in the walnuts and raisins.

Lightly grease muffin pan, I typically use olive oil drops for this.. or you can use cupcake cups in which case, the muffin pan doesn’t need greasing. Fill cups 3/4 way full, then sprinkle oats on top.

Bake for approximately 25-30 minutes, to see if the muffins are ready, stick a fork in one and if it comes out clean then they are ready.

To remove the muffins from the pan, run a butter knife around the edges the muffin to loosen it, then you can pry them out quite easily. Cool them on a cooling rack, and they are good to eat!

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songy November 8, 2008 at 8:44 am

Okay I got everything except bananas. wish I had a baking fairy. Waking up with the smell of freshly baked muffins will be just heavenly.

Allison November 8, 2008 at 9:19 am

Actually, there are two places here in Austin that only sell cupcakes, and I know one of them does very well.

jennine November 8, 2008 at 10:10 am

ha, i know, cupcakes blew up over the past few years… but i’m telling you, french macaroons are next.

MissAmyShops November 8, 2008 at 10:36 am

Yay! I have too many bananas & will get to make these this weekend. Along with the Double Chocolate Banana Bread I was already planning to make! Yum!

MY Fashion Frenzy November 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I love banana nut! Yum.

Amanda Nicole November 8, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Cupcake shops exist in Vancouver! There’s a local chain called “Cupcakes,” and you go in and order your cupcake at a glass counter like at in ice cream parlour. Their cupcakes are THE girly pick-me-up, little divine confections, and all the girls working there wear these adorable pink shirts. The website is lovely as well:

Tamara ModernGear TV November 8, 2008 at 5:55 pm

YUM! I posted a Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin recipe not too long ago and these ones sounds just as delicious but also a bit healthier! And Amanda, you’re right - I LOVE Cupcakes’ Diva! I miss it, living in California now. I do miss Vancouver, even if it’s rainy there right now.

jennine November 8, 2008 at 6:04 pm

wow… that sounds lovely, life would be so different if i had gone into cupcakes. i was thinking of doing a 1950′s housewife beauty parlor kitsch type thing…

K-Line November 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm

Um, there are 3 shops within 2 miles of me that sell only cupcakes and they are doing brisk business! I for one think nothing of spending 3 bucks on 5 bites of cake with icing :-)

Tamara ModernGear TV November 8, 2008 at 7:42 pm

Oh! I wrote in my blog about this great little Tupperware-like container for cupcakes! It’s called Cup-A-Cake and it protects the precious cargo til it reaches its destination or the proper time for enjoying. What a great idea, with all the cupcake shops opening up. I do wish I had thought of the idea before Cupcakes in Vancouver opened up, but I think a lot of women say that.

Cas Ruffin November 9, 2008 at 1:09 am

Those look so good. Nowadays there’s plenty of cupcake shops and all they do is make deliciousness for all.

Market Publique November 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

Hey! I love to bake too! I made classic chocolate chips the other day… maybe I should post them on the blog. And I am deciding what to bake right now: I watched the Fall Desserts slideshow on and now I can’t decide!

rumi October 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm

Just wanted to say that my boyfriend and I made these this weekend and they were SOO GOOD. Thank youuu :)

Skinny Fat Kid January 25, 2011 at 4:46 pm

I’ve made these a few times now and absolutely love them. I loved baked goods, but not all the fat and calories that go along with them. These satisfy my craving and I don’t feel guilty!
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