A freshly baked batch of muffins is often reserved for the weekends, when we have the luxury of being able to spend some extra time in the kitchen and some extra time to drink coffee, read the paper and relax. But muffins can easily be an everyday food, especially if you make a batch that has a few health-conscious tweaks made to it, and you can bake a batch over the weekend to enjoy even on a busy weekday morning.
These Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins are that everyday type of muffin. Packed with fresh mashed banana, they are made with whole wheat flour, vegetable oil and have a handful of heart-healthy nuts thrown into the batter to add a little extra texture and flavor. The muffins are moist and have that same tight, dense crumb that a traditional loaf of banana bread will have, as opposed to a light and cake-like crumb. They have a good banana flavor, accented with a hint of cinnamon and brown sugar. They muffins aren’t too sweet and you can taste the nuttiness of the whole wheat flour, which actually works well with the nuts in the muffins.
I prefer to use white whole wheat flour in these muffins because the finished product is slightly lighter than muffins made with regular whole wheat flour, although both will work just fine in the end. I typically use a mixture of chopped pecans and walnuts in these. You can opt for one or the other – or even use chocolate chips if you want to make these slightly healthy muffins a little more indulgent.
These muffins, like banana bread, store quite well. They will stay moist and fresh in an airtight container for a few days if you’re not going to eat them all at once. They also freeze fairly well, though I like to wrap the individually so that they’re a little more convenient to grab for snacking. They’re good plain, but I also like them warmed up and served with a little smear of salted butter on top.
Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins
2 cups whole wheat flour (or white whole wheat)
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 large egg
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups mashed banana (2-3 large bananas)
1/4 cup milk (any kind)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped pecans and/or walnuts
Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon.
In a large bowl, whisk together brown sugar and egg until well combined. Whisk in vegetable oil, mashed banana, milk and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and stir until batter just comes together and no streaks of dry ingredients remain. Gently fold in chopped nuts. Do not overmix.
Divide batter evenly into prepared muffin cups.
Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean and the tops spring back when lightly pressed.
Turn muffins out onto wire rack to cool completely.
sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and moreJanuary 2, 2012
Yum, I love banana nut muffins, but I would have to be the one to add chocolate chips, it’s the right thing to do:)
RyanJanuary 2, 2012
Yummmm! Muffins are amazing. Definitely going to have to try these soon! 🙂
Happy New Year! 🙂
AsiyaJanuary 2, 2012
Love banana muffins & that these have some whole wheat flour. I have never been able to find white whole wheat flour in Canada…so I will have to go with the regular stuff..
MartaJanuary 2, 2012
Looks delicious. I will definitely try it soon.
LynnJanuary 6, 2012
hi i’m making these now! they look so good and healthy… as far as brown sugar it just says 3/4 so i’m going to guess that is 3/4 cup… hopefully that’s correct!
KatrinaMarch 15, 2012
These were excellent!!! I loved the texture and taste. My family couldn’t get enough of them. I did double the recipe and used 3 tbsp of applesauce and 3 tbsp of oil. Really liked that fact that it called for whole wheat flour.
SRCMarch 24, 2012
Turned out great!
MariaApril 30, 2012
I’m so happy I finally found a great whole wheat banana muffin recipe! I added 3/4 cup of frozen berries to this recipe and they turned out super soft and moist! I’ll definitely make them again! Thanks!
LarissaAugust 7, 2012
Hi!! I’ve looking for a recipe which tell me the secret about the cracks on top of any delicious muffin!!! But I haven’t found it yet… Would u please please pleaseeeee share this top secret (literally!) Particularly these muffins looks so fluffy and high. I read something about rising the temp at the beginning and then turn it down. Is that true or what can I do?
JishaSeptember 1, 2012
This was my first baking attempt and it turned out great. Thanks for the wonderful recipe.
MalloryOctober 1, 2012
Does anyone have nutrition facts or know how to figure that out?