Healthy Banana Muffins

Healthy banana muffins are made with Greek yogurt, whole wheat flour, coconut oil, and maple syrup. SO moist, fluffy, and great for kids! This easy one-bowl muffin recipe makes healthy banana muffins that taste like they came from a bakery, but they’re high protein and low calorie!

I’d like to introduce you to an old friend of mine, Healthy Banana Muffins.

white plate full of healthy banana muffins surrounded by walnut pieces

Simply Healthy Banana Muffins

They’re not fancy. They’re not cutting edge. They won’t give you the opportunity to make use of any of the fancy kitchen appliances taking up space on your counter.

What they are, however, is exactly what you need them to be: a foolproof recipe for the best, most moist, healthy banana muffins you will ever find.

They’re made with whole wheat flour, yogurt, and sweetened with more maple syrup than sugar.

You only need ONE BOWL and spoon to make them. And OK, maybe a fork if your mashed bananas are being particularly stubborn.

These Healthy Banana Muffins with yogurt are wholesome without being too wholesome. Yes, yes, they are healthy and whole wheat and lower sugar compared to most, BUT, of any healthy banana muffin recipes I’ve tried in my three decades of muffin lovin’, this recipe tastes the most reminiscent of the sky-high banana muffins you’d find at a bakery. They even have that shiny bakery muffin top!

These banana muffins came to be when Ben was in law school. I often baked them for him for study snacks because they’re filling and nutritious. He also loved them, and baking was one of the few concrete ways I could help get him through final exams (other than resisting the urge to text incessantly asking when he’d be home for dinner.)

Today, Healthy Banana Muffins are still the breakfast recipe I turn to most whenever I have a pile of on-the-verge ripe bananas occupying my counter. We love them just as much now as we did back then.

Best of all? They are YOUR favorite healthy banana muffin recipe too!

Since their publication date, these Healthy Banana Muffins with yogurt have received dozens of glowing reviews. They inspired this Healthy Banana Bread, I stocked my sister’s freezer with them after she had her first baby, and of the myriad of healthy muffin recipes on my site, these are the ones I make most.

I originally decided to revisit the Healthy Banana Muffin recipe today to add fresh photos, a how-to recipe video, and a few extra recipe pointers.

What surprised me reading through the old post when I first shared them, however, wasn’t so much how much has changed since Ben finished school, but how much as stayed the same.

{I have an excellent throwback photo or two for you too!}

6-cup muffin pan full of healthy banana muffins with walnuts

When I first typed this post, it was in a 500-square-foot apartment in downtown Madison. I’d had my blog a little more than two years, and the biggest reason I’d started it in the first place—to be a happy distraction while Ben was huddled up in the law library for 12+ hours a day—was coming to a close. Ben was graduating! At that point, my blog following was fairly small, and the idea of taking it full time was pretty terrifying.

Our lives have changed in many ways since then—we moved cities, live in a grown-up house, and even managed to keep a dog alive—but in many others ways, they haven’t.

We’re still busy, and it’s still hard to make time for each other, as I know it is for many of you. We order pizza on Friday nights more often than we open a fancy bottle of wine and make homemade pasta (<—actually, that has never happened…the pasta, I mean. Pizza is a staple.). I still struggle not to resent Ben’s long hours sometimes.

But good things have stayed the same too.

On graduation day, I wasn’t the only one who wrote Ben a heartfelt card; I still have the one he wrote for me tucked away inside my top dresser drawer. Whenever we hit a road bump, it reminds me that I’m not the only one who gives (and who needs) support. That is as true now as it will ever be.

These Healthy Banana Muffins have stayed the same too, and I could not be happier about it.

With as many things in life as there are to improve (the status of my laundry pile being near the top of my current list), it’s nice to be reminded from time to time that some things need no improving because they are already perfect exactly as they are.

This Healthy Banana Muffins recipe is among them.

muffin pan filled with healthy banana walnut muffins sits on a white kitchen towel with blue stripes.

Healthy Banana Muffins Recipe Notes

This recipe contains in inordinate amount of walnuts (1 full cup, where most banana nut muffin recipes call for a mere 1/4 or 1/2). I love the nuts’ deep, toasty flavor and crunch, but if you are not as nut crazy as we are, you can certainly reduce that amount or omit them.

These muffins are ultra soft and flavorful, but the majority of the moisture comes from Greek yogurt and the bananas themselves, so only a touch of coconut or canola oil is needed. The maple syrup tames the whole wheat flour, giving these banana nut muffins a pleasant taste and rich flavor profile.

If you need gluten-free muffin options, you can my recipe for banana oatmeal muffins, these banana chocolate muffins, or Chelsea’s gluten free recipe for Skinny Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Muffins. You can also try replacing the whole wheat flour in this muffin recipe with a 1:1 gluten-free baking blend. For a vegan option, check out these Healthy Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins.

round white plate with baked banana walnut muffins. Fresh banana slices and walnut pieces surround the plate

And now before we get to the video…a little trip down memory lane.

Here’s Ben, the law school graduate. Little did I know that a few months after this photo was taken in front of what was then his parents’ house, that house would become OUR house.

law student graduate celebrates with his wife by his side

And here’s a photo of the original banana walnut muffins, back when I first shared them. Still delicious, butttttt I think I like the new photos more. 

Healthy Banana Muffins with Walnuts on a blue and yellow striped kitchen towel

And now, a little how-to video for you!

white plate full of healthy banana muffins surrounded by walnut pieces
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Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
Healthy banana muffins with yogurt, whole wheat, and maple syrup. So moist and fluffy! This easy muffin recipe takes just one bowl and is a family favorite. Simple, healthy, and freezer friendly!


  • 3 large overripe bananas — about 1 1/2 cups mashed
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil — or melted and cooled coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup walnut halves — toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper or foil liners, or lightly grease with nonstick spray.
  2. Mash bananas in the bottom of a large bowl until mostly smooth. Whisk in the egg, and then the yogurt and oil. Whisk in the brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, and cinnamon over the top, and then stir until combined. Gently stir in the flour until barely combined, and then fold in the walnuts.
  3. Scoop the mixture into the prepared muffin tin, filling each cup nearly to the top. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the muffins spring back lightly when touched in the center.

Recipe Notes

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Healthy Banana Nut Muffins, Healthy Muffin Recipe

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 muffin) — Calories: 211, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 138mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 14g, Protein: 5g

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About Erin Clarke

I’m fearlessly dedicated to making healthy food taste incredible. Wearer of plaid, travel enthusiast, and firmly convinced that sweets and veggies both deserve a place at the table. MORE ABOUT ERIN…


  1. Congrats to Ben and to you too! Lots of exciting things happening! Hope you all get to enjoy this time!! I will certainly give these a try – they look delicious! I haven’t baked much with greek yogurt yet. Pinned :)

    • Thank you so much! And baking with Greek yogurt is one of my favorite baking swaps ever. I think you will love how moist it makes all kind of treats, while keeping them healthy!

  2. Congrats Ben (and Erin too)! Graduation day is so rewarding.

    Celebrating with healthy muffins and steak later….that’s the way too go.

    Just like so many people, I am always looking for options for my overripe bananas and of course the walnut/banana combo is always a winner =)

  3. I love that he wrote you a letter, too … its so true, this kind of experience requires two people! But as for eating these muffins, I think I could handle it by myself ;) They look amazing!

  4. What a sweet post! Congratulations to both of you! I hope you get to soak up lots of together time this summer! Your steak/ice cream/netflix marathon sounds like the perfect night to me. :) He is lucky to have such a supportive partner.

  5. Congrats to you both! My husband is in school and I know exactly what you mean about the sacrifice and work on both parts. It takes a lot of support to get someone through school…and good eats! These muffins look amazing. Can you make the batter into banana bread?

    • Hi Brynn, Thanks so much for the kind graduation wishes, and you can absolutely bake this into banana bread. Use a 9×5 inch pan and bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

  6. Congrats – to both of you! It’s a lot of hard work on both sides, especially making perfect muffins for study time. They look delicious.

  7. Congratulations to you two!!! What a great accomplishment!!! I love the balance of celebrating with these healthy muffins and then steak later :)

  8. Erin — Congrats to both your husband AND you! What an accomplishment, and even though it’s your husband getting the law degree, it’s absolutely an accomplishment of yours as well. I’m sure you were the rock that kept him going and he couldn’t have done it without you — it takes so much to be THAT person that is continually understanding and supportive. So fun to be part of a team! Wishing you and your hubby many more years of success and teamwork to come. :)

    P.S. Absolutely in love with these babies — double the nuts, yes-ah pub-lease!

  9. Congrats you guys! I am SO happy for you! Seriously! I don’t know how I would have handled being the wife of a law student – so congrats goes out to both of you!
    But, now what will you call your blog ;) I’m kidding!
    These muffins look amazing, and I am obsessed with the 1 cup of walnuts. Bring on that crunch! Pinned :)

  10. Congratulations to both of you! So wonderful to hear. And these muffins sounds amazing — you can never have too many walnuts!

  11. Congrats to both of you! Marriage is definitely a team effort and you two exemplify this. I can’t wait to read more of your adventures and good luck with the house hunt.

  12. Congrats to your husband on his graduation! Sounds like you two make the perfect team together. He’s very lucky to have such a supportive wife! :) And these banana muffins look delicious! My favorite type of muffin. Pinned!

  13. Yay, Ben, congratulations!! I have my fingers crossed for you for the house hunting!!

    • Thanks so much Cassie! Got beaten out for the second time this weekend (The house had three offers on it the first day it hit the market!), but we’re sticking with it. Also, I have educated Ben on the importance of an under mounted sink;-(

  14. Hi Erin,
    Congratulations! I know how it is when it comes to law studies. I studied law and in France it takes many years! 6 years for me.
    Both of you deserve this success and those yummy banana nut muffins.
    So are you going to change your blog’s title for ” The wife’s lawyer”? Lol
    Have a great day

  15. Woohooo! Congratulations to both of you! What a fantastic accomplishment! The muffins sound amazing and your pics are beautiful! Good luck with the house hunting – enjoy every minute :)

  16. Congrats to you and Ben!!! Can’t even tell you how excited I am for you. I will be celebrating with the two of you by making a batch of these muffins :).
    Lots of new and exciting adventures ahead, which I am sure you will master just as brilliantly and wonderfully as this one!!

  17. What a wonderful post Erin. Congratulations to you both. How sweet of your husband to get you a card too. Love these muffins!

  18. Congrats to Ben!!! Such an exciting new chapter for both of you!!!

  19. BIG Congratulations to you both, Erin.
    These muffins look super duper delicious!

  20. Congrats to Ben, how exciting and what a long journey that was for both of you!! Also, I love how your outfit perfectly matches his graduation gown :) Good luck with the future, you two sound like the perfect balance for each other.

    I love a muffin that is so tasty it feels like dessert, but it is also healthy so you don’t have to feel bad about eating two, or three, or four of them!

  21. Wow – Congrats to Ben and You – Walnut jammed muffins are the way to celebrate!

  22. There’s never time for that ideal celebration with the steak, is there? Real life gets in the way.
    But at least you have these muffins! They’re great.
    Congrats to your husband! Now you have to change your blog title.

  23. Congrats to Ben (and you!) !!

  24. Diane Siniscalchi Reply

    Congratulations, Ben and Erin! This has to be my favorite of all your blogs. You two certainly have your priorities straight and a very good idea of what marriage is all about. I predict there will be many many years of wedded bliss for you. You’re building a strong foundation for your future children. I love that you each wrote letters to one another. My husband writes me letters occasionally. My favorite is the one he wrote after reading The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks. I had asked him to read the book, but I had no idea he had until he gave me his letter. I will treasure his words, and the book he held in his hands and read, forever. Keep doing what you’re doing!

    As for your recipe, I will definitely make these muffins. I have these ingredients in my house all the time, and I love walnuts (I’m with Ben on this one.). Unfortunately, the love of my life detests bananas in anything BUT his cereal. I will have to show my love with a different healthy recipe, lol!

  25. Congrats to Ben on a huge accomplishment (and to you, dear, for being so supportive of him through it all)! I’ll be praying for you guys as you make these transitions in the coming months. And these muffins look deee-lish!

  26. Congrats Ben and Erin! Such a huge and exciting accomplishment! Wishing you guys both the best of luck on this next chapter of your lives. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than these delicious muffins and of course a steak!

  27. Congrats to you and Ben! As the wife of a medical school student (WHO GRADUATES SUNDAY!!!) I understand completely how hard it is and how both people must make sacrifices! Enjoy this time together – you both deserve it!!

  28. Congrats to both of you! Sounds like a perfect way to celebrate such a great accomplishment!

  29. So excited for you and Ben! Such a HUGE accomplishment and one deserving of celebration. These muffins look like the perfect way to do it :)

  30. Yay, congrats to Ben and you – so happy and excited for the both of you. Love how you’re celebrating with these healthy muffins along with steak and ice cream:) Good luck with the house hunting and hope you enjoy this very special and exciting time – woohoo!

  31. Congratulations, Ben and Erin! I can’t wait to follow along on your new adventure, wherever that might be next. Enjoy your time together and good luck with the house hunting!

  32. I’m tearing up over here. This post is so sweet. I’m so proud of both of you! You did it!
    Much love and felicidades~

  33. Awww … what a lovely, lovely story. Almost like an epilogue, except it isn’t an epilogue, just the end of one chapter and the beginning of another. :-)
    LOVE the banana nut muffins. I totally approve of adding as many walnuts as you can squeeze in without them falling apart and also like the idea of that maple syrup you added. Next time I make anything baked with nuts in, I will definitely throw in far too many on purpose!

  34. Congratulations to you AND Ben! As the wife of a former PhD student I can attest to the fact that a graduation from any advanced degree program cannot be accomplished by one person alone. Whether its a friend, roommate or spouse, sacrifices – big and small – must be made. Huge kudos to you both and hooray for exciting next steps ahead!!!

  35. So happy for both of you and congrats to your hubby! And I want a muffin, please. ;)

  36. Congrats Erin! You made it!! Oh and congrats to Ben too I guess. :) kidding. I’m so happy for you both!

  37. Very exciting! Congrats to your hubs. These muffins will be perfect for breakfast on the go when he starts his new job. Pinned.

  38. Erin, you are adorable! You also reminded me of how important it is to treat my husband, Ryan, with compassion (and treats) while he is working toward his Ph.D. This is a crazy phase of life, but one day I hope to be writing a similar post :-)

  39. Congrats to Ben and you as well, such a huge accomplishment for him! Love these beautiful healthy muffins too!

  40. Awww congratulations to you and Ben on this momentous event! Such a big accomplishment and I can only imagine how much you two learned through it. I think it’s adorable that you would pick him up at the library. What a great way to celebrate with these muffins!

  41. Yay Ben! Yay Erin! Yayyy, I love you, you couple of nuts! (See what I did there?)

  42. Congrats to you and Ben! It is a tremendous accomplishment and testament to the strength of your relationship. I am sad that I won’t get to work with Ben or get to know you better in your new city, but if I can do anything to help you guys with your transition, please feel free to email me!

    • Shannon, what??? I was counting on more dinners at Capital Grille with you! I hope you are on to many new, wonderful adventures. If you are ever back in town, please give us a call. We’d both love to see you. Thanks so much for the kind graduation wishes too!

  43. Wooohoo congrats you two! What a sweet reflection on the past few years. I bet future batches of these muffins will bring back memories of all the support and love that was poured into them during the law school years for awhile to come. :) Glad to hear that you’re scheduling some time for relaxation amid the house hunting (good luck, btw!)/cleaning, etc. As for the muffins themselves, I love that they feature one whole cup of walnuts. The more the merrier! YUM.

  44. Hi Erin! Congratulations to you and Ben both! I know it takes two to accomplish something like this. I couldn’t have made it through my MFA program without Ryan. And these muffins look delicious. Love love love banana muffins!

  45. Yay!! Congrats to both of you! Are you planning to stick around madison, or are you off to new adventures? PS I think I saw you at the farmers market last Saturday but I wasn’t sure so I decided not to say anything in case I was mistaken haha

  46. Awww, congratulations! You two seem like such a sweet couple. Enjoy your steak and ice cream! These muffins look perfect :)

  47. Oh my gosh, Erin I am SO happy for you and Ben! What a massive achievement! Law school is an unbelievable slog and it’s definitely a huge tribute to his (and your) dedication, patience and staying power that you are now both celebrating his status as a qualified lawyer! Yay yay yay! Love all of your reflections on marriage and relationship in here. I definitely agree that each new journey brings its own challenges but it’s a privilege to go through it as a partnership of love, trust and strength. I know that this new, exciting chapter will be hugely exciting and wonderful for you and Ben – I hope the initiation to his firm will go smoothly! As for these muffins? Just yum. I am a walnut fanatic so I totally agree with Ben’s modified walnut content! xx

  48. Congrats to Ben! What a great accomplishment!

  49. Wawhooooo… Thats fantastic. Congrats to Ben and high fives to you girl! I only in recent weeks found your blog, but I love the way you share your story, its so different than mine, but its super the way you support, love and encourage Ben to be his very best and manage to follow your passions too. Its inspiring. I do hope you both enjoyed celebrating and your batch of victory muffins went down a treat.

  50. Congratulations to Ben and to you!! Such a huge accomplishment! I hope that house hunting goes quickly and smoothly for you!

  51. congrats you two :) i have followed your journey and you always have your way with words…good luck with house hunting.

  52. So many congrats to you both! What an amazing milestone (and house hunting–so fun, good luck)! These muffins looks like the best kind of reward :)

  53. Huge congratulations to Ben!! And you too : ) Here’s to all your adventures ahead! And some delicious looking banana muffins!

  54. I loved this post Erin. I am so very happy for you both. What a huge accomplishment. Your idea of a night out sounds strangely familiar. Steakhouse + Ice Cream + Comedy? That is just my style!

  55. Many congratulations on your accomplishments; the glowing photo of you and Ben radiates how proud and in love you are. Best wishes for continued love, success, and food blogging fun!

  56. Erin,
    Awh, I love this post!! I love what you learned and how your marriage has grown over the past few years. . So, Ben will be working in Madison, right? I hope you’re not leaving! and house hunting? so fun! let me know if you need any help. . we still need to grab some coffee or a beer! and I love these muffins!!!

  57. Congratulations you the both of you! Happy house hunting too :D These muffins look perfect!

  58. Aww.. I Love this post! Congrats to Ben and you.. :)

  59. First of all, congrats to Ben – wonderful. May you have a happy and successful future. Nice muffin recipe. Thank you.

  60. Congratulations to you both! I know exactly how you feel and wish you the best of luck with Bar Prep ahead : ) I hope you guys have a fall vacation planned for after the Bar. I know that we do!!!

  61. congrats to ben!

  62. Congrats to Ben & to you, Erin!

    How much nutmeg-the directions include it but I don’t see it in the list, I am skipping it this time, as I am mid-mixing lol, but would like to know for next time…

    • Hi and thanks so much for your kind words! I am so sorry for the confusion about the nutmeg. It should NOT be included, so you made the muffins perfectly. I’ve made it both ways in the past, and decided it’s better without, because the cinnamon and maple syrup really shine. If you love nutmeg, you can add a 1/4 teaspoon, but otherwise no need. I hope you love them, again so sorry for the contradictory info.

  63. A big congratulations to your husband! My husband is also studying Law so I really do understand what you mean. It is a journey that you take together. So congratulations to you too! Meanwhile, I would really enjoy one of these muffins right about now! :)

  64. Congrats to you both! Law school is not an easy feat. Don’t celebrate too soon though… the Bar Exam is a completely different animal :) I think I saw my husband for an hour each day the summer after law school graduation. He was working full time & studying for the bar at the same time – something I wouldn’t recommend ;). I think after the Bar was passed and over with, that’s when we really felt like all the crazy was behind us!!! Best of luck from one former-law-student-wife to another :)

  65. Congratulations to you and your husband! That is a amazing milestone! And I’m sold on these banana muffins with extra walnuts! I may even use black walnuts!

  66. Congratulations! The muffins look delicious!

  67. Wonderful healthy muffin recipe! I had an extra banana I put in as well as both walnuts and pecans. Shared with my co-workers and they raved about them. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    • Vicki, so so happy to hear that you loved them, and I adore the idea of adding pecans and extra banana too. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and for letting me know. It always makes my day!!

  68. I usually don’t stop to comment on blogs (bad, I know…). But this time I just HAD to! Thank you for sharing this muffin recipe. They are AMAZING and just what I’d hoped they’d be! I did ditch the brown sugar because my yoghurt was slightly sweet and I didn’t want an overly sweet muffin (read: didn’t want to feel guilty if I decided to eat these for breakfast), I also sprinkled a few rolled oats on top for texture and probably didn’t have the full cup of walnuts (maybe 1/2 a cup?). The rose beautifully, have a gorgeous moist texture and springy crumb. And the flavour was heavenly! So, once again, thank you! This will be my go-to, essentially guilt-free banana muffin now!

    Congrats as well to your husband on finishing law school (I know this post was back in May, but that’s still a great effort!).

    • Trinity!! Thank you so much for letting me know how these turned out, and I’m thrilled to hear that you loved them. Thanks also for your kind words about Ben’s graduation. I’ll pass them along :-) Have a wonderful day!

  69. Erin, I’ve had this recipe bookmarked to try, finally have my 3 super-ripe bananas today! I just mixed up the batter and the muffins are in the oven right now, I snuck a quick taste of the batter and it is heavenly…can’t wait to taste them!! I may sprinkle them with powdered sugar thus canceling out the “healthy” — so far I’m loving every recipe of yours that I’ve tried — keep up the excellent work and thank you!

  70. Erin, what a heart filled post! Congratulations to you both as marriage is all about give and take. Hopefully more give on both counts! My husband loves banana bread so I am going to try these for his work lunch and hope loves!

  71. While searching the web for something to do with my old bananas I came across your blog. I enjoyed your writing and to top it off you shared the best banana muffin recipe ever. I made them and they are delicious! Thank you and Congratulations to you both!

  72. Thank you so much for sharing what is absolutely the best banana muffin recipe I’ve ever had (I may add some flax seeds next time knowing they won’t alter the delicious flavor). I’ve been looking for a healthy recipe and found yours through google. I’m going to share it with family and friends now and I know even those who don’t look for healthy foods will love them. Congrats to you and your husband on his graduation. From someone who supported her husband through grad school (and with 2 kids), I know you two couldn’t have made this happen without determination, compromise, perseverance and love from and for each other. :-)

    • Janet, I’m beyond excited to hear how much you enjoyed these muffins! Thank you also so much for your kind words. I can’t even imagine getting through grad school with kids, so you sound like quite the champion yourself. Wishing you all the best, and thank you so much for letting me know how this recipe turned out for you!

  73. These banana nut muffins are the best. I love to read the stories that people like you leave for others to read. Congrats! I made these for the first time today using 1/4 c sour cream instead of maple syrup, And, since we love coconut, added 1/2 c with the nuts. They are just fabulous, thanks for the recipe

    • Nancy, I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! I love coconut too. That sounds like a delicious addition. Enjoy every bite, and thank you so much, both for your kind words and for taking time to leave this review.

  74. Have just discovered you and loving your blog already (and I’ve only read the intro page!). Looking forward to an awesome time sifting thru recipes! Ps: my hubby was in uni for what seemed like forever PhD-ing 12 yrs since completion still married, happy and yes, still time poor!

  75. What a charming and heartfelt post. I feel like I know both of you! Congratulations on your recent successes, and thanks for the muffin recipe. I’m baking a batch for the hardworking students in my family: my teenage daughter and our exchange student from Tokyo.

  76. Just made these with my 3yr old and they are delish!!! We sprinkled a few chocolate chips on top of each :-)

    • Hi Marisa! I am so happy to hear that you two enjoyed them. The chocolate chips sound like a delicious addition. Thanks for letting me know! I really appreciate it :-)

  77. Erin, this is exactly the kind of recipe I was looking for! So glad I found it. Your post was delightful, too. Happy for you and Ben. :)

  78. This recipe looks delicious! Just curious if you have a calorie count for it???

  79. Hi Erin,
    I was online searching for some healthy banana muffin recipe when I came across your website! School starts tomorrow and the stress of having to put healthy snacks besides fruits and vegetables in my kids lunch boxes was starting to creep up again… I sometimes run out of ideas.

    I had all the ingredients at hand so I hurried up to do a batch of banana-walnut muffins! They are absolutely delicious! Cannot wait to surprise my kids with this healthy snack in their lunch box tomorrow!

    Thank you!

    • Sonia, I am so so happy that you found and love this recipe! I hope your kids enjoy them too. Thank you for taking time to let me know—it makes my day! Have a wonderful start back to school, and Happy New Year too!

  80. I’ve tried many different banana nut  muffin recipes for my overly ripe bananas. This recipe is by far the very best! I did make a few substitutes, however. I prefer pecans to walnuts , sea salt to kosher, and honey as opposed to maple syrup. I”m not sure if the substitutes compromised the taste, but my family has not stopped raving over the muffins. I shared some of the  freshly baked muffins with my sister-in-law and her family loved them, as well…even my very picky brother!!! These muffins will definitely become a staple in my household. I will never buy bakery/store bought ones again. Thanks so much for sharing your initial recipe. 

    • Dottie, I am so, so excited to hear you loved these, and the swaps sound yummy too (the honey would just add a different sort of sweetness, and pecans are great!). Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out. Wishing you many more batches :)

  81. Just wanted to comment also that these are the yummiest and most moist muffins ever!! I love the taste of maple syrup and coconut sugar. Gives it a nice caramelly flavour. My hubby smashed through them way too quickly for my liking. Just about to make a double batch for the week. And I too used Pecans (as that is all I had on hand). Very yummy although probably a little higher in fat than walnuts. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!!

  82. Great questions! You can use the same amount of regular whole wheat flour, but do know that the muffins will be a bit heavier in texture and you will be able to taste the wheat flour more. If you are worried about this, you could use half whole wheat and half all-purpose. Also, you can definitely swap honey for the maple syrup. Keep all of the amounts the same as in the original recipe, and you will be good to go!

  83. Just made these for the first time and they are fabulous!  They will be the perfect study snack this week.  When it comes to muffins, I think you might be my spirit animal Erin ;) 

  84. Erin, while the flavor of these were great, my batch came up super spongy. Any idea why?

    • Hi Heather! The tricky thing with baking is that so many variables can affect the final result. My guess is that you might have used an extra large amount of banana, that your oven temp might actually be lower that what the dial is telling you, or they might just be a bit under baked. Even small variations in measuring flour can affect the results too. I’m sorry I can’t give you an exact answer. It’s just so hard to say without my being there with you. Regardless, I am glad to hear they tasted great and I hope the next batch has the texture you were looking for!

  85. I just made these muffins for the first time and they are absolutely delicious!! I may or may not have eaten 3 of them. ?  Seriously, so, so good. Thanks for the recipe. 

  86. Hi Jennifer! I calculate calories for my new recipes as they are written, but I’m unable to update all of the old ones. If you want to find the calories in this according to how you made the muffins, you can do so for free at I hope that helps!

  87. Hi Erin… Could you please suggest substitutes for maple syrup and egg…? 

    • Hi Priyanka! The maple syrup you could swap for honey or light agave nectar. I’m afraid there isn’t a good swap I can recommend for the egg—it’s essential to the recipe to bind the muffins, help them rise, and make them moist too. You could try a flax egg (use an online search for directions), but I’ve never done that with muffins before, so I can’t speak personally for the results.

  88. Beautiful website!
    Is there something that can take the place of the yogurt in this recipe and others I’ve seen on your site?

    • Rivkah, thank you so much for your kind words about my website. Unfortunately, yogurt is a pretty important ingredient in a lot of my recipes. It adds creaminess and moisture, while keeping the recipes healthy. In baking recipes like this muffins, it helps bind the ingredients too. Unfortunately, I really don’t have a good suggestion. If you are lactose intolerant, you could try a soy-based yogurt, but I haven’t tested any of the recipes that way, so I don’t really know how they would perform. I’m sorry I can’t be of more help.

    • Thanks for taking the time to answer.

      One more question :)
      Does Greek yogurt change the taste and texture or is it just a health addition. Where I live, Greek yogurt is hard to come by. So I wanted to try regular yogurt instead.

      And as far as the soy version, if I try it, I will certainly post the results!

      • Another good question: Greek yogurt is important because it’s thicker (I’m worried would make the batter too liquidy), but you can actually make your own from regular yogurt! Place a cheesecloth or other thin, porous towel over a strainer, then fill it with about double the amount of regular yogurt. Place the fridge overnight to allow the extra liquid to strain out and voila! Greek yogurt :)

  89. HI Erin, I just made the banana nut muffins and wanted to tell you how delicious they are. I made one adjustment by error (I forgot to put the coconut oil in) but they still turned out exceptionally moist. Thanks

  90. HI Erin, I just made the banana nut muffins and wanted to tell you how delicious they are. I made one adjustment by error (I forgot to put the coconut oil in) but they still turned out exceptionally moist. Thanks

    • Yay! I’m so happy to hear this Anne. It sounds like a happy accident turned into an amazing muffin. Maybe I’ll even try them that way myself next time :-) thanks for taking time to leave your review. It’s incredibly helpful to others!

  91. Jennifer Illuzzi Reply

    Thank you so much for this recipe. I have been making it every week for about 4 weeks now, and my family never gets tired. It has replaced cereal and processed food in our breakfast.

    • Jennifer, I am SOOOOO happy to hear this!! Thank you so much for letting me know. I’m glad your family enjoys the recipe so much and that it’s helped you enjoy more wholesome breakfasts!

  92. Just stumbled across this recipe after googling healthy banana nut muffin, and I am so glad I tried it out. These muffins are amazing! So moist, and just the right amount of sweetness. Even my fiancé, who is normally wary of anything  ‘healthy’, thought these were delicious. Thank you so much for the delicious recipe! 

    • Naomi, I am so happy to hear that you both enjoyed this recipe so much! Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know how it turned out for you.

  93. I know I’m a few years behind, but I found this recipe on Pinterest and these muffins are delicious! I added some chia seeds, because, who doesn’t like some subtle superfoods? Thanks :)

  94. Hi there! So I’ve made these dozens of times at home and I swear by this recipe they come out beautifully every time! However, now I’m in college and the only oven I have access to is a microwave oven. Do you think I could still use this recipe in a microwave oven?? Thank you! 

    • Hi Casper! If it’s the sort of microwave where you can set a temperature and bake inside of it (so it functions like a mini oven), that would be fine. Unfortunately, a regular microwave (where you just “zap” the food to heat it) won’t work. I’m glad you love this recipe!!

  95. Hi Erin! My daughter is home from her first semester of college, Yay!, and she just finished making these muffins. Before we tasted them, we commented on how we will try the first bite without butter, then laughed and said we would put a “small” bit of butter on the next bite! Ha! Well, after 1 bite, we DID NOT need the butter…..they are delicious on their own!!! Soft, moist, crunchy & sweet! I have now printed off 3 other recipes (dinner items) and I am looking forward to making those and following you on FB & Pinterest! : )

    • Hi Linda, thank you for your sweet comment! I’m so glad you and your daughter enjoyed these muffins! I hope you love the other recipes too. :) Thanks again for this wonderful review!

  96. Just made these! My house smells amaaaazing! I only had 2 bananas instead of the recommended 3 and thought they turned out great. The yogurt and coconut oil were great adds- i was surprised how moist and fluffy these were. I didn’t even miss the butter! I can’t wait to make these again. Hubby approves too! 

  97. LOVE these.

  98. Beverly Hilbert Reply

    Love these, full of texture and not overly sweet. If you wanted them sweeter, I’d make a brown sugar sprinkle on top priority to baking, but I love them the way they are.

    • That brown sugar sprinkle does sound good! Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try, Beverly. I’m happy to hear you enjoyed them!

  99. In a hurry, I wanted to use older bananas to make muffins I could give out of state guests as they left on a long drive home. I wanted something “healthy” and something with Greek yogurt and lots of pecans. I stumbled on this recipe and made the muffins; then, served some with breakfast. The muffins were the food favorite that morning! A few hours later my guests were excited to hit the road with their parcel of goodies. Thank you for your recipe and for posting it on the web.

    BTW: I always use more flavoring than a recipe calls for; hence, 4.5 stars ;-)

    • Renee, I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a winner! Thanks so much for giving it a try and taking the time to leave this nice review.

  100. It’s been ages since I made banana anything, but today I just got this overwhelming yen for banana bread or muffins. I have been loving surfing through all your healthy recipes–BIG fan of the blueberry oatmeal muffins–so when I saw this knew I hit the jackpot. :-) These muffins raised high and were so moist, yummy-dense and just perfect flavor. I must admit I threw a handful of blueberries in as well and OH BOY OH BOY. Your efforts did not disappoint! Everybody loved them– “Best banana nut muffins I have ever eaten” were among the praises I heard of your recipe. It reminds me of the banana bran bread my mother made for the family years ago. They do NOT need to be any sweeter and definitely don’t need butter… Now comes the quandary, we already love the blueberry oatmeal ones so much, which ones shall I make next time? Decisions, decisions… I am giving a perfect 5 a perfect 5!! ☺️

    • YAY Patricia, I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a winner for you! It sounds like you’ll be stuck making one batch of each anytime you want muffins. ;) Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  101. These banana nut muffins are the best I have ever made in all my 40 plus years of baking! Moist & delicious ,my family loves them as well and so I’ve made a second batch in just 2 days since the first batch was gone in hours.Thank You for sharing this awesome recipe!

    • Donna, thank you so much for this wonderful comment! That is high praise indeed. I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the muffins!

  102. Wow! Thank you so much for this amazing recipe! Did 6 with the walnuts, and 6 with chocolate chips for the kiddos.  Equally delicious! 

  103. Hey. I am going to make this tmrw.. can I use dates to sweeten instead of sugar,??

    • I’m afraid I actually wouldn’t recommend this, because the texture of the two is completely different. You could try using date sugar and adding a bit of extra yogurt (maybe a tablespoon or two) to the muffins since date sugar is a bit more dry than coconut sugar. You also might like these blender banana oatmeal muffins, which are sweetened with honey:

  104. Saw this recipe in my inbox, had all the ingredients to make them, and so I had to give them a try and wow!!! These really are some of the best banana muffins I’ve ever had. Kids loved them too!

  105. I can’t think of a better way to start my day than with a banana muffin! :)

  106. I was distracted making sure my 2-year-old sous chef didn’t knock the bowl over and accidentally grabbed and added nutmeg instead of the cinnamon – still added the cinnamon anyway and my taste-testers thought they were delicious. :) your recipes are always a hit at my house!

    • Viki, I’m glad to hear the muffins were enjoyed by all! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this review!

  107. I loved reading this story about the muffins and your life! Thank you for always sharing a bit of what makes you, you…and of course these delicious looking healthy recipes!

  108. These muffins are awesome! They taste just as good (maybe even better!) than the high sugar recipes I used to make.  The recipe is easy and the kids love them! I used semi sweet chocolate chips instead of walnuts. 

    • Krista, I’m so happy to hear your family enjoys these muffins! Thanks so much for giving them a try and reporting back!

  109. These are excellent! So moist and healthy! Thanks a bunch for the great recipe!

    • I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed them, Amy! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  110. These were great! I did 4 bananas, self-rising flour and used a package of mixed nuts/craisons and it was fantastic!

  111. Kelsey Martinez Reply

    These were great!!! I’ll definitely make them again. Made them exactly as the recipe said and they turned out perfect.

  112. Hi! These sound delicious! Any suggestions for making it a “clean” recipe and skipping brown sugar? Thanks!

    • Hi Sarah, I haven’t tested the recipe without the brown sugar, but another reader said she skipped it because her yogurt was on the sweeter side and it turned out well! If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes.

  113. I made this recipe once and my girlfriend loved it! I used vanilla greek yogurt instead, as I had no plain.. Very yummy and easy to make!

  114. Great!  I only had 2 bananas, so I also added some shredded zucchini.  Used full fat plain European style yogurt.  Kids don’t like nuts so added chocolate chips instead (I figure the nutritional value of the zucchini balances out the chocolate chips, right?).  Made mini muffins for kids lunches.   So easy and everyone loved it, thanks!

  115. Maddy Chatterjee Reply

    Thanks for this recipe. This was my first attempt at baking muffins and they turned out great. I added semisweet chocolate chips and reduced the sugar to 1/8 cup. Muffins were moist, fluffy and filling with all the goodness from whole wheat and yoghurt.

    Looking forward to trying your other recipes. 

  116. These muffins sound awesome!!! I’m really looking forward to making them. Our ancient  wall oven finally  died, so while we save up for a new one we’re using a large tabletop toaster oven (which has been surprisingly good for both baking and roasting!). I have to use a toaster oven-sized, 6-cup muffin tin and bake the batter in batches. Do you have a good idea as to how much less the baking time for a 6-cup muffin tin will be (vs. a regular 12-cup muffin tin)? Thanks very much. You and Ben sound like absolute sweethearts (individually and together). Wishing you both much happiness!

    • Hi Margaret! As long as the wells for the muffins in the pan are a standard size (the same as a 12-cup muffin pan, just with fewer holes for the muffins) the baking time should be the same. I’d check a few minutes early, just to be safe. Hope you love them!

  117. These were amazing! Moving the rack to the top third did the trick in getting them to rise. I made mine with whole wheat pastry flour and no nuts since my family Is picky. I put a little smear of peanut butter in mine and it made a perfect breakfast. I will definitely make these again!

  118. I made these are they are awesome! Great taste and texture. I followed the recipe exactly but also added an extra 1/4 cup of flour because I live in Montana at an elevation of 6,000 feet. I know it seems like a lot of extra flour, but after 27 years of living here, I know what adjustments to make when baking if I don’t want things to “fall”. Thank you for the great recipe!

  119. I have made this recipe at least 10 times and it comes out perfect every time! I make these and put them in a large zip lock bag for our busy family to be able to grab on the way out the door for breakfast. My teenage daughter and husband love them. I made some for my brother-in-law who LOVES banana bread and he actually ate them for his dinner one night because he “could not wait until breakfast”. Thanks for sharing this quick, inexpensive and delicious recipe.

  120. These are amazingly moist! I used vanilla greek yogurt because that’s what I had, so used a little less maple syrup. I added a little bit of chocolate chips instead of nuts to please kids. They turned out amazing!!

  121. Michaela Barrett Reply

    OMG these were so delicious and my little 10 month old Maggie loved them (minus nuts)!! We have a constant supply of bananas in our house! Henry loved helping me bake them!! 

    • Michaela, I’m so glad they’re a hit with everyone! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave this wonderful review!

  122. These are the best banana muffins i’ve ever had!! i can’t believe they are healthy. would definitely make again!!

  123. My new favourite banana walnut muffins! Absolutely moist, soft an delicious fluffy, my family loved them. Thanks for sharing this recipe

  124. Shirley P Corallo Reply

    I added 2 tbl chia seeds, 1/2 c. Ground flax, 2 tbl physlium, 1/2 c unsweeten flaked coconut, 1/2 tsp baking powder, and 1/2 banana to this recipe. I baked @ 350 for 27 min until toothpick came out clean. Results are larger fiber rich muffins that are moist, chewy, and delicious!

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