Healthy Banana Muffins with Walnuts

Healthy banana muffins are made from a one-bowl muffins recipe, and they are absolutely delicious! These tender, moist, healthy banana muffins with walnuts are perfect for breakfast, a healthy snack, or just because.

Well, it happened. Ben is no longer a law student, and I am no longer a law student’s wife. We marked the occasion with Healthy Banana Nut Muffins.

Healthy Banana Muffins. Super-moist one bowl muffins that are good for you too! I’ve imagined writing this post hundreds of times since this blog began, and now that I’m sitting in front of my keyboard with Ben three feet from me, instead of three miles away locked inside a library, I hardly know what to type. I believed on multiple occasions during the last three years that law school would never end, and my marriage would forever include eight-hour exams, bell curves, and law review. But it has ended. My law-student husband had graduated, and I am so incredibly proud of him.

The Law Student, graduated!

Law school has challenged our relationship, but Ben and I will both tell you that it made us stronger. On graduation day, Ben was not the only one who received a heart-felt card from his spouse—Ben wrote one for me too. Although it was Ben who spent the hours in the library and me who picked him up late on Friday nights, law school taught us both to make sacrifices. I learned not to resent our time apart (most of the time) or the extra household duties that fell to me in the weeks leading up to finals (most of the time.) Ben learned to give up his study time when I was upset or activities came along that were important to me.

I’m not so naïve as to think that now that law school has ended, Ben and I will have plenty of time for each other or our marriage will be without trials. He is beginning a full-time job with a law firm this fall, which will likely bring new challenges and long hours. With any luck, we will be in a new house, which will bring its own demands. Goodness knows life will change when and if kids enter the scene, but let’s save that for another post.

Greek Yogurt Banana Nut Muffins. Wholesome healthy banana muffins made with whole wheat flour and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. #healthybananamuffins #banananutmuffins #muffins

I’d like to tell you that the days since graduation have been filled with romantic midnight walks and afternoon naps, and that I rewarded Ben for this important milestone with a 16-ounce, home-cooked porterhouse steak. In reality, we’ve been spending most of our time cleaning and house hunting, and I actually baked Ben a batch of healthy banana muffins instead.

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins made with whole wheat flour

Healthy Banana Muffins – with walnuts or without?

These banana muffins, however, are not just any old vehicle for those overripe bananas I know are languishing on your kitchen counter right now. These are Ben’s Healthy Banana Nut Muffins: super soft, healthy, and stuffed to the brim with toasted walnuts—exactly how Ben came to love them during the three years I spent baking them for his study snacks.

What makes these banana nut muffins Ben’s Healthy Banana Nut Muffins is a border-line irresponsible amount of walnuts. Typical banana nut muffin recipes call for 1/4 or 1/2 cup walnuts, but these babies flaunt a full protein-packed cup of them. During law school, I often baked Ben healthy snacks (or cookies) to bring to the library, and healthy banana nut muffins were a regular. No matter how many walnuts I added, however, Ben politely requested more, so one day I finally threw in an entire cup, unsure if the batter would even hold. To both of our nutty delight, not only did the muffins bake beautifully, their walnut flavor and crunch is outstanding.

Healthy Banana Muffins with walnuts and whole wheat flour

Even if you are not a walnut fan, this is still a fantastic base recipe for healthier banana muffins. They are made with 100% whole wheat, are super moist, and loaded with the warm flavors of cinnamon and pure maple syrup. I spent a lot of time playing around with the sugar/fat ratios in this banana nut muffin recipe, and am so happy with the final product. They 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. Also, the maple syrup tames the whole wheat flour, giving these banana nut muffins a pleasant taste and rich flavor profile.

If you need a gluten free muffin option, try my recipe for banana oatmeal muffins,  Becca’s recipe for Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins, or Chelsea’s gluten free recipe for Skinny Peanut Butter Chocolate Banana Muffins.

Although Ben has graduated, I am hopeful that the lessons we learned during his time in law school—the importance of patience, sacrifice, and support—will remain with us throughout our lifetime together. Though I may no longer be “The Law Student’s Wife” on paper, I very much hope the spirit of the name stays with me. I chose this blog name in part because it began as a hobby in a new city where my husband spent a lot of time with his books; however, I also chose it because the time we both prioritized was sharing meals together. I am passionate about finding time for family dinner, even on a tight budget and packed schedule. I love sharing healthy recipes that make meal time feel special, and I hope I’m still doing so long after Ben is qualified to write “J.D.” after his name.

I also fully intend to keep baking Ben’s Healthy Banana Muffins, with walnuts, of course, even though he will be bringing them to the office, instead of to school.

Healthy Banana Nut Muffins. Super moist and made with whole wheat flour

As far as the porterhouse graduation steak, I’m leaving that one to professionals. Post-gradation isn’t allllll hours on Zillow or sifting through the hundreds of legal documents that proliferated in our apartment during the past three years. This Friday night, Ben and I will be toasting his our accomplishment at one of Madison’s oldest steakhouses, picking up a pint of ice cream, then watching a Comedy Central stand up marathon on Netflix. In the morning, I’ll bake a fresh batch of Ben’s Healthy Banana Muffins. This is my real life, and I kind of love it. Though I don’t know everything that lies ahead in my post-law-student’s-wife-life, I know it will be with Ben, which is enough.

I also know that it will include Ben’s Healthy Banana Nut Muffins. The future is looking bright. And tasty.

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Healthy Banana Nut Muffins

Healthy banana muffins made with yogurt, walnuts and maple syrup. Whole wheat, moist and absolutely delicious, this is the only banana muffin recipe you need!

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


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

Store leftover muffins at room temperature in an airtight container for up to two days or tightly wrap individually in plastic and freeze for up to one month.

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  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 :-)

  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???

    • Hi Fayanne, thank you for the kind words about the muffins! I don’t actually do calorie counts for any of the recipes on my website (you can read the specific reasons why on my FAQ page), but I do know that there are many free calorie calculators online. A quick Google search should give you some options. Thanks!

  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. BakerinHouston Reply

    Hi there, I have just taken up baking healthy things and came across your recipe for banana nut muffin. I wanted to know if I can use 100% whole wheat flour instead of white whole wheat for this reciepe. I am also thinking of using honey instead of maple syrup because I hate the taste of maple syrup. Would you please let me know if i can use these items and the appropriate measurements? 
    Thank you,

    • 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. Great recipe thanks!!! How many calories for one muffin? I used apple sauce instead of the oil

    • 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! : )

    Rating: 5
    • 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! 

    Rating: 5
  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.

    Rating: 5
    • 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 ;-)

    Rating: 4.5
    • 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!! ☺️

    Rating: 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!

    Rating: 5
    • 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! 

    Rating: 5

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