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Banana Cream Muffins are moist and packed with banana flavor with a creamy cinnamon center. One of the best banana muffin recipes ever and you can make these muffins with only 2 bananas!

Three banana cream muffins with cinnamon cream cheese filling

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Banana Muffins with only 2 Bananas!

Most banana muffin recipes call for 3-4 bananas, but sometimes you only have 2 bananas. What can you do?

Make these moist Banana Muffins with just 2 bananas! They’re moist and packed with banana flavor, with a creamy cinnamon center.

Banana Cream Muffins

 This Banana Cream Muffins recipe is one that they love! I love them too, mostly because of the delicious, creamy, cinnamon cream cheese filling.

Use Ripe Bananas

To make banana muffins, you’re going to want to make sure that they are ripe. You can tell they are ripe when they are starting to get brown spots on them and they are soft to the touch.

Ripe bananas are going to give your muffins the best flavor.

Banana Cream Muffins in a muffin pan

How to Ripen Bananas for Banana Muffins

If you don’t have ripe bananas, there are a few ways that you can ripen them quickly.

The first way is to place the bananas on a baking sheet and bake them at 300 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.

Another way is to place the bananas in a brown paper bag with an apple or tomato. The ethylene gas that the apple or tomato emits will help to ripen the bananas.

The last way is to place the bananas in a bowl and microwave them for about 30 seconds.

Once your bananas are ripe, you’re ready to make these delicious Banana Cream Muffins!

What Can Be Added to Banana Muffins?

 There are many things you can add to these banana muffins for a delicious variety. Some ideas are:

Wet and dry ingredients for banana cream muffins

Can Banana Cream Muffins be made into Banana Bread?

Yes! This recipe will make a delicious banana bread. To make banana cream bread:

[1] Pour half of the batter into a 9.5 inch x 5 inch loaf pan

[2] Place dollops of cream cheese filling over the batter and use a knife to swirl

[3] Cover with the remaining batter and bake at 350 degrees for 60-65 minutes

Cream filling for banana muffins

Can Oil Be Used Instead of Butter?

You can definitely use oil instead of butter. Good substitutes would be vegetable oil, canola oil, or corn oil.

Can Almond Milk Be Used Instead of Milk

Yes! I use almond milk in this recipe all of the time and they come out delicious every time!

Banana Cream Muffins on a counter top

Banana Cream Muffins Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Muffin Batter

All-Purpose Flour: The best flour to use in this recipe is all-purpose flour. You can use whole wheat flour, but the muffins will be dense.

Sugar: I like to use granulated white sugar in this recipe, but you could also use brown sugar.

Baking Powder: This is what is going to make your muffins nice and fluffy.

Eggs: The eggs help to bind everything together and make the muffins nice and moist.

Mashed Bananas: You’re going to want to use 2 ripe bananas for this recipe. If they’re not ripe, see the tips above on how to ripen them quickly.

Melted Butter: I like to use unsalted butter, but you can use whatever you have on hand.

Milk: I use whole milk in this recipe, but you can use any type of milk.

Sour Cream: The sour cream helps to make the muffins nice and moist.

Vanilla Extract: This is for flavor. I like to buy pure vanilla extract from Costco, but you can also get it at your local grocery store.

Banana Cream Muffins in a pan

Cream Cheese Filling

Softened Cream Cheese: You’re going to want to use full-fat cream cheese for this recipe.

Sugar: This sweetens the filling.

Cinnamon: This is for flavor. You could also add a little nutmeg or cloves if you’d like.

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How to Make Banana Cream Muffins

Muffin Batter

[1] Add the flour, sugar, and baking powder to a large bowl.

Dry ingredients for banana muffins

[2] In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, mashed bananas, melted butter, milk, sour cream, and vanilla extract.

Wet ingredients for banana cream muffins

[3] Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix.

Banana Cream Muffin Batter

Cream Cheese Filling

[1] In a medium bowl or food processor, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon with a hand mixer or with a spoon.

Cream cheese filling ingredients for banana muffins

[2] Add the cream cheese mixture to a sandwich size ziplock bag and set aside.

Cream cheese filling in a ziplock bag

Muffin Assembly

[1] Place paper liners in a muffin pan and add 2 tablespoons of batter to each cup. (I use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop)

Banana Muffin Batter in a muffin pan

[2] Snip off the corner of the ziplock bag and squeeze approximately 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each muffin.

Cream cheese filling and banana cream muffin batter

[3] Add 2 more tablespoons of batter to the top of the muffin.

Banana muffin batter scooped into muffin liners

[4] Bake muffins at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Banana muffin batter ready to bake

[5] Let the muffins cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes before serving.

Baked banana cream muffins

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many muffins will this recipe make?

This easy recipe will make 12 standard size muffins.

How many bananas make a cup?

There are 3 medium bananas in 1 cup.

How should I store these banana cream muffins?

To keep your muffins fresh, store them in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days. You can also freeze them for up to 3 months.

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Three banana cream muffins with cinnamon cream cheese filling

Banana Cream Muffins

Yield: 12 Muffins
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Banana Cream Muffins are moist and packed with banana flavor with a creamy cinnamon center. One of the best banana muffin recipes ever!

Ingredients

Banana Muffins

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted
  • 1/4 Cup Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Cream Filling

  • 4 Ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Add the flour, sugar, and baking powder to a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the eggs, mashed bananas, melted butter, milk, sour cream, and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until moistened. Do not over mix.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the softened cream cheese, sugar, and cinnamon with a hand mixer or with a spoon.
  5. Add the cream cheese mixture to a sandwich size ziplock bag and set aside.
  6. Place baking liners in a muffin pan and add 2 tablespoons of batter to each cup. (I use a 2 tablespoon cookie scoop)
  7. Snip off the corner of the ziplock bag and squeeze approximately 1 tablespoon of the cream cheese mixture into the center of each muffin.
  8. Top each muffin with 2 more tablespoons of batter.
  9. Bake the muffins at 400 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  10. Let the muffins cool in the pan for 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 189mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 4g

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