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These Cinnamon Banana Muffins are moist and full of bananas and cinnamon. Easily made with items that are already in your pantry, this is the perfect banana muffin recipe!

Banana Muffins

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Being the wife of a firefighter means that my boys and I eat dinner alone 2 or 3 nights a week. Since I am just making dinner for 3 little guys, I want to make something that I know they will eat.

At our house, that’s muffins. Yes, sometimes we eat muffins for dinner! My boys will not eat just any old muffin though.

These boys could almost be considered muffin connoisseurs, with the amount of muffins and number of different recipes they’ve tasted.

After all that trial and error, there is only one muffin that I know they will eat EVERY TIME. Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins.

In fact, I usually buy extra bananas each week and wait for them to become super ripe, just to make these muffins!

The great thing about these muffins is that they are easy to make with only a few ingredients, and they come together so quickly. 

You can have soft, warm muffins on your table in 30 minutes!

A cinnamon swirl banana muffin on a white plate

How to Make Banana Muffins More Fluffy

One way to make fluffier banana muffins is to use room temperature ingredients. Having your butter, eggs, and milk at room temperature helps the mixture to be smoother which yields a more fluffy banana muffin.

A great tip when making banana muffins is to add the ripe bananas into a bowl and mash them with a fork until they are smooth. This will help keep your banana muffins from having clumps in them, producing a more even moistness throughout the dough.

I also like to use a small food processor or blender to achieve the most smooth banana puree to add to the muffins.

Cinnamon Banana Muffins Ingredients

All-Purpose Flour- Standard all-purpose flour is what I use to make cinnamon banana muffins.

Baking Powder- When it comes to baking powder, do not substitute. Baking powder is a leavening agent that produces carbon dioxide in the presence of heat and moisture. If you use a different type of leavener in your recipe, it will alter how the muffins rise in the oven.

Baking Soda- is another leavener that is used in addition to baking powder. Baking soda is a base and when mixed with an acid like buttermilk or lemon juice (or even vinegar), it produces carbon dioxide and makes your muffins rise.

Cinnamon- adds flavor to these cinnamon banana muffins!

Salt- Salt is used to enhance the sweetness of the muffins

Mashed Bananas- adds the sweetness and banana flavor to these banana muffins

Vanilla Extract- adds flavor to these cinnamon banana muffins

Eggs- Eggs add moisture, richness, and tenderness to your baked goods. They also bind the ingredients together when they are baked.

Sugar- This recipe calls for granulated white sugar.

Melted Butter- gives the muffins moisture and a dense texture.

Cinnamon/Sugar Topping- adds depth and flavor to these banana muffins and tastes great!

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How to Make Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins

[1] In a medium sized mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.

[2] In a separate bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and melted butter. Then combine the wet and dry ingredients together until full incorporated, being careful not to over mix.

A bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet ingredients, a bowl of banana muffin batter

[3] Spray a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper baking cups. For this batch, I used these paper liners for half of the muffins (that we were going to give away) and these colorful silicon cupcake liners for the muffins were going to keep. I like that the silicon liners are reusable and they also make great snack cups in lunch boxes!

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins in silicone wrappers.
Silicone Liners

[4] Fill each muffin cup with about 1/4 cup of batter. To measure out the batter, I use a Medium Cookie Scoop that holds about 2 Tablespoons. I put two scoops of batter per cup, which equals about 1/4 cup. It helps to make the muffins a consistent size.

Banana Muffin batter scooped into a pan with a cookie scoop

[5] Here comes the fun part! Mix the remaining 1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar.

[6] Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the top of each muffin and, if you feel like it, swirl the mixture into the batter with a toothpick. This part is totally optional though.

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins

[7] Bake the muffins for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in the center, comes out clean.

[8] Transfer the muffins to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely.

[9] Then enjoy your delicious, Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins.

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A cinnamon swirl banana muffin on a white plate

Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

The Best Easy Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins are moist and full of bananas and cinnamon. The perfect banana muffin recipe!

Ingredients

Muffins

  • 1 1/2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 3 Large Bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, melted

Cinnamon Sugar Topping

  • 1/4 Cup Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in a medium mixing bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the mashed bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and butter.
  3. Mix together the wet and dry ingredients until incorporated, being careful not to over mix.
  4. Place 1/4 cup of batter in each lined or sprayed muffin cup. Mix 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons of cinnamon together in a bow. Sprinkle the mixture over the tops of the muffin batter. Swirl with a toothpick, if desired.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center of the muffin comes out clean. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1 Muffin
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 301mgCarbohydrates: 37gFiber: 2gSugar: 21gProtein: 3g

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Michelle

Thursday 28th of July 2022

I love this recipe! My 8yr old is learning to bake and this is what we started with! Thank you so much!!!

Sylvia Kramarius

Thursday 25th of February 2021

Extremely good. I was totally going for a please be easy, my kids are baking with me for the 100th time during the pandemic, recipe. This was perfect! Easy steps. Taste, texture, everything was amazing. We even forgot the vanilla, and they still turned out awesome.

Jeanne

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

ABSOLUTELY THE BEST BANANA BREAD MUFFIN EVER! So easy too! I have made them 4 times ( no substitutions ) and they came out perfect each time. Hubby and friends love them. Thank you for this delicious easy recipe.

Melissa

Tuesday 21st of April 2020

These are really, really good!

I added chocolate chips and chopped pecans to the batter and frosted half of them with chocolate buttercream frosting ( which made them more like a cupcake.) They were all delicious.

The addition of the chocolate chips and chopped pecans extends the batter, so you get around 18 muffins.

I don’t normally review recipes; but, these were definitely worth of an excellent review! Kudos to you!☺️

Amber

Monday 30th of December 2019

This recipe was amazing. These muffins came out so moist and tasty... They were beautiful. I substituted the normal sugar for coconut sugar and they turned out perfectly. I highly recommend the recipe for anyone wanting delicious banana muffins with a cinnamon twist.

Mindy

Tuesday 31st of December 2019

Thank you! I'm glad you liked them :)

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