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We love bananas! We absolutely love bananas in our family and nearly always have some in our fruit bowl. Despite eating them almost daily, we still have the occasion where one or two get a little too brown for our liking. Instead of trashing them, we pop them in the freezer to save for later and make our favorite Frozen Banana Muffins!
The key to making a really delicious and flavorful banana muffin is to use an overly ripe banana. Now, you don’t want it to be black (or rotten), but a banana that has turned pretty brown and soft on the outside is perfect for a delicious batch of banana muffins.
Since we rarely have bananas that go bad in large numbers, our best way to have them ready for our next batch is to throw them in the freezer. They stop ripening and are ready any time.
Banana muffins are also super-fast and easy to prepare, making it the perfect recipe for the kids to help. They can peel bananas (beware that this can make for VERY cold fingers), measure sugar and flour, and scoop batter into baking pans.
Along the way, we have learned a few tricks for making these muffins the absolute best!
- Use a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. We own a hand mixer but once we went KitchenAid, we never went back. We love all the things it can do for so many recipes, and it has the power to chop up the frozen bananas. You can also turn it on and walk away for when extra mixing is needed. (DO NOT walk away if the kiddos are helping!)
- Use high quality butter and eggs. They just taste better!
- Use a Pampered Chef Brownie Pan instead of a standard muffin tin. (Note that I am not a Pampered Chef affiliate or consultant, I just REALLY love this pan!) The muffins NEVER stick and always come out perfect. They also have a Mini Muffin Pan that is equally amazing! We like to make half minis and half large muffins using both pans.
- Don’t store in the refrigerator for best taste. Although you can store them either way, the muffins definitely have a more potent banana flavor if you store in an airtight container and keep them on the counter.
- Store them up high! If the kiddos can reach them, they will sneak these muffins until they are gone! They are just that good!
Check out the recipe and let us know if you make these. If you try any of the recommended variations or have some of your own, we would love to hear them!
Frozen Banana Muffins
Make easy, fast and delicious banana muffins using frozen bananas! Your kids will devour these and they can help!
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease muffin tin with spray olive oil or butter, or insert paper baking cups into tin. Note: If you have a high quality pan and know they will not stick, the grease route is the way to go. If you are not sure, don't risk it, and use the paper baking cups.
Mix sugar and butter with stand mixer or hand mixer until smooth. Add eggs and mix until well incorporated. Finally, add partially thawed bananas, greek yogurt, and vanilla, and blend with stand mixer until smooth. (Note: If using a hand mixer, ensure that banana does not remain in large chunks and breaks down thoroughly.)
Stir in whole wheat flour, baking soda and salt by hand (do not use mixer) until just moistened. Be sure not to over-mix on this step.
Add batter to each muffin cup filling about 3/4 full. Bake for 15-17 minutes on center oven rack.
Eat and enjoy warm or store in an air-tight container. Muffins can also be stored in the refrigerator, if desired.
You could also...
-Add nuts before cooking,
-Add blueberries before cooking
-Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar before cooking
-Top with butter after cooking
-Top with cream cheese icing after cooking and cooled
Get creative, have fun, and get eating!