Honey Banana Muffins

12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Honey Banana Muffins are tender, buttery, and sweet. Made with honey, bananas, warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and with crunchy pecans throughout.

There’s a reason we have so many banana muffin recipes on the site like Chocolate Banana Muffins, Classic Banana Muffins, and Banana Bread Muffins. Breakfast Baked Goods and bananas just go together so well! The mashed banana makes these Honey Muffins extra moist and adds a little sweetness.

Honey Banana Muffins in stack


Delicious Banana Muffins are a great way to use ripe bananas. So the next time you have a bunch of bananas about to go bad you can make this muffin recipe along with your favorite Banana Bread. Along with the bananas and pecans this recipe is made with the basic ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry. So, they’re easy to throw together at any time.

Moist Banana Muffins make a delicious breakfast for the whole family or the perfect gift. Just wrap up individual muffins in plastic wrap then put them in a basket or gift box to make an easy and delicious present. If you’re enjoying them for breakfast, try cutting a warm muffin in half with a butter knife and spread on some butter and a little extra honey for a sweet morning treat.

Honey Banana Muffins batter in muffin tin

While these muffins have a light, sweet flavor, they’re also relatively healthy muffins. The sweet honey and bananas make it so you don’t have to mix in any extra sugar. So, as far as muffins go these are wonderfully Healthy Banana Muffins.



  • During the prep time make sure that you grease the muffin tin, use cooking spray, or use paper cup liners to make sure the Honey Banana Muffins don’t stick to the tin.
  • When you combine the wet and dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, don’t overmix. The batter will still be a little lumpy, but this will make beautiful domed muffin tops.
  • Use a cup measurer or spoon to get a large scoop of the Honey Banana Muffin Batter. Then fill the prepared muffin tin so each individual muffin cup is about ¾ full.
  • The baking time is 18-20 minutes. Keep your eye on them for when they start to look golden brown. Use a toothpick to check if they’re done baking.
  • After letting them cool you can take the muffins from the muffin tin still in their paper cups and move them to a cooling rack on the kitchen counter.

Honey Banana Muffins in muffin tin


  • Vegan Honey Banana Muffins: To make these muffins vegan take out the 2 regular eggs and substitute with flax eggs and substitute brown sugar for the honey. Alternatively, you could use ½ cup unsweetened applesauce to replace the eggs. A third option is mixing in extra banana. It takes 1 mashed banana to replace 1 egg.
  • Oil: For some oil replacements, instead of vegetable or canola oil, try using melted almond butter, olive oil, or coconut oil. You could also replace the oil with buttermilk. To make the buttermilk combine vinegar and milk. You can use almond milk to replace the milk. Use mostly buttermilk with some melted butter mixed in to replace the oil. You could also add in a spoonful of Greek yogurt or sour cream to make the muffins extra moist.
  • Flour: You can make healthy Whole Wheat Banana Muffins by using whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour in the recipe. Use the same amount of whole wheat flour that the recipe calls for. For a cute, healthy breakfast make Mini Wholewheat Banana Muffins. Some more alternatives you can try in the flour mixture are wholemeal flour, white wheat flour, hard red wheat flour, whole grain, almond flour, or oat flour. These are all easy ways to make healthy banana muffins.

Honey Banana Muffin with bite removed

  • Sweeteners: If you don’t have honey or just want to experiment with the flavor of the muffin, there are plenty of other sweeteners you can try. Simply use brown sugar, white sugar, maple syrup, or molasses. Even if you’re still using honey, but just want some extra flavor adding a bit of maple syrup in could do that. Maple syrup has a distinct, sweet taste, that’s perfect for any breakfast recipe. If you’re on a sugar-free diet use artificial sugar instead of refined sugar. Just keep in mind that honey is a relatively healthy sweetener so for Healthy Banana Muffins you may want to stick to the original recipe instead for a refined sugar-free Banana Muffin.
  • Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins: Easily make these delicious muffins even sweeter by folding in some chocolate chips. Use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or dark chocolate depending on your taste for Chocolate Chips Banana Muffins.
  • Add-ins: There are plenty of other add-ins you can try besides chocolate chips in these Fluffy Banana Nut Muffins. Mix in ½ cup of creamy peanut butter to make Peanut Butter Banana Muffins. You could also add in some frozen blueberries or chopped walnuts. For some flavors try mixing in vanilla extract. Vanilla is strong enough that 1 teaspoon vanilla should do the trick. You could also mix in an extra teaspoon ground cinnamon to play up the flavors already in the muffins.
  • Mini Banana Muffins: Instead of using a standard cup muffin tin to make medium size muffins, you can use a non-stick 24 mini muffin pan to make mini banana muffins.



  • Serve: You can keep Honey Banana Muffins at room temperature for up to 3 days. Let them cool then store them in a plastic bag or another airtight container to store in the pantry.
  • Store: Put the Banana Muffins in an airtight container, and they’ll keep well in the fridge for a week.
  • Freeze: You can freeze Honey Banana Muffins for up to 6 months.

close-up of Honey Banana Muffins in muffin tin

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Honey Banana Muffins

Honey Banana Muffins are tender, buttery, and sweet. Made with honey, bananas, warm spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, and with crunchy pecans throughout.
Yield 12 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas , (1 to 2 medium)
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pecans , chopped


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line a 12 cup muffin tin with muffin liners.
  • In a large bowl whisk together eggs, banana, oil, and honey.
  • Sift together flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined.
  • Stir in the pecans (reserve some to sprinkle on top of muffin batter).
  • Scoop batter into muffin liners and top with remaining pecans.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.


Calories: 245kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 152mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 58IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
Keyword: Honey Banana Muffins

Honey Banana Muffins

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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  1. These are good, although I do have one recommendation: if you follow the buttermilk substitution like I did, and you’re using bottled buttermilk like I was (had some left over from another recipe), check to see if your bottled buttermilk has salt. If it does, scale back the salt you’re adding on top of that. I didn’t think to, and mine came out a little on the salty side…but I’m hoping that’ll make them a good foil for the jam spread on. 🙂