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One Banana, One Bowl Banana Muffins

Based off my fan-favorite banana bread recipe, this is an easy small batch banana muffin recipe that only needs one banana, one bowl, and 30 minutes!

Banana muffins on a white dishtowel with walnuts and a white mug

Ever found yourself with one lone, sad overripe banana, and wondered what in the world you could make with it?

Sure, you could just eat it, or slice it and plop it on some oatmeal. But what’s the fun in that?

Am I asking too many hypothetical questions? Yes, I am. So let’s focus on the fact that I have a solution for you: a small batch of banana muffins.

Muffins in a muffin tin

How many muffins can 1 banana make?

This recipe makes 4 regular sized muffins, or around 10-12 mini muffins.

If you have a particularly large banana or you add nuts to the batter, you may end up with more than that! The nuts adds a little bulk, so you get a little more bang for your batter buck.

Tips for making banana muffins

All you need is a bowl and a whisk – no mixer required.

You want an overripe banana. I’m talking brown, black, super spotted, just really terrible looking. Those are the best for bread and muffins and add the best flavor. I talk about why more in the post for my banana bread.

They can be easily customized to your preferences – add chocolate chips, walnuts (my personal favorite), berries, or whatever else floats your boat.

Four photo collage showing the process of making banana muffins

Use muffin liners, or not. If you don’t have any on hand, you can make your own or you can spray the muffin tin (aff link) cups with nonstick spray (aff link).

Fill the muffin liners almost to the top. Under-filled muffins make me sad – I’d recommend they be 90% filled. If you wanted to add a little streusel topping or chopped nuts, just sprinkle it right on top – no need to adjust the amount of batter in the cup.

Start by baking them at 425°F, then lower it to 350°F – but leave the door closed! This helps give them little puffed up tops instead of sad, flat ones.

A banana muffin in a white muffin liner on a dishtowel

What if I want more than 4 muffins?

Then you came to the wrong place because this is a small batch recipe, crazypants.

I’M KIDDING. You can make twice as many muffins by just doubling all the ingredients except for the egg white – instead, just use one egg (white and yolk).

Banana muffin in a white muffin liner on a dishtowel

How to store banana muffins

You’ll want to store the muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days (if they last that long), or in the fridge for a week.

A banana muffin sliced in half on a white plate

I like to eat mine warmed up with a little tab of butter…. mmm.

To do the same, just pop them in the microwave for 10 seconds, slice and slather.

Half a banana muffin with a tab of butter on a white plate

Yep, that’s the stuff.

These are great for so many reasons:

  • They make such a good grab–and-go breakfast (even if the only go-ing your doing it to your home office)
  • If you live alone, you don’t have to worry about having made entirely too many muffins that you can’t get through yourself
  • Since they’re best the same day (still good after that, just best that same day), it’s the perfect amount to add to a quick family breakfast.
A banana muffin sliced in half with melted butter on a white plate

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A banana muffin sliced in half with melted butter on a white plate

One Banana, One Bowl Banana Muffins

  • Author: Leslie Kiszka
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 21 minutes
  • Total Time: 31 minutes
  • Yield: 4 muffins 1x


Based off my fan-favorite banana bread recipe, this is an easy small batch banana muffin recipe that only needs one banana, one bowl, and 30 minutes!


  • 1 overripe banana
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted and slightly cooled
  • 1 egg white (no yolk!)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon (optional)
  • 1/3 cup add ins like berries, chocolate chips, walnuts, etc. (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F and spray muffin tin (aff link) with nonstick spray (aff link) or line with cupcake liners. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mash banana to remove as many of the lumps as possible. If desired, run through a food processor or blender (aff link) for a couple seconds.
  3. Add brown sugar and whisk together until well combined.
  4. Add melted butter, egg white and vanilla extract and beat with whisk until well combined.
  5. Add flour, baking soda and salt (and cinnamon, if using) and whisk again until just combined.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan (it’s best to use the center cups for most even baking), filling cups 3/4 of the way.
  7. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F, then turn the oven temperature down to 350°F. Bake for another 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and tops are set and golden.
  8. Let muffins cool in tin for 5 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack (aff link) to finish cooling.
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: small batch banana muffins, one banana banana muffins, one banana muffins, one banana small batch muffins, one bowl banana muffins, banana bread muffins

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Friday 9th of April 2021

Great recipe! I definitely recommend! I had at brunch time and it was great! Replaced a few things to experiment and that worked out great too! Replaced brown sugar with coconut sugar and did 1 1/4 cup flour and then a 1/4 cup oats! Just to add some texture and more fiber. (these measurements is what I did for 12 serving but that's easy enough to figure out for other sizes I'm sure) One thing I didn't really like was the lack of banana taste so maybe next time I'll do more overripe bananas cos these weren't that overripe! So delicious and all my family enjoyed! Thanks so much ❣️

Leslie Kiszka

Saturday 10th of April 2021

Glad you liked it, even with all the substitutions and not overly ripe bananas! I hope the next time you make them that they're 5 stars for you.


Thursday 25th of March 2021

Congrats on a recipe that was written with a good sense of humour, excellent tips & instructions. I can only use the top oven & the settings have a mind of its own....but non the less the results was perfect. I topped them with a. Cream Cheese icing. PS don’t know how to attach a photo for you.


Monday 22nd of March 2021

thanks, just what I needed to make on a busy Saturday morning....staring at the one left over banana. great taste....i folded in the chocolate chips just before scooping into the muffin pan. 4 perfect size mufins.

Leslie Kiszka

Monday 22nd of March 2021

So glad you liked them! I feel like it's the perfect way to use up that one lonely banana :)


Friday 19th of March 2021

Thank you for such a wonderful banana muffin recipe! It's funny that I always seem to be left with one over-ripe banana in the bunch. They were delicious! It was a crowd pleaser. Tee, hee! I used self rising flour and the whole egg plus walnuts. It turned out great....fluffy, moist, and crunchy crust!

Leslie Kiszka

Sunday 21st of March 2021

I'm so happy to hear you like them! Thank you so much for coming back to leave a rating and comment to share your experience <3


Thursday 11th of February 2021

Hi, can i make these with oat flour instead of normal?


Friday 9th of April 2021

@S, yes of course in my opinion it should work well but maybe add a bit more baking soda as the all purpose flour does help rising!

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