Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe
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Nana’s Favorite Banana Muffins {Plus Recipe}

January weather in Salt Lake is arguably the WORST!! Not only is it cold and snowy but we get the nastiest inversion making our air quality comparable to China….it’s gross and so gloomy!  With that said, I’m always on the hunt for indoor entertainment for the kids as I’m not really keen to have them outside in the city when the air is so bad.  Cooking and baking has become one of our go-to activities thanks to our Nana who not only loves to cook, but makes it a point to include anyone and everyone in the process.  Pretty much if you’re in the kitchen, you’re helping whether you want to or not!

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin RecipeThis week we headed to Nana’s and busteded out a quick batch of her Banana Muffins that are hands down one of my kiddos favorite foods.  They both literally devour them, and I’m secretively obsessed because they are such a great staple to have in the freezer for a quick breakfast that the kids can eat on the go when we are running late for school in the mornings. Anyway the recipe is below along with a million pictures (because you know I can’t not) but I put the recipe first so you can skip the pics if you like!

Banana Bread Recipe {via Nana}

  • 1-2/3 cups sifted flour (we typically do 50/50 flour and wheat flour for a healthier option)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup soft butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest (this gives the bread a light, fresh flavor)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt ( can substitute 1/2 cup sour cream or 1/4 cup buttermilk) (if using powdered buttermilk, sift appropriate amount of buttermilk powder for 1/4 cup measurement with the dry ingredients and add the 1/4 cup of water to the butter, sugar, egg mixture)
  • 1 cup mashed bananas – I have the kids use a potato masher because it seems to be easier for them. I finish mashing it with the back of a fork so the pieces of banana aren’t too large.

Preheat oven to 350*. Grease mini muffin pan well.

  • Sift flour with soda and salt. Set aside.
  • Combine butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla and lemon zest in large bowl.  Cream on high for 1-1/2 minutes. Add mashed bananas and yogurt. Mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients, mixing until just combined.
  • Fill muffins a bit more than 1/2 full.
  • Bake for 12-14 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool for 6 minutes and then turn muffins out of pan. I never let the muffins sit too long in the pan because they are harder to get out. If any don’t turn out, gently go around the edge of the muffin with a knife to loosen it from pan.


If you make this recipe in a loaf pan bake it for 50-60 minutes.

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe

The sifter is without question the kids favorite, and also messiest, baking tool!  Funny how those two always seem to go hand in hand!

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe

Definitely not the most efficient way to mash the bananas but seems to be the easiest for the kids.  Typically we mash more with a fork once they have had a turn at it.

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe

The plain yogurt can be substitute with sour cream or buttermilk, we typically always have plain yogurt on hand so that’s what we use.

Charlie Rowan Banana Muffin Recipe

Jett always covers his ears when the mixer, or coffee grinder turns on, or the vacuum for that matter. When he was little we use to always make a big deal that things were going to be loud so now it’s become a thing…it’s pretty adorable thought! Although I would be lying if it didn’t give me panic about his hearing the first dozen times he did it!

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My mom always grates 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest into the batter which gives the bread a light, fresh flavor.  If you have a lemon don’t skip this step it totally makes a difference!

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We typically do mini muffins as they are the perfect size for my littles but you could do normal ones or even a loaf.  Also, as my mom mentioned in the recipe above make sure you grease the pan really well and remove the muffins before they are completely cooled…it makes a world of difference getting them out of there!

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Pair them with coffee, and yogurt for the perfect low key breakfast!  They really are so yummy and make the best easy breakfast, and besides they are WAY too little to even feel guilty about!

Enjoy! If you make them, leave a comment below as I would love to know how they turn out!