Magical Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins so moist and flavorful you won't even realize they're healthy!

I feel like the world is split into two types of people: those who love muffins and those who don’t.

I am part of the latter group. Muffins just aren’t my thing. If I’m going to have a hunk of carbs, I either want a crunchy baguette or a fudgy brownie. So baked goods that are both flour-y and lacking in chocolate… I say what’s the point?

Then I made these Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins and my whole world got turned upside down. 

Magical Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins so moist and flavorful you won't even realize they're healthy!

You take a bite and your tastebuds go wild. Banana! Oatmeal! A hint of cimmamon! These muffins are SO moist and flavorful, you don’t even realize that you’re not eating a fudgy brownie or a gooey cookie. You’re just so happy to be noshing on these fluffy banana muffins.

OK so you’re eating the muffin and you’re like, wait what’s that? A nutty crunch? That’s right, there are walnuts in there! I mean, banana + walnuts = perfection. Come on.

Anyways. Yeah. They’re really good guys.

Magical Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins so moist and flavorful you won't even realize they're healthy!

I made these muffins in those beautiful tulip muffin liners, which meant they were as big as those bakery-style muffins you get at Dunkin’ Donuts (can you tell I’m from Boston). But I wrote out the recipe with standard-sized muffin liners, as I assumed that’s what most people would have on hand.

So if you want them to look just like these babies, I divided the batter evenly into 6 tulips and baked them for maybe 5 minutes extra. Just test for done-ness by inserting a knife into the top of the muffin and seeing if it comes out clean.

Magical Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins so moist and flavorful you won't even realize they're healthy!

RECIPE

Magical Whole Wheat Banana Nut Muffins

Serves 6 huge or 10 normal muffins     adjust servings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups mashed extra ripe bananas
  • 1 banana, sliced into 2 inch slivers, for topping (optional)
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable (or coconut) oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned oats, plus additional 2 tablespoons for topping
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, plus additional 2 tablespoons for topping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line 10 muffin tins with muffin liners, spray with non-stick baking spray, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk mashed banana, eggs, brown sugar, oil, and vanilla extract until well combined.
  3. Use a spatula to fold in both flours, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon, mixing until combined. Fold in ¾ cup chopped walnuts in the last few strokes of mixing.
  4. Scoop batter into prepared muffin tins, filling ¾ of the way up. In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons walnuts with 2 tablespoons oats. Sprinkle over muffins. Last, top muffins with a 2" sliver of banana.
  5. Bake for 5 minutes at 425°F, then turn oven down to 375°F and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, until muffins are golden brown and spring back to the touch. Remove from oven and allow to cool for at least 10 minutes before eating!

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31 comments

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YES! These look incredible. I’m steadfastly in the former category of muffin lovers so these are RIGHT up my alley

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahaha, then you will LOVE these girlfriend!

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Umm I’m kind of right there with you! I do love a good muffin, but really I would rather have something else, if given the choice. These look AMAZING my dear!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? But like given the choice of these, I choose these.

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I’m not a big muffin person either – I’d rather have a quick bread so I can slice it the size I want. but these might make me change my mind!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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You can also totally bake this in a bread pan! Win-win for everyone 🙂

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Can I just use regular whole wheat flour instead of whole wheat and the pastry flour? Or, use a combination of cake flour and whole wheat flour (cake being a substitute for the pastry)? Thanks!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hi Andrea! Great question! I would do either the cake flour/whole wheat flour combo, or a combo of AP flour/whole wheat flour. You can do all whole wheat, but the muffins will be more dense, which I personally don’t like.

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I totally agree – I like muffins, but if there’s something better around, I won’t go for them. Although I WILL say that they’re perfect for a quick grab-and-go breakfast. IF I’m going to go for any muffin, I want it to be banana-y and cinnamon-y. So these would be perfect!!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? I totally agree. But like yes to banana muffins 🙂

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I am a ride or die muffin chick and the New England in me squealed a little when I thought of those enormous Dunkin Donuts muffins… I used to get one of the chocolate chip ones every time I went to the airport. These enormous muffins look so magical! I can never pass up banana nut, and I love how you baked the banana right into the top- delicious 🙂 Pinning!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Omg RIGHT?! We love our Dunkin’s. 🙂

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These muffins sound INCREDIBLE! I definitely need to try these soon! x

Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Omg they are so good tho! Enjoy!

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Love that little banana sliver on top Sarah. These sound yummy!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thanks Mary Ann! I love how the bananas add some dimension!

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APPROXIMATELY HOW MANY BANANAS IS 1 AND 1/4 CUP?

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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It is approximately 2 large bananas!

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Banana bread is the BEST! Loving the addition of walnuts for that crunch!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Right? The crunch. THE CRUNCH.

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These do look magical!! Love the banana on top too!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Thank you Eden!

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Once someone told me, “muffin = muffin top” i fell in to the same category as you – BUT – these look amazing and love that little sliver on the top, 🙂

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Hahahaha. Well it would be worth it for these muffins!

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Love these Sarah! I am definitely a muffin type of person and these are right up my alley! Gorgeous.

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh good, then you’ll love them! Thanks so much Debs!

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I have had some pretty “meh” muffins, but you are redefining what a muffins should be! And I just happened to buy some pastry flour the other day. yay!

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Oh perfection! You will love these!

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Ok, so put some thin shaved slivers of dark chocolate in there and I might think I am eating a candy bar. No chocolate then it’s just a muffin to me 🙁

Sarah | Broma Bakery
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Omg that sounds LOVELY. Now I’m going to have to make them again…

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I made these last weekend, they were sooooo DELICIOUS!!

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