Apple Banana Muffins

These Apple Banana Muffins are a super alternative to "boxed" cupcakes. These are especially moist. Enjoy them as muffins with milk or your morning coffee.

These Apple Banana Muffins are a super alternative to “boxed” cupcakes. Vadim and I love any kind of dessert with fruit. These are especially moist.

You can frost them as cupcakes or enjoy them as muffins with milk or your morning coffee. Kids really enjoy them too; after all, it looks like a cupcake! We each ate 3 right out of the oven.

Ingredients Apple Banana Muffins:

2 apples, peeled, cored and finely diced
1 cup ripe mashed bananas
1 ¼ cups white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 eggs at room temperature
2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature (10 tablespoons or 1 ¼ sticks)
¼ cup buttermilk
1 tsp salt
½ tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda

How to make Apple Banana Muffins:

Pre-heat oven to 375°F.
1. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

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2. Mix together 2 cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.

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3. In a large mixing bowl ( I used my KitchenAid), beat 10 Tbsp of butter and 1 1/4 cups of sugar together on medium speed until it has a light and fluffy texture.

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4. Without reducing the speed, add 2 eggs one at a time, add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 cup buttermilk.

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5. Finally, beat in the flour mixture.

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6. Use a spoon to fold in the 2 diced apples and 1 cup of mashed bananas.

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7. Fill the lined muffin cups about half-way.

Apple Banana Muffins

Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.

These Apple Banana Muffins are a super alternative to "boxed" cupcakes. These are especially moist. Enjoy them as muffins with milk or your morning coffee.

I love these frosted with my Russian Cream Cheese Frosting.

Notes: If you only have a 12 count muffin pan, you can fill it first and bake the rest in a small baking dish.

Apple Banana Muffins

5 from 24 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
These Apple Banana Muffins are a super alternative to "boxed" cupcakes. These are especially moist. Enjoy them as muffins with milk or your morning coffee.
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $6
Servings: 24 muffins

Ingredients

  • 2 apples peeled, cored and finely diced
  • 1 cup ripe mashed bananas
  • 1 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 eggs at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup unsalted butter at room temperature 10 tablespoons or 1 ¼ sticks
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Instructions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F and line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.

  1. Mix together 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp nutmeg and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat the 1 1/4 sticks of butter and 1 1/4 cups of sugar together on medium speed until it has a light and fluffy texture.
  3. Without reducing the speed, add 2 eggs one at a time, add 1 tsp vanilla extract and 1/4 cup of buttermilk.
  4. Finally, beat in the flour mixture.
  5. Use a spoon to fold in the apples and banana.
  6. Fill the lined muffin cups about half-way.
  7. Bake until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Recipe Notes

If you only have a 12 count muffin pan, you can fill it first and bake the rest in a small baking dish.

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  • Mila
    November 11, 2018

    I just made this recipe and it is so delicious! I love the “marriage” of apples and bananas here. It’s nicely balanced and not too sweet. I did use sour cream+ milk+ white vinegar combo instead of buttermilk, just eyeballing it, but to be 1/4 of cup. Also, for a change, I used rum instead of vanilla, equally good. These muffins are very fluffy, what I really like.
    Thank you, Natasha! Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 11, 2018

      What an amazing review! Thanks for following and taking the time to leave such thoughtful comments! Reply

  • Neil Jacobitz
    November 9, 2018

    Can I use regular milk instead of buttermilk in apple/banana recipe? Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 9, 2018

      I haven’t tried that but here is what one of our readers said “Didn’t have buttermilk in the fridge so used whole milk plus a little vinegar. Just so so delicious! Now I can’t wait to look through your website and try more dishes 🙂” I hope this helps! Reply

  • Stan Watrich
    September 13, 2018

    Hi Natasha, super recipe, all pairs well together, moist, flavorful, a banana recipe as should be. For more intense flavor I used very ripe bananas, it makes a difference. For my personal taste I added 3/4 cup wild Alberta cranberries, added a tad of honey to compensate for their tartiness, turned out fantastic. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 13, 2018

      Thank you for this great review, Stan! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • AliceNiki
    July 24, 2018

    Hi Natasha. Greetings from Malaysia. I baked the Apple Banana muffins & the Moist Banana bread today. Both recipes turns up well and awesome. Both my husband and kids loved them. My husband said to me “can you just stick to this same recipe, please. The Apple Banana muffins I used brown cane sugar and yogurt as a substitute for buttermilk. In fact, both recipes I used brown cane sugar in it. Thank You so much for sharing this awesome recipes with us. I will continue to follow your recipes for other cakes, muffins etc. Regards: AliceNiki Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 24, 2018

      Hi Alice! Thank you for taking time to write such an inspiring review! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! Sounds like found a new family favorite! 🙂 Reply

  • Estrella
    July 18, 2018

    I made these Apple Banana Muffin yesterday, it was superb…delicious, very soft & awesome taste….I got two thumbs up from the guests…thank you Natasha. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 18, 2018

      You are so welcome, Estrella! I am so happy you enjoyed these! 🙂 Thank you for the wonderful review! Reply

  • Chrissy
    December 17, 2017

    Obviously meant….gobbled them up lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2017

      Ha ha I figured that was what you meant!! 🙂 Reply

  • Chrissy
    December 17, 2017

    These are delicious. Just made a batch this afternoon and my family goggled them up. Will be good for breakfast and in lunches this week. Thanks! It’s a keeper:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 17, 2017

      I’m so glad you all loved the recipe!! 🙂 Reply

  • Cristina Sanchez
    October 18, 2017

    Hi Natasha, I want to make this muffins, and I want to know if can I use whole wheat flour, they looks so delicious!!!!
    Thanks for this recipe and all the recipes you have and the ones that are coming!!!!! God bless you and your family!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 18, 2017

      Hi Christina, I’m so glad you enjoy our recipes! 🙂 I haven’t tried these with whole wheat flour so I’m not sure if they would rise as well or be as fluffy without any additional modifications. Sorry I can’t be more helpful, I just haven’t tested that out. Reply

      • Cristina Sanchez
        October 30, 2017

        Hi Natasha, I made this apple banana muffins, my family loved them. The second time I made them with whole wheat flour and brown sugar, both ways were delicious and nice and they rise and are fluffy!!!
        Thanks for sharing your recipes!! Blessings! Reply

        • Natasha's Kitchen
          October 30, 2017

          Hello Cristina! I’m glad to hear the recipe is a HIT! Thank for following and sharing your great review! God Bless 🙂 Reply

  • Kim
    September 19, 2017

    So so good, Natasha! I don’t have nugmet so ommited. Right, I ate 2 right out from the oven 😜. Thank you! P.S How does it taste on the next day, still great? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 20, 2017

      Hi Kim, you can’t beat a fresh muffin but they will still taste good the next day 🙂  Reply

  • Nooshka
    September 3, 2017

    Thanks Natasha, We loved it , beautiful results and easy to make. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 4, 2017

      My pleasure! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 🙂 Reply

  • Nathalie Marlin
    August 25, 2017

    These are the best muffins I have ever made; and they are so moist and delicious. Thank you Natasha for a perfect receipe.

    Nathalie Marlin Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 25, 2017

      Oh wow, that’s great to hear Nathalie! Thanks for sharing your excellent review! Reply

  • Lindsay
    August 17, 2017

    Thank you for sharing the recipe. Can you please tell me what kind of apple you used? Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 17, 2017

      Hi Lindsay, you can use almost any kind of apple you have on hand. I prefer a crisp, sweet tart apple like fuji or gala or braeburn, and even a granny smith would work if you prefer a little more tart apple. Reply

  • Nathalie Marlin
    August 4, 2017

    I made these muffins last week and they were the best I have ever made. Thank you Natasha. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 4, 2017

      My pleasure Nathalie! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • crystal
    May 15, 2017

    HI natasha, I loved the muffins but when I tried to PIN it – it brought me to your pinterest sight with ALL your stuff. After 10 minutes I gave up lol.. Is there an easier way that when we like a recipe and want to Pin it that we can just go to it instead of having to search it through all your pinterest stuff….. cause you know once I start looking 3 hours will pass. lol Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 15, 2017

      Crystal, which button did you click? Normally when you click the Pinterest button at the bottom of the recipe, it will just pin that recipe. Hope this helps  😀 and I know what you mean lol! Reply

  • Courtney
    March 7, 2017

    This is the first time I’ve every commeneed on an online recipe but I HAD to say thank you for sharing this deliciousness!!!!! Ohmigish. So tender and flavorful! Can’t wait to make them again 🙂 Didn’t have buttermilk in the fridge so used whole milk plus a little vinegar. Just so so delicious! Now I can’t wait to look through your website and try more dishes 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 7, 2017

      That’s awesome and quite a compliment! I’m so happy you loved the recipe and thank you for sharing your tip about subbing milk + vinegar instead of buttermilk. So smart!! I sure appreciate your awesome review! 🙂 Reply

  • Katia
    March 4, 2017

    Loved these muffins! I didn’t have buttermilk, so I substituted with vanilla yogurt and it came out the same! I also added some raisins! Thanks Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 4, 2017

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for sharing that it works well with vanilla yogurt! That’s awesome!! 🙂 Reply

  • September 12, 2016

    I baked a bread for 60 min the same time as you had for zucchini bread:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 12, 2016

      Thank you!! 🙂 Reply

  • September 9, 2016

    Thank you very much for a delicious recipe. I made it tonight and my husband loved it. But instead of muffins I did a bread and it turned out great. Keep up a good work! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2016

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us!! I’ve never tried it as a bread and it’s awesome to know it works! How long did you bake the bread? Thanks Liliya! Reply

  • Chew, Malaysia
    May 22, 2016

    Fantastic recipe and I just baked the lovely moist apple banana muffins with more butter and mashed banana. They smelled n tasted so good!

    This is a sure keeper, thanks Natasha! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 22, 2016

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Mariana
    April 12, 2016

    Thanks Natalia for tasty muffins! I baked muffins for Easter table, my whole family really enjoyed those! Nice, simple and quick recipe! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 12, 2016

      I’m so happy you liked them! Thanks Mariana 🙂 Reply

  • Polina
    January 26, 2016

    Very good. I was very happy with this recipe. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 26, 2016

      Polina, thank you for the great review, I’m glad you like the recipe 😀. Reply

  • Jessica Liew
    January 1, 2016

    Hello! How many grams is 1 cup of mashed bananas? When I tried a recipe that also used a cup measurement of bananas, I mashed mine too finely and ended up adding way too much banana! Thank you so much! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 2, 2016

      HI Jessica, to be honest, I’ve never tried weighing it so I can’t tell you for sure and I’m all out of bananas to weight it right now. I mash the banana and put it into a measuring cup to get 1 cup and haven’t had an issue with use too much. Maybe it was that specific recipe that was flawed? What kind of measuring cup do you have? Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Reply

    • Terri
      January 16, 2016

      1 cup is usually 2 ripe mashed bananas Reply

  • Chris
    October 31, 2015

    From someone who often dislikes baked goods with bananas: these are delicious!!!

    Most banana-something sweets taste too much like banana, but these were truly great! I would even increase the amount of apples next time, which went perfectly with the banana.

    I made them entirely with whole-wheat flour and just added a bit more milk, since whole-wheat flour absorbs more liquid than white, and they turned out beautifully! Be sure to include the nutmeg–it adds almost a “donut” flavor! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 1, 2015

      Chris, I’m glad you like them and great job on improvising :). Reply

  • Maritess S
    September 27, 2015

    Tried this today and it turn out so yummy. Thanks everybody in the family loves it. Before mixing the apples I sprinkles them with cinnamon and instead of buttermilk i used yogurt. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 27, 2015

      I’m so happy your family loved it :). Thanks for sharing your substitutions! Reply

  • Nausheen
    July 21, 2015

    Great recipes Reply

  • Therse
    March 1, 2015

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe , I just baked today and it came out so good and tasty.. Thank you again Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 1, 2015

      I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! 🙂 Reply

  • Raya
    January 21, 2015

    Hey Natalya. Just made these cupcakes but didn’t have apples on hand so substituted with pears. They turn out delicious! I have 3 children 3year old. 2 year old and 1 year old…and they all LOVED THEM. I made these with apples earlier as well and same result..didn’t last long  Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      January 21, 2015

      I hadn’t even thought to try them with pears. Brilliant! Thank you for sharing that with me 🙂 Reply

  • Jess
    September 10, 2014

    How would this bake different, oven temp and time-wise, if I make these into large loafs? Same temp and longer time? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 10, 2014

      Without testing it myself, it’s really hard to guess since different loaves bake at different times. I’d keep the same temperature and poke the bread at 30 minutes. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. Reply

  • Maya
    July 30, 2014

    Made this over the weekend & got through a quarter of the batter pre-baking Natasha…pity we started out with 18 cupcakes and only had 1 left the day after. Amazing recipe even with egg subs: 1/4 cup yoghurt + 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder. Thank you so much for your amazing recipes! Can’t wait to try more. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2014

      Thank you so much for sharing your egg subs! 🙂 Reply

  • olga
    June 24, 2014

    A delicious twist to banana bread! love! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 24, 2014

      I wonder how this would taste as a loaf?… Hmmm. 🙂 Reply

  • kristina
    June 14, 2014

    I was wondering if I could substitute the buttermilk with sourcream? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 14, 2014

      I’ve never made that substitution so I can’t say exactly how it will turn out. Technically the sour cream would activate the baking soda but I don’t know if you might have a batter that’s slightly too thick? If you try it out, I’d love to know how it worked out 🙂 Sour cream apple banana muffins sound pretty good right now 🙂 Reply

  • JewlsD
    April 3, 2014

    Dear Natasha,
    I began making these muffins but then I saw that in the printed version in the ingredients list it says to do 2 cups of flour while in the instructions it says to mix in only 1 1/4 cups of flour….so which one is it: 1 1/4 or 2 cups of flour? 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 3, 2014

      Thank you for catching that :), use 2 cups of flour. I will update the recipe right now. Reply

  • Ashay
    March 16, 2014

    H Natasha,
    Any reason why this recipe the bater is not so liquidy? But the vanilla and chocolate muffins is more liquid in terms of consistency.

    Also can I replace the eggs with water and some vinegar ? Will that work?

    Thanks from Singapore. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 17, 2014

      The batter for these muffins is thicker than the batter for the chocolate or vanilla cupcakes. To be honest, I haven’t tried replacing the eggs with water and vinegar. I actually haven’t heard of that substitution. Anyone else have thoughts on that? Reply

      • Viyth
        July 26, 2014

        This is probably too late but I find 1/4 cup greek yoghurt + 1 tablespoon of arrowroot powder to substitute 2 eggs works really well for most cakes/muffins. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          July 26, 2014

          Thank you so much for sharing!! I need to get some arrowroot. Where’s the best place to buy it? Or is it available everywhere? Reply

          • Viyth
            July 31, 2014

            Thank YOU for amazing recipes 🙂 Here in Australia, I managed to pick some up from a general supermarket so I’m pretty positive they should be available anywhere in the U.S?

  • Tanya
    February 26, 2014

    I’ve never commented on your web page but pretty much tried making most of your recipes. I LOVE each one you have posted. I’ve never been disappointed and only have great results. This particular recipe is what’s causing my drastic weight gain 🙂 You are amazing with all the pictures, and easy to follow instructions. Thank you for having such an awesome web page. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 26, 2014

      Thank you so much and it’s awesome to hear from you! I always appreciate the encouragement ;). I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the recipes. I have plenty more to come. I’m pretty sure I’ll be writing recipes way past retirement. lol. Anyway, thanks again! 🙂 Reply

  • Oksana M
    November 14, 2013

    These muffins are delicious! My husband and son loved them. Will be making them again tonight. I love your recipes! They always come out perfect! Thank you! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      November 15, 2013

      You’re so welcome 🙂 I’m so happy your family enjoyed the muffins 🙂 Reply

  • Lena
    July 2, 2013

    Thank you for this simple recipe. I make them often now, sucks my 2 year old does’t really like sweets except candies but my husband and I we enjoy it. Its soo easy takes me 1 hour to make cuz i only have one muffin pan so I do 2 portions. Reply

  • Natasha
    June 20, 2013

    i just made these!! they are SO GOOD!!! thank you so much for the recipe!!:) Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      June 20, 2013

      You are welcome Natasha, I have a hard time with portion control around them :). Reply

  • Natalia
    May 16, 2013

    CAn I substitute buttermilk for whole milk ?thank you. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      May 16, 2013

      Yes you can, just add 1/4 tsp of white vinegar to it and mix it before adding it, that works as a substitution. Reply

  • Viktoriya
    February 20, 2013

    Наташа, я очень люблю готовить и у нас дома очень часто собираются много гостей. У меня очень много разных рецептов, но в каждый раз, когда я собираюсь готовить, я стараюсь найти или придумать что–то новенького чтобы удивить своих родных и гостей . Конечно я готовила и по твоим рецептам и хочу сказать что всегда всё получается очень вкусно. Я никогда не сомневалась что начну чего–то готовить и не получится. Ты очень молодая но очень хорошая хозяйка !!! Очень нравится и рецепты твоей мамы. Спасибо Вам за великолепные рецепты и за полезные советы! Наташа у тебя очень красивая семья, пусть Бог вас обильно благословит! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 20, 2013

      Thank you so much! It took me a little bit to read your comment but it made my heart glad 🙂 God bless you as well and I’m so happy you enjoy the recipes! Reply

  • Jennifer
    February 14, 2013

    I’m in nursing school and made these (along with your chocolate chip cookies) for a bake sale we were having to raise money for the American Heart Association. They were the first thing to go! Thanks so much 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      February 14, 2013

      Awesome, you are welcome Jennifer :). Reply

  • Lina
    December 21, 2012

    Natasha , would it still taste good if i dont add nutmeg and cinammon ? Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      December 21, 2012

      They still taste great :). Reply

  • Anna
    October 24, 2012

    Just made them and they are THE bomb. I added a little more cinnamon and made them in miniature muffin pans. The best little bite size fall muffins(;
    Planning to make them again for Thanksgiving! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      October 24, 2012

      They would be THE BOMB as minis. 🙂 I’m so happy you liked them. Reply

  • Paramitha Nasimova
    March 18, 2012

    Tomorrow morning I will try to make this for breakfast! Hopefully my son would love it! Wish me luck 😉 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 18, 2012

      They are a nice treat. I hope he loves them too! Reply

      • Paramitha Nasimova
        March 19, 2012

        I’m glad that I tried your recipe! It’s really moist, and to mix banana with apple are perfection! 😀 Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 19, 2012

          I’m glad that you liked the recipe. They do go together very well:) Reply

  • March 1, 2012

    I was just thinking. I wish I can bake and eat and not gain weight. I would of baked something for every day 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      March 1, 2012

      It’s ok if you eat just one. Who am I kidding? I could never eat just one!! What’s the best butter substitute that’s natural? Reply

      • Moms Purse
        March 2, 2012

        So I use apple sauce for oat meal cookies.
        Recently made muffins with canned pineapaple with out of box cake mixture. Replaced egg and butter with pineapple and it was yummy(I was surprised how yummy)
        I am so weak when it comes to this baked goods, I find excuse why I can have more than one. Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          March 2, 2012

          I wonder how that apple sauce would work for this? It does have apple pieces in it. Maybe? It will have to be an experiment! Reply

          • Moms Purse
            March 3, 2012

            No apple pieces in the sauce.

          • Natasha
            natashaskitchen
            March 3, 2012

            Oh I mean in the muffins (it’s part of the recipe) 😉

  • Tanya M
    December 11, 2009

    Just three? Reply

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