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Oatmeal Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

Updated on April 14, 2014

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Overripe Banana Nut Muffins

It's happened to all of us - we buy a bunch of bananas at the store with all the best intentions, but then they seem to turn from green to black without warning and we're left with a handful of overripe fruit! I don't know about you, but I hate throwing away food, but I also can't stand eating overripe bananas plain.

These banana nut muffins are my solution to the overripe banana problem - I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! They contain wholesome oats and are easy to make, tasty, freezable, and great for sharing.


I wrote this recipe for a standing mixer, but you could use a hand mixer and a spatula. Honestly, you could probably manage it all by hand with a little arm power, so please don't let a lack of mixer keep you from making these delicious little muffins!

Also, I chose to include chopped pecans, but you could substitute walnuts or leave them out entirely.

Last but not least, I used cooking spray in my muffin pan, but you could use baking cups, instead. If you want to make these as gifts, I advise ensuring you purchase high-quality baking cups that won't change color in the oven! Wilton is known for making high-quality paper baking cups that retain their color when baked.


Ingredients for Oatmeal Banana Nut Muffins

  • 1 cup bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3/5 cup milk (I used almond)
  • 1/3 cup oil (I used coconut)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 1 dozen


  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Combine the flour, oats, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a medium bowl and whisk to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a standing mixer, beat the egg with the paddle attachment on low until it is foamy and almost doubled in volume. This may take several minutes - don't give up!
  4. While the mixer is running, carefully add the milk, then the oil, and finally the vanilla. Mix until combined.
  5. While the mixer is running, add the dry ingredients about 1/2 a cup at a time, allowing each addition to become just combined before making the next addition.
  6. Turn off the mixer, add all of the mashed banana, and then mix until just combined.
  7. Fold the chopped pecans into batter by hand using a spatula.
  8. Prepare a 12 cavity muffin pan by spraying each cavity lightly with cooking spray.
  9. Portion the batter out into the 12 cavities. Each cavity should be about 3/4 of the way full.
  10. Bake until the muffins are lightly golden brown on top and a toothpick inserted in a muffin comes out clean. This should take 18-20 minutes, but make sure to check on them because pans and ovens do vary.
  11. Allow the baked muffins to cool on a wire rack and then enjoy eating them!

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4.8 stars from 4 ratings of Oatmeal Banana Nut Muffins

If you like this recipe, I'd be delighted if you'd check out my food blog, Nibbles and Noshes! I'd love to see you there.


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    • Larry Rankin profile image

      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Looks delicious. I'll have to give this recipe a try.

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      Natasha 2 years ago from Hawaii

      Hooray! So glad you liked them. =)

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      Rachel L Alba 2 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      Hi Natasha, I just made your oatmeal banana muffins this morning and I have to say I was not disappointed. They are delicious and so light too. I think it's because you have to beat those eggs like that because I thought the oatmeal and the bananas would have made a heavier muffin, which would still have been fine with me. But, these muffins were delicious. Thanks again for the recipe.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thank you, Kristen and Rachel! I appreciate the comments and votes. =)

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      Rachel L Alba 3 years ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

      I love oatmeal cookies and banana muffins so I'm sure I will love your oatmeal banana muffins. They are perfect for breakfast. Thanks for sharing.

      Blessings to you.

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      Kristen Howe 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great recipe. It looks so delicious. I would give this a go someday! Voted up!

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      poetryman6969 3 years ago

      They look great! Making me hungry.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Come to Hawaii! They're everywhere. =)

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I know the catch up feeling! I hope you have the chance to make them and enjoy.

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      nanderson500 3 years ago from Seattle, WA

      These look delicious! Bananas are one of my favorite fruits. Thanks for the recipe!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hi Natasha just doing a Hubpages catch up this morning and found this one..these would be great for breakfast, thanks for the recipe, will share..


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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Sadly, I just tossed two bananas. Their skin split open when I moved them and I didn't notice for a few hours.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I hate to waste food, too. It's always good to have healthy options on hand for overripe bananas! Thanks for sharing.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      They do go well with coffee and banana muffins seem like a great breakfast choice! Thanks for stopping in.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I do love banana nut muffins with my morning coffee. I usually use the over-ripe ones to make bread or muffins. Thanks for the recipe idea.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I know a lot of people who freeze ripe bananas and then throw them in smoothies later, but I don't have a blender! Thanks for stopping in. =)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This looks terrific! I don't waste overripe bananas. They are perfect for banana bread -- and for trying this new recipe.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Phadst7 - I can understand - not all banana baked goods are that great! I've had a lot of dense, oily banana bread in the past, but these are pretty tasty.

      Glimmer Twin Fan - If you make them, I hope you enjoy! Thanks for stopping in.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      Well I know what I am making this afternoon! I have two overripe bananas just begging to be turned into something delicious. Nice recipe.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      These look and sound wonderful. I am not real big on baked goods with banana, but throw in oatmeal and I am a happy camper. :) Hope all is well. :) Theresa

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Ahahaha. Sorry - I'm sure someone is working on computers that can smell right now!

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      mts1098 3 years ago

      I would try this...I tried to grab a picture to smell the muffin but I couln't - cheers

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I hope you get the chance to try them out soon, then! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. =)

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      This is something I would love to try. I'm a great banana and muffin fan. Thank you for sharing this.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      My fiancé kept complaining about how I made muffins and he felt bad for eating so many, but I reminded him of all the healthy ingredients and told him they're really not so bad! I hope you get the chance to try them and thanks for stopping by.

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      preweb 3 years ago from UK

      Looks tempting and healthy as well with nuts, banana and oats. I would like try it soon. Thanks for sharing.

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Well and busy! I thought being finished with graduate school would leave me with more free time. Ha!

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      Natasha 3 years ago from Hawaii

      I hope you like it! Just make sure to really beat that egg if you want them to be light. =) They'll be tasty either way, though.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It's good to see a new article from you. I hope all is well in your life.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I want to reach out and grab one to eat with my coffee tomorrow morning. WILL be doing this awesome banana nut muffin recipe. Thanks!