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Peanut Butter Banana Muffin Recipe

Updated on August 29, 2012
frosted and unfrosted peanut butter banana muffins
frosted and unfrosted peanut butter banana muffins | Source
4 stars from 1 rating of Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

To frost or not to frost...

I love muffins and peanut butter. What better way to use up ripe bananas than to make peanut butter banana muffins? I could really think of no better way to use my bananas today and my kitchen now smells like Heaven. At least what I imagine Heaven would smell like, baked goods, yum! Anyway, these are very tasty muffins, not dry at all, and very easy to make. They are delicious enough to stand alone, but I wanted to have chocolate frosting on some of them so I decided to make peanut butter chocolate frosting for half of them. They are definitely more breakfasty if you leave them unfrosted. once you frost them with this rich frosting, they go over the top to dessert. Fine by me!

The frosting is really easy to make, especially if you have a large stand mixer. I have to say that my frostings have become much fluffier and better since I've been using my KitchenAid mixer. This frosting takes 1/3 cup peanut butter, melted and 1 Tbsp butter. I blend those two ingredients together first in the mixer for a couple of minutes. Then I add about 2 Tbsp milk, 1 tsp Vanilla, two cups powdered sugar and 1/3 cup cocoa powder. You can a little more powdered sugar or milk depending on the consistency you like. I let mine mix for almost 5 minutes on high so that it fluffs nicely. This is a really great, chocolate frosting and I hope you enjoy it too.

peanut butter banana muffin batter
peanut butter banana muffin batter | Source
muffins in the oven and smelling so good
muffins in the oven and smelling so good | Source
finished muffins
finished muffins | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 35 min
Yields: 24 muffins


  • 4 bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 2 1/2 cups flour, I use unbleached
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar, granulated white
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  1. In a medium mixing bowl mash 4 very ripe bananas. I let mine stay a little lumpy, but the texture is up to you. An electric mixer can be used to mush them up smoother if you like.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, blend the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt together - I'm on a big sea salt kick and love grinding mine fresh, I think it gives a better flavor to the finished product.
  3. Melt the peanut butter and butter together, I put them in the microwave for 30 seconds and then stirred them together with a fork. You could use a saucepan to melt the two together if you don't like microwaves.
  4. Add the melted peanut butter and butter mixture to the bananas. Blend well.
  5. Add the Vanilla into the banana mixture.
  6. Add the buttermilk. If you do not have buttermilk on hand, you can easily make sour milk at home. All you need to do is measure out almost one cup of milk and then add one teaspoon (filling up to one cup) of white vinegar. Let this sit for 5 minutes and then add it to the banana mixture.
  7. Add the eggs to the wet mixture.
  8. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients to help make it easier to mix and then add the wet banana mixture into the dry ingredients. Blend well.
  9. Bake for about 18 minutes or until golden brown in 350° oven. I started checking my muffins at 15 minutes and pulled one pan out at 18 minutes and the other out at19 minutes.
  10. These are really good with or without frosting, so I decided to frost only half of them with chocolate peanut butter frosting. Enjoy!

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  • amberld profile image

    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    This could probably convert to a bread recipe fairly easily, will look into that! Hope if you try these you'll enjoy them too! The frosting is also quite decadent...

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    Dan Barfield 5 years ago from Gloucestershire, England, UK

    Hell yeah! I've tried bannana bread, but I never even thought of the peanut butter and bannana combo... and in a muffin...genius! :)

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Thank you for checking out my muffin recipe. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!

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    Kristy Sayer 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    Yum! These look delicious :)

    Peanut butter and bananas are two of my favourite foods so this recipe is a surefire winner!

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    vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

    I used to make banana muffins often, but I'd be sure to enjoy your pb and banana muffins even more! If I ate them for breakfast I wouldn't frost, and if I ate them for dessert frosting is a must. Great recipe!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    I could see how moist your muffins were from the photo you posted. I use ripe bananas in bread. I love it this way because it is such a mild sweet flavor. Love your recipe and icing.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Peanut butter fits it quite nicely too, I like chocolate chips also myself. Hope you like it!

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    Virginia Kearney 5 years ago from United States

    I'm always making banana bread and sometimes add chocolate chips but I've never tried peanut butter. I'll have to do that!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I just had another one for lunch! Love this frosting, too. Hope you enjoy them.

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    Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

    I usually make banana bread with my over-ripe bananas. I'd forgotten the joys of a great banana muffin, I guess! And this recipe really sounds like a winner. I mean, banana, peanut butter, and chocolate? A trio make in heaven!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Those sound really good too! will have to try that out soon. Love almost anything baked banana!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I hope you do try these and enjoy them as much as me and the kids do!

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    KDuBarry03 5 years ago

    Every Christmas, my mom and I always make our family-famous dark-chocolate banana cookies that are absolutely amazing! Make banana cookies then drizzle some dark chocolate on top then enjoy!

    Now I'm craving baked banana sweets...thank you Amber! LOL

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    Jenn 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    These look amazing! I would make them right now if I had all of the ingredients.

    Voted up!!

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    Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

    These sound so yummy. I am so a fan of peanut butter, so whenever I see a new recipe with it, I usually feel the need to try. So I have pinned to do just that, voted and shared too!!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Thank you so much for sharing my recipe! these truly came out moist and delicious, and the frosting is pretty darn good too. hope you enjoy them if you make them!

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    Anamika S 5 years ago from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India

    I don't mind half a dozen of that. Voted up and pinned!