banana peanut butter muffins

Conversely, I think I’d like bananas more if they weren’t so cheap, convenient, and healthy. It’s just that I eat so many bananas. For years, every weekday, a banana. I had to start mixing the bananas with other things to make them palatable. In the spring, strawberries make a wonderful accompaniment. And if I want something more filling, peanut butter works perfectly. Now I eat peanut butter with my banana everyday, and I’m hoping that it’s a tasty enough combination that I don’t get sick of it anytime soon.

If bananas are better with peanut butter, it stands to reason that banana bread is better with peanut butter too, right? Or banana muffins, as the case may be. And it turns out, yes, peanut butter is a wonderful addition, and so is oatmeal, to make banana muffins more fun and interesting. It’s just too bad that muffins don’t work as a healthy replacement to my normal daily banana.

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Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Muffins (from Baking Bites via Annie’s Eats)

I used oil instead of applesauce, because I always have oil around and never have applesauce around.

1½ cups (7.2 ounces) all-purpose flour
1 cup old-fashioned oats
1 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons applesauce
¾ cup (5.25 ounces) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 cup mashed banana (about 3 bananas)
6 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
1 cup low-fat buttermilk

1. Preheat the oven to 350˚ F. Line 18 muffin cups with paper liners.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the applesauce, brown sugar, eggs, banana, peanut butter and buttermilk until smooth. Pour the dry ingredients into the bowl with the wet ingredients and mix just until incorporated and fully blended.

3. Divide the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Bake 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


  1. I’m with you, I eat a banana almost every day because yes they are cheap, convenient and healthy but sometimes I get so sick of them, lol. This is a perfect way to get my banana in with a bit more excitement and I have always loved the peanut butter/banana combination. These sounds great, thank you for sharing!

  2. Hi (from a big-time lurker, who loves your falafel recipe)
    I love dipping bananas in PB and freezing them! A way that I think might intensify the PB flavor in these is to make banana bread and then bake a dollop of PB in the center of the muffins!

  3. PB and banana together is a combination made in heaven! 😀 Add chocolate and it’d be even more awesome.


  4. I love slicing bananas and putting them on my peanut butter sandwiches- so yummy! These muffins sound delicious, and my coworkers probably wouldn’t look at me funny when I eat them like they do the peanut butter banana sandwiches. 🙂

  5. My husband was talking last night about how much he loved eating bananas with peanut butter when he was a kid – I might just have to surprise him with these!

  6. Two of my favorite foods – banana and peanut butter – used as something else besides a toast topping? YES!

  7. If you ever get sick of PB with your bananas, switch out the bananas for apples or the PB for nutella 🙂 That’s normally my solution! And since when do muffins not substitute for bananas? There’re oats in there! Applesauce! Bananas!

  8. I agree, since bananas aren’t a luxury item, they simply aren’t valued at much. But I love a good banana, and these muffins look delicious 🙂

  9. Those cupcakes sound so delicious, and they look so cozy and happy. I’d imagine it would be very difficult to get sick of bananas and peanut butter 🙂

  10. why didn’t I think of adding pb to banana muffins?? awesome, must try!

  11. I’m clipping this recipe. It sounds wonderful. I love the peanut butter banana combo.

  12. I love PB & bananas! Yum! Have you ever tried banana softserve? it’s basically frozen bananas turned into “ice cream” in the food processor! so healthy and tasty. with PB… amazing!

  13. Just made these! Only I used White Chocolate Wonderful Peanut Butter which is basically crack. Thanks for another alternative to oats in the AM!