Go Back
+ servings
5 from 8 votes
Walnut Date Banana Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins
With a candied walnut-date topping and tops that rise high and rounded, these one-bowl banana muffins are easy and always a hit!
Course: Breakfast/Brunch, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana muffins
Servings: 12
Calories: 201 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the muffins:
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 medium-size ripe bananas 1¼- 1½ cups
  • 1 large egg
  • 5 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the topping:
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • ½ cup chopped dates
For the prep:
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Spray a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray - set aside.

For the topping:
  1. Combine maple syrup and butter. Stir to combine. Add the walnuts and dates, stir together until well combined. Set aside

For the muffins:
  1. Combine flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in a large bowl and stir well with a fork to combine. 

  2. Make a deep well in the center of the dry ingredients. Add mashed bananas, egg, butter and vanilla to the well and stir with a fork in the center of the bowl, breaking up the egg yolk and mixing the wet ingredients.

  3. Using a rubber spatula or wooden spoon stir wet and dry ingredients together until the flour mixture is incorporated. Don’t overmix.

  4. Divide batter into prepared pan. Muffin cups should be about ⅔ full. Sprinkle topping mixture over the batter in the muffin pans, dividing evenly.

  5. Bake muffins for 5 minutes, then reduce temperature to 350˚F. and continue baking for another 12-15 minutes or until tops are golden and muffin tops spring back when touched lightly on the top.

  6. Cool muffins for 5 minutes in the pan then transfer to a cooling rack.

Recipe Notes

See Café Tips for more detailed instructions and tips.

Nutrition Facts
Walnut Date Banana Muffins
Amount Per Serving
Calories 201 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 245mg11%
Potassium 141mg4%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 199IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.