banana bread muffins

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread Muffins

We have this banana problem in our house. If I buy 2 bunches, they’re gone in 2 days and everyone is sad. If I buy 3 bunches, 6-7 of them go bad. I don’t know why this happens, but it drives me crazy! Fortunately bananas are cheap (thank you Costco)! Every time they start to turn brown I think to myself, this would be a good time to make some banana bread muffins. Then I forget and they’re super gross by the time I think of it again.

The other day I had this inkling again, spurned on by a massive sugar craving and nothing in the house to soothe it. I also had a friend coming over, and there’s nothing better than a fresh palate to test a recipe. I was also running low on some ingredients so this was definitely an experiment in baking science. It turned out amazing though, even my husband, who hates gluten free baked goods, declared them to be “awesome.” And banana bread is one of his favorite things so I’m pretty ecstatic.

A little chat about gluten free flour substitutes. I use the cup for cup varieties. I have previously tried the Pillsbury and Bob’s Red Mill versions, and of the two I prefer Pillsbury. I have the King Arthur stocked up to try next. There probably isn’t a better option, just be sure to choose a gluten free baking blend that promotes cup for cup substitution, or I can’t guarantee the results! Often if you convert a regular recipe using gluten free flour you’ll find the finished product to be somewhat dry. Fortunately I’ve discovered some tricks to create moisture, and you get lots of bang in this recipe. I was sad this gave me 12 muffins only! Next time I’ll double it because they were gone by the end of the day.

Alright, enough gushing. Let’s get baking. Mix up your dry ingredients and set aside. In another bowl, mash bananas, and add vanilla. Cream together softened butter and sugar. Add eggs. Slowly add dry ingredients, about one fourth at a time. Finally we add the banana mixture. Mix until just blended, careful not to over do it!

banana bread muffins

In small bowl mix sugar and cinnamon for the swirl. Prepare your muffin tin with either paper cups or these nifty silicone ones. Aren’t they pretty???

banana bread muffins

Spoon 1 tablespoon of batter into each cup. Gently tap muffin tin on counter until batter is flattened in tins. Sprinkle fine layer of cinnamon/sugar mixture into each cup. Repeat process once with layer of batter and cinnamon/sugar. Using a toothpick, swirl a few times through each muffin tin to mix layers.

banana bread muffins

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, or until knife inserted comes out clean. Gah these are good! Like fall apart full of brown sugary goodness delicious! I just wish they lasted longer!

How about you? Did you give this one a try? Add it to your to do list? Please let me know what you think!

banana bread muffins

Cinnamon Swirl Banana Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Banana bread plus muffins plus cinnamon!
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 muffins
  • 1.5 cups gluten free cup for cup baking flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup butter salted
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg + 1 egg yolk
  • 3 medium bananas overripe
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  2. Add gluten free flour, baking soda, baking powder, and cinnamon to bowl and gently stir together.

  3. In large bowl mix butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar.

  4. Add whole egg and egg yolk to butter and sugar mixture and combine well.

  5. Slowly add flour mixture in small batches and mix until incorporated.

  6. In separate bowl, peel bananas and mash with fork. Add vanilla extract.

  7. Add banana mixture to batter and stir until just mixed, being careful not to over blend.

  8. Line muffin tin, or grease well. Place 1 tablespoon batter in each cup.

  9. Mix together remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle small amount over batter in muffin tins.

  10. Place one more tablespoon batter in each cup.

  11. Sprinkle more cinnamon sugar over each portion.

  12. Using toothpick or small straw, gently mix together the sugar and batter in each tin.

  13. Place in oven and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

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