Easy Japanese Recipes

Banana Muffins バナナマフィン

Banana Muffins | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

I try to avoid buying packaged pastry and muffins from most stores regardless of how good they taste because I don’t know what 50% of the listed ingredients are.  Luckily I have some easy pastry recipes I rely on when my children craves for them.  When we have overripe bananas at home, my go to recipes are Banana Muffins or Banana Bread.

Banana Muffins | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

Ever since my children started to eat solids, we always have some bananas in our kitchen.  It’s usually one of their favorite snacks and it’s healthy too!  But once in a while my children would go through “no more banana” stage, and it always happens all the sudden without any warnings.  Luckily, I know they will always eat banana muffins or banana bread so I don’t have to end up eating all the bananas myself.

Unlike other ordinary banana muffins I bake, this banana muffin recipe is a little special.

Instead of adding mashed banana in the batter, I caramelize sugar first and coat the banana with it before adding to the batter.  Yes it’s an extra step, but believe me it’s totally worth it.

Then lightly swirl the Nutella into the batter…  This is totally optional.  The banana muffins just look more appetizing with additional texture and colors but you can also put a thin slice of banana on top for decoration instead.

I still recommend the caramelized banana though! ;)  Other snacks I make with banana include Frozen Chocolate Covered Banana treats, they are refreshing and delightful during hot weather.

Banana Muffins | Easy Japanese Recipes at JustOneCookbook.com

By the way, I have a quick update for you.

As I promised, each month 20% of proceeds from selling my eBook will go to charity.

For December, I donated to Samaritan’s Purse “International Emergency Relief Projects (013310).”

For January, I donated to Samaritan’s Purse “Clean Water Projects (13659).”

If you know a good charity that I should donate (I’m looking for charities that benefit people worldwide), please kindly let me know.  Otherwise, I will continue to donate to Samaritan’s Purse based on the positive reviews I’ve found online.

Thank you for reading, everyone!  Enjoy your day!


Banana Muffins Recipe
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Serves: 12 Muffins
  • 1½ cup (240 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking powder
  • 2 medium (11 oz, 300 g) overripe bananas
  • ⅓ cup (70 g) granulated sugar for caramelizing bananas
  • 3 Tbsp. water
  • ¾ cup (170 g, 12 Tbsp.) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ⅔ cup (140 g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (120 g) milk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 6 tsp. Nutella (optional)
    Banana Muffins Ingredients
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder and cut bananas into thin slices.
    Banana Muffins 1
  3. To make caramel, cook sugar and water over medium heat in a small saucepan. Gently tilt the pan off the heat to distribute color evenly as the sugar caramelizes.
    Banana Muffins 2
  4. When the mixture turns into a nice amber color, immediately add sliced bananas and coat with caramel and turn off the heat.
    Banana Muffins 3
  5. In the bowl of the electric mixer, beat the butter on medium-high speed until soft. Then add sugar and mix until creamy and fluffy.
    Banana Muffins 4
  6. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, stir into the batter and blend well.
    Banana Muffins 5
  7. Add half of the flour to the batter and mix well. Then stir in half of the milk. Add the rest of flour and mix, and finally stir in the rest of milk. Mix well to combine.
    Banana Muffins 6
  8. Add vanilla extract and fold in banana just until combined.
    Banana Muffins 7
  9. Spoon muffin batter into muffin tin ¾ full. If you like, top each muffin with ½ tsp. of Nutella and use a skewer or chopstick to swirl it into the batter.
    Banana Muffins 8
  10. Bake muffins at 350F for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer insered in center comes out clean. Serve warm or let cool and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
    Banana Muffins 9
Recipe by Namiko Chen of Just One Cookbook. All images and content on this site are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without my permission. If you’d like to share this recipe on your site, please re-write the recipe and link to this post as the original source. Thank you.


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  • Courtney Cato February 5, 2014, 12:52 pm

    OMG Nami! These look absolutely delicious. I will definitely try to make these very soon! :D

    • Nami February 5, 2014, 1:03 pm

      Thank you Courtney! Hope you enjoy these muffins. :)

  • Shaona Liang February 5, 2014, 1:18 pm

    yay another dessert recipe! they look very delicious. thank you for posting. =)

    • Nami February 5, 2014, 1:26 pm

      Thank you Shaona! :)

  • Elizabeth @Mango_Queen February 5, 2014, 2:05 pm

    You read my mind. I had leftover bananas and was thinking of turning them into muffins. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Nami!

  • Cristina February 5, 2014, 2:56 pm

    LUV these banana muffins with Nutella, Nami! Making a special trip to the market for some Nutella and making these asap ;)

  • Sandra February 5, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Thank you for the new twist on Banana Muffins – never thought of adding Nutella! I have always used cocoa powder in the mix! Can’t wait to try this! :-)

    • Nami February 6, 2014, 9:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment Sandra! Yes, try Nutella! It’s really delicious! <3

  • sippitysup February 5, 2014, 3:52 pm

    The “swirl”makes it a party! GREG

  • A_Boleyn February 5, 2014, 4:01 pm

    And you say you don’t bake, Nami. Well, obviously you do, and very well, too. They look lovely.

  • Laura (Tutti Dolci) February 5, 2014, 6:34 pm

    These muffins look wonderful, Nami! The Nutella swirl is just what I need in the morning ;).

  • Medeja February 5, 2014, 6:36 pm

    I think Nutella is really nice addition to these muffins!

  • John@Kitchen Riffs February 5, 2014, 6:38 pm

    I never get tired of bananas, but I’m always ready for banana bread or muffins, too. I really like your tip of using caramelized sugar with the bananas! That’s brilliant. Really nice recipe — thanks.

  • Choc Chip Uru February 5, 2014, 6:39 pm

    These muffins look so delicious, I want one for breakfast daily :D

    Choc Chip Uru

  • Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking February 5, 2014, 6:48 pm

    Yummy muffins, perfect for breakfast or brunch…def my kind of muffins! Oh and you guys are so great and generous two people….I’m proud of you! I really loved your book… and I wish you even more success!

  • ray February 5, 2014, 7:00 pm

    The caramelized banana really makes it special and worth the extra step. In the family, it is my daughter who loves to bake so your recipe will surely be forwarded to her. Thank you Nami. :)

  • Hotly Spiced February 5, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I love the look of your muffins and just love the swirl. I make my own muffins and cookies because like you, you just don’t know what’s in the bought ones xx

  • Minnie@thelady8home February 5, 2014, 7:22 pm

    I think you already know what I am going to say…I just want one of these before I retire for the night. Tooooo good!

  • Monica February 5, 2014, 7:59 pm

    Nami, what a way to step up the classic banana muffin! It sounds delectable! I realized today is “world nutella day’ but you know I think my family and I have nutella almost every day! This is a great way to use it and the caramelized banana makes it so special. I love a good banana muffin and these must be awesome!

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch February 5, 2014, 8:54 pm

    I love the caramelization on the banana, these look amazing! I love how you are giving part of your profits to charity!

  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef February 5, 2014, 10:06 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more about those packet ingredients nobody can pronounce. I love your muffins!

  • Lucy @ Lucyeats February 6, 2014, 12:43 am

    Caramelising the bananas is genious!

  • Belinda@themoonblushbaker February 6, 2014, 2:31 am

    Oh Nami you are simply a saint. It is so kind of your to donate to those charities!
    I am only reminded how much I love muffins by this post. While I need to wait for my banana to go black, I am drooling over the swirled nutella here

  • easyfoodsmith February 6, 2014, 3:01 am

    The muffins look awesome and I am liking that you have caramelized the bananas for these muffins, which is so unlike most methods that I have seen. I am definitely going to use your recipe next time.

  • Kimmi February 6, 2014, 6:19 am

    Thanks for sharing the recipe — these look so delicious! I can see why the Nutella is a recommended step. I’m sending this recipe to my mom, who has been a long-time fan of banana cake… now she can add muffins to her repertoire. =)

    • Nami February 6, 2014, 9:55 pm

      Thank you Kimmi! You’re so lucky your mom is a baker! My mom baked only several times growing up (as long as I remember…). :)

  • Baby Sumo February 6, 2014, 7:20 am

    Nutella and bananas sure is a fantastic combination! My kids also went through a “I am crazy about bananas” stage, where they insisted we buy bananas every day (they eat like 2 a day!).

  • Rosa February 6, 2014, 11:08 am

    They look really pretty and tempting! I love that swirl on the top.



  • Megumi February 6, 2014, 1:30 pm

    Oh my gosh. This really looks like heaven. I don’t know how you think of these amazingly good looking muffins but I’m looking forward to making it this week!

    • Nami February 6, 2014, 9:57 pm

      Hi Megumi! Well, bananas and Nutella are something my kids love. I usually make banana & nutella grilled sandwich for snack, so adding Nutella to banana muffins are something they really enjoy… :) I hope you enjoy these muffins too, Megumi! :)

  • Mi Vida en un Dulce February 6, 2014, 3:36 pm

    It’s incredible the list of ingredients on prepared mixes, and not only ingredients we don’t know, we cannot pronounce them!!!
    Anyway, your muffins look so good.

  • Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living February 6, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Nami – love the extra step of caramelizing the bananas first – I’m sure it adds some nice depth of flavor to these beautiful muffins.

  • Daisy@Nevertoosweet February 6, 2014, 9:05 pm

    I’ve made similar muffins before and they are addictive! I love them so so so much :)

  • Kelly February 7, 2014, 4:28 am

    These look wonderful Nami! I am always looking for new ways to use up those ripe bananas and these sound delicious especially with the Nutella inside :)

  • Evelyne@cheapethniceatz February 7, 2014, 8:31 am

    Oh that is quite the amazing extra step to caramelize the sugar first and then put with the bananas. What a rich flavor. And the Nutella does not hurt lol. Great muffins Nami!

  • Giulietta | Alterkitchen February 7, 2014, 8:45 am

    Your muffins look delicious, Nami! No wonder your kids love them!
    I have to try them, when I have some overripe bananas!

  • Muna Kenny February 7, 2014, 9:21 pm

    These banana muffins look moist, and adding Nutella is really smart :) … It’s been a while since I bought bananas, but I’ll get some to try your recipe!

  • Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. February 7, 2014, 9:28 pm

    I love banana muffins! Your chocolatey swirl is perfection!

  • Mich Piece of Cake February 7, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Love this banana nutella muffin! Kids will be sure to gobble this up!

  • Ramona February 8, 2014, 6:31 am

    You do the best tutorials!! I love banana and chocolate together and these looks like the perfect sweet treat. :)

  • Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen February 8, 2014, 9:06 am

    These look and sound wonderful, Nami. I always have Nutella in my pantry and have the same situation with bananas around here! Funny how that works :)

  • Megumi February 8, 2014, 6:49 pm

    I made this with my friend the other day and it was one of the best banana muffins I have ever had/made! The overall muffin wasn’t really sweet (which I love) and the nutella just really gives it a boost of flavour! Thanks for the AMAZING recipe!! \(^ v ^)/

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  • Bam's Kitchen' February 9, 2014, 4:54 am

    Caramelizing the bananas first sounds like a great idea. I bet they are so sweet and delicious. Did you make these for a girl scout activity? I remember seeing a photo on facebook with a banana as a garnish. I bet you they were very happy to get these as a treat.

  • whatjessicabakednext February 9, 2014, 8:41 am

    These look absolutely divine! Definitely making these soon! :)

  • Raymund February 9, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Another baking! wow Nami this is great, I love the addition of nutella swirls, this can be a perfect lunchbox item

  • Shirley February 9, 2014, 3:00 pm

    I love the idea of caramelizing the bananas first! I think more baking recipes should call for caramelizing fruit first. Lucky kids. ;)

  • Tiffany | baking at tiffanys February 9, 2014, 10:00 pm

    I totally agree with you, I have no idea what ingredients are really in pre-packaged baked goods (which is why I like to make my own :) But I’m sure it’s more important when you’re feeding your children. Caramelizing the bananas before mixing it in sounds like a really delicious touch! I’ve never thought of that. Banana bread is hard for me to resist, and I’ll need to try this! (BTW, it’s so great that you’re supporting Samaritan’s Purse–I think they do great work.)

  • Dedy@Dentist Chef February 9, 2014, 11:18 pm

    wow, banana and nutella, i guess i didn’t had any guts to regret it Nami!!!

  • Ella-HomeCookingAdventure February 10, 2014, 12:06 am

    These are looking good, healthy and delicious. Good for kids too.

  • Asmita February 10, 2014, 7:21 am

    Hi Nami,
    I love anything with bananas and these muffins look outrageously delicious!

  • mjskit February 10, 2014, 8:46 pm

    Oh, I can definitely see how the caramelized bananas would make a HUGE difference. What a great idea! I’m not a big muffin eater but I would never turn these done. YUM!

  • Sandra February 11, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Just the thought of caramelized bananas is enough to send me over the edge. Your dishes are very similar to ones that I have. We have excellent taste!!!

  • michael February 11, 2014, 4:54 pm

    Your muffins looks great!! Love the idea of adding the Nutella, love the swirl too. I mightget my kids to eat these when thy se he chocolate! :-)I printed your recipe, thank you,

    check out my recent post, Valentine Cheesecake!!


  • cquek February 12, 2014, 6:21 am

    Mmm that looks so good!

  • Charles February 12, 2014, 5:28 pm

    Grml, I’m so jealous! I have the worst luck baking with bananas. The cake or bread still ends up tasty, but it never looks fluffy like yours. Well done Nami – they look so good!

  • Jan February 14, 2014, 5:29 am

    It is my pleasure to come across your website and learn more about Japanese cooking recently. Thank you for your simple recipes and easy to follow.

    You are looking for a good charity and I would like to recommend SYDA Foundation. P.O. Box 600, South Fallsburg, NY 12779-0600, USA

    Here is the website: http://www.siddhayoga.org

    • Nami February 14, 2014, 9:56 pm

      Hi Jan! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I’ll check out this charity. Thank you for your suggestion! :)

  • Chrissy February 14, 2014, 7:00 pm

    hi Nami,

    is it ok to use low protein flour ? tks

    • Nami February 14, 2014, 9:58 pm

      Hi Chrissy! I’ve never used low protein flour before. Maybe you have to give it a try? Sorry I don’t have an answer… :)

  • Lynna February 18, 2014, 1:52 am

    I MUST try this recipe!! I would definitely make that extra effort to caramelize the bananas since it would smelly heavenly, I’m sure. ;) Plus, the Nutella swirl? Sounds, amazing!

  • Cheryl February 22, 2014, 2:44 pm

    Nami is it possible to do this without an electric mixer? Mine just broke.

    • Nami February 22, 2014, 6:45 pm

      Hi Cheryl! You can make these without an electric mixer. As long as it doesn’t involve making meringue in recipes, I could do it without an electric mixer…. :D Hope you enjoy!

  • judy February 28, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Hi Nami,

    I noticed you listed the sugar quantities separately. How much sugar should I use for the caramelized bananas and how much fir the batter mixture? Planning to try your recipe tomorrow

    • Nami March 1, 2014, 5:17 am

      Hi Judy! Sorry for confusion. The ingredients appear in order of preparation. So the first sugar will be for caramelizing. Hope this helps.

      • Judy March 2, 2014, 2:34 am

        Thanks for clarifying Nami

  • Eunice March 3, 2014, 7:37 pm

    Will it work if I substitute nutella with peanut butter?

    • Nami March 3, 2014, 10:01 pm

      Hi Eunice! Sure! :) Hope you enjoy!

  • Nancy March 3, 2014, 8:30 pm

    Hi, I made your matcha chocolate recipe and my friends loved them. I’m planning to bake these muffins and I’m wondering how long they’ll last before their quality drops. Also, are there any tips to preserving their quality?

  • Rachel Brown March 9, 2014, 6:09 pm

    Just made these! Delicious!!

    • Nami March 9, 2014, 8:39 pm

      Hi Rachel! Thanks so much for trying this recipe! So glad you enjoyed it. :)

  • Dominique May 6, 2014, 1:43 pm

    May I just say, thank you so much for adding the metric value to your recipes. As a European, it is very hard to figure out how to measure a cup of butter for instance and all of your recipes are delicious. I’ll make these muffins tomorrow morning and I’m sure they’ll come out just as great as all the other recipes on this website. Thanks for your work!

    • Nami May 7, 2014, 10:50 am

      Hi Dominique! You’re welcome! I came from Japan where we use metric system…and it took me a long time to adjust to US conversion (and still adjusting!). My older recipes may include only cups because I had mostly US audience, but newer recipes should have both measurements. :) I hope you enjoy these muffins. Thank you so much for following my blog! :)

  • kania May 22, 2014, 1:19 am

    Hey, after caramelizing the bananas, do you mash them first and then throw them into the batter, or you just throw them and let them be in chunks in the batter?

    • Nami May 22, 2014, 7:56 pm

      Hi Kania! It’s up to you, but I sliced the banana thin that by the time finish caramelizing, it was less chunky and more mashed. :) Hope this helps!

  • kumiko September 19, 2014, 12:43 pm

    Hi nami,
    Thank you for your hard work in creating such a great blog. I often refer to your webpage when i cook japanese food. I am japanese but grew up in america and can’t read japanese, so I’m so glad there is a japanese person showing how to cook real japanese food in English! Thank you so much!

    • Nami September 19, 2014, 5:35 pm

      Hi Kumiko! I’m so glad to hear you enjoy my blog! Thank you so much for your kind comment and encouraging words! I hope I have some recipes for your favorite Japanese food. :)

  • Helen Yue December 31, 2014, 11:09 am

    I just made these. Didn’t have Nutella but they came out delicious anyway. I might frost with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Your batter is so light and moist. Thanks for your post.

  • Cath January 27, 2015, 8:08 pm

    Hi Ms. Chen,

    I actually have a favorite banana muffin/cake recipe that I have loved for years (it is however steamed and I haven’t tried it baked). But I saw this and it made me want to try your recipe!


    • Nami January 27, 2015, 8:13 pm

      Hope you enjoy the recipe, Cath! :) Steamed one is probably a lot healthier. :)