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Caramelized Banana Muffins

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: caramelized banana, muffin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12 muffins
Author: Nami

Delicious and easy banana muffins made with caramelized banana and Nutella swirl on top!  Caramelizing the banana helps bring out and enhance the flavor.



  • cup all-purpose flour (1½ cup = 240 g)
  • tsp baking powder
  • 2 overripe bananas (2 medium size = 11 oz = 300 g)
  • cup sugar (⅓ cup = 70 g) (for caramelizing bananas)
  • 3 Tbsp water
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter (170 g = 12 Tbsp) (at room temperature)
  • cup sugar (⅔ cup = 140 g)
  • 2 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ½ cup milk (½ cup = 120 g) (at room temperature)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 6 tsp Nutella (optional)


  1. Gather all the ingredients.

    Banana Muffins Ingredients
  2. Preheat oven to 350Lightly spray muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or line with cupcake liners.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder and cut bananas into thin slices.
    Banana Muffins 1
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, stir into the batter and blend well.
    Banana Muffins 5
  8. 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
  9. Add vanilla extract and fold in banana just until combined.
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  10. 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
  11. 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 Notes

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.