Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2

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Ramekins filled with a batch of our Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2 recipe

I’ve decided there are a lot of things that have to go right in my day to make it a good one. Quality coffee, good hair, new wears, exceptional weather, and of course, delicious food. If any one of these factors are amiss, there’s a fair chance the day’s events will follow suit. However, one particular trip to Kansas City with John proved to be quite the opposite. It was, for a lack of a better adjective, awesome.

Banana and walnuts for making super simple Vegan Banana Nut Muffins

It started with a good 30 minutes of playtime with the nephew at my sister and brother-in-law’s place in KC. There were lots of plastic bats and softballs flying, and fits of toddler squeals every few seconds. It was sheer joy. Then, off to the ladies room I went and a few shots of dry shampoo and a swipe of makeup later, John and I were out the door. Our first stop was the Plaza where we had one thing on our minds: coffee.

Walnuts and a bowl of ingredients for making Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2

After walking into Latte Land and having a quick scan of the menu, my eyes were immediately drawn to the most beautiful banana muffin I’d ever seen, studded with giant whole, shelled walnuts. My mind was made up: A medium house coffee and that giant banana muffin.

Cup of coffee alongside ramekins filled with our Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2 recipe

A few minutes went by after receiving my coffee and I realized they’d forgotten my muffin. Extremely apologetic, the barista snagged my prize from the pastry case and offered me some free milk as a remedy for his fault. I obliged. The setting was perfect: Coffee, a banana muffin the size of my fist, and free local milk and wifi – I was in sheer heaven.

Photos of our fluffy Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2

One bite into that muffin and I already wanted another one. Instead, I settled for recreating the recipe at home. Just a few days later upon our return back to Wichita, that’s exactly what I did. And literally, this is one of the best muffins I’ve ever had.

Ramekins filled with simple and delicious Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2

Three things I love about this recipe are 1) it’s hearty and healthy, 2) takes less than an hour to prepare, and 3) yields two GIANT vegan muffins that are seriously worthy of being sold at that very coffee shop. I wonder if they have an opening for a part-time baker? If so, that would be awesome, because I’m convinced the world needs more of these muffins.

Sliced open Vegan Banana Nut Muffin with the other muffin in the batch behind it

These muffins are insanely moist and perfectly sweet, and they scream with rich banana flavor. And those giant nuts up top? Everything I’d hoped for and more. Plus, thanks to wholesome ingredients like flaxseed, whole-wheat pastry flour, and whole, shelled almonds, they’re actually quite healthy. At about 370 calories a piece, one of these constitutes a full breakfast meal. Since that’s about what I eat in the morning anyway, I’d be happy to keep these as a special weekend treat or cycle them the into my weekday breakfast routine. Oh joy.

Close up shot of a batch of our Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for 2 recipe

Vegan Banana Nut Muffins for Two

These jumbo vegan muffins belong in a coffee shop bakery case – instead I’m bringing them to your home. They are bursting with banana flavor, perfectly sweet and moist, and have wholesome ingredients like
Author Minimalist Baker
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Vegan Banana Nut Muffin split in half
4.91 from 76 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 33 minutes
Servings 2 (muffins)
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1-2 Days

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter (melted // heaping Tbsp is best)
  • 1 small flax egg (1/2 Tbsp (3.5 g) flaxseed meal + 2 Tbsp (37 ml) water as original recipe is written)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 Tbsp whole walnuts for topping

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly butter two small ramekins with non-dairy butter (adjust number of ramekins if altering batch size). Prepare flax egg and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mash the banana, leaving some texture.
  • Add brown sugar, baking soda, salt and whisk for one minute.
  • Stir in flax egg, vanilla, melted butter and stir.
  • Add flour and stir with a spoon or spatula until just combined.
  • Divide batter evenly into the ramekins – about 1/2 to 3/4 full – and generously top with walnuts.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until tops are golden brown and a toothpick or knife comes out clean. Let cool for a few minutes, remove from ramekins and serve warm. Additional butter isn’t necessary – these are very moist and quite perfect as is.

Notes

*Adapted from Tyler Florence
*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 2 servings)

Serving: 1 muffins Calories: 370 Carbohydrates: 50 g Protein: 7 g Fat: 16 g Saturated Fat: 2 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Fiber: 6 g Sugar: 20 g

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  1. Antoinette says

    Love these. I substituted spelt flour for the whole wheat pastry flour and added an additional 1/2 tablespoon of flaxmeal to for the flax egg mixture. They turned out great!

  2. Caitlin says

    I have TWO overripe bananas… was hoping to make a mini-loaf. Do I need to add another 1-2 TBSP of flour, or will I be OK?

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Caitlin! You’d probably want to add another ~2 Tbsp of flour, yes! Let us know how it goes!

    • Claire Padvaiskas says

      If I wanted to make them banana chocolate muffins how many chocolate chips should I add? Also, would it work to use either all-purpose flour or almond flour? If so, which would yield the best results? :)

      • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Claire! We think when it comes to chocolate it’s best to measure with your heart… ;) but a good place to start could be 1/2 – 1 cup of chocolate chips. For the flour, all purpose would be the best choice here. Hope this helps!

        • Claire says

          Thank you so much! Would 1 cup be too many chocolate chips since it’s just for two muffins, or would it bake okay still? :)

          • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

            Sorry about that, Claire! We thought this was on our other banana muffin recipe =) 2-4 tablespoons would be better here!

  3. Beatriz says

    I was not able to find whole wheat pastry flour, ahoy Can I substitute using AP flour or Spelt flour?

  4. Caroline says

    Delicious and so easy to whip up! I’ve made these for the second weekend in a row–they’re that good.
    :) I used spelt flour and coconut oil instead of whole wheat flour and butter and they turned out really fluffy and moist. Thank you for another fantastic recipe!

  5. Emily says

    This recipe was so delicious. I subbed the flour for Oat Flour and it was perfect! I also used one small egg instead of the flax egg. Lastly, once it came out of the oven, I topped it with a dark chocolate square before it cooled. So. Delicious!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Emily! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  6. Parusha says

    This recipe is everything I needed and more. Super easy and perfect timing for a morning treat. I subbed 1/4 cup oat flour and 1/4 cup cake flour and used coconut oil instead of the butter. Thank you!

  7. Irina says

    This is going to me my tomorrow’s breakfast :) Just one question, what if I replace flax egg with a normal egg? Should I take 1 egg for two muffins? Thanks :)

  8. RT says

    This was soooo good. Like one of the other posts suggested I used all purpose flour. I also used egg replacer instead of flax seed as I did not have it. I had small ramekins so I got 4 small ones. I only filled half way and it rose spectacularly. Going to try with blueberry next as my spouse love blueberries. Thank you so much for this recipe.

    • Megan Natrop says

      A new favorite! We added a dab of apple sauce, subbed Coconut Sugar instead of the brown sugar, and doubled the recipe to use a muffin tin and we have no regrets – these are SO tasty! Thanks MB!

  9. fabienne says

    i love how moist these came out, but they’re a little less sweet than i would normally like :X can i had some extra brown sugar without throwing the recipe off?

  10. Katie says

    Delicious! I did what another commenter did and doubled the recipe to make 6. They were incredibly moist and my boyfriend didn’t even know they were vegan.

  11. Kate says

    These turned out great! I doubled the recipe and used a silicone muffin mould to make 6 muffins. I also used all-purpose flour because that’s what I had on hand. They needed about 35 minutes in my toaster oven.

  12. Alana says

    Very tasty! I might experiment using no sugar, maple syrup, or applesauce for the vegan butter sub. to make them a little healthier, but they were super easy and yummy to make. I doubled the recipe and it easily fit my 6 muffin tin. I substituted half pastry flour, half whole wheat flour (didn’t have whole wheat pastry), avocado oil for the vegan butter, and I added walnuts to the mix instead of just on top. 375 degrees for 20 minutes and they were ready…I think 25-30 in my oven would be too long. Thanks for the vegan recipe!

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Alana. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  13. Cheryl says

    Came out great! I only had brown rice flour, whole wheat flour and bread flour. So I used a bit of each. Added vegan chocolate chips to batter. Posted pics on my IG with your tag!

  14. Charlotte says

    I have made these so many times now and every single time they are delicious!

    I actually upped the servings to 6 because I had 3 overripe bananas and I was able to make 12 muffins.

  15. Jodi says

    Y U M. I made these last night with 2 spoiled black bananas and no sugar, and they were amazing! I also subbed avocado oil for the butter.

    Such great texture. They rose so high and are so fluffy and moist even the next day! I baked them in a regular muffin tins, so they made 4 beauties and we’re done in about 20 min. Will be making again!

  16. Stephanie says

    Delicious!!! I made it gluten free by subbing half almond flour and half quinoa flour. Texture and flavor were so good!!!!!

  17. Maria says

    I have made this recipe a good 6 times and every time is amazing! is the only recipe I know I can never go wrong with, I’ve done chopped almonds, blueberries and chocolate chips as topping, I have also done a full 24 mini cupcakes, and jumbo cupcakes, it’s just a perfect recipe!

  18. Rebecca says

    Just made these – deliciously banana-y and that classic muffin texture where it’s part cake, part bread. Did some substitutions as currently living in lockdown with my non-vegan sister and had some food to use up: subbed the butter for 14g rapeseed oil, and the flax egg for an actual egg. Seemed to work great! Cooked at fan 190C for 15 mins then dropped it to 175 for a further 5 mins which seemed to be enough (should probably have gone lower temp on the fan for 20-25 mins but every oven is different and mine likes to BURN!). I also added some chopped up walnuts and a small amount of left over milk choc cookies through the batter. They get the sisterly stamp of approval and now we have one left to fight over :D

  19. Kelly says

    These were soo good! I was looking for a one banana recipe for my single overripe banana (and a plus that whole wheat flour was what I had on hand!) Delicious with the toasty walnuts, I did use olive oil in place of the melted butter. Keeping this one, thank you for the recipe!

  20. J. S. says

    I doubled the recipe & baked them in 11 small silicon muffin moulds for 30 min. & they are delicious. I used regular sugar since I didn’t have brown sugar. I may add 1 tbsp. of extra sugar next time. Also substituted pastry flour with ½ whole wheat flour & ½ plain wheat flour. I also coated the walnuts with a little bit of flour before folding inside the batter just before scooping in the moulds & they didn’t sink to the bottom. Will be making with choco chips/coco powder next time for my daughter.
    Do you think adding 1tbsp of coco powder & reducing 1tbsp of whole wheat pastry flour in your recipe good enough? Thank you so much for the simple but delicious recipe.

  21. Maureen says

    This is an easy and delicious recipe!! I double it and used a mini muffin pan & it made 19 of them. Thank you. I will be bookmarking this one for sure. There is only 2 of us in the house so this is perfect.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Maureen. We are so glad you enjoyed it! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  22. Rachel says

    Yumm, these were so easy and so good! Solo quarantine is a perfect time to make small batches of baked goods. I made a few modifications and they turned out great.
    – I used refined coconut oil instead of vegan butter.
    – I added chopped walnuts to the batter (highly recommend).
    – I didn’t have whole wheat pastry flour, so I subbed half whole wheat flour and half all-purpose flour. I think I could have done 3/4 whole wheat.
    – I didn’t have ramekins, so I used a regular muffin tin and made 3 muffins. They baked 18-19 minutes that way.

  23. Maarit says

    This recipe is just perfection. I don`t even know how many times I have baked these lovely muffins, but every time these just turn out so delicious! I even buy sometimes some extra bananas and keep these on hold so I can make these :D
    Thank you for this recipe!

  24. Naza says

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! The muffins came out great!!! I used GF oatmeal flour (made at home), added some roasted hazelnuts and added some melted chocolate. I was craving something very chocolaty :) and this just did it for me! Thank you Dana!

      • Margaret says

        This is my first review ever! I had to let you know that these are my husband’s favorite muffin and he would eat them every day if they were available. Needless to say I make them very often. The giant muffin size is a plus. I always double or triple the recipe. Thank you ☺️

  25. Catherine says

    Nut Allergy: what can be substituted for the nuts & peanut butter for an equivalent nutritional value. This is a big problem I’m generally finding with vegan recipes. Many thanks

  26. Ellen says

    Hi
    I’ve made these muffins many times. I’ve used Bob’s garbanzo bean flour for the added protein. Can also use Bob’s Gluten Free flour. I’ve added fresh blueberries and once added applesauce. All good choices for a moist muffin. I use convection bake at 350 for 12 minutes in a mini muffin tin. This gives me 15 mini bites which I prefer. All of my friends love these! Thank you.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Ellen. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

      • Mirta Bates says

        Hi, can I replace the flax egg mixture with a tablespoon of “just egg” its plant based, and if so what quantity?

        • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerSupport @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Mirta, we aren’t sure whether that would work. It might not bind as well. Let us know if you try it!

  27. Vera says

    HI,
    Came out perfectly, had 4 medium sized muffins!
    Perfect for a breakfast with a black coffee!
    Saving money too by using my cupboard staples!
    And I added raisins too in addition to the other changes I made!
    (see below)

    Thanks again!
    Vera

    Vera

  28. Vera says

    HI,
    Just have the muffins in the oven! Thank you for the recipe! I adapted it and used what I had in the cupboard. I used white flour, chia seeds, and oatmeal along with the banana!
    Can’t wait to try!

    Best wishes,
    Vera

  29. natalie says

    Made these into mini muffins! I doubled the recipe and got 18 mini muffins. Added mini vegan chocolate chips and did not add nuts to make a nut free version. Made them in a mini muffin tin instead of ramekins. Baked for 12 minutes and they came out perfectly cooked and nice & fluffy and moist!! YUM!

  30. Debra says

    If you look up the word perfection in the dictionary, you’ll find a picture of these muffins. So moist and tender, so delicious, sweet and banana-y. I doubled the recipe and made six normal-ish muffins using some really cool unbleached parchment muffin papers. I rarely bake so even these simple muffins were scary. Now, I can’t wait to have more over-ripe yucky bananas so I can make these delicious gems.

  31. June says

    I made these muffins and they were delicious!! So good, in fact, I’ve made them TWICE already! The second time with extra walnuts chopped in!

  32. sarah says

    Used that sad, black banana in the fruit bowl to make these this morning. Turned out great! I loved using my ramekins as I was able to bake these using my toaster oven (quick preheat)! True confessions…I used an egg vs. a flax egg :-) Gonna hide the second muffin for my breakfast tomorrow!

    • Sangs says

      I just want to say thank you for all your wonderful recipes, I always use them and don’t usually leave a message but I want you to know how fantastic your recipes are! They always work every single time with no need to make any adaptations. I just love this recipe and I love that you provide options for buts left over like an overripe banana I had in my fruit bowl and wasn’t sure what to do with it. Thank you

  33. Jennifer says

    I made these and swapped the flour for a gluten free flour blend (President’s Choice brand if you live in Canada) and they turned out great! Absolutely hit the spot with a cup of coffee for breakfast. I also love that it only makes two, so it’s a nice treat for my husband and I without have to eat a dozen muffins before they spoil or I have to freeze them. Fresh is best!

  34. Akela says

    I was looking for something sweet to snack on and doubled this recipe to make 6 regular muffins. They came out very good. Easy and quick. ?

  35. Sherrie B says

    My muffins turned out amazing!! Super moist and delicious!! Definitely will make these again. I didn’t have pastry flour so I substituted organic unbleached all-purpose flour. Added to my faves!

  36. Darcia says

    I had two bananas to use so happily doubled the recipe. I only had regular muffin tins and the double recipe made 10! This is so wonderful! They were so easy, I confess I dumped everything in my blender and gave it a little spin…easy peasy. They needed just 20 minutes because they were in muffin pans. They are beautiful and smell divine. Oh, and they taste AMAZING. ?

  37. Cathie says

    I love love love these muffins…and your website. I have made them at least once a week for the last few weeks. I double the recipe so I can have 2 – my husband and son get 1 each.

    • Glenn says

      Dear Cathie: I am shocked at your public admission that you are not fully sharing these delicious muffins with your son and I… Next time TRIPLE the recipe!!!!