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Banana Oat Muffins

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Whether you are looking for a grab and go breakfast or something for a leisurely weekend brunch, these banana oat muffins are perfect. They are quick to make, portable and oh so tasty.

Batch of soft banana oatmeal muffins on wire cooling rack.

These tender muffins are loaded with banana flavor with the goodness of whole grains. This easy banana oatmeal muffin recipe comes together in no time and they are perfect for a quick grab and go breakfast.

These muffins are a great way to incorporate some fruit and oatmeal into your breakfast or snack repertoire.

bowl of banana oat muffin batter with cookie scoop and cupcake pan with batter in it almost ready to bake.

Muffins are such a versatile food. They can be a great make ahead grab and go breakfast for busy mornings.

They can also be a great sweet addition to a nice brunch. Plus muffins travel super well so they are a great make and take for a hostess gift or as an easy munchy for new parents.

Not only do they whip up quickly, but they freeze well too. So you can make a big batch now and put them in a freezer bag to freeze for later. Just pull them out as you need them.

Tender muffins loaded with banana and oatmeal are a snap to make.  This easy recipe comes together in no time. They are a great way to incorporate some fruit and oatmeal into your breakfast or snack repertoire.

15 or 20 seconds in the microwave is all that will stand between you and a nice warm muffin any time you want! Trust me, you’ll want to always have muffins in the freezer once you get started!

These fabulous muffins are a great way to have something quick to give family or guests no matter how busy the morning is.  I have made them several times over the years and they are always a hit.

Looking down at a bunch of banana oatmeal muffins on a cooling rack

Tips For Making This Banana Oat Muffins Recipe

Just like when you are making banana bread, you want to start with overripe bananas if you can. They add natural sweetness and make better mashed banana.

You might think the whole wheat flour and oatmeal would make for a denser muffin, but you would be wrong.  These came out light, moist and delicious!

banana oatmeal muffin on plate with cup of coffee in the background.

The ingredient list looks a little long, but I had them in the oven in less than ten minutes.  Breakfast was ready by the time everyone else woke up!

Using a large cookie scoop or ice cream scoop is a great way to portion the muffin batter and get it into the pan.

While we are tips for making great muffins, make sure that your baking powder is good and fresh. Old baking powder will cause the muffins to not rise properly and you don’t want dense muffins.

Don’t overmix your batter either. You want to stir until everything is just combined.

What kind of oats should I use in these banana oat muffins?

The recipe was tested with old-fashioned oats, but quick oats would work in a pinch. Feel free to stir in some dark chocolate chips if you want an extra special treat.

inside of a banana oat muffin that was split in half.

More Delicious Muffins and Quick Breads

So now I think we should all bake a few batches of muffins to get our freezer stash going. Then we can have a variety to choose from each morning.

If you like banana muffins, maybe you want some pumpkin muffin recipes as well. Try pumpkin streusel muffins or apple pumpkin muffins to see which you like best.

Or try making applesauce oatmeal quick bread for another great breakfast option. It is moist and tasty as well.

banana oatmeal muffins on cooling rack

I would suggest trying some sourdough chocolate chip oatmeal muffins as well. They have lots of great reviews on Pinterest and they are another healthier option that taste like a treat.

Oooh, or maybe the oatmeal raisin sourdough muffins would be a good choice as well.  What are your favorite kinds of muffins?

Yield: 12 Muffins

Banana Oat Muffins

Batch of soft banana oatmeal muffins on wire cooling rack.

Turn extra ripe bananas into easy banana oatmeal muffins with this great recipe. They are tender and delicious. They make a great breakfast or fun snack. Plus they freeze beautifully!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Grease 12 muffin cups or fill with paper cupcake liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mash the bananas. Stir in the eggs, milk, oil, brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Mix in the oatmeal and cinnamon.
  4. In a separate bowl, stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. Stir the dry ingredients into the oat mixture until just combined.
  6. Spoon into a greased muffin pan, or one lined with papers, and bake for 18-20 minutes.
  7. Cool in the pan for about 5 minutes and then remove the muffins to cool completely on a wire rack.


Feel free to substitute up to 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour for some of the all purpose flour if desired.

Use a neutral flavored oil like vegetable oil, canola oil or avocado oil.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 206Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 291mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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Whether you are looking for a grab and go breakfast or something for a leisurely weekend brunch, these banana oat muffins are perfect!

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Tuesday 20th of September 2022

Will they turn our good with whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour?


Tuesday 20th of September 2022

I would imagine they will, they are pretty moist. It will make them a little more dense though. Maybe try half all purpose and half whole wheat?

Carmen Vella

Monday 19th of September 2022

These muffins are so, so good. I followed your exact instructions and they came to perfection. Just tried one and they are scrumptious. Definitely terrific.


Monday 19th of September 2022

I am so glad you like them!


Monday 18th of July 2022

Can I put raisins and walnuts in them


Monday 18th of July 2022

Yes! You can add some, that would be delicious.

Auntie Emma

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

Delish! I made these with coconut milk because that’s all I had on hand. I added pecans on top of four and chocolate chips on top of four. The last four I left plain. They are all delicious!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

Ooooh, yum! I am so glad you enjoyed them!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle

Tuesday 2nd of July 2019

I love banana muffins and bread. These muffins sounds so good Carlee and thanks for the recipe!


Saturday 29th of August 2020

These are a yummy grab and go option. Thanks, Julie!

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