These spiced banana praline muffins are a delicious way to use up old bananas! These perfectly moist, not-too-sweet muffins are finished with crunchy praline topping.
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Old Bananas, Yummy Muffins
Like so many of the best things in life, this recipe starts with mushy old bananas.
You know, these ones. The ones that are a little past their “best before” date. The ones at the back of the fruit bowl, weighing on your mind, begging you to use them TODAY before they’re a completely rotten !
Bananas don’t do well in my house. We love them, but they seem to be green one day, and brown the next, without stopping at yellow in between. Although we eat plenty of bananas, we always have a few brown, mushy ones kicking around.
Not wanting to waste them, I’ve become a bit of a self proclaimed master of mushy banana recipes, like the one I’m sharing today!
How to Make My Spiced Banana Praline Muffins
These yummy muffins are one of my family’s favourites. The muffin batter is not overly sweet, but they do have a hit of sugary spiced pecans on top. I love them warm for breakfast, or with tea for a quick afternoon snack.
You’ll need some Autumn Baking Spice Mix for this recipe. If you don’t have that, you can also substitute store bought pumpkin pie spice.
1. Mixing the Wet Ingredients
Place the “wet” ingredients into a mixing bowl. Add 6 mushy bananas, 2/3 cups of melted butter, 2 eggs and 1 cup of white sugar.
Mash and combine the ingredients with a masher or spoon. (A pastry cutter works great for this too, if you have one! That’s what I’m using in the photos.)
Once it’s thoroughly mashed, the mixture should be quite wet.
Small banana lumps are ok.
Don’t leave any big banana lumps!
2. Mix in the Dry Ingredients
On top of the wet mixture, add 3 cups of all purpose flour. Sprinkle the 1 tsp salt, 1 tbsp vanilla, 2 tbsp spice mix, 1 tbsp baking soda and 1 tbsp baking powder over top of the flour.
Mix gently until just combined. Do not over mix! (Over mixing will make your muffins tough and dry.)
3. Preparing the Muffin Pan
Grease the muffin pan.
I just use a bit of butter on a paper towel, but of course you can spray the pan with non-stick oil. You can also use paper muffin cup liners if you prefer!
Scoop the muffin batter equally into each of the 12 muffin cup cavities.
4. Add the Praline Topping
Melt 1/3 cup of butter in a bowl or measuring cup. Stir in 1 cup of broken pecan pieces, 1/3 cup of sugar and 1 tbsp of Autumn Baking Spice Mix.
Once combined, spoon the praline topping over the muffin batter in the pan.
5. Bake in the Oven
Bake for 350 degrees fahrenheit for 35-40 minutes.
The muffins are done when they a tooth pick comes out clean, or when they muffins bounce back when pressed.
Don’t forget to toss the banana peels and egg shells in your compost bin!
Your wormy friends will thank you!
6. Cool and Enjoy!
The muffins smell amazing, so it’s hard not to dig in right away. But do let the muffins cool a bit – they’re hot!
These are great with tea. Enjoy!
Spiced Banana Praline Muffins
These perfectly moist banana muffins have a sweet, crunchy, praline top.
- 6 soft bananas (over ripe)
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2/3 cups melted butter
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking soda
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tbsp Autumn Baking Spice Mix*
- 1 cup broken pecan pieces
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 tbsp Autumn Baking Spice Mix*
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease a regular 12 muffin baking pan, or line with paper cups.
Prepare Muffin Batter
In a large mixing bowl, combine bananas, sugar, eggs, melted butter. Mash ingredients together until no large banana chunks remain.
Sprinkle flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, spice mix and vanilla over the top of the wet ingredients. Stir until combined – don’t over mix!
Scoop evenly into the 12 greased muffin cups.
Prepare Praline Topping
In a small bowl, mix pecans, sugar, melted butter and Autumn Baking Spice Mix*.
Spoon over top of batter in the 12 muffin cups.
Bake and Enjoy!
Bake at 350F for 35-40 minutes. The muffins are done when a toothpick comes out clean.
If you don’t have any Autumn Baking Spice Mix, you should make some! In the meantime, you can use store bought pumpkin pie spice.