Apple Banana Muffins

THESE ARE SO GOOD. They’re hands down my new favorite muffins. They’re moist and flavorful and I can’t wait to make them again! There’s not really much else to say other than these muffins are absolutely incredible and you should all go whip up a batch immediately. Recipe after the jump!

Apple Banana Muffins
Rounding up the troops.

Apple Banana Muffins
I used Fuji apples because that’s what I had handy, but I think Granny Smith apples would be far better to use.

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Grating the apples allows for more apple flavor without having giant, soggy chunks of apples in the muffins.

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Squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the apples so they don’t brown.

Apple Banana Muffins
Then use a sieve to drain 98% (you don’t want them to be bone dry) of the juice out of the apples.

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I drank the juice, haha. It was delicious. How often do you have fresh apple juice?

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Then combine brown sugar and butter in a pan…

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Until it looks like that.

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Then add the apples and the cinnamon and cook until the apples are tender.

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Remove from the heat and set aside.

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Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.

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And add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

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Combine your flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

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Add the flour to the batter alternatively with the lemon juice and vanilla (which have already been combined).

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Mash the bananas and add them to the batter along with the apples.

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Fill ’em up.

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I might just have to have another one later.

Apple Banana Muffins

Apple Banana Muffins
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Serves: 24 muffins
For the Apples:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons firmly packed dark or golden brown sugar
  • 3 apples (any type), peeled and shredded (with a grater)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Muffins:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1¼ cups very ripe mashed bananas (2 to 3)
  1. Position a rack in the center of your oven and preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray 24 muffin tins (feel free to half this recipe for less).
  2. Preheat a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and brown sugar and heat until bubbling. Add the apples and cinnamon and sauté until golden and tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the vanilla. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt.
  4. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. In a small bowl, combine the lemon juice and vanilla.
  6. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture in three batches, alternating with the lemon juice mixture, mixing well after each addition. Scrape down the sides of the bowl after each flour addition. Stir in the mashed bananas until combined. Then stir in the reserved apples.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the tops are golden. Allow to cool in the pan before removing.
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6 Responses

  1. Janaki says:

    mmmmmmmm looks so fabulous! I love the mounds of brown sugar in the pan!

  2. Kristine says:

    So yummy! Love the brown sugar apple part. Nothing tastes better than butter & brown sugar, and then to throw in apples. Even my husband loves these, he’s not typically a fan of my fruity muffins. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  3. I just made this recipe! ome ome ome!! they’re SOOOOOOOO gooooood!!!! my family is not that into banana-bake-stuff but even they loooove this muffins!! <3 I was like wow when I saw my dad eating the batter hahaha

  4. Noora says:

    I just made these and oh my god! They are so amazing, the whole house is filled with this mouth watering banana scent, mmmm…
    I just might go and grab another one while I’m at it..

  5. Jen says:

    Wow. These are amazing. I subbed out half the butter with coconut oil. Sooooo good!

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