Moist Banana Muffins (Caramel And Banana Muffin Recipe)

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  • These Moist Banana Muffins are bakery level delicious. This Banana Muffin Recipe combines the sweet flavor of banana with a gooey caramel center to create a Banana and Caramel Muffin hybrid.

    The Best Banana Muffin Recipe

    There are thousands of versions of banana muffins floating around. We all have our favorite variations on this classic baked treat. But what if I told you this recipe has gooey melted caramel in the center? What if I told you that the combination of nutty browned butter, melted caramel and sweet ripe bananas will create a flavor explosion you won’t soon forget? 

    I got the idea for these banana and caramel muffins when I was recently faced with ripe bananas and leftover salted caramel sauce. What’s a girl to do? Of course, I decided I should combine these delicious ingredients and wow… I think you’ll be glad I did! The combination created a hybrid of moist banana muffin and caramel muffin that is truly memorable.

    How To Bake Moist Banana Muffins

    These muffins are the ultimate combination of nutty browned butter, creamy caramel and sweet, ripened bananas. I can’t get enough! In fact, my mouth is watering as I type this. You know my love for carbs, and I am happy to share this love with the world! As it turns out, the easiest trick for moist banana muffins is infusing them with caramel sauce.

    Here’s the steps to create these little breakfast (snack? dessert?) treasures: 

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line or grease muffin tin.
    2. Melt butter over medium heat without stirring until it becomes brown and nutty in aroma. Allow to cool. (Watch the video here if you’re unsure about how to brown your butter.)
    3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
    4. In a mixing bowl/mixer, combine mashed bananas, vanilla, sugar, egg and cooled butter.
    5. Gradually incorporate dry mixture into wet until just moist.
    6. Spoon mixture into muffin tin- fill it to just 1/4 full.
    7. Add a spoonful of caramel.
    8. Top with more muffin mixture- filling to 1/2 of the way to the top in total (no more than 2/3 full is ideal).
    9. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar on the top for a little added crunch and sparkle.

    Quick Tip: Use foil muffin liners or spray liberally! The paper liners won’t work well with the sticky caramel.

    Oil Vs Butter, Which Is Better For Muffins? 

    My preference will always lean towards butter, although I frequently use both. I love the flavor it adds to my baking, even though the butter has slightly less oil overall. Using oil instead of butter might create more moisture, but these muffins are incredibly moist and flavorful with butter! Here’s an authoritative voice with more detail to answer the question of oil vs. butter in your muffins

    What’s your preference? Are you a fan of butter or oil in your baking? I’d love to hear!

    Tips To Create These Delicious Caramel Muffins

    The caramel center in these muffins creates an extremely moist muffin. Gooey caramel= good, right? However, if your bananas aren’t ripe, these won’t be nearly as yummy! You need that higher sugar content to create a sweet muffin.

    This is one of life’s simplest truths. Ripe bananas are a key ingredient to a moist and delicious banana muffin. (Read my favorite trick for where to find ripe bananas at the last minute- there’s no shame to my game!)

    Instead of panicking about the state of your too-green bananas, I have a few ways to speed up the process of browning.

    How to Ripen Bananas

    • Place them in a brown paper bag and wait 12 hours.
    • Microwave for 1 minute, check every 15 seconds after that.
    • Bake at 300 degrees for 15 minutes on a cookie sheet, add more time if needed.

     

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    If you enjoy these caramel-infused moist banana muffins, please come back and leave me a five-star review! You can also share this recipe on Pinterest. 

    How to Make Moist Banana Caramel Muffins

    Moist Banana Caramel Muffins

    These Moist Banana Muffins are bakery level delicious. This Banana Muffin Recipe combines the sweet flavor of banana with a gooey caramel center to create a Banana and Caramel Muffin hybrid.
    Course Snack
    Cuisine American
    Keyword browned butter, caramel, easy bread, mothers day, muffins, quick bread
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 16 minutes
    Total Time 26 minutes
    Servings 10
    Calories 171 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 1 1/2 cup flour all-purpose
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 tablespoon vanilla
    • 1/3 cup butter browned
    • 3 bananas smashed
    • 1/2 cup caramel

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line or grease muffin tin.
    2. Melt butter over medium heat without stirring until it becomes brown and nutty in aroma. Allow to cool. (Watch the video here if you're unsure about how to brown your butter.)
    3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
    4. In a mixing bowl/mixer, combine mashed bananas, vanilla, sugar, egg and cooled butter. Gradually incorporate dry mixture into wet until just moist. 

    5. Spoon mixture into muffin tin - fill it to just 1/4 full. Add a spoonful of caramel. 

    6. Top with more muffin mixture - filling to 1/2 of the way to the top in total (no more than 2/3 full is ideal). 

    7. Sprinkle with a pinch of sugar on the top for a little added crunch and sparkle.
    8. Bake 16 minutes or until a toothpick poked into the center comes out clean.

    Recipe Notes

    • Use foil muffin liners or spray the pan well.
    • Gas stations usually carry ripe bananas if you're in a pinch.
    • Drizzle with extra caramel sauce if you have some leftover!

     

    Nutrition Facts
    Moist Banana Caramel Muffins
    Amount Per Serving (1 muffin)
    Calories 171 Calories from Fat 54
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 6g 9%
    Saturated Fat 4g 20%
    Cholesterol 16mg 5%
    Sodium 289mg 12%
    Potassium 194mg 6%
    Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    Sugars 6g
    Protein 2g 4%
    Vitamin A 4.2%
    Vitamin C 3.7%
    Calcium 2.9%
    Iron 5.5%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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