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Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins {Recipe}

I know I said I was going to post a workout today but then I made these muffins this morning and I had to share the recipe immediately.


So we’ll eat muffins first and then we’ll do a squat workout later! 🙂

It’s no secret that peanut butter ranks is one of my favorite foods and I like to find ways to add it into as many things that I make as possible. This is especially true when it comes to baking. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to it! I had two bananas sitting on the counter this morning that were to the point of ripeness that only works for banana bread. I thought about all of my standby banana bread recipes but wanted to try something different and realized I had never made a peanut butter banana bread. Decision made!


I went with muffins instead of a loaf because 1) I was too impatient to wait an hour for a loaf to bake and 2) I like to individually wrap the muffins and throw them in the freezer for a quick breakfast or snack on the go.


The recipe was easy and took me under 10 minutes to put together. You only need two bowls, one for wet ingredients and one for dry and I didn’t even have to get my mixer out. I mixed everything by hand. While this recipe does use yogurt and a little coconut oil in place of butter or oil, I wouldn’t necessarily call it super healthy. It does call for white flour and a decent amount of sugar. Even still, they come in under 200 calories per muffin. I’d also like to take this moment to comment that when you go too healthy with muffins they just don’t taste very good. The texture usually gets really weird.


I was really pleased with this recipe. The results were big, soft, fluffy muffins with just the right balance of peanut butter and banana flavor. I’m sure they would be over the top delicious with chocolate chips added but for whatever reason I’m not a fan of chocolate in my muffins. These muffins would be great for a special breakfast treat anytime and I would also serve them to weekend guests or at a brunch. If you’re a fellow peanut butter lover and looking to switch up your standard banana bread, this is a must try!

Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins
(Recipe adapted from Cooking Light)


1 1/2 cups mashed banana (about 2 large)
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (can sub sour cream)
1/3 cup natural style peanut butter (crunchy or creamy)
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted (can sub butter)
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour or ground flaxseed
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon allspice


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 12-tin muffin pan with muffin liners.

In a large bowl, whisk together banana, greek yogurt, peanut butter and oil. Once incorporated mix eggs in one at a tie and then add vanilla and sugars. Make sure to work all the lumps out of your brown sugar. Set wet ingredients aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet and keep stirring to incorporate with each addition. Once fully incorporated leave the batter alone so that you don’t overwork it. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins, filing them up a little more than 3/4 of the way.

Bake for 18-23 minutes, or until muffins tops create domes and appear to be set. I checked mine at 18 but they were perfect at 21. It will depend on the temperature of your oven.

Yield: 12 muffins

{ 29 comments… add one }
  • elizabeth March 20, 2014, 12:25 pm

    I used up my bananas on your paleo banana bread this morning, which I’ve made several times, but I’ll try these next. Thanks!

    • Jen March 20, 2014, 12:25 pm

      this recipe is definitely NOT paleo! 🙂 🙂 🙂

      • elizabeth March 20, 2014, 7:09 pm

        I am not a paleo eater, but I like your banana bread recipe.
        Also made a variation of your tortilla soup today, very good.

        • Jen March 21, 2014, 7:19 am

          awesome. thank you so much for trying my recipes!

  • Jojo @ RunFastEatLots March 20, 2014, 12:50 pm

    I love banana bread with peanut butter, so this looks even better! Now I just have to wait for my bananas to ripen. I seriously have to hide them or else they will get eaten before they get fully ripe!

  • Sara @ LovingOnTheRun March 20, 2014, 1:01 pm

    I love all banana bread – I end up never eating all the bananas I have so this looks like another great option! to try.

  • Claire @ Keeping Up With Claire March 20, 2014, 1:03 pm

    Yum! I have a couple girlfriends coming in town this weekend and these are the perfect thing to whip up tomorrow morning when they’re still sleeping! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Samantha @ The Faithful Runner March 20, 2014, 1:40 pm

    These look absolutely delicious! Thanks for sharing. 🙂 Can’t wait to try.

  • Austin March 20, 2014, 1:48 pm

    Wow! That first picture of the muffins makes them look perfect! They look like they rise very nicely!

  • Rebekah {aCricketSang} March 20, 2014, 2:36 pm

    I love banana bread and I love peanut butter…why haven’t I combined them before?!

  • Holly March 20, 2014, 3:16 pm

    These look amazing! I love all things peanut butter and banana. It’s just a perfect combination!:) Chocolate goes really well with those things too! 🙂

  • She Rocks Fitness March 20, 2014, 3:46 pm

    YUMMY! I love that you have a Pinterest board dedicated to Peanut Butter…why wouldn’t you? 😉 The rate I go through nut butter is quite comical, but hey I could have worse addictions. XO

  • hillary | nutrition nut on the run March 20, 2014, 4:58 pm

    yummm. love pb banana muffins.

  • Laura March 20, 2014, 6:26 pm

    I absolutely love the combination of peanut butter and bananas. I can’t wait to try these muffins! I’m now off to stalk your PB Pinterest board…

  • Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} March 20, 2014, 6:38 pm

    These look awesome and seem like a perfect treat! Totally pinning! 🙂

  • Kim @FITsique March 20, 2014, 8:40 pm

    It seems like its becoming banana muffin season, and I love it! These look so simple and good! Can’t wait to try!

  • Beth March 21, 2014, 8:53 am

    These muffins were so good and so easy to make. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Tiffany March 21, 2014, 6:12 pm

    I adored peanut butter!! My favorite is from trader joes – organic roasted and salted creamy!

    I’ve had a healthy banana bread and it was delicious!! Look for dreena Burton’s maple banana bread – she is a true culinary genius when it comes to baked goods using whole grain flours.

  • Jennifer March 26, 2014, 2:05 pm

    Just put these in the oven! I can tell you the batter is good! 🙂

    • Jen March 26, 2014, 2:13 pm

      yay! let me know how they turn out!

  • Erin April 18, 2014, 1:20 pm

    How did you store these?

  • Amy August 31, 2014, 1:09 am

    Peanut butter is my favorite food and I had given it up completely being on weight watchers as it is just too high in pts. Loved!! Thanks Jen!!

  • Michelle April 24, 2015, 3:31 am

    They look so delicious, wishing I had at least one if front of me now…but would prefer 10 🙂

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