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Here are all the best ripe banana recipes for cooking with this popular fruit! Pick from banana bread, pancakes, muffins and more.

Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins
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Got some ripe bananas on hand? This fruit is so versatile! Its sweet flavor and moist texture makes it the ideal addition to baked goods, smoothies, or banana peanut butter sandwiches. Here’s our collection of all of our very best banana recipe ideas for using this popular fruit! Banana bread, muffins, pancakes…even bananas foster, that classic rum and bananas dessert you get to light on fire!

And now…the best ripe banana recipes!

Banana nutrition

These tasty fruits are more than just delicious: they’re packed with nutrients. Here are some of the benefits of bananas (source):

  • Full of fiber, about 10% of your daily value is in 1 banana (3 grams)
  • High in potassium, which is good for heart health
  • A source of prebiotics, which is good for gut health (though may be best experienced in bananas that are not baked!)
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Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

25 Ripe Banana Recipes!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 12 muffins 1x


This banana muffins recipe is perfect: moist, sweet, and irresistibly banana scented! Everyone will love this classic muffin.


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 ½ cups mashed banana (about 3 large or 4 medium)
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (optional)
  • Turbinado sugar, for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Add 12 muffin cups to a muffin tin.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the all-purpose flour, cinnamon, ginger, baking powder, baking soda, and kosher salt.
  3. In another medium bowl, mash the banana. Whisk in the egg, granulated sugar, vegetable oil, and vanilla.
  4. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients using a spatula, and stir until a smooth batter forms. Avoid the urge to overmix. Gently fold in the chocolate chips. Divide the batter evenly into the muffin cups.
  5. Bake the muffins for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden on top. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then transfer to a rack to cool fully, about 1 hour. Store up to 4 days in a sealed container at room temperature, refrigerated up to 1 week or more (allow to come to room temperature before serving), or frozen up to 3 months.
  • Category: Baked
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegetarian

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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