Bakery-Style Banana Muffins

Best muffins ever.

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Historically, my muffins always taste totally yummy, but they never bake high and fluffy.  You know, like the ones you get in the bakery or the Otis Spunkmeyer ones that are a billion calories a piece.  Fortunately, my friend Sally bakes muffins (and cookies and pretty much everything else) like a rock star and gave me the best tips ever for getting bakery-style muffins.

Wowza.

Bakery-Style Banana Muffins - a simple, easy trick to create bakery style muffins at home! #recipes #muffins www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

I think we’ve established that sweet breads are one of my favorite things to make.  With as many banana bread/muffins/cake recipes I’m starting to rack up on this blog, I’m beginning to think maybe I should have started a site dedicated simply to posting those.  I could eat banana bread all day long and not get tired of it.

I found this recipe in my new Cook’s Illustrated cookbook (loooooooove).  While I think these banana muffins would be awesome with walnuts folded in, the Tall Boy won’t go near a baked good containing nuts.  And since I don’t need to eat 15 bakery-style muffins all by myself, I decided to leave out the nuts and add in peanut butter chips instead.

Yeah, it was a pretty good decision.

Bakery-Style Banana Muffins - a simple, easy trick to create bakery style muffins at home! #recipes #muffins www.kitchenmeetsgirl.com

Make sure to read the recipe instructions all the way through before beginning these muffins. Sally’s best-ever muffin tip directs you to begin baking your muffins at 425 degrees – baking for just 5 minutes.  Then, lower your oven temperature to 375 degrees for the remainder of your baking time.

It’s like muffin magic!

Bakery-Style Banana Muffins
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1½ cups plain low-fat yogurt
  • 3 bananas, chopped fine
  • ½ cup peanut butter chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • ½ cup turbinado sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
Method
  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 425. Spray a muffin tin with non-stick spray or line with cupcakes liners and set aside. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg in a medium bowl.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat sugar and butter on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Reduce speed to low and add dry ingredients in two installments, alternating with 3 additions of yogurt. Gently fold in chopped bananas and peanut butter chips by hand. DO NOT OVER MIX, or your muffins will turn out hard and tough.
  3. Divide batter evenly among muffin cups. Don't be afraid to fill them all the way to the top!
  4. Bake for 5 minutes at 425, and then lower oven temperature to 375. Bake another 15 to 18 minutes, or until muffins are golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  5. Remove muffins from tin to wire rack and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, combine turbinado sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl. Dip cooled muffins in melted butter and then roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Notes
recipe from Cook's Illustrated, baking tips from Sally's Baking Addiction


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27 Comments

  1. sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I swear by my cooks illustrated cookbook!!! Ashley, I’m so glad that my muffin tips and tricks worked out for you! Wow, they look amazing. SO freakin’ tall – you’re right, just like the kinds we see in gourmet bakeries. You go girl. I love these! banana muffins are a favorite of mine.
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    • Ashley

      I want to bake muffins every day now that I have your great tips, Sally! Thank you so much for sharing them–I felt like a pro when I pulled these out of the oven!

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  2. Heather @ SugarDish(Me)

    I am a banana bread junkie. It’s the very first thing I ever learned how to make by myself when I was like 9 or something and I never get sick of it. Love the cinnamon sugary topping. Thanks for sharing your fun muffin tip!
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    • Ashley

      Banana bread is pretty much the best thing ever.

      Reply
  3. jenifer

    Does anyone know if this “trick” will work with cupcakes too? I mean, a sky high cupcake, what more could a girl ask for?!?!?

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  4. Shirley

    These cupcakes look amazing. Sure looks better than the shredded wheat and blueberries I just ate. I may just have to splurge soon! YaHooooo

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  5. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    It makes me so happy that you like banana baked goods as much as I do! And girl…these look AWESOME!!! I love how high and puffy they are! Your pics have me drooling…and wanting to go buy more bananas 🙂
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    • Ashley

      Eeek, thanks for the nice photo compliment, Jocelyn. These muffins turned out just perfect–I was so proud of myself for getting them this high and puffy! 🙂

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    • Ashley

      After making these, I think I’ll be on a muffin making spree. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by!

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    • Ashley

      Ooooh yes, definitely use your bananas to make these muffins–they were soooo good! Thanks for stopping by.

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    • Ashley

      Definitely use Sally’s tips, Dorothy–I was so please with how these muffins turned out!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Me too, Hayley. Me too.

      Reply
  6. Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Sally does have awesome tips in that post and I remember reading it back then and thinking wow, I need to try this!

    These muffins look wonderful, Ashley! I could gobble them up! And Cooks Illustrated ALWAYS is a winner. Always!
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    • Ashley

      I am LOVING my Cook’s Illustrated – it pretty much rocks. And you totally need to try Sally’s tips – these were the best muffins to come out of my oven ever!

      Reply
  7. Rachel

    Do the bananas need to be super ripe?!

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    • Ashley

      Hi Rachel. The bananas I used in this recipe were not overly ripe, but they weren’t green, either. =)

      Reply
  8. Alicia

    I’d love to make these but don’t have yogurt on hand, can I substitute something?

    Thank you!

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    • Ashley

      Alicia–if you have sour cream on hand, you can substitute that!

      Reply
  9. Rachel

    These muffins are amazing. I am making them for the second time today! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    Reply
  10. Kristen Wolfe

    I just logged on for a banana muffin recipe and found yours. I am now off to try it. I can’t wait! They look delicious and sound amazing. Thanks for the great tips too.

    Reply
  11. Saira

    Am I not seeing BANANAS in your ingredients list or I’m just missing something.

    Reply

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