Cranberry Banana Muffins – Quick & Easy Recipe

This cranberry banana muffins recipe is quick & easy. It creates a delicious muffin that combines sweet ripe bananas with slightly tart cranberries. It is also far cheaper to make your own delectable muffins than buy expensive days old muffins from a store. You can also turn these cranberry banana muffins into an entertaining (if slightly messy) family project where your children help you to make the banana bread batter and pour/scoop the batter into the muffin trays. Your kids will love making & EATING these tasty muffins!

Delicious Cranberry Banana Muffins

Cranberry Banana Muffins

FYI – This is the “muffin version” of our great tasting Cranberry Banana Bread. It is simple & easy to make. This recipe should take you only 10-15 minutes or so to prepare and clean up. Please be aware that this is an oven-baked recipe. It is not made with a bread machine. You will also find a printable and “pin-able” recipe at the bottom of this page.

Ingredients – Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

  • 8 Tablespoons – Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 – Large Eggs
  • 3 – Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups – Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup – Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon – Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon – Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon – Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups – Cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Servings – Roughly 18-24 standard muffins (non-jumbo muffins)

  • Equipment required for this recipe – Measuring cup & spoons, mixing bowl, long wooden spoon, muffin trays, paper muffin liners (baking cups), oven mitts, cooling racks… and of course, an oven.

Pour/Scoop Batter into Muffin Cups & Bake

Cranberry banana muffin batter in muffin cups

Instructions – Cranberry Banana Muffins Recipe

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients (except the cranberries). Stir until batter is completely mixed.
  • Add the cranberries to the batter. Stir in the cranberries until fully mixed into batter.
  • Place paper muffin baking cups (liners) inside the muffin trays. Or grease the muffin trays if you are not using muffin baking cups or non-stick muffin trays.
  • Add the batter to the muffin baking cups until each one is about 50-75% full with batter.
  • Place muffin trays into the oven.
  • Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the muffin trays from the oven. Use oven mitts when removing the muffin trays.
  • Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes within the muffin trays.
  • Remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack in order to completely cool.

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Tips – Cranberry Banana Bread Muffins Recipe

  • The tips below are designed to help muffin “novices” and/or people with limited baking experience.
  • You can use fresh or frozen cranberries to make these cranberry muffins. Depending on the season, fresh cranberries can be hard to find. Therefore, I often like to use frozen cranberries because they are usually more available in the supermarket. They also can sit in your freezer for a long time until you are ready to make some new cranberry muffins or cranberry banana bread.
  • If you have any cranberry muffin cups with too much batter and too few berries, you can push a few extra berries into the batter within the cups.
  • FYI – Cranberry banana muffins are great as Thanksgiving deserts or Thanksgiving snacks!
  • Creating cranberry banana bread muffins is a great way to convert “boring” banana bread into a fun & tasty project for kids. For example, you can let them “help” you by pouring/scooping the batter into the muffin trays.
  • Optional – If you want to eliminate the butter used in this recipe (i.e. to reduce the saturated fat in your diet), you can replace the 8 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 cup of yogurt. 8 tablespoons = 1/2 cup. Our thanks to Kim for this great suggestion. For more details on butter substitutes, you might like to read the Bob’s Red Mill article “What Is a Good Substitute for Butter?“.
  • There are a variety of ways to pour the batter into the muffin tray. For example, you can scoop with a spoon (while using another spoon to scrape off the batter into the muffin tray), use a small cup and spoon, use an ice cream scoop with a trigger release, use a homemade “pastry bag” to squeeze the batter into the muffin liners, etc.
  • Use paper baking cups (liners) if you want to easily extract the cranberry muffins from the muffin tray. Paper baking cups also result in less mess on your fingers when removing the muffins.
  • For larger muffins, you can buy trays designed for “jumbo” muffins (versus trays for standard sized muffins). This recipe should generate roughly 8-12 jumbo banana bread muffins.
  • Use ripe bananas for improved taste. Ripe bananas are soft and the exterior peel is usually yellow with small black & brown spots. Hard yellow/green(ish) bananas are too starchy and have less banana flavor
  • Make sure to use 3 large bananas (not 3 medium bananas). Otherwise, the muffins might turn out to be a little dry.
  • If your family loves cranberry-based desserts & snacks, you should also try our recipes for Applesauce Cranberry BreadCranberry Bread (with Dried Cranberries)Cranberry Bread (with Fresh Cranberries) and Pumpkin Cranberry Bread.
  • In case, you like to use cups versus banana “sizes”, 3 medium-sized bananas equal roughly 1 to 1 1/3 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). 3 large-sized bananas equal roughly 1 1/2 to 1 2/3 cups of mashed bananas (not sliced bananas). Of course, banana sizes can vary greatly… and my version of medium-sized may differ from yours! If you need to convert other ingredient measurements (i.e. cups to tablespoons or millilitres), you should visit our baking volume calculator & conversion table.
  • If you have a problem with a recipe, please make sure that you are following the recipe exactly (i.e. using the correct oven temperature), using the correct amounts of ingredients (i.e. don’t eyeball the measurements versus using a measuring cup or accidentally add a tablespoon when a teaspoon is called for), using the correct ingredients (i.e. baking soda/powder versus yeast or all purpose flour versus bread flour), etc. Please don’t “wing” things with recipes.
  • In addition, you should always try to use relatively fresh baking soda & powder for the best results. For example, using baking soda from an open container (that has been deodorizing your refrigerator for months) may lead to subpar results. Old & hard baking soda/powder may lead to rising problems and/or leave small bitter clumps in your cranberry banana bread muffins.
  • For more easy banana bread muffin recipes, please visit Bread Dad’s main section on Muffin Recipes.

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Cranberry Banana Muffins - Quick & Easy Recipe

This cranberry banana muffins recipe is quick & easy. It creates a delicious muffin that combines sweet ripe bananas with slightly tart cranberries. It is also far cheaper to make your own delectable muffins than buy expensive days old muffins from a store. Visit BreadDad.com for more great muffin and banana bread recipes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast, Dessert, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana bread muffins, banana cranberry muffins, cranberry banana bread muffins, cranberry banana muffins, cranberry banana muffins recipe, cranberry muffins, cranberry muffins recipe
Servings: 24 Muffins
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Bread Dad

Ingredients

  • 8 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • 2 Eggs (large)
  • 3 Bananas (ripe & large sized)
  • 2 Cups Flour (all purpose flour)
  • 1 Cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cranberries (fresh or frozen)

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Mash bananas with a fork.
  • Soften butter in a microwave.
  • Lightly beat eggs.
  • Stir eggs, bananas and butter together.
  • Mix in remaining ingredients (except the cranberries). Stir until batter is completely mixed.
  • Add the cranberries to the batter. Stir in the cranberries until fully mixed into batter.
  • Place paper muffin baking cups (liners) inside the muffin trays. Or grease the muffin trays if you are not using muffin baking cups or non-stick muffin trays.
  • Add the batter to the muffin baking cups until each one is about 50-75% full with batter.
  • Place muffin trays into the oven.
  • Bake muffins for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove the muffin trays from the oven. Use oven mitts when removing the muffin trays.
  • Allow the muffins to cool for 5 minutes within the muffin trays.
  • Remove the muffins and place them on a cooling rack in order to completely cool.

Notes

 
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Nutrition

Serving: 1Muffin | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 118mg | Potassium: 76mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

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