Banana Muffins

Cooking with kids… 😩

Hi again, lovely reader. I need to make something clear right off the bat – I never eat food prepared by children. I don’t even eat the leftover food on my kids’ plates. I don’t eat the many delights at potlucks or bake sales, because I can’t guarantee how clean the person’s kitchen was, or if they washed their hands after they picked their nose.

Kids are lovely, but they are also germ-ridden disease bags, so they don’t come near me or my kitchen when I’m cooking. So cooking or baking with my 7-year old is a rare occurrence; the stars must be aligned, everyone must be healthy, and my kitchen must be spotless if I allow a kid to cook in there. So Charlotte asked me if she could make banana muffins, because the bananas were ready, and I was feeling confident I could ensure proper hand washing and sanitary cooking practices. So I said yes. Off we went to the kitchen to gather our ingredients.

Princess Charlotte is mashing the bananas.

She honestly must have washed her hands about seventeen times…

She touched her face.

“Go wash your hands.”

She got raw egg on her finger.

“Go wash your hands.”

She brushed her hair behind her ear.

“Go wash your hands.”

I’m thinking, maybe if I make this whole experience completely unpleasant, she won’t want to bake with me anymore. And I won’t have to eat kid cooking.

Perfecting her measuring skills.

But Charlotte is as fastidious about cleanliness as I am, so the frequent pauses for hand-washing didn’t faze her.

Charlotte did a great job; she just needed a bit of help to really stir the ingredients together. But she was pleased she did most of the work herself. I really just took them out of the oven for her so she wouldn’t burn herself. That’s it.

She worked so hard.

And the muffins tasted great… yes, I had one. I risked my health for the happiness of my child. She had those big, Baby Yoda eyes, imploring me to taste her baking. It was actually a fun way to spend some quality time together after school.

This banana muffin recipe is one of the first recipes I ever collected from friends and family. My best friend Darci gave it to me about 20 years ago; I think it came from her mom. It was originally a banana bread recipe, but my girls like the convenience of muffins, so I make muffins with it. I have no idea if the recipe I got from Darci was original or if it came from the side of a box of muffin mix. It doesn’t really matter since I’ve adjusted it and added things and really made it my own.


This recipe calls for either softened butter or margarine. It really doesn’t affect the taste of the muffin if you use one over the other. I usually use butter. The margarine has oil in it and the recipe itself doesn’t ask for oil, so you end up with soft, moist muffins if you use margarine. They do tend to darken more than if you use butter, though. Adding some applesauce also ensures that the banana muffins are moist.

Banana Muffins


  • 3 bananas, very ripe, mashed
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


1. In a small bowl, mash the bananas. Set aside.

Mashed bananas

2. In a bigger bowl, cream together the softened butter/margarine and sugar.

Valiant effort
She got it eventually.

3. Add the eggs and stir to combine.

4. Add the flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir to combine.

5. Add the applesauce, bananas, and vanilla. Stir until just combined.

Trying so hard to stir the ingredients together.

6. You have three choices for how to bake this:

  • Banana Bread: grease a standard loaf pan
  • Banana Muffins: grease a 12-cup muffin tin
  • Mini Muffins: grease a mini muffin tin
  • Mini Loaf: grease a mini loaf pan

7. Fill your greased vessel(s) with batter, just over halfway up if you’re making muffins.

We made normal size muffins.

8. Bake in a 325°F oven for:

  • Banana Bread: 60-75 minutes
  • Banana Muffins: 30-35 minutes
  • Mini Muffins: 15-18 minutes
  • Mini Loaf: 45-50 minutes
We had leftover batter so made mini muffins too!

9. Check for doneness with a toothpick. Just stick it in the middle of a muffin; if it comes out clean, they are done.

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