Brown Butter Banana Muffins

March 27, 2012

Sometimes The Captain wonders why I must always have a bunch of bananas in a small wicker basket on the table: uneaten and always left to ripen. It’s simple. Banana desserts are my absolute favourite and seeing them when they’re on their last legs always spurs me into a save-and-rescue mission before I’m forced to throw their rotting carcasses out.

Last week, I forgot that I had a blog for a moment (forgive me, I still love you C&C!). I know I’ve been slack but it’s just so hard to do anything blog-related when you’re not inspired to bake or cook anything. This kind of mood sucks all round on an epic level. But through the haze, just for a fleeting moment, I get a craving for something sweet and simple, usually incited by the tantalising smell of overripe bananas. From there, it’s a desperate rush to the kitchen to break out the eggs, sift out the flour and pummel the bananas senselessly like a dominatrix on heat, working at breakneck speed before the mood dissipates and I slink back to my rut.

Aah muffins. So underrated, so overlooked and too often, relegated to the back of the mind in favour for the likes of banana bread or cake, both of which does not require me to tediously fill out dozens of muffin cases with batter. But this time around, I was swayed by my inner girl. These uber cute baking cases has been sitting untouched for too long and it was time to break them in. What can I say? I’m a sucker for polka dots.

I could’ve gone with my usual no-frills banana muffin recipe that has been an ol’ faithful since my pubescent home economic days. But I was craving something a little more. It’s amazing what a simple act of browning butter into a nutty goodness can do, As well as toasting a little desiccated coconut. But the moment comes about 5 minutes after the muffins are baked. When you rip off the case like a flimsy dress, break apart the soft warm crumbly flesh and proceed to add a smoosh of butter to both halves. And just as the edges of the butter start to melt, you apply to face. Burnt fingers be damned.

I’m hoping the rut will end soon. After all, it is autumn, my absolute favourite time for baking and I’m already fantasising about things like pumpkins, apples, earthy spices, molten caramel and oozing chocolate. But for now, a simple buttered muffin is all I need.

Brown Butter Banana Muffins
Yields 20
Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
  1. 150g unsalted butter, chopped
  2. 3 large ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  5. 85g brown sugar
  6. 85g caster sugar
  7. 300g self raising flour
  8. 50g desiccated coconut, toasted in a dry pan over medium heat until golden and fragrant
  9. pinch of salt
  1. Preheat oven to 190°C and line muffin trays with paper cases.
  2. To make the browned butter, stick them in a pan over medium-low heat and leave to melt. The butter will then start to sizzle and splutter as it cooks. Eventually the noise will quieten down and the butter will start to foam up. At this stage, keep your eye on the butter as it won’t take long for it to burn. Swirl the pan and you’ll see the foam start to colour and the butter/milk solids underneath will brown and smell nutty. At this stage, take it off the heat and leave to cool for 5-10 minutes.
  3. In a bowl, add the eggs and vanilla to the mashed banana and whisk to combine. Add the sugars and mix until sugar has dissolved. Strain the brown butter into the banana mix and whisk through.
  4. Sift the flour into a mixing bowl and mix in the toasted coconut and salt. Make a well in the centre and add in the banana mixture. Fold and gently stir through until just combined (don’t worry if it’s a little lumpy. Muffin batter can’t be over-mixed).
  5. Fill your muffin cases to about 3/4 full (about 1.5 to 2 tablespoons depending on the size of your muffin tray). If you wish sprinkle the top with extra toasted coconut.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until golden and the tops spring back when pressed.
  7. Remove from tray and cool on wire rack. Or serve warm with lashings of butter.
  8. Ummm butter…
Citrus and Candy

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

V May 12, 2013 at 12:07

Well-written! I found your blog whilst searching for a simple banana muffin recipe. Love it, can’t wait to try it :)


Lianne June 22, 2012 at 21:17

Made these and absolutely loved them! Thank you for the recipe! I’ve added walnuts in replace of the coconut and it was delicious! Using brown butter was genious! NOMS! Thanks again!


Citrus and Candy June 22, 2012 at 21:29

Awesome! Thanks for letting me know! :D


Forager May 24, 2012 at 08:16

I have some bananas left ripening now and creating a fruit fly storm just to try this recipe out this week!


Marie@citronlimette May 17, 2012 at 09:59

I just found your blog. Very inspiring.


betty May 8, 2012 at 22:09

im baking these right now and the smell is so wonderful thank you for sharing


Emma April 15, 2012 at 20:23

Wow, these are amazing! We have just cooked these with the small alteration of no coconut and added some chocolate chips instead. The burnt butter alone made it an amazing culinary experience. Thank you so much for sharing!


Homemade Vanilla April 9, 2012 at 15:37

Wow! Crumbly & fluffy – those pics look great. I’m gonna add these to my todo list.


Carretto's Photography April 5, 2012 at 23:02

You’ve inspired me…weekend coming up, I’m sure the boys would love some muffins.


Catering Equipment April 3, 2012 at 14:15

Great receipe with everyone’s old favourites, Banana & Butter. It will be on my list to make next weekend.


Mel (Sharky Oven Gloves) April 2, 2012 at 20:34

These sound utterly delicious! I love the little polkadot cases – so adorable.


Gastronomy Gal April 2, 2012 at 17:40

nice one. I know about blog despondency. perhaps a little blogging break will serve you well?


beti April 2, 2012 at 13:29

wow I really love your pictures and how these muffins look, perfect for breakfast


The Food Sage April 1, 2012 at 20:26

Big fat yum. So glad you were inspired to get baking. These look like dynamite little muffins. Thanks for sharing.


Kaitlin April 1, 2012 at 05:53

I love the browned butter idea. Sounds great! I have a habit of buying bananas and letting them get super ripe JUST so I can stash them in the freezer for when inspiration strikes. Confuses the shit out of my roommate :P

I hope your lack of baking inspiration ends soon!


Citrus and Candy April 1, 2012 at 20:48

Hi Kaitlin! Lol oh these civilians. They’ll never understand us fully ;)


AizaMay March 29, 2012 at 20:11

Muffins are one of the favorite pastries of my kids and I have never tried this one at home…Let’s see if I will like this and my family…


Kelly March 29, 2012 at 12:11

I am having a weekend with the girls & in charge of breakfast…I think I found the place to start!!!


baker in disguise March 28, 2012 at 19:08

the photographs are just fabulous.. am just completely taken in by the polka dot cupcake wrappers..i want!!!


nicole @ bread & silk March 28, 2012 at 15:19

These look absolutely amazing. I love the muffin cups. And yes, brown butter IS magical :)


Melissa Klotz March 28, 2012 at 14:50

Three of my favorite things! Yum!!


Ambika March 28, 2012 at 11:44

Love everything about these muffins!! Even the cute muffin cups!! I can imagine how good brown butter and banana’s must taste together!!


Simply Tia March 28, 2012 at 10:02

These look spectacular! They sound so good too! Bravo.


Russell at Chasing Delicious March 28, 2012 at 08:27

Lovely shots! These muffins sound scrumptious – my kind of recipe!


john@heneedsfood March 28, 2012 at 08:11

Delicious! The addition of the brown butter really does make them shine.


Elle @ Chellbellz March 28, 2012 at 06:48

I just found your blog, and i’m really taken back by the photography!! Your blog is really beautiful! I’m putting you on my list of favorites.


Citrus and Candy March 28, 2012 at 12:56

Hi Elle, welcome welcome! And thank you! :D


Tammi March 27, 2012 at 23:53

Gotta love the butter. Butter anything makes everything better!


thelittleloaf March 27, 2012 at 23:18

I’m glad you got your baking mojo back for a bit…these look absolutely gorgeous! Love the moody lighting, and the melting butter shot…yum :-)


leaf (the indolent cook) March 27, 2012 at 22:31

Oh yes, I, too, tend to leave my bananas ripening merrily away! Delicious looking muffins, and so smartly dressed.


Cathy Schusler March 27, 2012 at 20:19

i can’t stand eating soft bananas normally but i love them overripe when used in cooking. these muffins look delish! xx


Jennifer Vance March 27, 2012 at 18:02

Mmm,those look good!I have to eat gluten free and banana muffins are one of the few things I can make that turn out very well.I think this recipe would be easy to use with my own flour.


Rachel @ Bakerita March 27, 2012 at 13:44

These look amazing! I actually made a super similar muffin last weekend. It was brown butter banana with coconut and I also threw some dulce de leche in the middle. Yum! These look amazing, and I’m sure they taste as good as they look.


Nic@diningwithastud March 27, 2012 at 12:46

Def butter ;)


renee March 27, 2012 at 10:53

These muffins stopped me in my tracks! Not sure if it’s because of those super cute muffin papers, or the brown butter. Either way, I’ll be making them. Here’s hoping the rut ends soon…your blog is gorgeous.


Miss Piggy March 27, 2012 at 10:44

These look lovely! I don’t suppose you’d share your other no-frills banana muffin recipe too…pretty please?


Citrus and Candy March 28, 2012 at 12:55

Hi Mel! Just use 125g regular melted butter instead of brown butter and skip the toasted coconut if you wish :)


Steph March 27, 2012 at 10:00

Ooh you baked! The picture of the magical brown butter makes me sigh. I LOVE the polka dot cases, they had to be used!


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