Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

These muffins were just the thing I needed to kill two birds with one stone. Number one, I had been staring at a mostly-used bag of macadamia nuts since I made the Macadamia Nut, Coconut & White Chocolate Blondies a couple of months ago. Number two (and more importantly), I’ve been craving fresh muffins lately. Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of muffins (my mom mostly stuck to banana-nut oat bran muffins), but once I was in college and discovered the pallets of banana, blueberry and chocolate muffins from Sam’s Club, it was all over. You mean I could eat a chocolate cupcake, call it a muffin, and it’s an acceptable breakfast? Count me in. These days, I much prefer making my muffins at home and while I have had a favorite banana muffin for some time, this recipe called out to me as the perfect way to use up those macadamia nuts.

Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

I’m so thrilled that I decided to make this recipe even though I already had a perfectly good banana muffin recipe in my archives. While the older recipe has fabulous banana flavor, it definitely is a little sweeter and tastes more like a cupcake (no complaints from me!); this recipe, however, tastes almost exactly like my grandma’s banana-nut bread. The muffin is moist, fluffy and loaded with nuts, only instead of walnuts, macadamia nuts. You could use any type of nuts you’d like for these muffins – they’re highly adaptable.

Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

I love collecting new muffin recipes; they’re fabulous warm, straight from the oven, and they’re perfect for freezing – just pop in the microwave and you have a warm breakfast! What are some of your favorite types of muffins?

[If you love muffins, be sure to check out the entire muffin recipe archive on BEB.]

Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

One year ago: Cinnamon-Sugar Rice Pudding with Bourbon-Soaked Raisins
Two years ago: Italian Pasta Salad
Three years ago: Triple-Chocolate Cookies
Four years ago: Banana Cream Pie
Five years ago: Fresh Orange Cream Tart

Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 55 minutes

Fabulous banana muffins that taste like banana bread, loaded with macadamia nuts in the batter and on top of the muffins.

Ingredients:

1½ cups unbleached all purpose flour
1½ teaspoons baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
1¼ cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large)
½ cup granulated sugar
¼ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
¼ cup milk (whole, 2% or 1%)
1 large egg
1 cup unsalted macadamia nuts, toasted and finely chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a standard-size muffin pan with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray; set aside.

2. Sift together the flour, baking soda, salt and nutmeg into a large bowl.

3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, both sugars, butter, milk and egg. Pour over the dry ingredients and fold to combine. Add half of the chopped macadamia nuts to the batter and fold gently to combine.

4. Divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining chopped macadamia nuts.

5. Bake until golden brown and a thing knife inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. Let cool in the muffin pan for about 10 minutes, then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Store muffins at room temperature for up to 3 days.

(Recipe from Epicurious)

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38 Responses to “Banana-Macadamia Nut Muffins”

  1. Mary @ The Kitchen Paper on April 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Oooh yum! I’m a sucker for anything with macadamia nuts!

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  2. Laura (Tutti Dolci) on April 8, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Love the macadamia topping!

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  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on April 8, 2013 at 1:46 am

    You can never have too many banana recipes. I recently counted for Natl Banana Bread day, which was about a month ago, and I have umm…..over 40 :)

    So…I love that you cheated on your old recipe b/c you came up with this, reminding you of a nostalgic favorite. Love it when things work out like that!

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  4. Erin @ Texanerin Baking on April 8, 2013 at 2:27 am

    That topping looks awesome! I also have an open bag of macadamia nuts, but they’ve been open for more like a year. This sounds like a good use for them! And great pictures. :)

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  5. Obsessive Compulsive Baking Disorder on April 8, 2013 at 6:39 am

    What a lovely recipe, I really want to start baking more with macadamia nuts as i’ve never really used them before, so this is perfect
    Thanks for sharing x x

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  6. Marie @ Little Kitchie on April 8, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Love the macadamia nuts in here – perfect complement to these beautiful banana muffins!

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  7. The Bearfoot Baker on April 8, 2013 at 7:53 am

    YUM!!! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Tieghan on April 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Anything involving bananas and muffins is the best! Count me in!

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  9. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on April 8, 2013 at 9:48 am

    These look absolutely lovely!

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  10. Mari @ Oh, Sweet & Savory on April 8, 2013 at 10:16 am

    If you can believe it – I’m not a big fan of walnuts. So I typically omit them altogether when I bake anything banana. For some reason, I’ve never thought to substitute with macadamia nuts, which I absolutely love. I will have to try this one out!

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  11. The Male Baker on April 8, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The topping looks scrumptious! I love that you took a simple muffin and created a new masterpiece!

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  12. Marcie @ Flavor The Moments on April 8, 2013 at 11:31 am

    I’m a big muffin person, and I make them all the time! Putting macadamias on top of banana muffins sounds great. I never have macadamias and I’ve wanted some since I saw your blondies! You just reminded me to get some — I’ll have to try them on muffins next!

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  13. Liz N. on April 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    This recipe couldn’t have been more timely! I have three large overripe bananas waiting to be used! I have every single ingredient in this recipe and that almost never happens on any given day. The house will smell amazing tonight!

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  14. Susan. D on April 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    These looked so good. Had to try them. Turned out yummy. I used whole wheat flour and “whey low” for the sugar. They are great.

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  15. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on April 8, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Wow – I love the madacamia nut topping!!

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  16. Paula - bell'alimento on April 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I love macadamia nuts! Bring on the muffins!

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  17. Sues on April 8, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Who! Those close-ups are to-die-for!! This would make my breakfasts at my work desk a bit more bearable :)

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  18. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking on April 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    I love macadamia nuts, and combining them with banana in a muffin sounds mouthwatering! Great recipe!

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  19. Emma on April 8, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Seriously banana in almost anything is amazing, and these do look really good. I always seem to forget to make muffins always going for the more pretty cupcakes. You have inspired me I am going to get my groove on for making muffins. Thanks for sharing your recipe :)

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  20. Theresa on April 8, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Now I am craving Banana chocolate chip muffins because I don’t have any macadamia nuts on hand…Glad I have bananas in the freezer, though! Yum.

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  21. college-cooking.com on April 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Reminds me of the macadamia nut banana bread in Hawaii!

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  22. Gloria @ Simply Gloria on April 8, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I love how you put the macadamia cuts in these amazing muffins! Delish!

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  23. Laura Dembowski on April 8, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I used to buy those giant muffins at Costco. But now I make my own. I probably make muffins more than anything else because they’re so easy to make and so satisfying. Love freezing them for a quick breakfast.

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  24. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen on April 9, 2013 at 6:52 am

    These look so delicious! I’ve never tried banana and macadamia nuts together, but I love the sound of the combination!

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  25. Kelly @ Life made Sweeter on April 9, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Wow, those muffins look deeeelish! I love that you topped it off with macadamia nuts – yum!!

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  26. Yohann on April 9, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Oh my! These look so good. Perfect for a sunday brunch

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  27. Lacey on April 10, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I actually just made this recipe when I saw it on Epicurious. I used walnuts and these were the best muffins I have ever made, no joke.

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    • Allison on November 18th, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      I also used walnuts and by far the best banana muffin recipe I’ve ever used! Delish and scrumptious! This is a keeper!

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  28. Natalie on April 10, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Macadamia nuts always remind me of Hawaii! These look amazing and so tropical and yummy!

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  29. Jacque H. on April 20, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Yum yum, Perfect! Mine were done in 20 minutes, but I have a very moody oven. These were a hit for my macadamia-nut-loving husband. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Barbara on June 14, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    These are EXCELLENT. My husband wanted banana muffins and I of course searched here first since you have the best recipes. I used walnuts instead of macadamia nuts and he claims they are the best muffins he has ever had! Thank you!

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  31. alicia on June 16, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Mine just came out of the oven and i couldnt resist so i took a big bite out of a hot one and man! Theyre delish!! Thank you for this super easy recipe! :)

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  32. Pam on September 1, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I made these just now with sliced almonds instead of macadamias and I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon. SO GOOD. My go-to banana muffins, for sure!

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  33. Phylicia on September 13, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Can anyone tell me what the little black marks are? I made this recipe and while they tasted great, i can’t get over the visual of the back squiggles. any ideas?

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    • Michelle on September 13th, 2013 at 11:17 am

      Hi Phylicia, Those are from the banana; you’ll see that in any recipe where you have baked banana.

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  34. Sharry on March 19, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    We made these today, I messed up and didn’t melt the butter, but it was gooey soft. They came out so moist. These were sooooo goooood!!! Thanks a bunch.

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  35. LIAH on June 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Can you substitute the baking soda with baking powder .

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    • Michelle on June 17th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      Hi Liah, I would not recommend that substitution.

      Reply

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