banana chai muffins



the little she loves muffins.
more than snow. more than puppy dawgs. more than chocolate. more than dora. probably more than her own family.
she seriously goes ca-razy (insert pauly shore voice) when i tell her we have muffins, will be making muffins, or will be eating muffins that day.

these are her favorite muffins these days. and mine too.
probably because it means i get to be in the kitchen with her: mixing, testing each banana, stirring the sugar, testing the batter in each muffin cup, whisking the flour, testing it again…

*recipe updated 4.30.2020

banana chai muffins
makes about 18 muffins


1/2 cup sour cream or yogurt (plain or greek)

1 cup all purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp chai spice mix* (or cinnamon)

1/2 tsp salt

4 ripe bananas, mashed

1/2 cup brown sugar, packed

1/2 cup canola oil

1 tbsp vanilla

1 egg


1. preheat oven to 350. lightly grease muffin tins or line with paper liners.

2. in a medium sized bowl whisk flour, baking soda, baking powder, chai spice/cinnamon, and salt until combined. in a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat mashed bananas, brown sugar, sour cream/yogurt, oil, vanilla, and egg. slowly add dry ingredients and mix on low by hand until just combined.

3. scoop batter into muffin tins (or paper cups) and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. cool on a wire rack and serve warm.


*king arthur flour has a great chai spice mix!

from the original february 2013 post..

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