Brown Sugar Banana Muffins

Servings: 12 serving(s)

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 35 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Brown sugar banana muffins are deliciously cakey, not sticky like many banana muffins. Molasses and coffee give them a great flavour boost. 

Brown sugar banana muffins - beautifully textured (a little cake like), lightly flavoured with molasses and ground coffee. Quick and easy recipe.

I bake all summer long, no matter the weather. Not complicated recipes, just old fashioned basics that suit slow mornings or weekend afternoons on the beach.

My favourite summer baking is rainy Sunday morning baking, especially up at our cottage. Shrouded by hemlock trees our cottage has a dim, cozy feel on misty mornings and the sound of rain on the roof can almost lull me back to sleep.

This simple brown sugar banana muffin recipe was given to me by an old friend and it was a staple in her house when her kids were growing up.  The recipe is perfect for summer mornings because it is so quick and easy to mix up.

Brown sugar banana muffins - beautifully textured (a little cake like), lightly flavoured with molasses and ground coffee. Quick and easy recipe.

The texture of brown sugar banana muffins is a little on the cake-y side, in a good way. They aren’t as sticky as some banana muffins and the flavor is fairly mild. The coffee flavor is very subtle.

The recipe could easily handle add-ins – ½ cup walnut pieces or chocolate chips.

If you love to bake with bananas we have a whole page of banana recipes.

Brown Sugar Banana Muffins Recipe

Makes 12 muffins


  • 2 cups flour, spooned in
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. finely ground coffee
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • ¾ cup brown sugar (can reduce to 1/2 cup)
  • ½ cup oil (canola, grape seed or olive)
  • 2 Tbsp. Crosby’s Fancy Molasses
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line muffin tin with paper liners or grease them well.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and coffee.
  3. In another bowl mash the bananas then whisk in sugar, oil, molasses, eggs and vanilla.
  4. Add wet to dry and stir gently until just a few streaks of flour remain. (Don’t overmix.)
  5. Spoon into prepared pan and bake for 18-20 minutes.

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11 thoughts on “Brown Sugar Banana Muffins

  1. Sharyn Patterson says:

    Do you have any gluten free recipes?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Sharyn, We have lots of GF recipes. Here’sa link to the section:

  2. AD says:

    Could I leave the coffee out & not affect the results other than taste? My husband hates coffee!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, Yes, these are great without coffee. In fact, I made them last week without coffee and they were as yummy as always.

  3. Lynda McLaughlin says:

    Hello Bridget, I have been a Molasses fan over 30 years.
    Love banana muffins.
    This recipe “Brown Sugar Banana Muffins”, have bananas, and molasses. 3/4 cup of brown sugar seems a lot. Can the brown sugar be reduced to 1/3 to 1/2 cup, without adding problems to the mixture?
    Thank you.

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi Lynda, Yes, the muffins are great made with 1/2 or 1/3 cup brown sugar. The texture remains great.

      1. Lynda says:

        Thank you!

  4. D says:

    Can you add nuts to this recipe?

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Hi there, Yes, I think walnuts would be delicious in these banana muffins. Pecans too.

  5. I seldom ever throw out food even if it means my having to eat it all! What to do with 2 bananas? This..Absolutely delicious, my grandsons loved these and they were super easy!

    1. Bridget Oland says:

      Thanks Claudette – I’m so pleased everyone enjoyed them.

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