Banana Muffins with Caramel Icing

Deliciously soft and sweet banana muffins topped with an easy stovetop caramel icing.

The perfect recipe for moist and fluffy banana muffins with an easy and delicious caramel icing recipe. This is our go-to recipe when we’re craving something sweet for breakfast.

Let’s get to work on these banana caramel muffins.

stack of banana muffins with caramel icing drizzled on top on white. plate

What you’ll love about this recipe:

Kid-friendly – Even picky eaters will enjoy these! And they are fun to make with kids: let them stir in the bananas and drizzle on the icing.

Freezer friendly –Make the muffins ahead of time, let them fully cool, then pop them in a freezer bag, and throw them in the freezer.

Perfect for guests– If you want an easy yet impressive breakfast for overnight guests, these muffins are perfect.

HOW TO MAKE BANANA MUFFINS WITH CARAMEL ICING

Be sure to check out the full printable recipe below.

What You’ll Need

bananas, all kinds of sugar, egg, flour, salt, and butter on white wood surface.
  • shortening
  • white sugar
  • egg
  • very ripe bananas 
  • all-purpose flour
  • baking soda
  • salt
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • milk

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the rack in the center of the oven. Paper liners should be used to line a muffin tin. Combine the shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed for 2-3 minutes, or 4-5 minutes.

eggs, sugar, mashed bananas and shortening in mixing bowl

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda and salt. Slowly add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and stir until all of the dry components are incorporated. Add the banana and dry ingredients to a large mixing container. Combine remaining bananas with melted butter in a separate small mixing dish before adding it to the batter.

Now we bake! Remove the muffin tin from the oven and allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for 10 minutes. When ready to ice, remove each cup of frozen yogurt with a spoon, place them on a wire rack over a sheet tray so they don’t touch each other, then pop them in the fridge

muffin scooped into muffin tins, plus fully baked muffins
To make the icing, melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and add the brown sugar and milk. Bring to a simmer until the sugar is melted.
small saucepan showing browned butter and brown sugar

Add the powdered sugar and stir with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle the icing on top by carefully pouring from the saucepan, or by pouring icing into a plastic bag and cutting off one corner, then drizzling icing on top. It will harden as it cools, so work quickly.

adding powdered sugar to saucepan, finished caramel icing with whisk in pot

Variations

  • Add nuts to the banana muffin recipe after you add the dry ingredients.
  • Try adding chocolate chips to the banana muffin batter.
  • Make these jumbo muffins by using a jumbo muffin tin and baking for 25-28 minutes.

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Tips and Tricks

  • Make sure to use very ripe bananas when making banana muffins. If your bananas are not ripe enough, the flavor will not come through in the baked muffin and they won’t be very moist or sweet.
  • If you don’t have muffin liners, grease your pan with baking spray before adding the batter to keep them from sticking.
  • Make sure to allow the muffins to cool in their tins for 5 minutes before removing or they will fall apart when you take them out.
  • The biggest tip of all: don’t skip the icing! It’s delicious!
wrapped banana muffin with caramel icing on small plate, milk bottle in background

Print the recipe

plate of banana caramel muffins

Soft & Moist Banana Muffins with Caramel Icing

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Deliciously soft and sweet banana muffins topped with an easy stovetop caramel icing.
Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:25 mins
Total Time:45 mins
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Equipment

  • Muffin tin
  • Plastic bag for drizzling

Ingredients

For the Banana Muffins

  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 large bananas mashed with a fork and very ripe
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

For the Caramel Icing

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Instructions

Make the Muffins

  • Prepare the oven and muffin tin. Preheat the oven with the rack in the center to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  • Beat the shortening, sugar, egg, and vanilla. In a large mixing bowl, beat the wet ingredients using an electric mixer on medium, until they are light and fluffy. This will take about 2-3 minutes using a stand mixer, and 4-5 using a hand mixer.
  • Add the banana and dry ingredients. Add the mashed banana and mix on low until just combined. In a separate small mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and salt, then slowly add to the wet ingredients and mix until all dry ingredients are incorporated.
  • Bake. Scoop the muffin paper into the muffin tin and bake for 21-25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool for five minutes in the tin, then remove to a wire rack to cool more while you make the icing.

Make the Icing

  • Melt butter and sugar. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and add the brown sugar and milk. Bring to a simmer until the sugar is melted. Add the powdered sugar and stir with a whisk until smooth.
  • Drizzle the icing. Drizzle the icing on top by carefully pouring from the saucepan, or by pouring icing into a plastic bag and cutting off one corner, then drizzling icing on top. It will harden as it cools, so work quickly.

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 156mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 48IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American, Southern
Keyword: banana muffins with icing
Servings: 12 muffins
Calories: 235kcal
Author: Katie Shaw
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These banana muffins are so easy to make, and you can use them for breakfast or an afternoon snack. The icing is optional but it’s worth the effort because the caramel flavor goes really well with bananas! I hope these instructions help you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does.

Ingredients

  • shortening
  • white sugar
  • egg
  • egg
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    Tips (this could be changed)

    • Make sure to use very ripe bananas when making banana muffins. If your bananas are not ripe enough, the flavor will not come through in the baked muffin and they won’t be very moist or sweet.
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