banana muffins with secret-ingredient glaze

filed under: Muffins on January 11, 2015

On a dark and bitterly cold morning, where the only light that filters through the darkness is the soft blue light of an auto-set coffee maker and the only sound I hear is the hum of the furnace, I feel compelled to fill the void.

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze

As I brew my first cup I think of the little ones sleeping peacefully (and hopefully dreaming magnificent awesome dreams) in their beds and that soon I will need to disturb that slumber.

Somehow the idea of them waking up to the comforting aroma of banana bread muffins seems to make the transition from sleep to being awake so much more tolerable.

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze

Truth be told, the kids have no use for the sweet caramel glaze that drizzles down the sides of these muffins.  The are simplistic and raw in their preferences, wanting the pure sweet banana flavor and subtle hint of cinnamon.

They see the unwrapping as an event in itself, and I often see piles of cupcake wrappers stacked in front of them, a testament to who can eat the most.

No matter who wins, bellies are full, smiles are seen and days begin on a joyful note.

Based on Simply Recipe’s Banana Banana Bread.

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla GlazeThat glaze is all for me.  I can’t help but love the velvety richness and sweetness it adds to the banana muffin.  My sweet tooth is deep in its roots, but the mental satisfaction of indulging in frosting for breakfast is even sweeter.

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla GlazeTips for Success:

Did you catch my secret ingredient in that glaze? CARAMEL!! It is the perfect complement to a banana muffin!

I prefer a coarse mash of the banana in this recipe, especially since it allows for one less bowl to be dirtied! If you do not want banana chunks you can use a hand-held mixer or stand mixer to get a smooth consistency.

If you happen to prefer using brown sugar to get the extra rich depth of flavor you can very easily swap out for the white sugar.

These muffins rise beautifully and still appear slightly wet in the center just moments before they are done. I like to remove them at the moment because I prefer a slightly underdone muffin. No matter how you prefer yours, keeping a close eye on them in the last couple of minutes of baking is recommended. There are few worse things than a dry banana muffin!

Adding nuts or chocolate chips is an excellent way to jazz up these muffins! I have added blueberry and white chocolate morsels with success. Be warned, though, any addition of chocolate makes these muffins taste more like a cupcake!

Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze

Banana muffins are one of my family’s favorite ways to wake up!

5 from 2 votes
Banana Banana Breakfast Muffin with Vanilla Glaze
banana muffins with vanilla glaze
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
38 mins

On a dark and bitterly cold morning, where the only light that filters through the darkness is the soft blue light of an auto-set coffee maker and the only sound I hear is the hum of the furnace, I feel compelled to fill the void.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana muffins with vanilla glaze
Servings: 2 dozen
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 5 very ripe bananas peeled
  • 2/3 c melted butter
  • 1 c of sugar if you prefer a sweeter muffin you can add 1/2 cup more
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. McCormickยฎ vanilla extract
  • 3 c of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
Vanilla Glaze
  • 1 tbsp. butter melted
  • 1/2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tbsp. caramel
  • 1 teaspoons milk if needed
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees and place cupcake liners in two muffin tins.
  2. Melt butter in microwave and allow to cool for a couple minutes.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mash the ripe bananas with a fork until smooth.
  4. Stir the melted butter into the mashed bananas.
  5. Stir in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Blend all ingredients until well incorporated.
  6. Gently fold in the flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  7. Pour the batter into your prepared muffins tins. Bake for 13-16 minutes or until inserted toothpick is removed without crumbs.

Vanilla Glaze
  1. Melt butter in a bowl. Add in confectioners sugar, vanilla, and caramel. Whisk (can also stir with a fork) until combined. If glaze is too thick, can add milk to create a runnier consistency

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  • Aimee @ ShugarySweets says:

    Your photos are gorgeous. I wish I had a plate of these for my breakfast tomorrow!!

    • Amanda says:

      You are too sweet!

  • Allie | Baking a Moment says:

    Aw I love this! My kids would be so happy to wake up to freshly baked muffins… and these look so fluffy and soft!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks sweety! They were pretty darn fluffy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon says:

    I have a pile of bananas that are just waiting to be used in these beautiful muffins. Baking makes everything seem a little better (and warmer) ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Amanda says:

      I dont know… your chocolate marble banana bread is pretty darn amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Cassie says:

    I would LOVE it if I got to wake up to the smell of these muffins. So beautiful!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much pretty lady!!

  • Annie @ ciaochowbambina says:

    I love the imagery you create with your writing…I can imagine the aroma of these freshly baked muffins slowly awakening your kids from their slumber… These sound perfect. I’ll have mine with the glaze, please!

    • Amanda says:

      You bless me with your kind words! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction says:

    I would love waking up to these muffins! Definitely a delicious way to start the day!

    • Amanda says:

      It definitely doesn’t suck. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Christina says:

    Love vanilla, love banana, so I know these are just perfect for meee!

    • Amanda says:

      Yaaayy! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have an awesome day!

  • Jen @ Baked by an Introvert says:

    I love banana muffins! They are my fav. Yours look too perfect. I’m dying for one with that warm glaze dripping down the sides! Pinning!

    • Amanda says:

      Thanks so much!

  • Jocelyn (Grandbaby cakes) says:

    I agree that these muffins are a beautiful thing to wake up to. What lucky and blessed kids you have!

  • mila furman says:

    Amanda…your baking creativity always impresses me! Glaze on muffins…who would have thought..Love your writing…It hurts me to wake up the munchkin on weekdays too…somehow it does not seem to have the same effect on her when she wakes me up on weekends ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Ruth says:

    Look amazing, can’t wait to make them! Can I just ask if baking soda is bicarb soda here in the UK? Love your blog and all your yummy creations, a real treat for the eyes and the tum!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel says:

    I dream of one day having to wake my little ones, instead of having them wake me…. multiple times in the night and MUCH too early in the morning. I feel like they probably owe me a batch of these muffins to start my day. RIght?!

  • Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says:

    I would wake up joyfully too. . to the smell of banana muffins .. these are gorgeous. The light is just stunning. and love your writing in this post, Amanda! “piles of cupcake wrappers stacked in front of them, a testament to who can eat the most.” I love that. . and must warm your heart to know that you are filling their bellies with treats you baked with love.

    • Amanda says:

      I have a feeling you wake up joyfull just because that is who you are. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Julia @ Sprinkled With Jules says:

    These are perfect! I’ve been craving some banana muffins, and you’re just teasing me with that drip of frosting!!

  • Monica says:

    I just made a batch of banana muffins for my little guy today! They are one of his favorites. I adore how fluffy yours are and that lovely dome! I like toasted walnuts in mine but like your kids, my son is more of a purist. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oana says:

    They look so simple and yet so delicious. I love the fact that you kept the frosting simple, only vanilla and I bet it brings out the best of these muffins.

  • Thalia @ butter and brioche says:

    You can never go wrong with a classic banana muffin.. especially a home-baked one. These look perfect and delicious!

  • Charlotte Moore says:

    I just made these muffins using whole wheat flour, sucanat, and coconut oil. They are great!!! I just mixed all the dry ingredients except the sucanat. I used a wire whisk to beat the eggs, sucanat, oil, and bananas together. Then stirred the wet into the dry with a spoon. Everyone that has ate them has liked them.

  • Kelly says:

    I would LOVE to wake up to these for breakfast too! They look so soft, fluffy and just perfect ๐Ÿ™‚ I would make the glaze for myself too, my three year old is the same and just getting to unwrap the muffins would make him perfectly happy ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liny says:

    Oh they look amazing!!! trying out some muffins without sugar i hope they look that good !

  • Sofia says:

    HI. This recipe looks delicious! Do you let the muffins or the glaze cool down before you add the glaze? I am never lucky with glazes and they always seem to get absorbed in the muffin instead of forming a coat like yours.

    • Amanda says:

      I think that yes, the muffins and glaze work best at room temperature. If you want to see a nice thick, smooth glaze, try doing 2-3 coats! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Mariah says:

    Just made these. Fantastic!

  • Rita says:

    Delicious recipe turn out great

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