Honey Banana Poppy Seed Muffins
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Honey Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

One of the things that I love about having a toddler at home is that I have what seems like a constant supply of bananas hanging out in the kitchen.

Which means that if I time it just right… I can make these banana muffins pretty much any time I like.

I also may or may not have been channeling the Wicked Witch of the West to get the poppy seeds to get the aforementioned toddler to sleep.

Poppies… Poppies. Poppies will put them to sleep. Sleeeeep. Now they’ll sleeeeep!

Honey Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

Sleep regression and opiates aside, these muffins were phenomenal! Seriously. They were nice and tender and ever so slightly crunchy from the poppy seeds inside, along with a sprinkling of raw sugar on top. Wowza.

They may have been consumed for both breakfast AND dinner every day until we ran out.

This recipe is pretty easy to put together, and you’re rewarded with outstanding muffins. They don’t stay too crispy after they sit in an airtight container overnight, but they’re still absolutely delicious. I only got 13 muffins out of this recipe, and I measured exactly 1/3 cup in each muffin liner. Some of them did overflow a bit, so I’d probably go with a little less next time.

And there most certainly will be a next time!

Honey Banana Poppy Seed Muffins

Honey Banana Poppy Seed Muffins
The Crepes of Wrath

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 25 mins
Total time: 40 mins
Serves: 18-20 muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 large bananas, very ripe and mashed (about 1 cup)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup whole milk or buttermilk
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs, room temperature
2 tablespoons poppy seeds
raw sugar, for sprinkling (optional)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Line and/or grease 18-20 muffin cups and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk together your flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt. Set aside. In another large bowl, beat together the mashed bananas, vegetable oil, milk or buttermilk, honey, and eggs.

Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just moistened. Fold in the poppy seeds. Place about 1/3 cup of batter into each muffin cup (don’t overfill the cups, definitely do less than 1/3 than a heaping 1/3 cup) and sprinkle with raw sugar, if you like. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden and set. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pans and serving. These will keep well at room temperature in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.


  • Joanne (eats well with others)

    I have a serious love of anything with poppy seeds in it…one might even call it an addiction? 😛 Love these!

  • Farah Ng

    These look so delish! My mom is a sugar-low diet and I know she’d like these… do you think I could omit the sugar and let the honey and bananas do all the sweetening?

    • BigFlavorsFromATinyKitchen

      Farah – I think they would still taste good, but I’m not sure what it would do to the texture. I know baking is scientific, and messing with amounts can sometimes provide unexpected results. 1 cup of sugar is a lot of substance that would be missing if completely omitted. Let me know if you do try it, though, and how it works out!

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