I love making these banana muffins when I have overripe bananas. These muffins taste delicious and are a great to-go breakfast or snack. They are kid-friendly and very portable. This recipe makes 18 nice-sized muffins.
Three-ingredient banana muffins
If you love bananas and chocolate together, try these banana chocolate muffins with 3 ingredients. They are easy to make and delicious!
I have also made these two-ingredient pumpkin muffins a lot these last few weeks. It's another simple muffin recipe with a big add-in of healthy pumpkin.
These banana muffins with cake mix are the perfect recipe when you have those ripe bananas that need to be used soon. Like today! In less than 30 minutes, you can have banana muffins!
1 box yellow cake mix - any brand works
3 large bananas (or 4-5 small bananas) Bananas should be over-ripe.
2 large eggs lightly beaten
½ teaspoon cinnamon (totally optional) My family loves cinnamon with any banana bread
Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit.
Add bananas to a large bowl. I used 3 large-sized bananas. You could use 4 - 5 small ones. I use a potato masher. Actually, sometimes I use a hand mixer. Just don't overmix; you still want some of the banana texture.
Add two large eggs to the mashed bananas. I usually crack the eggs into a small well in the bananas, try to beat just the eggs, and then mix them all in.
Add a box of cake mix. Just the cake mix. Not the stuff you are told to add to the box.
My family loves cinnamon. I add about ½ teaspoon. This is an optional ingredient. If you like the cinnamon flavor, add it.
This is a sticky batter, and you won't be able to pour it. I line my muffin tins with paper muffin liners.
A Texture FYI
This texture is slightly different from a scratch banana bread recipe. It's not as dense. Not better or worse, just different. It has a great place in every person's recipe collection of quick and easy recipes.
Bake for approximately eighteen minutes (test with a pick for doneness). Mmmmmm, they smell so good when they bake.
Helpful Equipment tips
If you are going to frequently make muffins, buy yourself a good nonstick muffin tin especially if you don't regularly use paper muffin liners! Also, I'm a huge fan of using scoops to transfer the batter into the muffin tins. So much easier and less messy (no drips of batter everywhere! I use these scoops (click on the picture for more info.). Paper muffin liners are great with these muffins!
Substitutions and add ons
If you want these muffins to be more of a special treat, add broken-up walnuts or chocolate chips. Peanut butter chips are good too!
Can I make this as 2 ingredient banana muffins?
Don't have any eggs handy? This works out perfectly fine without eggs. It just makes fewer muffins. The muffin will be denser than the original version, but they still taste great! The muffins are a little stronger banana flavored.
Storage and freezing
These keep in the refrigerator for 3-4 days in a covered container. They get a little moist, so I take them out and remove the lid before serving them.
They should freeze well, individually wrapped. I never have any leftovers to freeze!
Cake mix banana muffins
- 1 box yellow cake mix
- 3 large bananas Very ripe - or 3-4 small bananas
- 2 large eggs
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon optional but delicious
- Turn oven on to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
- Mash bananas
- Add and mix in the two eggs
- Add cake mix to the egg and banana mixture. Do not add the ingredients listed on the box!
- Add optional cinnamon
- Stir until everything is well mixed. This can be done by hand or at a slow speed with a hand mixer. The batter should have banana lumps in it so it is not smooth.
- Bake for approx. 18 minutes. Test for doneness with a toothpick
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**originally published Oct. 23, 2013.
I made these this morning for my grandkids. Amazing for so many reasons. 1. I needed to use up bananas. 2. Practically any cake mix works. 3. Only two ingredients needed and I almost always have those on hand. 4. I used the middle-sized scoop and got 20 muffins out of the recipe. 4. Great for the little one that has a problems with eggs. 5. THEY TASTE GREAT!!! Thank you for the recipe.
Loved this. Tried it with butter pecan cake mix and added ground flax seed. Fabulous!
As a chef I like easy especially when I am working with kids and these recipes will be easy for them to take home to make with mom and dad on a budget.
Definitely trying these! I’ll be using sugar free yellow cake mix. 12 muffins comes out to 3 points a piece on WW (I follow the blue plan). Thanks for sharing!!
Really surprised when I made these, that they turned out sooooooo good! My husband couldn’t believe it was made with just two ingredients. He loved them! I did add a cup of chocolate chips and may add pecans to them next. (My husbands suggestion) Thanks for a quick and delicious “cupcake”.
Simply delicious !!!! My go to from now on. I used sugar free yellow cake mix
I’m going to make this and add blueberries and apple pie spice.
This came out so so good. I added pecans to mom. Thank you for sharing the recipe.
Jessica C McCabe
I forgot to make banana muffins for tomorrow's snack but then i remembered that I had a cake mix in the house. Are these the healthiest muffins I could have made? No, of course not. They ARE quick, easy and tasty...and my boys will be thrilled!