Basil and Banana Muffins

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Basil and Banana Muffins – great as a savory or sweet treat!

Remember to wash your hands thoroughly!

Serves: 12


  • 200g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 70g butter
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 6 fresh basil leaves

You will also need:

  • An apronBasil and Banana Muffin which child doesn't like help baking? Baking helps to develop lots of skills. This recipe has some healthy ingredients.
  • 2 large plastic bowl
  • A sieve
  • A saucepan
  • A fork
  • A spatula
  • A spoon
  • 12 muffin cases
  • A muffin tin
  • A wire rack


  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC/ gas mark 4 and place 12 muffin cases in a muffin tin.Basil and Banana Muffin which child doesn't like help baking? Baking helps to develop lots of skills. This recipe has some healthy ingredients.
  2. Sift together the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda in a bowl.
  3. Melt the butter in the saucepan.
  4. In a separate bowl mash the bananas. then add the sugar, egg and melted butter and mix together.
  5. Wash and tear the basil into small pieces and add to the mix.
  6. Fold in the flour mixture a little at a time.
  7. Spoon the mixture evenly between the 12 cases.
  8. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes.
  9. Leave the cakes for a few minutes, then put them on a wire rack to cool completely.

Enjoy the muffins warm from the oven or when they are cold.

Parents – If you try this recipe with your child, I’d love to hear from you. Tweet me a photo, share it on the Handy Herbs Facebook page or pin it to your recipe board!


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90 thoughts on “Basil and Banana Muffins

    1. Basil is quite a versatile herb and is often used in baking. I recently made basil & strawberry cupcakes which the children really enjoyed. Helps if you like basil of course! 🙂

  1. I’ve never tried the combination of basil and banana! I love each of them separately, so I might just try this recipe to see how both of them will go together 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday!

  2. Well I must admit i never would have thought of putting bananas and basil together, but I’ll trust you if you say it goes! We love both so will give this recipe a try next time we have some squashy bananas to use up! Becky x #busydoinglife

  3. I wouldn’t have thought basil and banana would work, but it sounds like they do – we’ll definitely try this as we have (for once) a healthy basil plant growing (usually they die!).

    Good to discover your blog via the #busydoinglife linky!

    1. Haha! You’ve obviously now got green fingers 🙂 Hope you enjoy making and eating – would love some feedback if you do. Thank you for reading.

  4. Wow, they sound yum! I’ll be trying them out with my two year old so I’ll be adding “patience” to the “you will also need” list 🙂 Thanks for sharing. #letkidsbekids

  5. Such an interesting combination, I love basil and T loves bananas so we’ll definitely try some of these!

    Thanks so much for linking up to #toddlerapprovedtuesday this week x

    1. They are yummy if you like banana which unfortunately one of my children doesn’t! The other 3 do though. Thanks for reading, Ray 🙂

  6. Oh wow this sounds yummy! I actually have all those ingreidents too! I think this is what we will be making tomorrow! Such a lovely read! Thanks for sharing! Suz x

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