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! sign
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90 thoughts on “Basil and Banana Muffins

  1. These sound and look great! I haven’t made muffins with my daughter, when our oven works I might have to! #kcacols

  2. These look ridiculously easy to make and so healthy sounding! Basil is definitely an interesting ingredients for muffins and they look great! Will be trying these #KCACOLS

    1. I really hope you enjoy them! We try and use herbs or spices in most things for the added flavour and the health benefits 🙂

  3. these look great – would never have though about adding basil to cakes! I make a banana cake most weeks so may think about adding basil to that too for a change. Another lovely clear recipe full of inspiration – thank you #KCACOLS

  4. These sound lovely. Ive not heard of banana and basil together before!
    I’m going to try and make these this week. I think i could make these egg and gluten free!

    Laura xx

    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday!

    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. Thank you Claire – I hope it encourages the children to enjoy herbs and experiment with recipes 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. You are fast becomeing my children’s favourite blog! They love all your recipe suggestions! Thankyou so much for keeping them inspired and for linking up so loyally to #busydoinglife!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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

  10. Found you via #kidswillbekids linky – We also linked up with a kid friendly recipe.

    I’m always on the look out for more things to bake with my kids and this looks yummy – thanks xx

    1. Glad you like the idea of the muffins – hope you enjoy the taste if you make with your children. Thanks for reading 🙂

  11. 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. We enjoy experimenting with different flavours and this combination seems to be pretty tasty. Thanks for reading 🙂

    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 🙂

  12. 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

    1. We like them but they can be an acquired taste! Hope you enjoyed them if you did decide to make them. Thanks for reading 🙂

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