Amazing Banana Muffins: A Delightful Treat in Just 25 Minutes

There’s something truly magical about the aroma of freshly baked muffins wafting through your kitchen. And when it comes to flavor and simplicity, nothing quite matches the delightful combination of bananas, chocolate chips, and nuts. In this recipe, I’ll share with you my personal touch on making the most amazing banana muffins that are sure to impress your taste buds. The best part? These mouthwatering treats can be ready in just 25 minutes!


  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (approximately 3 bananas)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)
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  1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). As you gather your ingredients, take a moment to savor the anticipation of the heavenly scent that will soon fill your kitchen.

  2. In a large mixing bowl (or kitchen aid), cream together the shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. This step not only adds sweetness but also contributes to the muffins’ moist texture.

  3. Beat in the egg, ensuring it’s fully incorporated into the mixture. The addition of the egg adds richness and helps bind the ingredients together.

  4. Now, it’s time to bring in the star of the show—mashed ripe bananas. The natural sweetness and creaminess of bananas will give our muffins a burst of flavor and a moist crumb. Mash the bananas well and add them to the mixing bowl.

  5. Sprinkle the baking soda, salt, vanilla, white vinegar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves over the banana mixture. These aromatic spices will infuse the muffins with warm, comforting flavors, making them truly irresistible.

  6. Gradually add the flour to the mixture, stirring gently until just combined. Overmixing can lead to tough muffins, so take care not to overdo it. A lumpy batter is perfectly fine!

  7. For those who love an extra decadent touch, fold in the chocolate chips. The melty, gooey pockets of chocolate will add a delightful surprise with every bite.

  8. If you’re a fan of nuts, feel free to add the chopped nuts of your choice. They’ll provide a satisfying crunch and enhance the overall texture of the muffins.

  9. Line a muffin tin with paper liners or grease it lightly. Fill each muffin cup about two-thirds full with the batter. This recipe usually yields around 12 muffins, but it can vary slightly depending on the size of your muffin tin.

  10. Slide the muffin tin into the preheated oven and let the magic happen. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until the muffins turn golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  11. Once baked to perfection, remove the muffins from the oven and let them cool in the tin for a few minutes. The scent will tempt you, but allowing them to cool slightly ensures easier handling.

  12. Finally, transfer the muffins to a wire rack to cool completely. Or, if you simply can’t resist, enjoy a warm muffin straight out of the oven. The choice is yours!

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This recipe holds a special place in my heart, as it comes straight from my beloved mother-in-law. It’s a cherished favorite in both of our homes. We make these muffins almost every week and they never fail to bring smiles to our faces. The aroma fills our kitchen, evoking memories of laughter, shared stories, and the comfort of family. These muffins have become a symbol of love, passed down through generations, and I’m thrilled to share this recipe with you. May you experience the same joy and warmth that these muffins bring to our home!

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