Manky Banana Muffins

Sometimes the menu plan doesn’t quite go to plan, which is why I had some nasty looking bananas left over {previous post}. Last week’s menu plan was an absolute disaster because things happened in the week to interrupt our planned meals. Like a pizza craving 🍕 But also other things. Lots of unused fresh food means I’ve been shopping my fridge and pantry to make meals and food this week. I don’t mind the challenge of this. Sometimes this means we don’t eat what we really want but food waste is a major problem and throwing away food in our house is not an option. It’s wasteful, privileged and harmful to our planet.

DKY Each year in Australia we waste around 7.3 million tonnes of food – this wastage equals about 300kg per person or one in five bags of groceries? This food wastage also accounts for more than 5% of Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions 😞

Enter the Manky Banana Muffins from the saddest of sad bananas sitting in the fruit bowl. It was a tragedy to watch them go uneaten and becoming browner and softer. I was overjoyed to discover at yesterday years old that banana peels can be converted to fertiliser simply with the addition of water. This left me with the banana flesh to deal with. Move over banana bread, it’s muffin time.

There isn’t a specific recipe for this, it’s bit of this and a bit of that. I vary this recipe depending on how many bananas I have and the size of the bananas. If you need to thicken the mixture a little, add in some flaxseed meal. Want it sweeter? Add some dried fruit, choc chips or some extra maple syrup. The base recipe is quite flexible and can be adjusted to suit what’s in the pantry. My favourite way is with a lashing of butter!

Manky Banana Muffins

Delicous, easy-to-make muffins from the saddest of sad bananas in the fruit bowl.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Cuisine Australian


  • Muffin Tin
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Fork


  • 2 – 3 Bananas
  • 1/2 cup Tahini
  • 1/3 cup Maple Syrup
  • 3/4 cup Oats (Quick or Rolled)
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon and/ or Nutmeg


  • Mush the bananas with the tahini.
    banana muffin
  • Mix dry ingredients then add to the banana / tahini mix.
    banana muffin
  • Pop in greased muffin tin and bake in 180°C (365°F) oven for 10 – 15 minutes.
    banana muffin


This recipe can be pretty flexible and feel free to add a bit of this and a bit of that. Have less bananas? Add a little more maple syrup for sweetness. Pop in some dried fruit or chocolate chips. The base recipe is very flexible, ready for you to adjust and put your own spin on it.
Keyword Bakery, Cakes, Fruit, Quick & Easy
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