Vegan Banana Muffins

This easy vegan banana muffins recipe comes with an irresistible crunchy cinnamon-spiced crumb topping. Add some vanilla glaze for fun! You’ll love these moist, delicious banana bread muffins. See my favorite tips for making these muffins with applesauce and chocolate chips.

I love serving muffins with this Green Tea Hot Chocolate for breakfast.

A vegan banana muffin with glaze on top with several more behind it.

If winter weather leaves you feeling the winter blues this best vegan Banana Muffins Recipe might just be the cure. The smell of the muffins baking, the happy smiles from a grateful family, and the delightful flavor of these banana-infused muffins certainly did the trick for me.

Of course, I wanted to make these banana muffins vegan! It was easy to do and now you can enjoy this healthy muffin recipe for breakfast or as a snack.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Using coconut sugar (or brown sugar) adds caramel rich flavors to these muffins
  • A delicious streusel is easy to make and adds dimension of flavor and texture to every bite
  • Using vegetable oil creates moist muffins that you’ll want to make time and time again!

What You Need

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Flour — You can use either all-purpose or whole wheat pastry flour. To make gluten-free vegan banana muffins, substitute high-quality gluten-free baking flour.
  • Coconut sugar — If you don’t have coconut sugar, you can substitute brown sugar
  • Vegan butter — I used Earth Balance buttery sticks or make your own vegan butter.
  • Baking powder + Baking soda — Make sure yours is fresh by testing baking powder in hot water and baking soda in vinegar. If it bubbles, your batch is good.
  • Salt
  • Plant-based milk — I like using soy milk, but any plant-based milk should work
  • Vinegar — I prefer apple cider vinegar, but you can use white vinegar.
  • Bananas — You’ll need 3 ripe bananas.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Vegetable oil — You can use canola oil or melted coconut oil.

Ingredient Spotlight

A bunch of 3 very ripe bananas sit on a white counter.

What Bananas are Best?

I like using bananas with a few or even a lot of brown spots. If the banana is too ripe (verging on dark brown or even black), the flavor may be too overpowering.

How to Make Vegan Banana Muffins

  1. Make the streusel topping by stirring together the flour and sugar and cutting in the vegan butter.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients, from the flour to the salt, in a large bowl. 
  3. Mix the milk and vinegar.
  4. Stir mashed bananas, vanilla, and vegetable oil with the milk.
  5. Make the batter by stirring the banana mixture into the flour mixture.
  6. Spoon the batter into muffin compartments, filling them about 2/3 of the way.
  7. Sprinkle the streusel over the batter.
  8. Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown around the edges.

Here are more detailed step-by-step instructions.

Step One: Make Vegan Streusel

First, we begin by making the streusel topping. Be sure and use softened vegan butter (not melted) and combine that with flour and sugar. Stir until crumbly.

You can do half and half flour and oatmeal if you’d like.

Two bowls of streusel topping, one with melted butter showing how it doesn't work to make a good streusel.

Streusel is a German-inspired topping for muffins. It adds both flavor and texture. Make the streusel first and then place it in the fridge. Keeping it cold (especially if the weather is hot outside), will help keep it crumbly while you prepare the muffin batter.

Step Two — Make the Muffin Batter

Next, make the basic eggless banana muffins batter. In fact, the ingredients involved are very similar to what you would see in a vegan banana bread recipe.

Combine the dry ingredients in a bowl and give it a stir until combined.

Flour, coconut sugar, and other dry ingredients for banana muffins in a bowl.

Next, stir together the milk and vinegar in a bowl. This is basically a vegan buttermilk. Then mash the bananas.

Mashed bananas in a glass bowl with a fork.

Combine the plant-based milk with mashed bananas, vanilla, and oil. Stir this all together.

Wet ingredients are combined in a bowl with a blue spatula.

To make the batter, pour the wet ingredients in with the flour mixture and stir until the you don’t have any big lumps of flour. It can be hard to tell with the banana bits in the batter, but just watch the batter closely as you stir. If you don’t see clumps of flour, your batter is ready.

Vegan banana muffins batter in a bowl with a blue spatula.

Step Three — Fill Muffins and Bake

Use a cookie dough or ice cream dispenser to evenly distribute muffin batter in prepared muffin tins. Top the muffin batter with some of the streusel crumbles.

A hand is placing streusel crumbles on top of muffin batter in a muffin tin.

Finally, bake the muffins around 20 minutes, until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool before devouring!

Storage Tips

Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months. To serve, cook in the microwave until heated through.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can you make banana muffins with no eggs?

You can easily make banana muffins without eggs or even egg replacers. Sometime’s you need to add ground flaxseed to make eggless muffins, however, bananas act as a natural egg replacer in addition to providing yummy flavor and moisture. That’s why making eggless banana bread muffins is so easy!

Can you add applesauce to this muffin recipe?

Adding applesauce to muffins makes them nice and moist. You can use anywhere from 1/4 to 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce with many muffin recipes.

Banana Muffins with Chocolate Chips

I love these vegan banana muffins just like they are. Anything with bananas makes me happy. That said, you can transform these muffins into something entirely decadent by adding 1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips to the batter.

Or you could add a dollop of vegan chocolate frosting on top and create banana cupcakes!

Marly’s Tips

  • Use muffin papers or spray each of the muffin compartments with vegetable cooking spray.
  • Use a cookie dough or ice cream scoop to distribute the muffin batter and keep it neat.
  • It’s ok to have lumps in the mashed bananas; it adds texture and flavor to the finished muffins.
  • Once the batter is prepared, bake immediately to get nice, fluffy muffins.
  • Add a little drizzle of vegan royal icing or combine 1/4 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon plant-based milk.
  • Transform these into vegan banana nut muffins by adding 1/4 cup chopped walnuts to the batter.

More Muffins

Yes, these vegan banana muffins are delicious. Here are even more tasty vegan muffins!

A hand holds a banana muffin with a bite taken out. More muffins and bananas are behind it.
A hand holds a banana muffin with a bite taken out. More muffins and bananas are behind it.

Vegan Banana Muffins

Take a bite out of these Vegan Banana Muffins with a crumb topping and even a simple drizzle over the top. Of course, muffins are great breakfast treats, but they can be served any time of the day.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes
Servings: 16
Calories: 169kcal

Ingredients

Streusel topping:

Muffin batter:

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • cup coconut sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 ripe bananas , mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup vegetable oil

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375°F/190°C. Spray a muffin pan with vegetable spray or use paper liners.
  • Streusel topping: Combine the flour and sugar in a bowl and cut in the vegan butter until the crumbles are pea-size. Refrigerate.
  • Muffin: Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. 
  • In a separate bowl, add the milk and apple cider. Let this sit for a minute so the vinegar can combine with the milk. Add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Stir until combined.
  • Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture, and stir until combined. Don't overmix. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin pan, until about ⅔ full.
  • Sprinkle an even amount of streusel over each unbaked muffin.
  • Bake for approximately 20 minutes until golden brown around the edges of the streusel. A tester inserted in the middle of one of the muffins should come out clean. Remove from oven and let cool for about 5 minutes.
  • Store muffins in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days. They can be refrigerated for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 2 months. To serve, cook in the microwave until heated through.

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Notes

Add a glaze to these muffins by combining ¼ cup powdered sugar with 1 teaspoon plant-based milk. Use a spoon to drizzle it over baked and cooled muffins.
Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 193mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 0.8mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

This post was originally published in 2019 and was updated to include new photos, new text, and an updated recipe in 2020.

28 Responses to Vegan Banana Muffins

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCallie Reply

    Oh, I love these! And, the hot pink ribbon just seals the deal for me 🙂

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    Oh Marly, I can imagine that the snow is starting to get old at this point. It’s so wonderful, but one needs change to keep things lively. Me thinks at least;)
    Your muffins look delicious too. I can totally imagine eating one while sipping coffee and listening to the Indigo Girls.
    p.s. We used to go to the Indigo Girls’ restaurant in downtown Decatur (Atlanta) all the time. It’s called ‘Watershed’. We still go all the time actually, but I don’t know if they own it anymore. The Chef may have bought it from them…?

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyJuliana Reply

    Marly, your banana muffins sure look fabulous, love the streusel on it…nice photos as well 🙂

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLisa @ Tarte du Jour Reply

    The muffins look heavenly! Your right, reaching out to others always cheers one up. You are indeed wise.
    We have no lack of vitamin D down here!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Just call me yoda. When you get tired of all that vitamin D, feel free to send some our way! I know, I know. Spring will be here before you know it!

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGwen~healthymamma Reply

    These would cheer up anyone I’m sure! Very yummy, I can just taste one now!
    I can’t even imagine living in weather that cold! (I live here in Phoenix, it’s been in the 70’s lately!) Funny tho, I’ve been wishing for a bit of Winter weather so I can wear my pretty coat and boots and make soup every night. 😉
    I’d love for you to visit Simply Healthy Family if you’d like.

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Phoenix is where we just returned from! The weather is almost boring there. Day one is sunny and 70. Day two is sunny and 70. Oh look, a change in day three – sunny but only 68. If you need a winter fix, we could trade houses in January! Think of this way, you could wear that winter coat 24/7 here!

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlybrilynn Reply

    Love the Pooh quote! I’ve been hibernation from winter lately and spending lots of extra time in my kitchen, it’s just too cold to venture out…

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyRicki Reply

    It sounds like a great recipe. And they’re so purdy! 😉 I love your tips on getting out of a funk, too. . . .before I get in the kitchen today, I think I need to take my dogs for a walk, too. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Thanks, Ricki! Taking the dogs for a walk in the winter is so much more of an ordeal, but it has its benefits.

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