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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 2.88 / 5 (92 votes)

Prep time:
15 min
Cook time:
20 min
makes 12 muffins

Jane Asher whips up some wholesome banana muffins, ideal for summer picnics, tea parties or breakfast on-the-run.


1. For the muffins: preheat the oven to 200C/gas 6. Line a 12-hole muffin tin with paper cases.

2. Tip the flour, sugar and oat bran into a large mixing bowl and form a well in the centre.

3. In another bowl, use a fork or potato masher to mash the bananas, then mix in the eggs, oil and milk.

4. Pour the banana mixture into the dry ingredients. Using a wooden spoon, stir everything together for a few seconds until only just combined but still quite lumpy. The lumps will disappear during baking. This is the secret to lovely, light muffins - don’t be tempted to keep mixing or they will become heavy.

5. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

6. Let the muffins cool for 2 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a rack to cool completely.

7. For the icing: add enough orange juice to the icing sugar to make a smooth paste.

8. Drizzle the orange icing over the muffins and leave to set before serving.

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Not bad, but good muffins are supposed to be moist and these weren't. The recipe had too little oil and should have been called 'low fat' in which case I'd have rated them 5.

AbiA72272 AbiA72272  Posted 02 Aug 2012 3:48 PM

Made these but added chocolate, no icing, to entice fussy eater. Didn't work but my other child said they r "fantastic". Really easy to make & tasty low fat muffin.

AllisonL5452 AllisonL5452  Posted 28 Mar 2012 8:01 AM

just started to make cakes etc, my son gave these 20 out of 10! although did have trouble with the icing could be because I am just getting to grips with sweets, but great start!!

janet bell janet bell  Posted 27 Feb 2010 6:06 PM

very successful and yet very easy

markH12306 markH12306 Posted 29 Jan 2010 9:17 PM

Simple, easy and delicious - Prep time is about 7 minutes if you are organised !

OrlaB1794 OrlaB1794 Posted 21 Nov 2009 4:28 PM

I made these yesterday, I added some walnuts and pecans. I had a pretty runny icing, they were nice yesterday. However left 24 hours they r even better, with a nice sticky top. A bit like a lemon drizzle cake.

droach75 droach75 Posted 25 Oct 2009 1:18 PM

Love the taste of the muffins but they keep sticking to the paper muffin cases! Any ideas about how to stop it?

orizas orizas Posted 17 Sep 2009 10:31 AM

WOOHOO i've just made these & they are so light and full of flavour! I used the tip of adding a drop of vanilla essence and tsp of ground cinnamon to the recipe, from the comment below. Cheers Krystyna it worked well.
The amount of Oranges is definitely not right, i used less than half the juice of half an orange. The icing is worth the effort though, as it's very tasty!
And i used/brought oat bran and it worked fine.

melissaG4043 melissaG4043 Posted 30 Aug 2009 8:00 PM

I just made a batch of these I ONLY got 10 large. Very Light in texture My changes. I did NOT have any Bran so I increased amount of Self Raising Flour by 50 grams. I also added 1 tspn ground cinnamon & 1 tspn vanilla extract Both of these spices DID NOT EFFECT FLAVOUR
NOR did I have any Oranges SO I used Mandarin Juice instead. I found 1/2 juice of fruit TOO MUCH so I had to increase amount of ICING SUGAR to get paste consistency BUT my partner has now devoured 4 before they have had time to cool So they must be OK -GREAT EASY RECIPE

KrystynaCooks KrystynaCooks Posted 17 Aug 2009 9:54 AM

Interesting recipe, but is oat bran the same as fine bran? Really keen to make them, but don't want to buy the wrong thing.

marymod marymod Posted 26 Jun 2009 6:08 PM

I noticed this recipe doesnt ask for bicarbonate of soda or baking powder - will this make a difference to the outcome of the texture, compared to other recipes that do insist? Thanks

Anonymous Anonymous Posted 25 Jun 2009 4:27 PM