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Banana Cranberry Muffins Recipe

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Tender and delicious Cranberry Banana Oat Muffins are a show stopper. Made with fresh cranberries, oats, and ripe bananas, they are the perfect treat for all occasions. Give the incredible muffins a taste! A breakfast muffin that kids and adults can enjoy.

cranberry muffins in a muffin tin

The tangy goodness of the fresh cranberries paired with the creamy banana is an irresistible combination. Can’t get enough banana and cranberries together? Check out my Cranberry Banana Coffee Cake.

Whether you are looking for a delicious dish for holiday brunch or want a quick grab and go breakfast, these cranberry muffins are ready to steal the show. You can easily make this a cranberry orange muffin as well!

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🧁 Why Make This Recipe

  • great for Christmas
  • super flavorful
  • tasty morning muffins recipe
  • fresh cranberries recipe
  • a great breakfast or snack
  • made in just 30 minutes
  • they are festive
  • super easy recipe
ingredients for cranberry muffins

🍊 Ingredients

  • All-purpose flour
  • Old-fashioned oats
  • Buttermilk
  • Granulated white sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Large egg
  • Ripe mashed bananas
  • Melted butter
  • Fresh cranberries

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steps on how to make cranberry banana muffins

👩‍🍳 How to Make

Full directions and measurements for these cranberry banana muffins are in the printable recipe card below.

1. Prepare the muffin pan and preheat the oven.

2. To soften the oats, soak them in buttermilk for 20 minutes before preparing the muffins. This step can be skipped if you don’t mind a heartier texture.

3. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Then add in the oats.

4. Mix the eggs, melted butter, and bananas with a whisk.

5. combine the banana mixture with the flour mixture until well blended.

6. Fold in the cranberries.

7. Scoop batter into muffin tin filling them 2/3 full.

8. Bake for 20-25 minutes.

9. Enjoy!

cranberry muffins on plate with bananas behind it

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📌 Expert Tips

  • Don’t overfill the muffin tins. You need to save room at the top for them to rise and expand.
  • Either use muffin liners or spray the muffin tin, so the cranberry bananas come out easily.
  • Test the doneness of the muffins by inserting a toothpick in the center. It should come out clean and free of wet batter.
  • Make your own homemade muffin mix by adding all the dry ingredients to a mason jar or plastic bag. Be sure to label it. Then it’s ready to go and just needs wet ingredients when you are ready.
  • In order to prevent the cranberries from sinking, roll them in a bowl with a tablespoon or two of flour. Then fold into the batter.

🍌 Recipe FAQs

Should there be lumps in the batter?

Yes, it is very common to have some lumps in the batter when making muffins. This is more than fine, and you don’t want to overmix it to get rid of the lumps. If you do, they will end up very dense.

How do I get the muffins the same size?

I highly recommend using a large cookie scoop or even a measuring cup. Then each muffin is going to be uniform in size and will bake more evenly as well.

How can I make my muffins light and fluffy?

The best way to ensure the muffins are light and fluffy is by not overmixing the batter.

Another important thing is to use ingredients that are room temperature. Let the egg sit out for 30 minutes before starting, and let the melted butter cool down for a couple of minutes.

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muffin tin with fresh cranberry muffins in it

Banana Cranberry Muffins

Yield: 18-24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Whip up a batch of these banana cranberry muffins! This is a great breakfast muffin you can whip up with fresh cranberries in each bite. Oats, banana, cranberry, all come together for one tasty homemade cranberry muffin.


  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 to 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ⅔ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries + 1 teaspoon flour


  1. Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees. Then place muffin liners in your muffin tin. If you don't use liners grease your pan.
  2. For softer oats you will want to soak your oats in buttermilk for 15-20 minutes.
  3. In a bowl add your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and then stir and set aside.
  4. In a stand mixer you will mash your bananas really well. Then mix in the butter and eggs. Now add in your dry ingredients and the oats and buttermilk.
  5. Fold in the cranberries. I tossed the cranberries with teaspoon of flour to help prevent them from falling to bottom of the muffins.
  6. Once the banana cranberry muffin batter is mixed, then spoon into the muffin tin. I did around 3/4 the way full.
  7. Bake for 15-25 minutes depending on when they are done. It all depends how full you fill your muffin tins.
  8. Remove cranberry banana muffins from oven and let cool on a baking rack then serve.


Depending on altitude baking time can vary.

Stick a toothpick in muffins and if it comes out clean of wet batter the muffins are done.

Allow the muffins to fully cool before you transfer them into an airtight container to store.

You can use dried cranberries to replace fresh ones if you would like.

These cranberry muffins will freeze really nicely. Just allow to fully cool then transfer to proper container and freeze for up to three months.

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