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These Banana Date Muffins are sweetned with honey and applesauce. They are a tender and flavorful breakfast your kids will love! 

two banana date muffins on granite counter top

Do you freeze over ripe bananas with the intention of using them one day?


Have you ever used those frozen bananas? 


Love a good Muffin recipe? (me, too!) Try these flavorful muffins:

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frozen ripe bananas on wooden cutting board for banana date muffins

I just recently started freezing bananas when they reached that “do or die” stage and my counter already happened to be filled with baked goods. 


So when I noticed the other day that my freezer was getting a little overwhelmed with the amount of frozen bananas in there, I figured maybe it was time to actually do something with them! Having never before thawed out a frozen banana before, it was really inteteresing! As they thawed, which took a surprisingly short 30 minutes, they became white and super frosty! I won’t lie, Ladybug and I had a lot of fun making fingerprints in them.

honey being poured over brown sugar in glass bowl

A few weeks ago there was a Honey Festival here in town, and it was so fun to go to! I forgot to take pictures, so sorry. But it was chock full of beekeepers, honey, and honey products. They even had a table set up where they were conducting blind taste tests of honey from over 30 local beekeepers! It was really cool to taste how different honey can be from one to the next, depending on what types of flowers and trees the bees collect pollen from. We also learned how if you eat honey that was produced locally it can really help alleviate your seasonal allergies.

freshly baked banana date muffins in muffin tray

How to Make Banana Date Muffins


These muffins are a breeze to throw together, and taste great. Moist and flavorful, with just a bit of natural sweetness from the honey and dates.


They come together like a normal banana muffin, but they are extra special because:

  • They are extra moist from applesauce!
  • They are naturally sweetened with honey and sprinkled with just a touch of brown sugar on top.
  • Flavored with cardamom and cinnamon, they have a fun and unique spice to them that compliments the dates perfectly!

These banana date muffins are so great for kids because you can use them for an quick breakfast or an easy snack.

dates on wooden cutting board

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Yield: 12 muffins

Banana Date Muffins Recipe

Banana Date Muffins Recipe

These Banana Date Muffins are sweetned with honey and applesauce. They are a tender and flavorful breakfast your kids will love!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped and pitted dates
  • brown sugar to sprinkle on top


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and grease a muffin pan.
  2. Whisk together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and cardamom.
  3. In a separate bowl, blend together the bananas, honey, egg, applesauce and vanilla.
  4. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and stir until just combined.
  5. Stir in dates.
  6. Fill muffin wells about 2/3 full and sprinkle brown sugar on top of batter.
  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until done.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 250mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g

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Camila Rojas

Saturday 7th of December 2019

I need to start freezing bananas ASAP!!!! This recipe sounds so so good! Also dates? never thought of adding that. Thanks for this amazing recipe! hugs

Renee Goerger

Saturday 7th of December 2019

A always have frozen bananas at the ready for recipes like this. Love the addition of fresh honey and dates. Yum!

shelley c.

Friday 23rd of September 2011

Interesting - I have never frozen bananas in the peels - I peel them, put each in a zip-top baggie, then freeze them. They practically mash themselves as they thaw, so they are only good for baking at that point, but it works! And I am jealous about the fresh, local honey. Sounds awesome!

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