Banana Bread Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting

(Recipe developed by fellow foodie-politico Max Patashnik)


Those who’ve read my blog for a while know that I don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I regularly call on my sister Hannah to guest post some of the awesome deserts that she makes. She’s busy getting ready to head to graduate school at UCSD (!) right now though, so when my coworker Max made these treats for a staff birthday I cajoled her into letting me post the recipe here.

Now let me tell you – this is a recipe with an identity crisis. A delicious, mouth-watering identity crisis.

Is it a muffin? Is it a cupcake? Is it banana bread? WHO KNOWS!

I do know it’s splendidly tasty while still not too decadent. The “muffin” part tastes just like banana bread, with just slightly more structure so that it can support the frosting – which is creamy and just the right amount of sweet to compliment the banana flavors without overpowering them. Throw in some walnuts and chocolate chips to add another layer of flavor and you’ve got a dozen awesome treats to wow your coworkers with at your next office party.

Banana Bread Muffin with Cream Cheese Frosting


  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup walnuts


  • 1/2 cup of butter (1 stick), room temperature
  • 8 oz cream cheese (1 package), room temperature
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine all dry ingredients in bowl. In separate bowl combine mashed bananas, vanilla, egg, melted butter and milk.
  3. Add the wet ingredients into the dry ones and add chocolate chips and walnuts.
  4. Pour batter into greased muffin tin or into muffin liners, till they are about three-quarters full.
  5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Wait till muffins have cooled completely before frosting, approximately 2-3 hours
  6. To make the frosting, blend the butter and cream cheese till smooth and slightly fluffy, about 2-3 minutes. Blend in the vanilla, then slowly add the powdered sugar a 1/2 cup at a time till the frosting reaches the desired consistency.

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