I’m always looking for a good banana recipe to use up ripe bananas and this recipe today definitely hits the mark. These Banana Cupcakes with Brown Sugar Icing are a super delicious way to use up old bananas and they’re hardy enough to be eaten as a breakfast on-the-run or as a sweet dessert for a summer meal.
My husband is the big banana fan in our house–he loves all things banana. And my boys have followed suit. After I made these, Ryder, my oldest, said, “Mom, these are my favorite cupcakes you have ever made.” And my other two boys agreed with him. So if you’re a banana fan like the guys in my house I’d say this is a must-try recipe.
I found this recipe for banana cupcakes on Pinterest and adapted it. My recipe has Golden Barrel coconut oil in it instead of vegetable oil. As a matter of fact, I substitute coconut oil for vegetable/canola oil in all my recipes. Coconut oil is a much healthier option as it’s high in lauric acid which is a great enhancer for the body’s immune system. To read more on the benefits of refined coconut oil, read here.
These muffins are deliciously moist and substantial. I kept them simple but feel free add nuts to the batter if you’d like. The pairing of the cupcake with the light whipped icing is amazing. My favorite way to eat them is when they’ve been chilled in the fridge a while. But maybe you’d like them at room temperature with the soft whipped icing. It was a toss-up in our house–some liked them cold while others liked them at room temperature. You can’t go wrong either way. 😉
This brown sugar icing is made by cooking milk and flour until it thickens then after it’s cooled, creaming that in with the butter and brown sugar. You’re sure to love this icing–it’s seriously amazing! It’s light like whipped cream and has delicious flavor thanks to the Golden Barrel brown sugar in it. Yum.
The recipe only makes a dozen so next time I make them I’m definitely going to double (maybe triple) the recipe. These cupcakes were gone way too quickly! As a matter of fact, some neighbor boys were over the other day and Ryder asked if he could give them some cupcakes and I said, “NO!” Ha…that never happens. I’m usually the one baking and giving away my treats, but these cupcakes were too amazing to share, since we only had a dozen of them. So next time I’ll make more so we can share. 🙂
Kat is a mother of three boys who loves to bake and enjoys all things DIY. She has been blogging since 2010 featuring recipes and home design projects. Some of her home projects have been featured in Country Living and This Old House magazine, as well as many other prominent DIY blogs and websites.