Cardamom Banana Muffins

Cardamom Banana Muffins are a basic muffin recipe to which bananas and cardamom have been added for a wonderful taste sensation! Cardamom Banana Muffins are made in the traditional way by adding wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stirring the mixture gently until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Overmixing or beating muffin batter is a no-no! Overmixed muffin batter will produce tunnels in the finished baked product.

The Recipe

Cardamom Banana Muffins
Yields 12
A basic muffin recipe to which bananas and cardamom have been added for a unique flavor profile.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
29 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
19 min
Total Time
29 min
  1. 6 tablespoons butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 2 bananas, mashed
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon vinegar)
  6. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  7. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  8. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  9. 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  10. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Spray muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray or grease pan with butter or shortening.
  2. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar.
  3. Add the bananas, eggs, buttermilk and vanilla and mix well.
  4. In another bowl, mix the salt, baking powder, cardamom and flour.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture and stir until just combined.
  6. Fill muffin tins with batter and bake at 425 degrees F. for 19 minutes.
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A Bit About Cardamom

Cardamom is one of the world’s ancient spices made from the seed pods of various plants in the ginger family. Cardamom has a strong, pungent flavor and aroma with what some describe as hints of lemon, mint and smoke. The entire pod can be used whole or ground. There are two main types of cardamom – black and green.

Cardamom is used extensively in Indian cooking as well as in cuisines of countries in the Middle East. In the Middle East it is often used in the ground form to prepare certain desserts, flavorings, coffees and teas. You may have drank Chai Tea before – cardamom is in the spice mix used in Chai Tea. Cardamom is used in baking in Sweden and Finland. Spice mixes such as Garam Masala, used in Indian cooking, also contain cardamom. Guatemala leads the world in the production of cardamom followed by India.

Medicinally cardamom contains elements that appear to treat stomach and intestinal spasms and may increase the movement of food through the digestive tract. Cardamom forms a flavoring and a basis for medicinal preparations for indigestion.

More About Muffins

Homemade muffins give a delicious lift to even the simplest meal.  I love muffins!  Muffins are classified as a quick bread, rather than a yeast bread, because most muffins (there are a few exceptions) do not contain yeast.

Most muffins rely on eggs, baking powder and/or baking soda as their leavening agents. Leavening agents release gas bubbles into the batter causing them to expand or rise – thus producing the porous structure or texture of the baked item.  This action is what yeast does for bread, producing a fine texture in the finished product.

Muffins are wonderful any time of the day but the best time, in my humble opinion, is when they are hot, right out of the oven.  Of course muffins can be reheated (nuked) at a later time.  Muffins freeze well – just pop them into a zip top freezer plastic bag and label it.  (If you don’t label it you’ll be playing a guessing game! I know, I’ve been there and done that!) To reheat a frozen muffin of regular size, microwave it for one minute.  Then check it to see if more time is needed in the microwave.  

If you’re trying to lose weight, pay attention to the size of muffins.  So many muffins in the stores I frequent are so large they should count as 2 or more muffins in regards to calories and sugar.  Seriously, those jumbo muffins may turn us into jumbo people.  

Parting Comments

I hope you enjoy the Cardamom Banana Muffins soon! I just counted and I now have 14 muffin recipes on the website! Check out some of the other muffin recipes while you’re here! (Muffin recipes are included under “Quick Breads” on the right sidebar.)

Remember to Savor the Flavor of Cardamom!


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Fast and Simple Cardamom Banana Muffins — 42 Comments

  1. Wanted to stop here and share some love back!! I LOVE banana bread its my absolute favorite!! I will SO give this recipe a try!! Looks great!

  2. Hi Kate, I think you’ll enjoy the flavor the cardamom imparts to the banana muffins. Hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by! Blessings, Janet

  3. One word: YUM! I love how easy these are to make ?

    Edye |

  4. I love Cardamom & these sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food lInk-Up ?

  5. Hi Edye, I hope you enjoy the Cardamom Banana Muffins soon! Thanks for your visit! Blessings, Janet

  6. Hi Angela, Isn’t cardamom just wonderful?! Thanks for hosting Sunday Fitness and Food Link-Up! Blessings, Janet

  7. Another fabulous recipe of yours. I have never baked with cardamon, but it sounds super delicious! Pinned and stumbled. Yum!

  8. Hi Ilka, I hope you’ll try cardamom – it’s a wonderful spice! Thanks for hosting Sunday Food & Fitness Link UP! Blessings,Janet

  9. These look great. Thanks for linking up with us at Family Joy blog Link Up Party this week. Have a great week.

  10. I totally need to pick up some cardamom and try this recipe! Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday. Thanks for the tip about over beating the batter too.

  11. Hi Charlene, Thanks for your comments and hope you have a nice week too! See you at the next Family Joy Blog Link Up Party! Blessings, Janet

  12. These sound amazing!!! I love the idea of adding cardamom! Thanks for sharing ?

  13. These look good. I have both bananas and cardamon. Thank you for sharing via the Link up Party.

  14. Hi Lee, Thanks for your kind comments and for stopping by! Hope you enjoy the Cardamom Banana Muffins! Blessings, Janet

  15. Thanks for your comments – the cardamom is what makes these muffins special! See you at the Healthy Living Link Up! Blessings, Janet

  16. Yum! These sound great! And full of flavor! Thanks for sharing! #SmallVictories

  17. I’d never thought to add cardamom to banana bread muffins, but now that you mention it, it does sounds like a wonderful idea! I bet the cardamom adds a great, warm flavor to the muffins. ?

  18. Hi CJ, I think the cardamom is wonderful with the banana flavor! Hope you enjoy these muffins! Thanks for hosting Inspire Me Monday! Blessings, Janet

  19. Hi Danita, These muffins are yummy! Thanks for your kind comments and for hosting Small Victories! Blessings, Janet

  20. I’m not familiar with cardamom, but I am glad you shared about it! Will have to look for it next time at the store. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week ?

  21. Hi Kelly, Cardamom is a spice used extensively in East Indian cooking. I hope you’ll like it when you try it! Blessings, Janet

  22. I’ve never heard of cardamom before but these really sound delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Share The Wealth Sunday! xoxo

  23. I like the addition of cardamom in your banana muffin. Thanks for sharing this tasty treat at FF#119. Happy Fiesta, Janet! ?

  24. Hi Lisa, Cardamom is used a great deal in East Indian cooking. Hope you’ll give it a try! Thanks for hosting Share the Wealth Sunday! Blessings, Janet

  25. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe at the #RecipeSharingParty! I hope to see you next week. Pinned and Yummed. Please visit #OverTheMoon on Sunday or #ThursdayFavoriteThings for more sharing fun! Don’t forget to Comment your link #’s so I can be sure to visit and you get a chance to be featured!

  26. Thanks for sharing at Let’s Get Real Friday Party. I don’t use cardamom, but I think I might have to try it.

  27. Yum, don’t think I’ve ever tried banana and cardamon together! Thanks for linking up at You Link It, We Make It – hope to see you back tomorrow. Pinning!

  28. I bet cardamom is marvelous in muffins! I love the tips, too. Thanks for sharing on Throwback Thursday!


  29. This will be a delicious Muffin! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
    Miz Helen

  30. Hi Mollie, Hope you’re having a great week! I really like cardamom, as well as some of the other Indian spices, so I was happy to come across this recipe. Glad you like the tips! Thanks for hosting Throwback Thursday! Blessings, Janet

  31. Hi Karen, Thanks for your comments and your visit! I hope you will try cardamom – it’s an interesting flavor! Blessings, Janet

  32. I like to use different species when cooking, and cardamom is one I really like. I have to try your recipe!

    Thanks for sharing with us at Sweet Inspiration party, enjoy the rest of the week!

  33. Hi Pili, I really like cardamom, too! I hope you enjoy the muffin recipe! Thanks for hosting the Sweet Inspiration Party! Blessings, Janet

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