A simple, one bowl recipe for gingerbread muffins full of brown sugar, molasses, warming spices, and a hint of citrus. This easy recipe makes an even dozen of high-topped, super moist, and flavorful muffins that are perfect for cozy breakfasts! Dairy free + vegan option.
- 1/2 cup (1 small/medium) very ripe banana, mashed
- 1 large egg ¹
- 1 tsp (5g) pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp fresh orange zest (optional)
- 1–1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp kosher salt (such as Diamond Crystal)
- 1/2 cup (112g) vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup (80g) molasses ²
- 1/3 cup (75g) unsweetened almond milk ³
- 1/3 cup (66g) granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup (71g) (packed) dark brown sugar
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 2–1/4 cups (270g) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
Maple Vanilla Glaze or Frosting
- 1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
- 1–2 Tbsp milk
- 1 Tbsp pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 400℉. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners or lightly grease with butter or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, use the back of a fork to mash the banana together with the egg until completely combined and only small lumps remain. Use a spatula to stir in the vanilla, orange zest, spices and salt.
- Add the oil, molasses and milk, stirring until completely combined between each addition. Add the sugars and stir to combine. Add the baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine. Fold in the flour until just mixed. Do not overbeat.
- Use a cookie scoop to divide the batter evenly between the muffin cups, about 3/4 full.
- Bake for 10 minutes at 400℉. Turn the oven temperature down to 375℉, turn the muffin pan around, and bake for an additional 7-9 minutes until the muffin tops are set and a cake tester inserted into the center of the muffins comes out clean.
- Let cool in the muffin tins for 5 minutes, then transfer to a baking rack to cool completely. Serve warm or at room-temperature.
Maple Vanilla Glaze or Frosting
- In a small bowl, stir together the powdered sugar and milk until the glaze is smooth and creamy. Add more or less milk to create a thicker/thinner consistency if preferred. Stir in the maple syrup and vanilla.
- If Glazing: While the muffins are still warm, dip the tops of each in the glaze, then place on a baking rack to cool/harden.
- If Frosting: Wait for the muffins to fully cool, then use a knife or small offset spatula to spread on frosting.
¹ You can replace the egg with a flax egg for vegan gingerbread muffins. Simply stir together 1 Tbsp ground flaxseed with 2.5 Tbsp water in a small bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes while you’re getting the rest of the ingredients together (it will thicken up), and add to the batter in place of the egg.
² I use the regular Grandma’s molasses for most baking (you’ll want to avoid black strap molasses which is too intense for these muffins).
³ If you’d prefer not to use almond milk, substitute your favorite dairy or non-dairy milk instead.
- Category: Baking, Breakfast, Dessert
- Method: Baking
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: gingerbread muffins, one bowl, easy, banana, dairy free, spice muffins, molasses, quick gingerbread