Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins

Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins are delicious way to start your day. The crunchy crumb topping makes the extra special!

Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins are a light and sweet start to any day. Walnuts pack a punch of protein that’ll keep you going!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Fisher Nuts. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that make My Baking Addiction possible.

I’ve been talking a lot about getting our dinner game to be a little stronger, and you know what? It made me realize that our breakfast game is a little pathetic too. There’s lots of scrambled eggs, toast, and cereal going on, and not much else.

But I’m a baker, for goodness sake! Why am I relying on boxed cereals and toast, when I could be making a weekly batch of muffins, scones, and quick breads instead? Especially when I can customize them to our liking, and they’re super portable when we’re heading out the door as we run to the Little Gym or swimming lessons.

Olive Oil Banana Muffins are the perfect way to start your day! Loaded with banana flavor and crunchy walnuts, they're the perfect portable breakfast!

I’ve also been experimenting a little more with other kinds of fats in our baked goods. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a dessert blogger, and there’s no way I’m giving up butter. But it’s kind of fun to switch up your routine and try something new.

Thus was the case with these Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins. My friend Amber mentioned making them a time or two for her hubby, who has some cholesterol issues. His doctor told him olive oil is a better fat for him to ingest than butter, with his particular issues, so she started making these regularly, and couldn’t get over their buttery, but also extremely nutty flavor. The kind of flavor that pairs perfectly with toasted walnuts.

Olive Oil Banana Muffins Ingredients Picture

Now, I use walnuts, pecans, and almonds in a lot of my baking, and there’s a lot of research around walnuts and their healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. I’ll certainly let you do the research for yourself and talk to your doctor too – but I also just happen to love walnuts. And I choose to work with Fisher nuts because it is one of the only brands of recipe nuts entirely without preservatives. Nuts are perfect as they come off the tree, so I don’t see why we would ever need to mess with them.

Everyone’s got bananas hanging around longer than they expect to. It happens to us almost weekly. And I really, really dislike throwing away food. So I decided to do something about it, and whip up these Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins.

Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins are a light and sweet start to any day. Walnuts add a crunch that makes them a little more special!

Let me tell you something about olive oil in muffins. It turns downright browned butter-esque. If you’ve ever browned butter to make a baked good, you understand what I’m talking about. There’s a toasty quality that keeps you coming back again and again, for just one more bite. And olive oil does the same thing, without the extra work and dirty saucepan!

I won’t lie, I was a little worried about my muffins tasting like olives, but they definitely do not. They taste toasty, nutty, with the perfect amount of bite added from toasted walnuts.

Breakfast just got epic around here, and I hope it’s going to around your house too, because YUM!

Looking for more delicious recipes? Check out this Frozen Samoa Pie and these Caramel Pecan Bars!

Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 20-23 minutes

Total Time: 38 minutes


  • 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour (see not below)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1 cup chopped Fisher Nuts walnuts or pecans

For the Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/4 cup chopped Fisher Nuts walnuts or pecans
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Line a standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, or in a large with an electric mixer, combine olive oil and sugars until thoroughly combined.
  4. Beat in eggs until incorporated and stir in bananas, vanilla and water.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until just combined and gently stir in chopped nuts.
  6. Use a large cookie scoop to evenly distribute the batter between the prepared muffin wells.
  7. To make the crumb topping: stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Make sure the olive oil is thoroughly incorporated.
  8. Sprinkle each muffin with the crumble topping, pressing it in gently.
  9. Bake in preheated oven for 20-23 minutes, or until the muffins are golden brown and slightly firm to the touch.
  10. Allow to cool for 5 minutes in the pan, then remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.


  • If you would like to substitute the white whole wheat flour for all-purpose flour, simply add in the same amount, but eliminate the hot water. If you're batter seems a little dry, add the water into the batter one tablespoon at a time until it is moistened.
Adapted from Whole Wheat Banana Muffins from Bluebonnet Baker.

Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins are a light and sweet start to any day. Walnuts pack a punch of protein that'll keep you going all morning.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

30 Responses to “Olive Oil Banana Walnut Muffins”

  1. Devon Brugh — February 17, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    These muffins are so moist and delicious. My husband loves them. Thank you…


    • Jamie — February 18, 2016 at 10:24 am

      So glad to hear you enjoyed them, Devon! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback, it is really appreciated!

  2. Thalia @ butter and brioche — February 23, 2016 at 2:47 am

    I have to say my breakfast game is pretty boring too – usually fruit, berries and granola. This definitely has inspired me to change it up Xx


    • Jamie — February 23, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Thalia!

  3. Rachel @LittleChefBigAppetite — February 23, 2016 at 11:43 am

    These muffins are sooooooo up my alley! Whole wheat flour, banana, olive oil!? I am in! Pinning to make soon!


    • Jamie — February 23, 2016 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks so much, Rachel!

  4. Jamie, these are perfect to start our mornings off on the right foot, especially Monday mornings. I’ve always loved walnuts in my banana bread so I know these are going to be a hit and am excited to try them with the olive oil. Oh, and that topping looks incredible, too! Thanks for the recipe!


    • Jamie — March 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      You’re welcome, Lynne! I hope you enjoy them!

  5. Heidi @foodiecrush — February 29, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    I HAVE to have nuts in my muffins, otherwise I think I’m eating cake :) Love the olive oil add. 


    • Jamie — March 1, 2016 at 12:57 pm

      Thank you, Heidi! I love nuts in muffins, too!

  6. Cookin Canuck — February 29, 2016 at 9:56 pm

    Every time I make muffins for my family, they disappear in minute.   I have a feeling that these gorgeous muffins would be no exception!  Love the walnut crumb topping.


    • Jamie — March 1, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Thank you, Dana! The walnut crumb topping is really good!

  7. These muffins looks absolutely delightful! Can’t wait to whip up a batch this weekend!


    • Jamie — March 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

      Thanks so much, Lauren!

  8. Gwen Watson — March 2, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Olive oil is a great choice for muffins because it adds an earthy, toasted qualify. The flavors taste especially good when paired with walnuts! These muffins are not only great at breakfast, but they also make a delicious snack.


    • Jamie — March 3, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      Hi, Gwen! They are a great snack. I like them just about any time of day!

  9. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — March 3, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I love the idea of swapping out with the butter with Olive Oil. This is delicious! 


    • Jamie — March 3, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Thanks so much, Julianne!

  10. Amanda — March 3, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    Just printed the recipe and will be stopping at the store first thing in the morning!


    • Jamie — March 4, 2016 at 10:25 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Amanda! I hope you enjoy the muffins as much as we did.

  11. I’ve done an olive oil zucchini lemon cake before that is the moistest most delicious thing ever so I can just imagine how these muffins are. Plus, that crumb topping is on point!


    • Jamie — March 5, 2016 at 10:43 pm

      I’m pretty convinced that crumb toppings make everything amazing. Thanks for stopping by, Gina!

  12. leslie — March 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    One can’t ever give up butter…never! 
    But I would eat the whole pan of these muffins…no issue!


    • Jamie — March 5, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      You and me both, Girl! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  13. Anina — August 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Hi Jamie! 

    It has been a long while since I’ve visited your blog, and today I made these muffins for my very fussy 6 year old. You have a sure hit here, girl! 

    My new go to recipe for sure! I normally  use my banana bread recipe for my muffins, and mine asks for butter (didn’t have any) and wonderful google directed me here!



    • Jamie — August 17, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that, Anina! Best wishes!

  14. Kathie — August 24, 2016 at 8:56 am

    Hi Jamie
    I love these, they turned out great! Do you think this could be made in a loaf pan instead of muffins?


    • Jamie — August 25, 2016 at 6:18 am

      I’m so glad you liked them, Kathie! I think you could definitely make these into a loaf/quick bread. You’ll probably have to bake it close to an hour and tent foil over the top to prevent the streusel from browning too quickly. Let me know how it goes!

  15. Janet — February 2, 2017 at 12:10 pm

    For the Crumb Topping, you have oatmeal listed in the ingredients – do you mean quick cooking oats or rolled (old fashioned) oats? Thank you!


    • Jamie — February 2, 2017 at 12:41 pm

      Hi, Janet! You can actually use either. The old fashioned oats will give you a heartier texture. I hope you enjoy them!

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