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These banana cupcakes are quick, easy and delicious. Better yet, the banana cupcakes came from Grandma’s recipe book. I love making new twists on family favorites.

The Banana Cupcake Background

My Grandma did not at first understand my husband’s love for bananas. On our premier trip to Florida (home of all Jewish grandparents, at least those originally from New York), my grandparents took my husband (boyfriend at the time) and me out for a typically early Floridian dinner. We returned to the condo and my husband headed to the kitchen for a banana. Had he reached for a piece of golden glow cake or a scoop of ice cream, the world order might have been maintained. However, “Who eats a banana after dinner?” Surely my husband must be a strange bird with some kind of eating problem.

Grandma sent Grandpa out to the store the next day to buy more bananas. My husband was sure to eat them out of house and home at least in terms of bananas.

During future visits, my grandparents learned to prepare in advance, keeping plenty of bananas on hand to avoid any big scares (like an empty banana bowl).

I even heard Grandma mention to my husband that eating bananas must be what keeps him so slim. “Everyone should eat more bananas.” I guess she’s come to terms with his second love, 94011 (the PLU code for organic bananas). Phew.

As even further evidence of Grandma’s lack of concern about over-consumption of bananas, she sent me her favorite banana cake recipe and encouraged me to give it a go. I think she also liked the idea of the fame of being mentioned in my blog. Who wouldn’t, really?

The nice thing about all of Grandma’s recipes is that they are easy. I needed an easy recipe this week. Last week, I logged 62 hours at work. I also had a brunch to go to on Sunday and banana sounded like a good breakfast cupcake flavor.

Grandma’s banana cupcakes didn’t have an icing, so that part was left up to me. I opted for a cream cheese icing with vanilla extract, cinnamon, and granola. Vanilla, cinnamon, and granola is a flavor combination that I have a adored ever since high school when I discovered it at Angora’s, a frozen yogurt shop in Boston.

These were some of the easiest and best cupcakes I have made. I loved them! Unfortunately, I only got to eat two because I didn’t have room to take any on the plane with me for this week’s work trip. I guess I’ll have to see if I can find some good cupcakes here in Idaho Falls. Any tips?

The Banana Cupcake Recipe

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Easy Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Cinnamon Granola Cream Cheese Frosting: Another Recipe From Grandma

Servings 18 cupcakes


Cupcake Ingredients

  • 2 EGGS
  • 2 CUPS SIFTED ALL PURPOSE FLOUR I didn't even bother sifting and it was still light and fluffy

Vanilla Cinnamon Granola Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese Room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter Room temperature
  • 4 C powdered sugar You can add slightly more or less to get the consistency and flavor you like.
  • 2 t vanilla
  • 2 T cinnamon
  • 2 C ground granola*


Cupcake Instructions


!Vanilla Cinnamon Granola Frosting Instructions

  1. Mix the cream cheese and the butter until they are fully integrated. Mix in the vanilla and cinnamon. Add the powdered sugar a little bit at a time. Make sure it is fully mixed in, but do not over-mix. Fold in the granola.

Recipe Notes

*I didn't want huge pieces, but I still wanted a detectable texture. I used an organic maple granola I found at Whole Foods. If you wanted to take more time, you could try to make your own, as shown here.

Shameless Product Plug For Which I’m Not Getting Any Kickback

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21 comments on “Easy Banana Cupcakes with Vanilla Cinnamon Granola Cream Cheese Frosting: Another Recipe From Grandma”

  1. gigi says:

    What a great story and banana recipe!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Hi! I couldn’t find your email on here, but I was wondering if I could talk to you (probably email, because that seems to work best for everyone these days) and ask you some questions about cupcakes for a news story I’m writing for a class. My email is wilgasa@slu.edu. Thank you SO MUCH!

  3. Anonymous says:

    Do a search for Penuche Frosting and try it on your banana cakes next time. It is heavenly–brown sugar and butter flavor.

  4. any time i can carry around something that resembles a sex toy…I’m all in.

  5. Stef says:

    Gigi – Thanks for commenting! You are always so sweet!

    Anon – I’ll have to try a penuche sometime. It does sound great!

    Steamy – Hah!! Give it a go. :)

  6. Anonymous says:

    hi! i’m just getting started in my baking experience, and i really wanted to make these cupcakes to bring into work tomorrow–except i don’t know how to make the frosting! do i just combine all the ingredients? thanks for your help! these look delicious and i can’t wait to make them (and eat them!)

  7. Stef says:

    Anonymous – Sorry about that. I just updated the post. I hope that helps. Let me know how they work out for you.

  8. Anonymous says:

    they were delicious–all of my co-workers want the recipe now! thanks for the frosting help.

  9. Songsiren says:

    I just tried this recipie and everyone loves it. I left out the granola even though I know I would love it. I don’t have a Whole Foods close by.

  10. Stef says:

    Song – I’m so glad they were a hit! Thanks for letting me know. I’m actually making a variation on these this weekend. Thanks for getting me back in the mood.

  11. Traci says:

    I was looking for different banana bread and cupcake recipes. I made an easy recipe for a bread with yellow cake mix and put them in those cute little heart and star shaped cupcake tins. This frosting sounds delicious, I am going to give it a try. Minus the oatmeal probably. I just love a cream cheese frostin! Thanks for the sharing the recipe and the story!

  12. Stef says:

    Traci – Those tins are so cute! Hope you like the frosting! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  13. Danielle says:

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  14. Anonymous says:

    I stumbled upon these during a google search and made them the same night. I think they are delicious but I’m serving them at a bday party for a friend tonight so I hope everyone else agrees!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Really enjoy your blog. Just been on a cupcake making course and now I love baking them! This may sound like a silly question but I’m from the UK and I have never cooked with cups and am unsure how much a stick of butter is. I usually work in grams or ounces and have lots of various sized cups. Any advice about conversion?
    Many thanks.

  16. BacoNina says:

    I made these cupcakes and frosted with your brown sugar frosting (I used dark brown sugar). Holy decadence. I had to take some to the neighbors so I wouldn’t eat them all!

  17. jubi says:

    hi, i made these but something went worng, when i cut the cupcake in half, it appears that the inner portion wasnt baked well and the outer part was the only part baked well. i’d gladly send you a photo if you want because i really need your help. this was the second time i made it, which ended this way.

  18. jubi says:

    here’s the link to my problem with the photo of the underbaked banana cupcake, i hope you can help me, thank you so much


  19. Actually no matter if someone doesn’t know then its up to other
    users that they will help, so here it happens.

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