Banana Muffins Filled with Cream Cheese? Yes We Can!

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Muffins

So I tried this experiment yesterday.

There have been a couple of extra ripe bananas staring me down for a couple of days.  I mean, it was getting ugly.  So last night I was forced to make an important decision: bake something or throw the poor things in the freezer where they would probably get lost for a very long time.

I chose to act!  I could have made some banana bread.  Everyone likes banana bread, right?  But lately, I’ve been in the mood for change.  I mean it seems like I’ve been making the same banana bread recipe for at least the last eight years…

Then it struck me!  Muffins!  I’ll make banana muffins!

But then I really thought about it.  Muffins might look different than banana bread, one might even say they come in a much cuter package than banana bread. But when it comes down to it, they’re still banana bread.  Not much change there, huh?

Luckily I had half a package of cream cheese left over from that Pumpkin Cream Cheese Spread I made earlier in the week.  Could I?  Should I?  I wrestled with the decision for a few minutes.  I knew in my heart that bananas and cream cheese were a good combination, but I had never actually tried putting a cream cheese filling in a muffin.  I’ve seen it done before. I’ve tasted good cream cheese-filled muffins.  But I was still worried.

It can be hard to try something for the first time.  Did I have enough experience?  What if I ruined the whole batch?

Oh, what the hell, I just did it!

And you know what?  They were a hit!  I even fed them to a couple of people known to have fairly conservative tastes.  And they loved the change so much, they might never go back to plain old banana bread again.

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Muffins

Cream Cheese Filled Banana Muffins

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg

muffin batter:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
2 bananas, mashed
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup oil
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Grease a 12-cup standard muffin pan.
2. In a small bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar, and egg. Put bowl in refrigerator while you make the muffin batter.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder and soda, salt, and sugar; set aside.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together bananas, buttermilk, oil, eggs, and vanilla.
5. Pour wet ingredients into the large bowl filled with flour mixture then stir with wooden spoon just until the mixture is combined.
6. Spoon enough batter into muffins cups so that they are just under halfway full.  Add one spoonful of cream cheese mixture into each cup, then top with remaining muffin batter.  Muffin cups will end up being almost completely full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.  Check after 20 minutes, muffins are done when a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.
8. Enjoy!

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    Love the danish twist to these muffins!

    6:42 pm  Sep 19th, 2010
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    Bookmarked! These look awesome. Can’t wait to try them out.

    6:26 pm  Sep 20th, 2010
  4. Nan

    Hi I just made these banana muffins and was disappointed when the cream cheese filling came out while baking. What do you think happened?

    Thank you

    1:58 pm  Sep 21st, 2010
  5. christine

    I made these the other day. Took them to my 80yr. old mom and 84yr. old dad. My brother was visiting. Everyone agreed, they are the best muffins we ever ate! I did reduce the cream cheese filling by almost half, because the first batch was far too overfull.

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  8. Kelly

    Yum! I have a breakfast potluck coming up and thinking of making these with goat cheese in place of cream cheese. Thanks for the inspiration.

    1:29 pm  Nov 29th, 2011
  9. Leah

    made these tonight. they look delicious! i followed the recommendation of other posts and only added 1/2 egg into the cream cheese mixture. even after refrigerating, it was still pretty runny. spooned this into the muffin tins, and it just ran all over the muffin mix. muffins overflowed my tins, but all in all, they came out delicious. just wish the cream cheese filling wouldnt have been so runny. thank you for sharing!

    11:05 pm  Mar 30th, 2012
  10. Amy

    SOOOOOO good! I experienced the same issue everyone else seems to be having with the cream cheese filling, the muffins and the filling kinda swirled together and went everywhere. They tasted great though, nice and moist, my husband ate three in a row!

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    cooking this as we speak, but did a square cake pan instead. Also added a little flour to the cream cheese mixture to make it more solid and less runny! hoping this comes out great.

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    Just made half batch with 1bannana and left over cream cheese filling. Perfect! Sprinkled confectioners suge on top to finish

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  19. Emily

    Yeahhhh soooo I didn’t realize I would have leftover cream cheese filling. I thought maybe my spoonfuls were just smaller than normal. lol Can anyone guess what my muffin pan looked like when the 20 minutes was up? Ahhh!!!! You might want to add this for the dummies like me. 🙂

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