A quick and easy Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds recipe that tastes exactly like Banana Malpua.

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Infused with fennel seeds and a hint of cardamom powder, these EASY Banana Malpua Muffins are the best-tasting banana muffins I ever baked. These egg-free banana muffins recipe with fennel seeds is a divine twist on your regular banana nut muffins!

One bowl, no eggs, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up Banana Malpua Muffins with Fennel Seeds!
One bowl, no eggs, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds!

Doesn’t matter how much you love bananas, there are always one or two overly ripe ones left at the end. And no, I’m not complaining. Those unwanted ripe and weird-looking ones make into AMAZINGLY EASY banana MUFFINS! I have put together this Easy Banana Muffin recipe inspired by a childhood Indian Dessert called Banana Malpua.

One bowl, no eggs, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up, this Easy Banana Malpua Muffins Recipe with Fennel Seeds is the BEST recipe I ever tried.

LETS TALK FENNEL SEEDS

These dried seeds are used as a spice to provide an aniseed flavor and a warm, sweet aroma.

Fennel seeds are the dried seed of the fennel herb and look like cumin seeds, only greener. They have an aniseed flavor and a warm, sweet aroma. Fennel seeds are used in a lot of Indian and Chinese cooking as their spice mixes such as Chinese five-spice powder and Indian panch phoran.

You’ll get more flavor out of fennel seeds by grinding or toasting them.

HOW TO CRUSH FENNEL SEEDS

You can crush the fennel seeds in a pestle and mortar, or, put them in a sealed food bag and bash them with a rolling pin, or whizz them to a powder in a clean coffee grinder.

HOW TO TOAST FENNEL SEEDS

Heat a dry frying pan over medium heat and toast the seeds for a couple of minutes, tossing the pan frequently so they don’t burn.

WHAT INSPIRED ME TO COME UP WITH THIS FENNEL SEEDS BANANA MUFFINS RECIPE

Fennel Seeds in these Banana Muffins make them taste like Banana Malpua! Every bite takes me to those days back home when my mom would mash up bananas, add a bit of sugar or jaggery, a spoonful of fennel seeds, and some whole wheat flour to the mashed bananas, and then deep fry a scoopful of batter into that aromatic malpuas or whole wheat banana fritters.

The inspiration comes from banana malpuas – down the memory lane as they say!

One bowl, no eggs, pantry staple ingredients, super quick to mix up Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds!
A quick and easy Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds recipe that tastes exactly like Banana Malpua.

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THESE EGG FREE BANANA MUFFINS

  • Perfect for breakfast or a snack during the day.
  • Made with ghee, these muffins scream for nutrition
  • If you have an egg allergy or you are vegetarian, these chai-spiced banana muffins are best for you and the taste and texture are so good even though they are egg-free.
  • So easy to make and you need just one bowl.
  • Wrap them individually in plastic wrap and freeze them. They keep well, enjoy the treat whenever you’re craving for.
  • The perfect natural sweetness from ripe bananas. 
  • The fennel seeds add such a beautiful taste to these muffins. They almost taste like banana malpuas.
  • These muffins have a lovely fennel flavor and add a touch of nostalgia to your breakfast routine.
A quick and easy Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds recipe that tastes exactly like Banana Malpua.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED TO MAKE ONE BOWL OF BANANA MALPUA MUFFINS

Full recipe + amounts can be found in the recipe card below

  • All-purpose flour
  • Bananas mashed – Use bananas that are very ripe (black skins and soft bananas are best) for best flavor.
  • Baking soda, Baking Powder & Salt
  • Fennel seeds
  • Cardamom Powder
  • Ghee
  • Milk mixed with Vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
Banana Muffins - One Bowl Recipe

HOW TO MAKE BANANA MUFFINS WITH FENNEL SEEDS

STEP 1 – Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F

STEP 2 – In a small bowl, add white vinegar with milk. Let the mixture rest. That’s your homemade buttermilk.

STEP 3 – In a bowl, mash the banana well.

STEP 4 – To the same bowl, add ghee, brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. Mix well

STEP 5 – Add buttermilk and flour, salt, and baking soda. Make sure not to over-mix. Fold in the fennel seeds.

STEP 6 – Scoop the batter into muffin tins. Sprinkle with almonds

STEP 7 – Bake for 20/25 minutes.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make it vegan?

Yes, substitute non-dairy milk such as almond or coconut or oat milk.

What other variations can I try with this recipe?

Along with the fennel seeds, you can try a tea spoon of ginger and cloves to make this recipe into a chai spiced banana muffin recipe

Can I make this a Banana Cake?

Yes! Definitely. You just need to adjust the baking time.

Can I use whole wheat flour?

Yes! whole wheat flour will bake up nicely.

Can I use Gluten free flour?

Of course, you could use your favorite gluten-free flour blend too

What Can I substitute Ghee with?

You can substitute ghee with the same amount of light olive oil or melted butter

DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE?

I’d love to know how it turned out! Please let me know by leaving a review below. Or snap a photo and share it on Instagram; be sure to tag me @myyellowapron

A FEW OTHER EGG FREE RECIPES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO BAKE –

Semolina Coconut Cake (Egg Free & Butter Free)

Eggless Date and Nut Cake

Double Chocolate Mini Bundt Cakes (One Bowl Recipe)

Semolina Cake with Orange Cardamom Syrup

Chocolate Banana Muffins (Gluten Free, Sugar Free)

A quick and easy Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds recipe that tastes exactly like Banana Malpua.

Banana Muffins with Fennel Seeds

MyYellowApron
Infused with fennel seeds and a hint of cardamom powder, these Banana Muffins are the best-tasting banana muffins I ever baked. These egg-free banana muffins with fennel seeds are a divine twist on your regular banana nut muffins!
5 from 49 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine World
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl

Ingredients
  

DRY INGREDIENTS

  • 1 & 1/2 Cups All-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp Dry-toasted and ground fennel seeds
  • 1 tsp Cardamom powder
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 pinch Salt

WET INGREDIENTS

  • 1/4 cup Ghee
  • Banana 2 Bananas mashed – Use bananas that are very ripe (black skins and soft bananas are best) for best flavor.
  • 1/2 cup Milk mixed with 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

PREPARATION

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degree F
  • Line a muffin pan with muffin liners
  • In a small bowl, add 1 tbsp white vinegar to the milk and set it aside. The milk will curdle making it your homemade buttermilk

MIX THE WET INGREDIENTS

  • In a medium-sized bowl, mash the bananas
  • Add the melted ghee, brown sugar, and vanilla extract. Mix well
  • Pour the homemade buttermilk into it and give it a stir

MIX THE DRY INGREDIENTS INTO THE WET INGREDIENTS

  • Now, add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda directly into the bowl.
  • Mix in the fennel seeds and cardamom powder.
  • Mix the dry into wet. Don't overmix.

BAKE BANANA MUFFINS WITH FENNEL SEEDS

  • Scoop the egg-free banana muffin batter into the muffin tins. Make sure not to fill till the top.
  • Top with almonds and bake for 25/30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
Keyword Banana Muffin, Egg Free Baking, Muffin Recipe
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14 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I’m extremely interested in trying this recipe. I’m a huge fan of banana bread and muffins. I’ve never tried adding fennel, but I can already taste how that would work well.

  2. 5 stars
    This is a really interesting flavor combination. I’ve never had fennel with banana before. I’m eager to give it a try.

  3. 5 stars
    The flavors in these muffins sound amazing! It’s not just the addition of fennel, it’s all the other delicious ingredients that you use to make the entire thing work, as well.

  4. This look so good and I love muffins. Something we used to eat a lot for snacks haha. Thank you for sharing!

  5. I really love muffins and this looks absolutely delicious and tasty! I would really love to try this!

  6. 5 stars
    So good! I would have never thought of putting fennel seeds in banana muffins, but it is a delicious and interesting flavor combination.

  7. Nnnniiiiccceeeee…banana muffins are the real gold! I will give these blend of them, a try!

  8. 5 stars
    These muffins are so yummy! The fennel gives them such a unique flavor. Will definitely be making these again.

  9. 5 stars
    I have not tried fennel with banana combination yet, but this looks really tasty and will definitely give it a try.

  10. What a good idea to put the seeds in the recipe. These would make a nice weekend brunch item.

  11. 5 stars
    I am going to make this for tomorrow’s breakfast and I am sure my kids will love these muffins. Yum!

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