Banana Poppy Seed Muffins with an Orange Glaze

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A delicious banana poppy seed muffin that bakes perfectly moist. The orange glaze adds such a unique and delicious glaze on the top and will become a new favorite! 

Banana Poppy Seed Muffins with an Orange Glaze and a fresh cut orange in the background.

Hi, it’s Jenn, from Eat Cake For Dinner. Happy March!! Spring is only a week and a half away and good thing, because one taste of these muffins will have you ready for warmer weather. You can never have too many banana recipes on hand, am I right? These muffins are so unique and extremely delicious.

Overhead photo of Banana Poppy Seed Muffins with an Orange Glaze in a muffin tin.

The combo of the orange and banana reminds me of a warm Spring or Summer Day. It’s like the bright refreshing flavors of a smoothie inside a muffin. Even with a whole cup of mashed bananas, the banana flavor does not overpower these muffins. They are really really delicious and a new favorite. They bake up with a pretty dome on top and are completely impossible to resist, especially with the orange citrus glaze on top.

Banana Poppy Seed Muffins with an Orange Glaze with a fresh sliced orange in the background.

slightly adapted from: Secret Recipes

Banana Poppy Seed Muffins with Orange Glaze

5 from 1 vote
A delicious banana muffin full of citrus flavor and topped with an orange citrus glaze.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Author Jenn H
Servings: 12 Muffins


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tbl poppy seeds
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas around 2 large
  • 1 large egg
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated orange zest about the zest of 1 orange
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Orange Glaze

  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbl fresh orange juice plus more, if needed
  • 1 tsp. freshly grated orange zest about the zest of ½ an orange
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and spray with cooking spray; set aside. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, poppy seeds, baking powder and salt; set aside. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the mashed bananas, egg, sugar, oil, orange zest and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir together until just combined.
  • Fill muffin cups ¾ full with batter. Bake for 18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Makes 12 muffins. Cool slightly and drizzle with orange glaze.

For the Orange Glaze:

  • Whisk together all ingredients until smooth and creamy. If mixture is too thick, add a little more orange juice. Drizzle over muffins.


Serves: 12

Calories240kcal (12%)Carbohydrates44g (15%)Protein3g (6%)Fat6g (9%)Saturated Fat4g (20%)Cholesterol14mg (5%)Sodium87mg (4%)Potassium199mg (6%)Fiber2g (8%)Sugar25g (28%)Vitamin A37IU (1%)Vitamin C5mg (6%)Calcium70mg (7%)Iron1mg (6%)

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
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Jenn H

Hi, I’m Jenn and I blog over at Eat Cake For Dinner. I love being in the kitchen and spending my spare time cooking, baking and blogging. I like all types of food, but cake and frosting are my favorites. If you ask me, the more frosting the better!

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  1. 5 stars
    Interesting & different combination of flavors to wake up my bored tastebuds. Very much enjoyed them.

  2. We just moved out to the country and have both banana and orange trees! Decided to give this recipe a try with fruits from our own yard and I am so glad that I did! Amazing! Thank you!

  3. I absolutely loved this recipe. I decided to try it cause it has an orange twist. Frankly speaking, I don’t like banana bread or muffins but I thought I would give a try. The most convicting fact was orange. I hoped it would ‘kill’ a banana smell. And it did!!! Which was what I expected. The only thing I will change in future – I will use less flour, maybe 1 and 3/4 cups. I can say it’s a perfect recipe if you have bananas you don’t want to eat))

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