Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Cupcakes

I have a love/hate relationship with honey.  Mostly I love to hate it, which is a direct result of the 7 gazillion peanut butter and honey sandwiches consumed in my elementary school years.  I was one of those anti-lunch meat kids who would eat exclusively peanut butter/honey/jam/banana sandwich combos.  Often with a side of frozen Snickers that I bought for $.55 from the lunchroom freezer.  DO YOU REMEMBER THEM?  Heaven. On. Earth.

I was also the kid that made an apartment for pencil-topper Trolls inside her desk and planned a Troll wedding with her friends and dyed the Trolls’ hair with purple highlighter.  Theeee coolest.

In my adult years I’ve ditched the Trolls (or have I?) and decided to give honey another go.  I created these cupcakes as a throwback to one of those great little-kid comfort foods: peanut butter-honey-banana sandwiches.  Whattup fourth grade!  In my opinion you can really never go wrong with a peanut butter & banana combo, but the honey addition kicks it up to a totally gourmet level.  Am I on to something here?  Childhood faves in cupcake form?

Next up: Grilled cheese & hotdog cupcakes.



Banana Cupcakes (adapted from Martha Stewart)

yield: 12 cupcakes


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups mashed (very ripe) bananas
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a muffin tin with 12 paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  In small bowl, combine oil and yogurt.  Add the oil mixture, bananas, eggs, and vanilla to the dry ingredients.  Gently fold to combine.
  3. Divide the batter evenly among the paper liners.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.  Top with peanut butter & honey buttercream.

Peanut Butter & Honey Buttercream

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt

In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter, peanut butter, and honey on medium high until smooth.  Scrape down the sides and add the confectioners sugar; mix on low until combined.  If the buttercream seems too thick, add 2-3 teaspoons of milk depending on desired consistency.  Add the vanilla and pinch of salt; beat on high for 2 minutes or until fully combined.  Spread on cooled banana cupcakes.


20 thoughts on “Peanut Butter & Honey Banana Cupcakes

    1. The Sweet Life Post author

      I’m so surprised to hear that! Maybe PB&honey was a made up by my mom concoction, which she made me eat by telling me “ALL the kids are eating it”??? Total revelation.

      1. Mom

        I think you need to credit Judy the day care provider with the PB&Honey creation. I was never much of a honey fan myself, but if you and your sibs ate it at her house, then who was I to argue with success?

  1. Emily

    The other day my friend Jo asked me if I ever ate pb and honey sandwiches as a kid and i was surprised anyone else knew about them! I’ve been craving one since, THEN I saw this blog post…….help

      1. Elizabeth Fletcher

        I enjoyed having PB and honey sandwiches as a kid! Super excited to try out this recipe in a cupcake. 🙂

  2. Linda

    oohhh Y U M M Y 😀 these little beauties are a must! ..( my normal breaky is 2 ravitas with PB and a tiny bit of honey… so yeh PB and honey are a match made in heaven and u know what, my favourite power snack is a banana and PB (crunchy of course) mmm Peanutbutter… 😉

  3. Christine

    I loved peanut butter and honey growing up! we used to put it on toast, and my brother would put it on Toasted Waffles and add cottage cheese too! (ya, I know).

  4. Nancy Fowler

    I love the story of the landlord old fart! A penny? Wow, LOL! I love to cook and love to invent new recipes! Can’t wait to try some of your recipes! Put more funny stories out for us to read!


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