Banana and Cranberry Muffins – use up your Christmas Cranberry Sauce

banana cranberry muffins

If you have cranberry sauce leftover from Christmas, either homemade or store-bought, there are several things you can do with it if you are getting fed up with it in turkey sandwiches. This is a very quick and easy recipe and a good one for leftovers: you can vary the amount of cranberry sauce you use and just add a bit more or a bit less mashed banana accordingly.

Christmas this year was quiet but very enjoyable and I am looking forward to the new year. I don’t usually make New Year’s resolutions but I am determined to be more organised this year. No more last minute panics. The house, along with my life, is slowly getting sorted and I want to focus on all the good things in my life. I don’t think my “to do” lists are going to get any shorter but I am hoping to get through them more efficiently!

banana cranberry muffin



100g butter

150g soft brown sugar

200g plain flour

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

1 egg, beaten

100g cranberry sauce

2-3 ripe bananas, mashed


Set the oven to 180ºC and line a 12 hole muffin tray with paper cases. This recipe gave me 8 large muffins but should make 12 average size ones.

cranberry banana muffins

Homemade cranberry sauce and mashed banana

Melt the butter and allow to cool a little.

Mix together the sugar, flour and bicarbonate of soda.

Add the melted butter, egg, cranberry sauce and bananas and mix well.

making banana cranberry muffins

Divide the mixture equally between the paper cases and bake for 20-30 minutes, depending on how big the muffins are, but until they are well risen and firm to the touch.

Allow to cool briefly in the tin before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

banana cranberry muffins

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to an exciting New Year. Happy New Year!

Categories: Baking, Fruit, Muffins, Recipes

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8 replies

  1. Oh wow they look so delicious ❤

  2. You’re getting such a nice rise in your muffins. I made up a recipe using dried figs earlier this month, and although they were delicious they just wouldn’t dome! Oh well, maybe I’ll make ’em again next week and work the batter as little as poss. In the meantime, here’s to better organisation – for both of us in ’15. Happy New Year!

  3. Brilliant idea! There’s only so many turkey or brie & cranberry sandwiches you can take. Am going to have a go at this.

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