How to Make Fruit-drop Muffins From Scratch

Updated on October 13, 2016

A Lucky Happenstance

When I was a student in university, I often partook in charity bake sales. Muffins or cupcakes were my go-to contributions. Unfortunately, I was not a good planner and was often terribly disorganized.

I clearly remember the time Power 2 Change was raising funds to provide emergency care packages for 9 Syrian families overseas. Being a stressed student drowned in assignments, papers, presentations, and midterms, I forgot about the sale until the night before. Frantically, I searched for anything I could use to bake at least a dozen muffins. I had a cake mix, a few bananas, and a handful of strawberries; below is the result!

Fruit drop muffins, with and without goji berries
Fruit drop muffins, with and without goji berries
Goji berries inside the muffin.
Goji berries inside the muffin.
Somehow, it all worked out.
Somehow, it all worked out.
Cast your vote for Fruit-drop Muffins

Cook Time

Prep time: 30 min
Cook time: 20 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Makes 18 muffins


  • 3-4 Ripe bananas (mashed)
  • 3/4 cup Your choice of sweetener, (You can combine white and brown sugar, or use other sweeteners, such as Stevia or demerara sugar)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1/2 cup Yogurt, sour cream, or apple sauce, (I used low fat yogurt)
  • 1 teaspoon Baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking soda
  • Dash of Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups All purpose flour
  • Several pieces/slices soft fruit (i.e. any type of berry)
  • 3/4 cup Dried goji berries, (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350⁰F (177⁰C).
  2. Mash bananas. Add sugars and egg.
  3. Add yogurt, apple sauce, or sour cream.
  4. Add the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). Mix well.
  5. (Optional) Fold in goji berries gently with a spatula.
  6. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. Fill each one a quarter full. Add fruit/fruit slices, then cover and fill halfway with batter. Using a toothpick, swirl batter around the fruit to remove any air bubbles.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes. Let the muffins cool, then enjoy!
Step one: prepare and mash bananas.
Step one: prepare and mash bananas.
Step six: Fill a quarter full.
Step six: Fill a quarter full.
Add fruit.
Add fruit.
Cover fruit with batter, half to three-quarters full.
Cover fruit with batter, half to three-quarters full.
Swirl batter around fruit with a toothpick to get rid of air bubbles
Swirl batter around fruit with a toothpick to get rid of air bubbles
Step seven: Enjoy!
Step seven: Enjoy!

Questions & Answers

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        6 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        Simple little recipe, born of desperation, and I like it. Thanks for posting! I have added you as a friend and hope to see more articles from you!

      • ChitrangadaSharan profile image

        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 years ago from New Delhi, India

        Wow! All the display of your fruit drop muffins is mouth watering.

        Well illustrated and sweet hub_ I want to try all of them.

        Thanks for sharing!


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