Recipe: Banana Crumb Muffins

by Cate on January 6, 2016

Don’t toss those overripe bananas languishing on the counter just yet — they’re the perfect ingredient to make these delicious Banana Crunch Muffins.

Banana Crumb MuffinsI have a love/hate relationship with bananas. We will have periods where we will go through them like crazy. Like, I can barely buy them fast enough. And then we have these periods, where they turn brown and black and mushy and I CAN’T KEEP UP. When they get to that point, they are perfect for making Banana Bread or Banana Muffins.

New Year’s Resolution 1,467: keep up with the bananas.

Last week I froze half of them for smoothies, and turned the last four into a batch of these Banana Crumb Muffins. Because with this being the first full week of work and school in FOREVER, I knew mornings were going to be rough, and a grab-and-go option was exactly what we needed.

This is that.

You can mix them up in nothing flat with ingredients you likely have on hand. They have a nice and tender bite with a hint of banana.

I can’t say banana without hearing the minions in my head. Respect the banana!

Once baked, they have a nice crumb on top with a beautiful crown. Don’t you hate when muffins are flat? You don’t have to worry about that with this recipe – they puff up nicely and are delicious.

A million years ago, I used to work across the street from a restaurant that had delicious cinnamon muffins with the most amazing slightly crunchy crumb on top. The top of these Banana Crumb Muffins remind me of those, and the recipe is totally worth making for that top alone. Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins
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1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon butter, cut into bits
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease 10 muffin cups (I got 12), or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1-1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg, and melted butter. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

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Marye January 7, 2016 at 9:45 am

I absolutely love banana bread, these muffins look absolutely delicious!
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Aimee @ ShugarySweets January 7, 2016 at 10:20 am

Keep up with the bananas, LOL. Love it. Seriously though. My family says “buy more bananas” then they don’t eat them. And other times I can’t buy enough. LOVE these muffins!
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Catherine January 7, 2016 at 7:32 pm

Dear Cate, these muffins look wonderful. I love banana muffins…they are my go-to when I have ripe bananas…sounds perfect! xo, Catherine
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Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm

Same here! Currently, there are 2 rotting away on my counter. Mostly b/c my husband, who must be part monkey, isn’t home right now to eat them. Usually, the just get thrown in the freezer for smoothies but I’m thinking muffins sound wayyyyy better :)


Megan Keno January 8, 2016 at 1:00 am

I love these so much, I could eat like 10 right now!
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Meg January 8, 2016 at 11:10 am

These are definitely a weekend baking project that wouldn’t last until Tuesday! I love bananas but, like you, often find myself unable to keep up with them before they go mushy. I actually found a friend at work who prefers the brown-spotted ones (what’s wrong with her?! Ha), so I’ve been passing them along. But maybe I’ll reserve a few for some of these babies . . .


Lisa @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits January 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Haha, I have the same problem with bananas sometimes. You’ve definitely made some delicious delights!


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