Banana crumb muffins

My family's love for bananas is inconsistent. There are times when we go through a large bunch in just a few days. And there are other times, like now, when we are constantly looking at a bowl full of sad, browning bananas that are reaching the end of their life span.

Sometimes I get too busy and the bananas get mushy way beyond any worth, so I am left throwing them into the garbage. But sometimes I am able to find a sliver of time when I can throw something together that the bananas can be a part of.

My absolute favorite thing to make with ripe bananas are these tasty muffins. They are so tasty that I usually send most of them to work with my husband so I don't eat them all myself!

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin papers, or you can grease the cups and forgo the papers. I prefer using papers because it keeps the muffins fresh for a bit longer.

In a large bowl, mix together:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

In a separate, medium bowl, combine:

2 large ripened bananas, mashed

3/4 cup white sugar

1 egg, lightly beaten

1/3 cup butter, melted

Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened.

Spoon the batter into prepared muffin cups.

In a small bowl, mix together:

2/3 cup packed brown sugar

4 Tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Cut in 2 Tablespoons of melted butter until mixture is moist and looks something like this:

Sprinkle topping over the muffin batter inside prepared muffin cups.

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

And the first thing I always do upon removing them from the oven is put a pat of butter on one and serve it to my 3-year-old because he is always waiting a little too eagerly at the table, ready to devour as many muffins I am willing to give to him.

Click here for a printable recipe!