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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!

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Reader Comments (12)

Wow, this looks great! But you throw away bananas?! D: You probably know this, but they do freeze beautifully - just throw them in a labeled freezer bag when they get really dark, and set 'em in there. Take them out when you have time/inspiration. :)

12.2.2010 | Unregistered CommenterB.K.

Just made these, they were delicious and moist! Thank you so much for the recipe!

12.8.2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

just put some in the oven. have not yet taken muffin pan out of storage, so made it as a bread, and put some peanut butter chips in it - i'll let you know how delicious it is!

12.9.2010 | Unregistered CommenterD

The same exact thing (inconsistent love of foods) occurs in our house. But with a four year old, it's the story of my life.

I'll be trying these today for sure. Thanks for the recipe.

01.4.2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmnah

Thanks for the recipe, moist and delicious! I'm a college student busy studying for midterms and these were the perfect excuse to take a break. Beautiful and tasty.

10.2.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

Made this yesterday & they were deliciously moist & yummy. I found I only needed half the topping - I could have only used 1/3 cup of brown sugar.

11.23.2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

Wow, were these ever good! Very moist. The taste came thru even more the next day, although nothing beats warm out of the oven. Since they don't rise very much I put the batter almost to the top and they were just right. I didn't use all of the crumb topping but I probably could have since once they baked it spread out.

01.20.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTerri

These are very tasty muffins. Highly recommend. I will next time cut the amount for the topping by 1/3 - 1/2. BARB

04.13.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBarb

I made these for breakfast this morning and they were so good! I loved how simple the recipe and ingredient list was but how darn tasty too. The only change I made was to leave the cinnamon out of the topping mixture because my husband HATES cinnamon. :sad face: I think it would have been delish, but they were great even without. These bad boys will be made in our house often!

06.22.2013 | Unregistered CommenterShelby

Going away for a few days to my best friends. Had two over ripe bandannas and came upon this recipe so decided to try them. She works full time and doesn't.t get to bake. I know she will just love them. Thanks

07.23.2013 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

What a great recipe! I added some cocoa powder to the dry mix for a chocolatey boost!

04.27.2014 | Unregistered CommenterJam-Jam Art

I'm making a batch for mother's day, I haven't tasted them yet but they certainly look yummy.
Thank's for the recipe!

03.14.2015 | Unregistered CommenterMu

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