Friday, December 11, 2009

Banana Crumb Muffins

When these delicious Banana Crumb Muffins came out of my oven, I was in half a mind to just eat them and forget about taking photos. First, I thought the streusal was not the pretty golden colour it should be (I used dark brown sugar instead of light brown sugar).

Second, it was almost dinner time and I hadn't even started cooking yet. To shoot or not to shoot, that was the question. Yet something inside told me that I should just take a few shots - quickly, before the sun set - and I'm glad I acted on my instincts. They were fabulous!

I found this recipe on All Recipes quite by accident, and when I saw the stellar rating it received, I was sold immediately.

The muffins were an explosion of banana and cinnamon in every bite. The topping really makes all the difference.

Crisp exterior, fluffy interior. Perfect!

(adapted from here)
Makes 10 muffins

- 190g all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 bananas, mashed
- 150g white sugar
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 75g butter, melted (which you can replace with vegetable oil, if you prefer)

For the crumb topping
- 75g packed brown sugar
- 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp butter

1. Preheat oven to 190 degree celsius. Lightly grease 10 muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.

2. In a large bowl, mix together 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.

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

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

The best part of the muffin - the crumbs!


  1. I've never even heard of bannana crumb muffins before, but these look so good, something tells me I'll love them too!

  2. They look fabulous! I am happy you followed your instinct to take a few shoots. Must taste yummy too!

  3. I really like this especially the crumbs with cinnamon, look fabulous. Will bookmark this, thanks for sharing :D

  4. Hi Ju,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe. Banana does goes well with cinnamon huh? I've always been a great fan of cinnamon, and I didn't think of adding cinnamon to banana bakes before! Now I can try. Your banana crumb muffins look TRULY good! :)

  5. They look like an explosion of deliciousness:)
    I too am glad you acted on instinct:) We love your photos.I particularly love how the muffin liner goes so well with the napkin once cooked:)Warm!

  6. They look delicious! Almost popping off my screen Ju! I love banana and cinnamon combination!!!

  7. Those are such pretty little muffins Ju!
    I would love one with my coffee right about now!

  8. Hi! I'm interested to make this! Just a question, is the muffin too sweet? My family don't really like food that's too sweet.

  9. Thanks, everyone! :) I am glad I took these pics, albeit grudgingly. I really lack the diligence during the school hols :(

    whiteexcuses: Hmmm ... how sweet is a matter of taste, isn't it? I have a sweet tooth, so I would advise that you reduce the white sugar for the muffins, since you have brown sugar for topping. Also, if your bananas are very ripe, they would be naturally sweet too. Hope you and your family will like this! :)

  10. Like you said, this muffin look perfect..

  11. Delicious, for sure !
    It's so hard to write it in english !
    J'ai une folle envie de croquer dans ces banana crumb muffins, c'est une vraie tuerie !

  12. Yes, I do think the color of these muffins is just right! I always love the color of your photos - the light is just beautiful.

  13. great combo of ingredients, and you are so creative to make crumbs look so appealing!

  14. Hmmm ...!! I can almost feel the muffins in my mouth now!! I like how you describe it!! The muffins look so good ... Yumm!


  15. Cinnamon and banana, must be very flavourful and aromatic!!

  16. what a wonderfull recipes! It smells from here.. and it smells so good!!

  17. Just look at the color! Wow!
    Explosion of bananas - that's a good banana muffin.

  18. love the crumb on the muffins!! as always pretty pix!

  19. I'm glad you took a few photos .. Now I'm sure I'll try your muffins very soon !
    Have a nice day !

  20. oh goodness that looks LOVELY! i love that crumb topping

    but its blueberry! omg.
    great minds think alike! heheheh.
    i totally agree with you about the crumbs! ;)

  22. Sometimes the oven bake fresh goods smells so good i couldn't resist but to take a bite before i grab my camera for some pictures! The banana muffin looks so delicious. Perfect for tea time. (I prefer having muffins during tea than breakfast actually :P) I love the crumb topping! Arg, another must try recipe :P

  23. Yummy...these look incredible! Oh please don't replace the butter with oil! Banana and butter go so well together!

  24. hello teochew !
    I am sure itwas smeeling great in your kitchen when you got it out of the oven ! brillian! cheers from Paris Pierre

  25. I love the colour and it looks so moist! Love baked banana goods...yum

  26. Tes muffins semblent très bons. Je note ta recette.
    A bientôt.

  27. Hi Ju,

    I'm first time here on your blog via Pei-Lin's blog.

    I cannot agree with you more how yummy and fantastic this recipe is. This was one of the first recipes a used when I started out baking and I can say, I have always fell back on THIS recipe for yummy banana muffins!


    p/s: Hope you don't mind that I've linked you on my blog =D

  28. Your muffin looks great, will try your recipe soon, ^ ^.

  29. ...and I just happen to have some ripe bananas in the frezzer just waiting to be these muffins!! Can't wait.

    Thanks Ju, glad you posted.


  30. These look so scrumptious! I love that crunchy topping!

  31. I tried these muffins =) And they're really really good! I've just blogged about them, if you want to see =D

  32. Hi

    Can i check if you use muffins pans for the muffins or something to support the filmsy cases?

    Also did you fill the cups full or 3/4full?

    Going try this recipe once I buy the bananas tis weekend.


  33. Baked the recipe in a loaf pan for 50min and it turned out really great. This recipe's a keeper, thanks!

  34. Hi..Can I use self raising flour instead ? And how much do I use ? I assume I will drop the baking powder and baking soda if self raising flour is used. Thank you

    1. Hmmm ... I *think* should be OK. But self-raising flour only contains baking powder, so you should not omit the baking soda.

  35. Hi Ju,

    I have a question, what kind of bananas did you use?

    1. Hi Joanne, I used the local types. Usually, I alternate between the small ones with yellow flesh (whatever it's called), OR, the ones with the pale yellow flesh - they call it Ji Ling Jiao. I am not a fan of Del Monte. :p

  36. Hello! I just want to ask if I intend to add walnuts to the banana muffins, I can just add them as the last step after mixing the batter right? :)