Best Ever Banana Crumb Muffins

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Best Banana Muffins: these aren’t regular ol‘ banana muffins. No, these easy to make, yet bakery-worthy banana muffins stand out thanks to the buttery, cinnamon sugar crumb on top. 

Best banana muffins with buttery, sugary crumb on top

Best Banana Muffins

You know that recipe growing up that your mom had that was covered in old smudges and stains, tiny little rips and creases from years of use? The one recipe your mom probably had committed to memory but still pulled out of the recipe box so you could follow along and help? These banana muffins with a cinnamon sugar crumb top are just that kind of recipe. Easy enough that you think they must be ordinary, but you take one bite and you immediately know these have to be in your regular baking rotation and will become a family favorite. With a crumb topping and tender cake, these banana muffins are an instant favorite.

Watch me Make my Best-Ever Banana Muffins!

 

Banana Muffins for Banana Split Burgers…Yep.

These banana muffins with crumb top also have a second reason for appearing on the blog today. They mark the beginning of a series of posts leading up to the image I teased about on Instagram. Did you head over there and take a peek? You should. I’ll wait here… did you look? Yes, that picture is actually a Banana Split Ice Cream Burger! These banana crumb muffins are the “buns” before they get glazed in the homemade caramel sauce (you would fight someone over the last spoonful of this caramel sauce!) and … wait. I am not going to give away the farm on that recipe… there is so much more to come with it!

How to Make the best banana muffins

Back to the task at hand! Let’s make some delicious banana muffins with a cinnamon sugary crumb top to go along with that cup of coffee you are enjoying on this fine Sunday morning. If you start these banana muffins now, you can be enjoying them in less than an hour and trust me when I say this, it will make your Sunday morning glorious!

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray a muffin pan with baking spray or line with 12 cupcake liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  • In a second bowl, mix together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and canola oil.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined
  • Using a 1/4 cup measure, put the batter in the cupcake liners.

How to make banana muffins

Yummy Crumb Topping for Banana Muffins

These aren’t ordinary banana muffins. Why? Because they have a crumb topping that makes them the BEST banana muffins. This is how you make it your banana muffins banana CRUMB muffins.

  • In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour, and cinnamon.
  • Cut in butter until mixture resembles a pea-sized mixture. Crumble over muffins.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back with lightly touched.

Making the crumb for banana crumb muffins
Best banana muffins in muffin tins ready to bake

Recipe

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Best Ever Banana Crumb Muffins

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  • Yield: 12 Muffins
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American
Easy, buttery brown sugar crumb topped tender banana muffins. A quick delicious way to use up over-ripe bananas!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 bananas , mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg , lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup canola oil , melted
  • Topping Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoon butter

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and spray a muffin pan with baking spray or line with 12 cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon and salt.
  3. In a second bowl, mix together bananas, sugar, egg, vanilla and canola oil.
  4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet until just combined.
  5. Using a 1/4 cup measure, put the batter in the cupcake liners.
  6. To make the topping In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 1/4 cup flour and cinnamon.
  7. Cut in butter until mixture resembles a pea sized mixture. Crumble over muffins.
  8. Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until the cake springs back with lightly touched.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Allrecipes

Nutrition Information

Yield: 12 Muffins, Amount per serving: calories

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Banana muffins with delicious crumb on top made from sugar butter and cinnamon

Easy, buttery brown sugar crumb topped tender banana muffins. A quick delicious way to use up over-ripe bananas!

Easy Banana MuffinS

These are easy, buttery brown sugar crumb topped tender banana muffins. A quick delicious way to use up over-ripe bananas! Did you grow up with a family favorite recipe you are nostalgic for? Do you ever get a chance to recreate it now? Or do you wait until you go home to have it again? Tell me in the comments below! Oh, and happy Sunday! Hope it is a relaxing one before another crazy Monday rolls around.

 

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    1. Thanks! I won’t lie, I sort of hid the rest of them to enjoy with my morning coffee. My hubby didn’t notice, we tend to have tons of desserts everywhere.

  1. Oh my gosh, these look and sound phenomenal! I’ve been trying to master the “crumb” topping for a while! I have some over ripe bananas on my counter right now! Totally going to try this recipe today. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Awesome!! I hope you love them and would love you to let me know what you think after you’ve made them if you can 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, how delicious. I love everything about these. That topping? LOVE IT. Will have to make these, the only issue is whether I will be able to share them. LOL

  3. We always have leftover bananas and these muffins would be a great way to use them before they go bad. I think they can even pass as a breakfast item too, at least they will in my mind.

  4. These muffins are my husband’s specialty. He used to make them for me all the time, and now it is the other way around.

  5. THE best banana muffin ever! I followed recipe exactly as written and it was sooo moist and had the perfect amount of sweetness!! Thank you! Definitely a KEEPER

  6. I just made these with some bananas that were over ripe and WOW these muffins are to die for! They are very light and fluffy and the crumb topping gave them a caramel flavor. This will be my new go to recipe for bananas. Thanks for sharing this great muffin.

  7. I just literally finished baking these today and oh my baking GODS!!! They are so heavenly Devine, the crumb topping which turns like a caramelized topping has me singing… Thank you for sharing this recipe, it is honestly the best!!! I am a picky foodie!!

  8. Thanks for the recipe! One question — in the second picture with the mixing bowl/mixer, are you adding the bananas to another wet mixture on the other side?

    1. No, that’s the same wet mixture – in the picture, I’m adding in the bananas after mixing it first, but there’s no need to mix first.

  9. Just made these and they are simply amazing ! So easy to make, while moist on the inside and crispy and sweet on top ! Definitely going to be a go to recipe of mine from now on !! 🙂

  10. I made these today in a triple batch (had so many extra bananas) and they turned out very nice. The recipe is nice and easy and the crumb topping was great. I did have quite a bit of the topping left over (guess I didn’t sprinkle enough on each one) and I added some pecans for an added crunch.

  11. I made theses tonight for my husbands lunch, but I had to sample one first, wow they are scrumptious? I’ll definitely be making these a lot!!! Thanks

  12. Made them exactly as the recipe states. These are the over the top “the best”! I got exactly 12 muffins. My family and friends loved them. Moist on the inside and love the crunchy topping. Excellent flavor. Fantastic recipe !

  13. No hyperbole is spared with these muffins! At first taste I knew they were here to stay in my weekly rotation. I have no baking experience whatsoever but these tasted like I bought them at a cafe or bakery! I halve all sugar in the recipe as my household is not in the US and American food can be a bit sweet for us. Likewise, I use 4 bananas instead of 3 because produce here is tiny. I rave about these muffins to whomever asks. Do yourself a favor and make them! Thank you, again, Sabrina!

  14. I made these last night, and they are fantastic! Very moist and sweet….my husband loved them! This is now my “go to” recipe for banana muffins!

    1. I think when recipes are published, people get excited about making it in the future, but if you look further down, there’s a lot of comments about actually making the muffins! Hope that helps!

  15. Just made my first batch, and I have to say these are purely delicious. The crunchy topping is wonderful. I did add a cup of raisins to the mix for my hubby. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

    1. No, I haven’t tested for that. I don’t know how the leavening agents would react and there’s risk of the bananas changing in texture or flavor overnight.

  16. Sabrina ,What kind of oil substitutions would you suggest for someone allergic to canola oil ?
    Your previous answer didn’t clarify an oil to use.
    Would Veg. oil or shortening work just as well ?
    And would the taste be altered ?
    Thank you so much !

    1. Sorry this comment took so long to get to, it ended up in my spam filter somehow! Yes vegetable oil would be a perfect subsitute. I am so sorry I am sure you’ve moved on from/made this recipe a long time ago. My comment filter has been eating comments like crazy without me realizing it.

  17. Yuuuum. The first time I made these I only had 2 bananas and they still turned out amazing. Made them again tonight with 3 bananas. Still delicious but I preferred the first batch with one less banana. However, hubby likes this batch better. He is obsessed with these muffins, especially that crumb topping. I have made banana muffins many times but this recipe is hands down the best!!!

    Rating: 5
  18. These were amazing !  I had to make 3 batches to keep up with the hungry kids snatching them up as quick as they could . Took some to the neighbors and they LOVED them too. So good

    Rating: 5
    1. Sounds amazing! I would even suggest layering the crumb mixutre in the middle and on top! Make sure to bake it around 40-50 minutes and check with a toothpick in the middle to ensure it’s done. Enjoy!!

  19. these were ah-mazing my husband loves banana bread so I made mine into loafs and he said this was better than any regular loaf I have made before!

    Rating: 5
  20. If your looking for THE BEST muffin recipe! Look no further! These are to die for!
    I only put topping on half of the muffins in the event they were too sweet (is there such a thing???) and they are so delicious and moist!!!! Great recipe! ?

  21. I made these muffins and I have to say they are the BEST. I had a few ready to banana bread bananas to use ,but didn’t want to make the loaf,so i opted for muffins. I came across this recipe ,it looked easy ,although I am a good baker,I gave them a whirl,fantastic! My landlord happened to be visiting that week( she lives in another state) I offered her a muffing and she came back for another,it was Halloween so it was like trick or treat. Before she left for home she asked to have 2 more one for the plane ride home and one to take to her husband.They are super delicious

    Rating: 5