Monday, June 7, 2010

Banana Crumb Muffins

I'm always looking for breakfast to go during the week. Enter muffins. I made a coconut banana muffin a few months ago that was super yummy. I have another obsession with coconut similar to my obsession with pesto. But that's another story. I decided to try another banana muffin that seemed easy to make. Not sure where I got it from. Most likely this recipe came from

Banana Crumb Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 ripe bananas, mashed
3/4 cup white sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/3 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tb. all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 Tb. butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease muffin pan or line with muffin papers.

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, beat together bananas, sugar, egg and melted butter. Let the butter cool a little before adding to the banana mixture so you don't scramble the eggs. Stir the banana mixture into the flour mixture until just moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.

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

Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.

So what if muffins are just mini cakes? It's an excuse to eat cake for breakfast!

This muffin tastes pretty similar to banana bread. I left some of the mashed bananas a little chunky to get more of a banana taste in bites. What's the best part about this muffin? Why the crumbs on top of course! Who doesn't love streusel type toppings on top of baked goods?

Though, the crumb mixture did make a lot. I would almost 1/2 that part of the recipe next time. A teaspoon of the crumb mixture over the muffins would've been enough. But since there was so much of it left, I ended up putting about two teaspoons on each muffin. That was a bit much and made the muffins pretty sweet. And with 3/4 of sugar already in the batter, the muffins don't need to be any sweeter.

But overall a delicious muffin - especially when they're right out of the oven. Wes even wanted to eat one for dessert. Muffins equal cake, remember? Give this recipe a try. It's easy and very delicious! If you like banana bread, you'll like this muffin.

Happy cooking!

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