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Banana Crumb Muffins

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Delicious tender moist banana muffins topped with a delicious crumb topping!

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If there was a “Banana Humane Society”…I’d be on their top 10 most wanted list for cruelty to this yellow rind fruit!

I buy them EVERY. TIME. I. SHOP!

I bring them home, put them in my assigned fruit bowl (every house has an “assigned” fruit bowl), and watch them change color! (It’s like my mood ring from Jr. High! “Oh look…they went from yellow to brown spots to black! Cool!”) And I do this over, and over, and over again? I don’t know why!

What’s my problem? It’s like I’m afraid the “Fruit Bowl” Police are going to show up, inspect my fruit bowl, and discover I don’t have banana’s! “Hey Sam…looky what we have here? A violation of code 286B! No banana’s in the fruit bowl. Take her in and book her!” 

Yeah, this is what I want to go to jail for!

So what do I do to avoid imprisonment? I turn those healthy potassium laden fruits into delicious breads and cakes! I like to think of it as my “Get out of Jail Free” card! (“Here ya go Sam…have a muffin! lol)

Banana Crumb Muffins in a basket

In my defense…these muffins are so outrageously delicious that it’s worth buying banana’s just to watch them get overly ripe so you can make them!

How To Make Banana Crumb Muffins

You’ll start by preheating your oven to 350° and lightly greasing your muffin cups, or you can line them with muffin papers.

TIP: You have two choices of muffin size with this recipe. You can do a standard size muffin tin and make 10 muffins, OR you can do jumbo muffins (like the size of Costco muffins) and make 6.

Muffins tin prepared with baking spray

In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1 teaspoon baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

In a mixing bowl, add 2 banana’s, 3/4 cup white sugar, 1 egg, 1/3 cup melted butter, and 1/2 cup of chunky applesauce.

Bowl of Mixer with banana, eggs, sugar, and vanilla.

TIP: Did you know a banana peels easier from the opposite end? It does. Try it!

Beat those ingredient together until creamy. Mix the flour mixture into the banana mixture.  (There’s that beautiful new mixer my friend gave me for Christmas! I’m in LOVE with her! The mixer! My friend too! lol) 

Adding flour to banana muffin batter

Mix together just until moistened. Which is a nice way of saying “Don’t over mix this batter”.

Banana Muffin batter

Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups. Filling about 2/3 – 3/4  full. (Are you loving that exact measurement? I’m here all day folks!)

Muffin tin filled with banana batter

Now it’s time to make that “crumb” for the muffins tops!  The crumb topping is what makes these banana muffins stand apart from your regular ol’ banana muffins!

It’s so scrumptious! Beyond AMAZING! (Remember…my goal was to destroy any nutritious value of this poor mistreated fruit! SCORE ME!!!) 

In a small bowl, mix together 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 Tablespoon butter.

Crumb topping ingredients in a mixing bowl

The trick with “crumb” topping is getting a good “crumb”. (Huh? What did she just say?) 

Let me explain…these muffins call for a really fine crumb. So I start with my pastry blender to cut the butter into the other ingredients.

Then I toss that pastry blender aside and dig in with my hands! I just keep rubbing and mixing until I get a fine crumb.

Crumb topping with pastry blender in bowl.

Sprinkle that crumb topping over the muffins.  It’s like Magic! The just went from ordinary muffins to “extraordinary” MUFFINS! 

Crumb topping on top of banana muffin batter in muffin tin

Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes for ordinary size muffins, and 20-25 minutes for the jumbo muffins, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Banana Crumb Muffin in bread basket

Look at that golden crumb topping! Isn’t it spectacular!

One bite will have you swooning! Seriously these are the BEST banana muffin’s I have ever had!

I wish I could take 100% of the credit for this recipe, but I can’t. I got this from I tweaked it in a couple of major ways.

I reduced the amount of banana’s and added the applesauce. I’ve had this recipe both ways and you’ll just have trust me when I say…lol…my way is best!

Banana crumb muffin broken in half and so moist and delicious

They are super moist, full of banana flavor, and then there’s that luscious cinnamon brown sugar crumb. Each bite is a like a little party in your mouth!

My daughter and I were drooling over these. “Mars” comes home and starts eating one and pulls off the crumb topping! WHAT THE WHAT???? We stood there looking at him, with our mouths hanging open,  like he was from…well….MARS!!!

Who does that? WHO. DOES. THAT?  Now that’s worthy of a jail sentence! Just sayin’…. lol. (There may have been a fight… with a two year old…for that crumb muffin top! You didn’t honestly think that was going in the trash did ya?) 

My friends…you want these muffins in your life! Totally worth every banana violation that goes down at this Nest!

The free printable recipe is below. Thanks for stopping by and listening to my ramblings. I hope these delicious muffins make an appearance at your table soon. Very soon…come and join me…ya know you got a few “tan” banana’s sitting around! (wink-wink)

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Yield: 8 muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins

Banana Crumb Muffins in a bread basket

The crumb topping is what makes these banana muffins go from ordinary to extraordinary! They are absolutely spectacular in every sense of the word.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 banana's mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup chunky applesauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted

Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon butter


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease 10 regular muffin cups or 6 jumbo muffin cups, or line with muffin papers.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In bowl of mixer, beat together banana's, sugar, egg, applesauce, and melted butter. Stir in the flour mixture into the banana mixture just until moistened. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, 2 Tablespoons flour and cinnamon. Cut in 1 tablespoon butter until mixture resembles coarse cornmeal. Sprinkle Crumb mixture over muffin tops.
  4. Bake in preheated oven 18-20 minutes for regular muffins or 20-25 minutes for jumbo muffins, or until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Nutrition Information:


8 servings

Serving Size:

1 muffin

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 309Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 434mgCarbohydrates: 53gFiber: 1gSugar: 30gProtein: 4g
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Steve from Melbourne Australia

Friday 13th of September 2019

Absolutely delicious - like all of your recipes!!! By the way, you mention applesauce in the description of your recipe but didn't include it on the list of ingredients..

Friday 13th of September 2019

Hi Steve!

Thank you so much for letting me know I missed the applesauce! I've gone in and fixed that issue. I try so hard not to miss a thing and sometimes it just happens. YIKES!! I appreciate the help and I appreciate the kind compliment on my recipes. It truly made my day. Thanks so much for stopping by and for visiting. Hope you have a Fantastic weekend. ~Norine

Kate Tan Nacua

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

hi norine, can i substitute the applesauce for something else?!? Thank you.

Wednesday 7th of February 2018

Hi Kate! Yes. You can substitute another ripe banana in place of the applesauce. They will still taste fantastic. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you love these muffins as much as I do. Enjoy! Have a Great Day! ~Norine

Donna B

Monday 29th of January 2018

These sound and look scrumptious!! I will have to make some soon! I pinned it.

Tuesday 30th of January 2018

Hi Donna! They are really good muffins! That crumb topping makes these moist muffins amazing! I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I won't say how many I had. lol ;) Thanks for visiting my Nest. Have a Great Week! Happy Nesting! ~Norine


Wednesday 24th of January 2018

These are heavenly and I do the same thing. I always have at least 3 or 4 hanging around in my fruit bowl! I need to make these beauties!

Thursday 25th of January 2018

Hi Nikki! Thank you so much my dear friend! I'm so glad to know I'm not alone in my mistreatment of America's top fruit! You will LOVE these muffins! That crumb!!! To. Die. For. Thanks for stopping by! Ya made my day! ~Norine