Banana Muffins with Crumb Topping

Banana Muffins with Crumble Topping

Is it strange that I actually look forward to bananas becoming fully ripened with peels covered in brown spots?

Bananas, also known as a climacteric fruit, are able to ripen after being harvested. They are picked and shipped green and then ripen usually while at the store or at home.

As you are well aware, usually bananas are enjoyed while they are bright yellow and somewhat firm. Me, on the other hand? I love them best when they are brown in color and slightly soft.

Why, might you ask, do I love them this way? Well, that is easy to answer…I love banana-flavored baked goods. When bananas are fully ripened and slightly browned, they are at the peak of their flavor and are perfect to use in banana breads or…banana muffins with a crumble topping.

Banana Muffins with Crumb Topping


For the muffins

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 bananas, mashed
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

For the crumb topping

  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, mash the bananas and then beat together the bananas, sugar, egg, melted butter and vanilla extract.
  4. Combine banana mixture with the flour mixture until just moistened.
  5. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
  6. In a small bowl, use a fork and mix together the brown sugar, 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, cinnamon and butter until crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over the batter.
  7. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

What is your favorite banana-flavored baked good?


  • Reply Jenny June 7, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    What a beautiful muffin Jen! I want one for breakfast!!

  • Reply Maria June 7, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Love that crumble topping!

  • Reply Fuji Mama June 7, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    NOT WEIRD AT ALL! My girls love bananas so much, that I have to hide bananas to get them to the spotty point so I can make something with them. These muffins look awesome!

  • Reply Sophia June 7, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    You're not the only ones! My dad loves them too! Great job here! The muffins look phenomenal! I'm a big fan of
    Apple Muffins
    but I think I have to try these next! Thanks for sharing!


  • Reply Cherine June 7, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    those look wonderful

  • Reply Mary June 7, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    YUM! These look fab… my fav ingredients!

    Delightful Bitefuls

  • Reply Michelle June 7, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Love anything with a crumble topping!

  • Reply Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker June 7, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Ooooh I love banana muffins, but have never made them with a crumb topping. Awesome! Can't wait to try them!

  • Reply Baking is my Zen...sweet nibbles for the soul June 8, 2010 at 12:15 am

    Great photo. I have bananas ready to use. I'll be making muffins within a day or two…

    I can relate…I look forward to bananas ripening to use in baking! :)


  • Reply Cookin' Canuck June 8, 2010 at 3:54 am

    What a fantastic way to use ripened bananas! The topping looks addictive.

  • Reply Maggy June 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    Wow, these look so great. Wish I had one of these for breakfast this morning! I'm a fan of anything with a crumb topping. YUM.

  • Reply grace June 9, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I love banana baked goods too, especially in the form of a warm muffin..mmm.. :)

  • Reply Anonymous March 26, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    how many does this recipe make?

    • Reply Anonymous January 18, 2012 at 4:48 am

      I halved the recipe because I only had 2 bananas and I got nine. Hope that helps.

  • Reply Janice November 17, 2012 at 3:12 am

    The butter for the batter, salted or unsalted?

  • Reply Paula December 18, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    Just made a batch of these muffins. They are very good. Topping was fantastic. Five star recipe. Thanks

    • Reply Jen December 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Paula, I’m so happy to hear that you love the muffins!

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