September 29, 2015

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

That’s Right!!! Tasty Tuesday is BACK! Is it back for a day? A week ? To stay? I don’t know. But my head is swimming with thoughts of fall baking recipes, so as long as I’m riding this wave, you can share it with me.

Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb

Do you have that one recipe that can instantly transport you back to a moment in time when you can smell it, feel it and live it again? For me that recipe is banana bread. If just for a moment, I am once again fourteen, wearing my favorite hoodie, embracing the first chilly gusts of fall weather, wondering if I’ll see my crush later when I go out with my friends. Who was my crush? I dare not tell. Back in those days I already had a growing love for baking (and eating… of course I could eat 50 muffins and lose weight when I was that age). I rotated between the few recipes I was familiar with: Crumb top apple pie, peanut butter cookies, and banana bread. The rest of the world may celebrate pumpkin spice as the flavor of the season, but for me it will always be banana bread.

Taking a bit of cinnamon banana muffins Untitled_0105

I’m not sure what recipe I used in those days, but for several years after leaving the nest I struggled to find one that really gave me what I was looking for. I wanted moist, buttery, flavorful banana bread that crumbles on your tongue and had just enough crust to make you work for it. I have a family friend to thank for this recipe, where I finally discovered the banana bread of my dreams. Every month or two you’ll find me opening up my recipe app on my phone and searching for “Mrs. Purchase’s Banana Bread.”

Penzeys Cinnamon Crumb Topping Banana Muffins Banana Muffins Slathered in Butter

Sometime last year I decided to make the bread into muffins because my loaf pan always ended up overcooking the crust and I wanted to package my treat up in a tiny bite of fall goodness. I added a brown sugar and cinnamon crumb topping and I will never go back to baking it as a loaf again. It’s absolutely perfect. It’s especially perfect paired up with a warm cup of coffee, which is also perfect (have I said perfect too much?) because today is International Coffee Day! So make these muffins, slather them in butter like I do, and sit down with a steaming cup of something bitter (well, except for some obligatory caramel and heavy cream) and celebrate.

Miles likes coffee. International Coffee Day

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins with Cinnamon Crumb Topping

Moist, crumbly banana muffins made with whole wheat flour and topped with a brown sugar cinnamon crumb topping. Try it hot and slathered with butter!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snacks
Servings 12 Muffins



  • 1 3/4 cup flour whole wheat
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 bananas mashed
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 2 whole eggs

Crumb Topping

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tbsp flour whole wheat
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp butter cold


  • Combine 1 cup flour, sugar baking powder baking soda and salt.
  • Add mashed banana, oil and milk.
  • Best low until blended, the on high for 2 minutes
  • Add eggs and remaining flour
  • Beat until well blended
  • Pour into greased or lined muffin pan
  • Combine all ingredients for crumb mixture in a bowl and crumble with your fingers
  • Top each muffin with crumb mixture.
  • Bake at 350 for 20 minutes and cool for 10 minutes


If you want to make bread instead of muffins, you can pour the batter into a loaf pan and bake for 40+ minutes.

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