Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins

by Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
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Imagine this, moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. This is another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas.

Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat

Coffee cake is a cinnamon-flavored cake topped with a buttery crumb topping and usually drizzled with a simple vanilla glaze. Banana muffins are well, banana muffins. We all know what those are.

This recipe is basically a mash-up of the two! And they’re just as delicious as the name suggests. Moist, buttery, cinnamon-y, and sweet! I’m telling you, one bite and you’re in heaven.

You can have them for breakfast, brunch, dessert, and everything in between. They’re quite addicting.




In my household bananas are a staple. Whenever I go to the grocery store I always pick up a bunch or two. I buy so many bananas sometimes but surprisingly they never end up in the freezer or the garbage. They always end up in bellies and it’s recipes like this one that make me keep going back for more.

Crumb muffins are the bomb.

Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat

There are three parts to this recipe. I know that sounds very intimidating and at first glance it might look like a lot but assembling these delicious beauties is very straightforward.




Tips for making Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins:

The Crumb Topping

After adding the flour you’ll need to use a fork to continually mix and create coarse crumbs. A spoon just won’t do the job here. Try not to overmix otherwise you’ll end up with coarse sand instead of beautifully clumped, buttery crumbs!

With just 4 ingredients this crumb topping comes together in no time at all and luckily, there’s just enough for all 18 muffins. You’ll top each one with a layer of crumbs, just enough to fully cover the tops.

To me, the topping is definitely the highlight of these banana crumb muffins.

The Muffin Batter

The recipe for the banana bread muffins is a really simple one and the batter comes together very quickly and easily. You’ll need 3 bananas, preferably freckled and a little brown.

The first tip I have is not to overmix the batter otherwise the muffins will be tough and rubbery.

The second tip is not to overfill or under fill the muffin cups. Try your best to fill them only two-thirds of the way. Since this recipe yields 18 muffins you really have to be mindful of how much batter you put into each muffin cup to ensure that the batter is equally distributed and that they all bake evenly.

Also, there needs to be enough room for the topping to sit nicely and not fall off the muffins as they rise in the oven.

The Glaze 

The glaze is very simple and it’s also enough for every muffin, maybe more, depending on how much you want to drizzle. It’s made with only 3 ingredients; powdered sugar, cream or milk, and vanilla extract.

If you have cream on hand, use it! It yields glaze that is creamier and richer in flavor compared to milk.

You may have to add a splash more cream/milk depending on what you wish the consistency of the glaze to be.

Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat

I love cinnamon so much and although there’s only 2 teaspoons in this entire recipe, I find that it’s the perfect amount. Banana muffins and cinnamon is a classic pair. You can’t go wrong.

Although I have a huge sweet tooth I didn’t want these muffins to be too sweet. So, there’s only 2/3 cup in the muffin batter along with the natural sugars from the overripe bananas, as well as 1/2 cup in the crumb topping, and 1/2 cup powdered sugar in the glaze. I think that’s more than enough!




I still can’t believe that these are homemade. They taste like something from a coffee shop. But I made them entirely from scratch so I know every single ingredient that’s in these bad boys and I can easily calculate the calories too. Not that I care, but I’m just saying.

Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat

More Baking Recipes with Bananas:

If you absolutely love coffee cake try these mini coffee cake muffins that are basically just the bite-sized version of coffee cake muffins. They’re dangerously good!

Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat




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4.8 from 5 votes
Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins - Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. Another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas. | Beat Bake Eat
Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
18 mins
Total Time
38 mins
 

Moist banana muffins with a buttery crumb topping spiced with the perfect amount of cinnamon and drizzled with a creamy vanilla glaze. This is another great recipe for using up those overripe bananas!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Keyword: banana crumb muffins
Servings: 18 Muffins
Calories: 216 kcal
Author: Crystal | Beat Bake Eat
Ingredients
Crumb topping
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Muffins
  • 3 overripe bananas, mashed
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
Glaze
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cream or milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Line muffin pan with muffin liners and set aside.
Crumb topping
  1. In a medium-sized bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Add the flour and mix with a fork until fully incorporated.

  2. Continually mix until mixture is crumbly, breaking apart any overly large clumps as necessary. Set aside.
Muffins
  1. In a large bowl combine bananas, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
  2. Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  3. Add flour and baking soda and gently mix until combined.
  4. Scoop the batter into the muffin pan filling the cups two-thirds of the way full.
  5. Top each muffin with just enough crumb topping to fully cover the tops, gently pressing it into the batter as you go.

  6. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes until toothpick inserted into the very center of a muffin comes out clean.

  7. Cool in pan 10 minutes then remove.

Glaze
  1. In a small bowl mix together the powdered sugar, cream/milk, and vanilla extract (if glaze is too thick add a splash more cream/milk). 

  2. Drizzle over muffins then serve.

Notes


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32 comments

Chelsey January 12, 2020 - 5:07 pm

Sooo good!! My family loved them!

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Crystal January 12, 2020 - 8:46 pm

I’m so happy to hear that, Chelsey! 😄 Thank you for the 5-star review.

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Josie January 15, 2020 - 8:50 pm

Hey! Was wondering if you had any tips as to why my topping didn’t turn out? 😭 it was just all mushy

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Crystal January 16, 2020 - 10:03 am

Oh, no! Hmm, did you measure everything correctly? Was the butter melted? Did you mix it with a fork? I’m not sure what could have went wrong. Did you mix the ingredients together the way it is stated in the recipe?

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Melanie Madden March 3, 2020 - 5:23 am

I always use super cold butter in any crumble I make, and then keep the mix cold in the refrigerator until time to bake. If the butter melts too fast in the oven (before the muffins are 1/2 baked) it melts into the batter and leaves only the flour behind. Warm butter = gooey muffins with unappetizing topping.

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Tammy February 13, 2020 - 2:24 pm

Made this recipe today for family and the girls at work. Everyone commented how much they loved them. Turned out exactly as pictured. Nice to have a new banana muffin recipe to add to my recipe box. Thanks for sharing.

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Crystal February 13, 2020 - 3:32 pm

This makes me so happy. 😊 I’m glad they were a hit and thank you for leaving a comment to let me know.

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Josie February 13, 2020 - 11:57 pm

Can you tell me about how many cups of mashed banana I should use? Thanks!

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Crystal February 14, 2020 - 12:14 pm

Hi, Josie! Use 1 1/2 cups mashed banana.

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Josie February 14, 2020 - 9:01 pm

Thanks!

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Michelle February 14, 2020 - 3:52 pm

Made these last night with some mushy old bananas, they are outstanding! Turned out amazing delicious and picture perfect!

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Crystal February 14, 2020 - 4:38 pm

So happy you like them, Michelle! Thanks for leaving a review and for the 5-star rating.

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Emma February 19, 2020 - 2:19 pm

My crumb just turns into a wet dough? What am I doing wrong? 6 tablespoons of butter seems so much? 😭

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Crystal February 19, 2020 - 4:57 pm

Oh, no! I think you probably just need to mix it more and break apart the large clumps. Did you use a fork to mix?

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Jordan February 23, 2020 - 5:24 pm

Could I make this into a bread rather than muffins using the same recipe?

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Crystal February 23, 2020 - 11:35 pm

Yes, you can but reduce the baking temperature to 350 degrees F and bake for 40 – 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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Felicia March 8, 2020 - 3:18 pm

Any changes in making these for mini muffins?

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 8, 2020 - 4:18 pm

I’ve never made these as mini muffins before but I wouldn’t change anything except to bake for 11 – 12 minutes. Let me know how they turn out.

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Vanessa March 19, 2020 - 8:32 pm

Made these exactly as shown. Next time I’ll use 4 tbs of butter in the crumble instead of six. Mine came out mushy and wet instead of crumbly. The muffins themselves are moist and delicious! Not too sweet, which I love. Thank you!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 19, 2020 - 10:26 pm

I’m glad you like them, Vanessa! Thanks for leaving a review. I’ve made this exact crumb recipe more times than I can count. The reason why your crumbs were mushy is most likely because you either did not use a fork to mix or you did not mix long enough.

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April March 22, 2020 - 1:43 am

Made recipe exactly as written and they turned out amazing! Will make again.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 22, 2020 - 1:24 pm

Yay! 😄 Glad they came out great and I’m so happy you’ll be making them again. Thank you for the 5-star review.

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Linda March 22, 2020 - 2:54 pm

I made these and my house smells wonderful. I know the muffins will be good.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 22, 2020 - 5:09 pm

Ah, I love that smell. Yes, they will be. Enjoy!

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Jeannette March 24, 2020 - 12:40 pm

These are fabulous! Made them exactly as written and everything turned out perfectly. My crew ate them as quickly as I could set them on the table!!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 24, 2020 - 2:14 pm

Wow! 😃 So happy they were a hit. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review and for the 5-star rating.

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amber March 25, 2020 - 6:20 pm

Is okay to add coconut flakes to these? Or would that throw off the recipe?

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 25, 2020 - 8:59 pm

I think you can add up to a 1/2 cup. I wouldn’t recommend adding any more. If you’re using sweetened coconut, I recommend reducing the sugar to 1/2 cup and for unsweetened coconut add 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons more sugar than what is stated in the recipe. Let me know it goes.

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Amber March 28, 2020 - 10:58 am

Followed your instructions with the sweetened coconut flakes and reducing the sugar. They turned out great! Thank you!

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 28, 2020 - 12:33 pm

Awesome! 😄 I’m glad they turned out great. Thank you for returning to leave this comment, Amber. It could be helpful to other readers!

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Sherice March 27, 2020 - 6:17 pm

You’re awesome at what you do. Your recipes are easy to follow and they’re things that i can easily find in the grocery. All the best and continue with the great content.

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Crystal | Beat Bake Eat March 28, 2020 - 12:30 pm

Thank you so much, Sherice! ❤️ That means a lot.

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