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 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.
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
This 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 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.
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 are 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.
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!
More Baking Recipes for Overripe Bananas:
Banana Bread Recipe for 2 Bananas
This is my most popular banana bread recipe with rave reviews! It’s crazy easy to make, calls for simple ingredients, and comes out perfect every single time. It is a go-to.
Banana Brownie Muffins
Chocolate-y banana muffins made with brown sugar for maximum flavor and moisture. Another recipe loved by many!
Bundt Pan Sour Cream Banana Bread
Ultra-moist, golden brown sour cream banana bread made in a bundt pan.
Mini Blueberry Banana Muffins
Bite-sized banana muffins filled with juicy blueberries that kids (and adults) love!
If you make this recipe let me know what you think in the comments below!
Coffee Cake Banana Bread Muffins
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- 6 tablespoons butter, melted (if hot, cool before using)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed (I used dark brown)
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 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
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon cream or milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Line muffin pan/s with muffin liners and set aside.
- In a medium-sized bowl combine butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.
- Add the flour and mix until fully incorporated. *Mixture will be mushy and this is normal! The next step will fix that.
- Using a fork, continually mix until mixture is crumbly, breaking apart any overly large clumps as necessary (this will take a minute or two). Set aside.
- In a large bowl combine bananas, sugar, cinnamon and salt.
- Beat in the oil, eggs, and vanilla extract.
- Add the flour and baking soda and gently mix until combined. Do not overmix!
- Scoop the batter into the muffin pan filling the cups two-thirds of the way full.
- Top each muffin with just enough crumb topping to fully cover the tops, gently pressing it into the batter as you go.
- Bake for 15 – 16 minutes until the centers are fully baked and a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Cool in pan 5 minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- 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).
- Drizzle over the fully cooled muffins then serve.
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