Recipe: Banana Muffins with a Twist

Do you ever have one of those horrible days at work where nothing will make you feel better aside from coming home, curling up on the couch with something carb-ilicious and a cold Diet A & W root beer to watch reruns of Jon & K8te (pre-divorce)? No? Oh, neither. However, for those of you that have those kinds of days, these muffins will make you feel better. They’re like the food equivalent of getting a hug from your best friend. Who is wearing the cosiest sweater. Who smells like banana muffins. Is it weird I want my best friend to smell like a banana muffin? Probably best you don’t answer that.

Anyways, I needed to bake because my bananas were looking pretty sad, but I wanted something different and decided that a crumbly streusel-like top would be the best answer. These actually turned out amazing – the crumble top adds a nice crunchy texture to the soft, moist muffin. And we all know how much I love my crunch.

This recipe makes 12 large muffins. Just as an FYI, I packaged the leftovers in an airtight container and they kept well for a couple of days until we ate them all. The muffins remained moist, but the crumble top lost its crunch (but still tasted good).  Try these the next time you have a bad day. They’re so magically delicious, you'll have no choice but to feel better.

Banana Muffins with a Twist

1 ½ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 bananas, mashed
4 Tbsp vanilla yogourt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla

Crumb Topping
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 Tbsp flour
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbsp butter

1.       Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease or line 12 muffin cups.
2.       In a large bowl, mix first six ingredients and set aside.
3.       In separate bowl, mix together bananas, sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Stir in dry ingredients until just moistened and spoon into muffin cups.
4.       In small bowl, mix together crumb toppings, working butter into dry ingredients until evenly incorporated and makes a grainy mixture. Sprinkle topping evenly over muffins.
5.       Bake for 18-20 minutes until toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins.


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