The Best Banana Streusel Muffins

If a lack of sun and winter weather leaves you feeling some winter blues this Banana Struesel Muffin might just be the cure. The smell of the muffins baking, the happy smiles from a grateful family, and the delightful flavor of these banana-infused muffins certainly did the trick for me.

Best Banana Nut Muffins

“When you wake up in the morning, Pooh,” said Piglet, “what’s the first thing you say to yourself?”
“What’s for breakfast?” said Pooh. “What do you say, Piglet?” asked Pooh.
“I say, I wonder what’s going to happen exciting today?” said Piglet.
Pooh nodded thoughtfully.
“It’s the same thing,” he said.

I can connect with Pooh. There are lots of things to be excited about in a day and good food is one of them.

I woke up feeling out of sorts this morning. We’re expecting a high of 20 and the possibility of more snow. Normally I would be very excited about this. I love winter. But I just returned from a family holiday in Phoenix with my hubby’s parents. For some reason, snow just doesn’t feel right all of a sudden.

To look with dread at something I normally love, well, it’s gotten me in a bit of a funk today. The dulcet tones of James Taylor wafting lightly in the background confirms it. I must be in a funk to be listening to Sweet Baby James.

Banana nut muffins with streusel topping is a great winter's breakfast!

I have a few Strategies for Dealing with Down Days like these:

  • Write in my journal. That’s always a helpful way to understand better what’s really going on. Like the sudden drop in Vitamin D (from lack of sunshine) or maybe I just miss my honey since he stayed a few extra days with his parents!
  • Get moving. I could spend 20 minutes on my elliptical machine and turn my mood right around!
  • Lend a helping hand. Usually when I’m in this state, I’m just a little too confined in my own head. When I reach out to someone else in some way, ultimately I’m helping myself. Who would have thought that helping others could be so selfish. (smiles)
  • Listen to some Indigo Girls. Amy Ray and Emily Saliers combine to form the group the Indigo Girls and they are by far my most favorite musicians. Any time I listen to them, my mood is instantly lifted. It never fails!
  • Get in the Kitchen. I sometimes ask why I like to cook so much. The only answer that really makes sense is that for me cooking is an act of creation. I think I’m a very kinesthetic creature. I need to stand on my feet, feel the sense of movement in the kitchen, hold a spoon in my hand stirring disparate ingredients together that combine, as if by magic, into something entirely different. It’s magnificent!

Today I combined a little bit of all the above. I wrote in my journal, something I try to do every day but haven’t been as consistent about lately. I took the dogs for a walk, something I know they missed after a week away from us. Along the walk there was a woman whose car was stuck in the snow. I was worried about the time, but I stopped anyway and helped give the car a push. Then I bid a fond farewell to JT, put in some mood-lifting Indigo Girls and headed to the kitchen.

I know my daughter loves banana nut muffins and so what could be better than making a little surprise for her first day back to school after our winter retreat in Arizona. The smell of the muffins baking in the oven cinched the deal for me. I’m back to my cheerful self. Ready for a full and vibrant day.

If the lack of sun and winter weather leaves you needing a mood lifter this weekend, this Banana Struesel Muffin can do the trick.

Mini banana nut muffins with chocolate chips are a hit!

Best Banana Streusel Muffins

Streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup margarine (softened)

Muffin batter:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soy buttermilk (soy milk combined with 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar)
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Directions:

Heat your oven to 375 degreesĀ F. Spray your muffin pan with vegetable spray or use paper liners.
Streusel Topping: Combine the flour and brown sugar in a bowl and cut in the margarine until the crumbles are pea size.
Muffin: Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, add the soy milk and apple cider. Let this sit for a minute so the vinegar can combine with the soy milk. Next add the mashed bananas, vanilla, and vegetable oil. Stir until combined. Add to the flour mixture, and stir until combined. Add chopped pecans. You can also add chocolate chips if you’re in the mood, but those are optional. Be careful not to stir the batter too much. We don’t want to stress it out. Spoon batter into the prepared muffin pan, until about 2/3 full.
Next, sprinkle the streusel over the unbaked muffins.
Bake for approximately 20 minutes and let cool for about 5 minutes before diving in.
This recipe will easily make 12 muffins. I used my mini-muffin pan to extend the batter even further!

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Posted 4 years ago by Marly on Friday, January 21st, 2011 · Permalink

28 Responses to The Best Banana Streusel Muffins

  1. Fabulous muffin recipe! Love the pink ribbon too:)

  2. Hey Marley, I’m loving these photos and recipes:-)
    We had sun today and temps in the high 60’s so no complaining here:-)
    I used to listen to the Indigo Girls all the time, thanks for bringing back a good memory and have a great weekend.

  3. The snow has been here since late November, I am now a professional car pusher. These muffins are just the thing to cheer me up.

    • Professional car pusher, eh? I think they could start a reality TV show about you! Ryan the Carpusher – pushing cars…whether they want it or not!

  4. Marly drooling on this end, these muffins look yummy and I am so loving the pics, stunning!!! I find cooking and baking relaxes me, all my worries take a back burner when I am in the kitchen, do you know what I mean?

    • I do know what you mean. It’s one of the things I love about cooking/baking.

  5. Ahhhh yum!! These look so yummy, I can’t wait to try them!

  6. Like your strategies :) And these muffins look so delightful, especially withe the ribbon :)

    • I have never been a ribbon kinda gal myself, but I love ‘em on other people…and on muffins…they’re not too shabby on cookies either. OK. Maybe I do like ribbons after all…

  7. I am with Pooh, Piglet & you. Breakfast is the most exciting meal of the day. I dash out of bed for it. These muffins look amazing. Fun twist with the banana.

    • Hi Marla, You know, our names are only different by one letter! I’m not always enthusiastic about breakfast, but I do love cooking it. It just seems to take me awhile to get hungry. I more than make up for it the rest of the day though!

  8. They are the best! looks awesome! Clicks are beautiful…..they are making me drool! Congrats on top9!

  9. Beautifully presented. So easy to eat in just a bite. Lovely! Thank you for sharing this recipe.

    • You’re so welcome, Julie. Glad you liked it. Since it’s easy to eat in just one bite, it might require two muffins!

  10. oh my, i love little banana muffins! and i love pretty ribbons! :) congrats on top 9!

  11. It sounds like a great recipe. And they’re so purdy! ;) I love your tips on getting out of a funk, too. . . .before I get in the kitchen today, I think I need to take my dogs for a walk, too. :)

    • Thanks, Ricki! Taking the dogs for a walk in the winter is so much more of an ordeal, but it has its benefits.

  12. Love the Pooh quote! I’ve been hibernation from winter lately and spending lots of extra time in my kitchen, it’s just too cold to venture out…

  13. These would cheer up anyone I’m sure! Very yummy, I can just taste one now!
    I can’t even imagine living in weather that cold! (I live here in Phoenix, it’s been in the 70’s lately!) Funny tho, I’ve been wishing for a bit of Winter weather so I can wear my pretty coat and boots and make soup every night. ;)
    I’d love for you to visit Simply Healthy Family if you’d like.

    • Phoenix is where we just returned from! The weather is almost boring there. Day one is sunny and 70. Day two is sunny and 70. Oh look, a change in day three – sunny but only 68. If you need a winter fix, we could trade houses in January! Think of this way, you could wear that winter coat 24/7 here!

  14. The muffins look heavenly! Your right, reaching out to others always cheers one up. You are indeed wise.
    We have no lack of vitamin D down here!

    • Just call me yoda. When you get tired of all that vitamin D, feel free to send some our way! I know, I know. Spring will be here before you know it!

  15. Marly, your banana muffins sure look fabulous, love the streusel on it…nice photos as well :-)

  16. Oh Marly, I can imagine that the snow is starting to get old at this point. It’s so wonderful, but one needs change to keep things lively. Me thinks at least;)
    Your muffins look delicious too. I can totally imagine eating one while sipping coffee and listening to the Indigo Girls.
    p.s. We used to go to the Indigo Girls’ restaurant in downtown Decatur (Atlanta) all the time. It’s called ‘Watershed’. We still go all the time actually, but I don’t know if they own it anymore. The Chef may have bought it from them…?

  17. Oh, I love these! And, the hot pink ribbon just seals the deal for me :)