banana crumb muffins with dates and walnuts

Banana Crumb Muffins

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Crumbly on the outside and moist on the inside, these Banana Crumb Muffins will leave your taste buds in awe. Loaded with dates and walnuts, and the crumb streusel topping only takes an extra minute to make, and adds a delightfully crumbly sweet layer of flavor!

banana muffins with dates and walnuts

Banana Crumb Muffins

Do you freeze over ripe bananas with the intention of using them one day?

Are you yet to use those frozen bananas?

While I am generally always happy to share every recipe that I post, there are some that I am REALLY excited to share- and this is one of them. These banana crumb muffins have all the flavors of banana cake, but in muffin size. Full of bananas, dates and walnuts, with a hint of cinnamon and a perfectly fluffy texture. Perfect for breakfast, snack time, or an after dinner dessert!

Let’s talk about crumble. Or streusel. Or whatever you want to call it. This nice thick crumb topping, just makes these banana muffins extra delicious.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED

For the full recipe, please scroll all the way down to the recipe card, but here is a general overview of the ingredients and method used to make these muffins:

  • Bananas – Ripe bananas- the riper, the better!
  • Dry Ingredients – The typical muffin ingredients, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Give them a stir with a whisk, this adds air in place of sifting.
  • Wet ingredients – Sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and butter combine to make these moist banana muffins.
  • Dates and walnuts YUM!
  • Streusel Topping – Butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.
banana muffins with date and walnuts

Make the Streusel Topping/ Crumb topping

  1. In a small bowl, add the softened butter, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon and mix with your hands until it forms rough clumps. Set aside while you make the banana bread.

How to Make Banana Muffins with Dates and Walnuts:

  • Make the batter:  In the bowl of a mixer, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Scrape the bowl down half way through. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition as well as scraping down the sides of the bowl. Mix in the bananas and vanilla.
  • Combine dry Ingredients: Mix the dry ingredients until the batter just comes together. Fold in the chopped dates and walnuts.
  • Scoop the muffins: Line a 12-hole muffin pan with cupcake liners, then fill each liner 3/4 full with batter.
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  • Sprinkle the prepared crumb topping over each muffin.
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  • Bake the muffins: Place the pan in preheated oven (350 F) and allow to bake for 20-25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted comes out clean.
  • Serve: Remove from the oven, allow to cool then serve.

Tips for Perfect Muffins

  • Do not reduce the sugar – the right amount of sugar will create the right texture for these muffins. Do not reduce it as it is already less than most cake recipes.
  • Do not over-mix. Just fold in the flour gently until well combined, but no need to mix vigorously. Just mix until no streaks of dry flour remain. The batter should be a bit lumpy
  • Fill muffin wells about 3/4 full or a bit less.
  • Do not over-bake. Over-baking will most definitely lead to dry muffins. Make sure you check with a skewer for doneness.
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Storage

Keep muffins in a zippered bag or airtight container at room temperature. They should keep about 4-5 days.

Banana crumb muffins are also super easy to freeze! Simply freeze them when they are fully cooled by popping them in a zippered bag. They should keep about a month or so in the freezer.

banana crumb muffins with dates and walnuts

More Banana Desserts:

Banana Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Banana Bread with Dates and Walnuts

Did you make these Banana Crumb Muffins? Be sure to leave a comment and a rating below! 

banana muffins with dates and walnuts

Banana Date and Walnut Muffins

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

Crumbly on the outside and moist on the inside, these Banana Crumb Muffins will leave your taste buds in awe. Loaded with dates and walnuts, and the crumb streusel topping only takes an extra minute to make, and adds a delightfully crumbly sweet layer of flavor!

Ingredients

For the banana muffins:

  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)- at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 large very ripe bananas- mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup Majdool dates- pitted and chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts- chopped

For the streusel topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons butter- softened at room temperature

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF and line a 12 muffin tray with muffin/cupcake liners.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients (except sugar) and set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, beat the egg and vanilla extract for a few minutes, until bubbly.
  4. Add sugar and beat some more until light and creamy.
  5. Beat in butter, and then the bananas.
  6. Pour dry ingredients and mix, just until combined.
  7. Fold in the chopped dates and walnuts.
  8. Prepare the streusel topping: Lightly mix softened butter, flour, cinnamon and brown sugar together in a small bowl.
  9. Transfer the banana muffin batter to the prepared muffin tray, filling each muffin liner 3/4 full with batter.
  10. Sprinkle or spread with a spoon or your hands the streusel topping over each muffin.
  11. Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before removing the muffins from the tin.
  13. Enjoy!

Notes

Storage

Keep muffins in a zippered bag or airtight container at room temperature. They should keep about 4-5 days.

Banana crumb muffins are also super easy to freeze! Simply freeze them when they are fully cooled by popping them in a zippered bag. They should keep about a month or so in the freezer.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 227Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 244mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 3gSugar: 24gProtein: 6g

Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.

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