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Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping Recipe

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These muffins are amazing. They are soft and tender and never too dry. The secret to their moistness is the sour cream in the batter.

The fat makes the muffins extra tender, and the acids in the sour cream react with the baking soda to make the muffins bake up light and fluffy. However, the thing that takes these Banana Nut Muffins over the top in texture is the addition of a streusel topping. The topping is rich, buttery and crunchy, adding the perfect touch to these baked goods.

Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping close-up on a wooden table.

Banana Nut Muffins Recipe

Everyone loves the classic taste of banana bread, but these delicious muffins take that flavor to a new level. With a crunchy, buttery streusel topping, these muffins have the taste and texture of fancy bakery muffins for a fraction of the cost. With our recipe for Banana Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping, you can have the perfect quick bread for a tasty breakfast for your family or for a potluck brunch at work.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Cuisine American
Servings 18 muffins


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  • 3 pieces medium ripe bananas 
  • ½  cup cooking oil
  • 1 ¼ cups sugar
  • 2 pieces eggs
  • ½  cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 ½  cups flour
  • 1 ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ½  tsp salt
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • ¼  tsp baking soda
  • ½  cup chopped nuts of any kind

Streusel Topping Ingredients:

  • ¼  cup flour
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped nuts 
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp butter


  • Turn your oven on to preheat at 400 degrees. Line a muffin pan with muffin wrappers or spray the cups with cooking spray. 
    Group ingredients of banana nut muffins.
  • First, you will create the streusel topping. Melt the butter by microwaving it in a microwave-safe bowl for thirty seconds. Add the flour, nuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until it is crumbly. Set the streusel topping aside until you need it later on in the recipe.
    A mixed ingredients in a bowl with fork.
  • Next, in a large bowl, mash the bananas with an electric mixer or a potato masher. Use a whisk to stir together the oil, sugar, eggs, sour cream and vanilla extract with the mashed bananas. 
    A mashed eggs, banana, sour cream and etc in a large bowl.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. 
  • Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture along with the walnuts. Stir the mixtures together just until the dry ingredients are moistened and everything is fully incorporated. Do not over mix the batter or your muffins will turn out tough. 
    A different of flour mixed in a medium bowl.
  • Spoon the muffin mix into the prepared pan, distributing it evenly between the muffin cups. Spoon the streusel topping onto the top of the batter, dividing it between the muffins. Lightly press the topping into the batter with your fingers.
  • Bake the muffins in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. The muffins are done when the tops spring back when you lightly touch them. 
  • Let the muffins cool for about five minutes in the pan. Then, use a butter knife to gently remove them from the muffin pan. Place the muffins on a wire rack to cool for about twenty minutes. Serve the muffins slightly warm.
    Fully incorporated ingredients in a bowl.
  • Store cooled muffins lightly covered in a container at room temperature for up to three days. 
  • The muffins do freeze well. You can freeze fully cooled muffins in a large, gallon-sized zip-top bag. Press out as much air as you can and place the muffins in the freezer. Use the muffins within three months. Let them thaw overnight on the counter before you want to eat them. You can warm the thawed muffins in a 350 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
    A homemade delicious banana nut muffins served on a black metal pan.


Streusel topping is a popular topping option for many cakes, breads, and pies. It generally adds a sugary crunch to the baked goods and floats right on top of the batter or pie filling. Streusel is sometimes called a crumble or a streusel crust. Usually, streusel includes butter, sugar, and flour. Often, like in our recipe, bakers add spices like cinnamon and handfuls of nuts to add flavor and texture to the recipe. Occasionally, ingredients like oatmeal or coconut are added to increase the crunch of the recipe. 
Often, streusel is mixed by hand instead of by a mixer or blender. The reason for this is that streusel is designed to have a coarse crumb. The small bits and blobs of a perfectly blended streusel topping bake up into a nicely browned crispy crust on top of the muffin. Our recipe uses melted butter in the streusel mixture. Only mix the butter into the other topping ingredients until large crumbs or blobs clump together in the mixing bowl. 
When we add the streusel topping to the batter in the muffin pan, we recommend lightly pressing the topping into the batter. This will provide for better adherence of the topping to the fully baked muffin. That means that more of the topping will end up in your mouth, instead of falling off onto the plate! 
This recipe comes together quickly and you will fill your house with the wonderful flavor of cinnamon and bananas in less than half an hour.
Keyword Banana Bread, muffins

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