Banana Crunch Muffins

Total Time:
45 min
20 min
25 min

18 large muffins

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
  • 1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
  • 1 cup small-diced walnuts
  • 1 cup granola
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • Dried banana chips, granola, or shredded coconut, optional

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don't overmix.

Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each 1 to the top. Top each muffin with dried banana chips, granola, or coconut, if desired. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the pan, and serve.

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Wow!   I made these to bring to a brunch hosted by a Culinary Institute of America graduate, so they really needed to be great and they were!    The coconut and granola make these special and provide unexpected flavor and texture.   I was dubious about loading up the muffin cups so high, but do it!   They rise up nice and high and make generous and beautiful muffins.   This is my new banana muffin recipe.  Perfect, as usual, Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Finally made these muffins and they are the MOST delicious muffins I've ever tasted.  Easy to make and with the brilliant addition of granola to give them the nice crunch and texture.  I did not include the coconut as I was out of it, but even so, these muffins are the best as is everything that Ina makes.  item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect muffins. I left out the walnuts due to allergies and they were delicious!!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made the recipe as-is and loved these! Topped with shredded coconut. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I read all 400+ reviews and followed the recommendations of many reviewers to make the best version of this recipe. 1. Many stated that the muffins are too sweet. I used 3/4 c. of white and 3/4 c. of light brown sugar. 2. I used very ripe bananas, mashed 2 bananas and added an extra diced banana for extra chunks of banana. 3. I added 1 tsp of cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of nutmeg 4. I added 1/2 cup of apple sauce to ensure that the muffins came out moist. 5. I didn't add granola to the batter, as many said it turned out weirdly chewy. 6. I made a streusel topping by mixing 4 Tbsp of flour, 1/2 c. of brown sugar, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts and 4 Tbsp of melted butter, along with pieces of banana chips, 1/2 bag of Open Nature's Banana Coconut granola and shredded coconut. 8. I used tulip muffin liners...these are great to use when you have any kind of streusel or topping so that it doesn't spill over as the muffins bake and rise. item not reviewed by moderator and published
A new staple for me! Awesome. Followed the recipe to the letter, just substituted chocolate chips for walnuts and half whole wheat flour. Will use pecans next time. But use whatever you like and have on hand. item not reviewed by moderator and published
These are the best although I did make some changes in the recipe...I added cinnamon, 1 1/2 tsp., I used part granular sugar and part brown sugar, I used salted butter instead of adding the 1/2 tsp salt, I used half & half instead of whole milk (never use whole milk), and I used pecans instead of walnuts. These muffins were to die for! and so easy to make using most ingredients that you have on hand. Thank you Ina! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Have done this several times & it has become one of my kids favorite recipes. For years I had tried different banana muffin recipes, but my kids had favored a specific one...until I came across this one. It just happened that my kids friends dropped by (you can imagine hungry teenagers) the muffins did not last to the next day (neither did the granola which was Alton Brown's recipe)! Did I mention my mother in law & husband loved them?! Thank you Ina... item not reviewed by moderator and published
Kids loved them! Surprisingly quick and customizable. Kids are allergic to nuts, so I added plain rolled oats and grape nuts instead of granola. Used unsweetened coconut instead of sweetened. Used old bananas from the freezer and they turned out just fine. Topped with some Dole chopped dates. Even reduced the sugar a tad, and they were still wonderfully sweet. Will make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Very good and surprisingly moist. I was out of vanilla and reduced the recipe to one third and it was still fantastic. This is a keeper for sure. item not reviewed by moderator and published

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