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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    Fabulous recipe; I toss over-ripened bananas in the freezer until I accumulate 6-8; then make a double batch in my square muffin tins; bring it work to share, and I'm really popular that day !
    I'm not surprised to be review # 408 & have never liked any banana bread or muffins, 
    store/bakery bought or homemade until...I made yours. They ARE SO...GOOD!  
    Got over ripe bananas? Go for it & make these. You will NOT be disappointed :)
    This is a winner!! I always put my own twist on it and revise it and what I did is fantastic! These are delicious! Next time I will add cinnamon for sure! I used both all purpose and almond flour, used butter and applesauce and topped them with brown sugar toasted oats and these little cookies I had.. I made one 12 dozen muffin pan and used the rest in a loaf pan! I will also maybe use some yogurt with the milk mixture and add spices and more nuts and crunch inside the batter!
    OMG thse are delish! i am not a big fan of muffins but love banana and coconut combo, so decided to check these out. They turned out moisty and absolutely amazing. I added more bananas to the batter. 5 STAR RECIPE!
    I have been using the recipe for years now and have never found one that gives a better tasting muffin. Little changes I made over the years was to add toasted pecans instead of walnuts (not a big walnut fan), when I top the muffins with granola before going in the oven I sprinkle each muffin lightly with a cinnamon/sugar/nutmeg mixture. After they are out of the oven and cooled I top the muffins with a cinnamon cream cheese frosting. Fantastic!
    I thought that this recipe was amazing!! Why-Well, first I did not have tons of the ending ingredients (coconut, granola, banana chips) BUT I did have bananas and pecans. I was a little worried but had to work what I had and THESE ARE THE BEST BANANA MUFFINS THAT I HAVE EVER HAD! I love the amount of banana that she said to add and the way in which she added the banana. I looked at several banana nut muffin recipes and they are called for extra extensive banana mashing and such but this was simple- A PREGO WOMAN'S DELIGHT FOR SURE! Thanks again for blessing my kitchen Ina with another fantastic simple yet delicious recipe! PLUS MY HOUSE SMELLS AMAZING NOW :)
    These muffins were ok. The tops stuck fast to the top of my muffin pan and so they don't look nearly pretty or professional. I will definitely omit the granola next time as I don't like the odd semi-chewy texture of it. The flavour is quite nice though. Also, I left my second batch to cool in the trays for longer than the first, and they definitely look better, so I would recommend leaving them to cool almost completely in the pan before attempting to turn out.
    I mades these muffins this morning because I had a few over ripe bananas and didn't want to wast them. I am tired of the old fashion banana bread and muffin recipes and this one added a lot of new elements so I tried it out with a few minor changes. I left out the coconut because I don't like it baked into things and I used 3 large eggs because thats what I had. I also left out the nuts because the granola I had in the house had pecans in it and blueberries so I went with 3/4ths cup of that. I also used one cup granulated sugar and one cup brown sugar, this was my preference and added cinnamon, nutmeg and a pinch of cloves. I know its not the exact recipe but I was definitely inspired by it. I had enough batter to make 12 muffins and one loaf.
    Look very professional and taste lovely
    A coworker first introduced me to these. They are fantastic! My daughter is allergic to milk, so this time I made them with 3/4 cup canola oil in place of the cup of melted butter. I used 3/4 cup soy milk instead of 3/4 whole milk. They came out tasting delicious. Like many reviewers, I don't have jumbo or large muffin tins, so I use 24 regular size cupcake tins. I use the aluminum cupcake liners instead of the paper ones - I feel like everything bakes more evenly. Many people mentioned they were missing the crunch element with these - I would recommend doing a more coarse chop on the nuts and/or using larger granola clusters to help with that. Enjoy!
    These were really good. My two year old ate them up.It has a great flavor. I have made several times. Thanks Ina. I am a big fan!
    A beautiful muffin. I feel that recipes are owed the respect of making them as the chef posted; therefore, I always make as listed - at least the first time - and have been rewarded with glowing praise for my efforts. I now tend to be heavy handed with the fruit and nuts; a personal preference. A great way to start the day with a fruit and nut laden muffin.
    These muffins did not disappoint! I was looking for something to make with my old bananas besides banana bread or banana cookies and found this recipe. I didn't have granola on hand, so I substituted mini chocolate chips and wow - delicious without adding anything on top!  
    I'm not sure why the recipe specifies to fill each muffin cup to the top. You do want them to spill over a little, but mine ended up running into each other.
    I loved these muffins. I was able to make 20 muffins in all. They were so good! I skipped the coconut and put almonds and regular oatmeal instead of granola and walnuts.
    Loved them! I made 30 regular sized muffins with this recipe. Everyone thought they were delicious!!
    Delicious! Easy to make. Flavorful.
    This made a great banana bread. I mixed the coconut,granola, and pecans in a seperate bowl and added half to the mix and the other half for the topping, and it was still too much! Next time I'll half it. Also, as I put it into loaf pans, it took about an hour. However, everyone who tried it gave rave reviews. I will definitely make it again.
    These were delicious! I didn't have granola so I used Great Grains cereal since it has granola clusters in it. I LOVE the pieces of banana in them!
    Every time I make these people go nuts for them! They are my family's favorite! I use half the butter and omit the banana chunks, banana chips, and granola. Instead I add mini chocolate chips!
    By far the best muffin I have ever made! My family could not rave enough about them. Super easy. I was able to get 24 muffins - and they lasted 2 days in my house - with 4 people!
    These muffins are fantastic for breakfast, brunch or a snack. We loved the chunks of bananas inside and the banana chips on top. Talked about them at work and 2 coworkers also made them.
    These muffins turned out great! I omitted the granola and chopped bananas and still they have plenty crunch, texture, and banana flavor. This recipe will stay in my recipe box. In addition, I will be sending my husband with some to work tomorrow!
    Couldn't wait to try these once I saw the show! Easy, delicious, this recipe is definately a keeper!
    These muffins are my favorite! I put whatever extra nuts and fruit I have on hand! The texture, I agree, is different but nothing weird, it's just good. Another 5-star recipe from Ina
    This is my go-to recipe when you want to impress. Even my own mother didn't believe me when I said these didn't come from a bakery.
    Made these several months ago and my family LOVED them! I used "Breadshop Organic Vermont Maple Granola" Had to make them again today when the weather turned a little cool! They are delicious! Thanks Ina for making me a star!
    For me, this was Ina's most disappointing recipe. I usually have wonderful results with her recipes. I followed this recipe to the letter, with the exception of making 24 regular sized muffins because I don't have jumbo size muffin tins. The muffins are bland and... chewy? I don't know how to describe the texture. But there is definitely nothing crunchy about them. I didn't overmix the batter, either. Very confused with the results and will not be making them again.
    What a way to break in my new Kitchen Aid mixer ...these muffins are ridiculously good .... "pop the top" ? ... I think not, the entire muffin is on point their best right out of the oven with a glass of cold milk...
    Great recipe. I did modify it a bit to make it a bit more healthy and also address nut allergies. I used whole wheat flour, substituted 1/2 the butter with applesauce and used dried dates and oatmeal in place of walnuts and coconut. The muffins are delish and my family was very happy to wake up on New Years Eve morning to a nice, yummy surprise.
    We had lots of overripe bananas so I looked up highly rated recipes and this was one of them. These muffins are sooooo good. All the flavors really meld together. I topped the prebaked muffins with additional granola and it was perfect. With the muffin tins I had on hand, I made 6 regular and 15 mini muffins and pretty much followed the recipe to a "T". Can't wait to share them with company. oops! I did halve the recipe.
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