Banana Muffins with Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel

I definitely don't have enough muffin recipes on my blog. I'm always coming across different types of muffins on food blogs, and I think to myself, "Hmm, I don't bake enough muffins." I've noticed my lack of muffins for a long time, and I swear, I've been working on it. People LOVE muffins and need new and different recipes - I understand that.

What's the best kind of muffin in your opinion? Blueberry? Strawberry? Lemon poppyseed? Double chocolate chip? (I think we're fooling ourselves with that one.)
For me, banana muffins steal the show.

Have I mentioned to you how much I love bananas? They're my favorite fruit. I go through weeks where I have one almost every day for breakfast. I never get sick of them! My favorite breakfast for a long time has been a bowl of oatmeal with peanut butter, mashed banana, and spices swirled into it, topped with milk.

This was actually my inspiration behind my yumptious doughnuts. Taking my breakfast of oatmeal, peanut butter, spices and banana, and putting it into a new breakfast. A less healthy breakfast, I grant you, but possibly even more delicious.
Have you voted today for them? You can vote every day, don't you know. Have I told you how cool you guys are? Can I give you a lil peck on the cheek?
Looove yooooouuu!

This oatmeal, peanut butter, banana breakfast is a fantastic healthy breakfast to eat, but face it - sometimes when we're having a bad day, we just need a huge-ass muffin and a venti mocha latte with whole milk and extra whipped cream. We're allowed those days, right?

These muffins aren't healthy, but man-oh-man are they good. I'm going to go ahead and come out and say it: best muffins I've ever made. The secret ingredients? Banana in the batter.. oats in the walnut streusel.

Now I present the first recipe of Oats Week! Yes, where I bring you recipes celebrating how glorious and delicious oats are. (I recommend Quaker.)

Banana Muffins with Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel

Streusel
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts, toasted*
1/4 cup old fashioned oats
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into tiny pieces

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 medium mashed ripe bananas
1 large egg
1/2 cup half-n-half or whole milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/3 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 10 muffin cups with liners.

To make the streusel, in a medium sized bowl, stir together walnuts, oats, brown sugar, flour, baking powder and salt, until well combined. Knead in butter using fingertips until well combined and clumpy; set aside.

To make the muffins, in a medium sized mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together banana, egg, half-n-half, butter, brown sugar and vanilla until well combined; whisk in dry ingredients until just combined.

Divide batter into muffin cups and evenly top with streusel. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and well risen. Cool for 5 minutes before transferring to wire rack to cool completely.

*To toast the walnuts, place in a small bowl and microwave for 1 minute or until golden and fragrant.

Makes 10 muffins


50 comments:

  1. These muffins look fabulous!! I'm not a huge banana fan, but these muffins look like they could convert even a banana skeptic like me. Mmm, mmm.

    I've been voting, p.s.!!

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  2. Yes, oats week!!! I also LOVE bananas! I can eat one everyday no problem! Those muffins are amazing and I don't care a bit that they're not healthy, lol! When are you gonna know if you won?

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  3. yum! they sound delicious. my favorite muffin... that's a tough one. i think it might be cranberry and lemon, but i also love blueberry, peach and lemon poppy seed! you know what's crazy - with the insane amount of times i've made banana bread, i've never made a banana muffin! but now i'll have to give 'em a try. i'm sure i will love them - i love banana bread. the streusel on this sounds so, so, so good.

    and yes - we all get 1 (or 5) days a week of whole milk, whipped cream lattes and unhealthy breakfasts :)

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  4. fantastic :) i think it's a close call between banana and blueberry for my fav muffin!

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  5. I am voting for you every day Emily and hoping so much that you win! The banana muffins look great. You know I am partial to bananas...always have some around getting too ripe!

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  6. I totally agree with you! Banana muffins are the best! I totally love all your creations Em...will go and vote now!

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  7. You got my vote Em, just now... I hope you win. What a great opportunity it would be for you. I would love to go. Good luck!

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  8. Emily, you have me drooling. I am making your donuts for my dd's preschool snack...it has oatmeal so it's totally healthy right?

    I made some banana muffins and now I can't find my notes for the recipe anywhere. Once I figure out what I did yours are next on my list to try!

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  9. I LOVE streusel and I think it belongs on most any kind of muffins. These look awesome. Yup, Quaker Oats rule! Especially if they send you to New York!

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  10. your muffins are beautiful!! i'm with you on the banana obsession. i usually have 6-10 a day, depending on what other fruits i have in the house. my mom gets so annoyed that i eat so many, but i can't help it. you know how it is.

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  11. mmmmmmmuffins! Looks delicious!
    I voted for you today and i'll be back tomorrow!

    That's 2 pecks on the cheek.

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  12. Fantastic muffin recipe! I'm going to try it out this week. When will you know the results of the contest? I'm crossing my fingers for you!

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  13. ohhh those muffins look excellent! i'll definitely vote :)

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  14. these look delicious! I'm going to make them!

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  15. Your breakfasts sound awesome, like something I could eat for dessert. I'd crumble this muffin over the oatmeal, yum! I love all muffins, seriously. I love oatmeal in muffins, it makes such a difference in the texture!

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  16. Yum, these look great. I'm a big fan of oats, so I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

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  17. Um...so can one go wrong w/this? NO! Looks amazing.

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  18. I'm really rooting for your recipe! Do you know if we vote with multiple e-mails?

    By the way, "huge-ass muffin and a venti mocha latte with whole milk and extra whipped cream"-day is everyday for me :P

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  19. yum, i love anything with oatmeal streusel! and yes, i did vote for you today! i hope you win!

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  20. I feel a bit guilty because muffins are one of the few things in the cake world that I've never "got".
    Yours do look lovely though!

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  21. MMMMMMMMMMM....those muffins look so TASTY!!!
    I love the combination of flavours, Sugar Plum!!!

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  22. So first off, the donuts rocked!! I zoomed around on a sugar high all day! Can't wait to try these now cause I loved the banana flavor in the donuts!

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  23. I'm not really a muffin girl, but banana muffins are my exception. These look soooo good! I've got to try them.

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  24. I already voted:) I hope you win!
    I love muffins of all kinds. Berry, apple, and banana are up there! These look delicious!

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  25. Sounds great! I haven't made muffins lately, this isn't too far from banana bread!

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  26. Yep. Bananas with peanut butter and cinnamon in oatmeal are pretty much the cat's pajamas...

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  27. Great inspiration for these muffins! You're amazing :)

    Off to vote...

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  28. I LOVE all things banana. I have to have one everyday. Your oatmeal breakfast, that's exactly what I have every morning for breakfast! AND I love banana muffins. I'll have to make your recipe next time I make them.
    Love oats, and voted for your delicious looking doughnuts. Gonna go vote again! ;)

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  29. YUM - beautiful muffins, and perfect flavor combo! Going to vote for you right now...

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  30. You know I voted again today and the code you had to type was "sucked". That didn't sound too good!

    I love bananas too. I used to eat them every day until I started getting mysterious heartburn. I tried cutting all sorts of stuff out of my diet and nothing worked. Then I realized the one thing I hadn't cut out was bananas. A week with no bananas and the problem went away. Too bad. They're cheap and nutritious and filling. I can still make a banana dessert soemtimes or eat the odd banana, but no more daily banana.

    BTW, if I ever complain about something in your blog as trivial as "not enough muffins" you have permission to smack me silly. If I'm not satisfied with your cakes and cookies and brownies and such, then I'm obviously insane.

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  31. I love banana muffins, cake, sundaes, with yogurt..you name it!!!!

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  32. I'm a little partial to blueberry but these look fabulous!

    I voted today and hopefully my four readers did too! :)

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  33. Yuuummmmmm, I didn't know I could vote each day, put that on facebook too! I did again today, just to get a peck on my cheek! Ha!

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  34. This looks delicious! That streusel looks yummy.

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  35. I did an oats week not too long ago, as part of my Tear Down Tuesday. I think I posted a couple good recipes over on my blog...I know I got side tracked halfway through the week, but oats are awesome...

    And oatmeal with a big scoop of peanut butter and a slice banana is totally my breakfast of choice for the moment...

    And you can never have enough muffins :)

    NAOmni

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  36. I like that you're doing an "oats week". I love oatmeal!
    (I've voted for you!)

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  37. ummm.your everyday breakfast needs to be mine. I love all of those things! I have used 2 of your recipes now and I loved both of them... Keep em coming! You are super creative and talented :)oh, and i voted ; )

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  38. i was thinking the other day that i make too many muffins, then i thought, "noooo, you can never have too many muffins!" these need to be added to my repertoire--they're full of yum. :)

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  39. Who cares if they're healthy? They're beautiful and would be excellent with some whipped butter and a shot of espresso.

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  40. I love peanut butter AND oatmeal...and nuts! Yikes this muffin is calling for me to make it. Oh yes, and I have been voting for you every day too. :)

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  41. Mmm. These look fabulous. And bananas aren't even my favorite fruit :)

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  42. these are da bomb. loved them. made them on a lovely sunday a.m. with spring sunshine coming in the window. perfect!!!
    and ps i voted!
    start spreading the news
    you're leaving today

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  43. can i omit the nuts and just put 2/3 cup of old fashioned oats?
    im allergic to nuts. :(

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  44. These are YUMMY! Just made them for a brunch and my kids are eating them all!

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  45. I'm really enjoying all your recipes! Can I toast the walnuts in the oven? and if so, how long and what temp? I don't have a microwave is why I'm asking (Crazy, who doesn't have a microwave, however I live in NYC space is limited. I'm lucky I have a kitchen :)

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