Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Banana Berry Muffins




These past few days I had the absolute strongest craving for banana muffins, maybe I had a potassium deficiency, or maybe I just wanted something sweet, but regardless, I went to the store and picked up a bunch of bananas to make myself a little treat. I wanted to put some berries in it, and vaguely remembered having some frozen blueberries or mixed berries in the freezer, so I moved some bags around and voila! A Trader Joe's bag of mixed berries appeared. Mission partially accomplished! I put the muffins together and then tried my hand at making a crumb topping. This was my second attempt at making a crumb topping, the first attempt ended...poorly. I think I let the butter get too melty and it just turned into another layer of dough on top of the cake, but this attempt came out quite well! It just goes to show that you learn something from every failure. I hope you all enjoy these lovely baked goods and that you're successful in your crumb topping attempts!

Ingredients:

Muffins

3 Large Bananas, ripe
2 Eggs
1 and 1/2 Cups Flour
1 Cup Berries, fresh or frozen
3/4 Cup Sugar
1/3 Cup Butter, melted
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
1/4 Teaspoon Salt

Crumb Topping

1/3 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Flour
1 Tablespoon Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon




Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, mash the bananas together until they are completely blended into a paste. Mix in the eggs and sugar, then beat in the butter until the mixture is well blended. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients. Add the dry mixture to the banana mixture, 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition, until all of the dry ingredients have been incorporated into the batter. Stir in the berries.


To make the crumb topping, mix the sugar, flour and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Cut the butter into small pieces, roughly 1/2 inch in length and width, and put the pieces in the bowl as well. Then gently stir the mixture just enough to coat the butter pieces in the sugar mixture, about 3 spoon strokes.

Pour the batter into a thoroughly-greased muffin tray that holds 12 muffins. You also can use decorative liners if you'd like. Sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of crumb topping over each muffin. Bake for about 20 to 30 minutes, or until the tops of the muffins are golden brown and the crumb topping has turned into a crust.




29 comments:

  1. Wow these look really lovely and the photos are so pretty also.

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  2. These pretty, fruity muffins did my cold winter heart good! Yes - always learn from my failures. (Whew - otherwise what's the point) Keeping this on notice - have some berries in the freezer and bananas are just around the corner.

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  3. Hi Eva-Your banana berry muffins look so moist, and yummy! Love the recipe, and the beautiful photos too!
    Thank you for your kind comment on my blog. I am following your blog, and invite you to follow, as well. Would like to stay in touch with your latests posts!

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  4. Thanks everyone :) I really hope you do give it a go, they are quite tasty!

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  5. Eva, I really appreciated you stopping by my blog, thanks so much. Love the addition of berries to your muffin recipe. Thanks for bringing a bit of that summer feeling to us through your baking.

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  6. omg these muffins look to die for! I want a dozen for the breakfast tomorrow!

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  7. Yummy Muffins! Look so great!

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  8. Yum, love the berry addition to these banana muffins. Great photos too.
    Sam

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  9. The photo's are really good and make the muffins look sooo yummy!

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  10. I made these today they are the best muffins I ever had www.momzblotter.blogspot.com

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  11. Thank you all so much! Sorry it has taken me a bit of time to comment, I have been out of town the past week sightseeing in Washington, D.C., which was cold but very very fun :)

    I am honestly thinking of making these again now that I'm back. There's something about bananas in baked goods I just can't say no to....

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  12. Thank you for the recipe! A local coffee shop has the best 'Very Berry Muffin' and I can taste banana in it. I've been trying to find a similar recipe for a long time and this is the closest I've had. I added cranberry into mine and it turned out so good and moist. This recipe is a keeper!
    -Jen from Vancouver, BC

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  13. I just made these and they're delicious! I'm an idiot and started mixing everything until I realized I was out of flour (oops). So I substituted it with a box of Jiffy mix and a handful of oatmeal and topped them with brown sugar. Amazing!

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  14. Very creative! That sounds like an awesome substitution, putting oats on top is a genius idea too, I definitely need to try that out when I make muffins again!

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  15. I made this for my housemates last week, and they absolutely loved them! I put strawberries and blueberries in with the bananas, very delicious.

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  16. Ohhh strawberries in it sound delicious!

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  17. Just made these this afternoon so we have a quick breakfast for the week. They are delicious! Thank you so much for posting. Definitely a keeper!

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  18. Made them and they were moist and tasted delicious. What a tasty combination bananas and blueberries. Can't wait to try your other recipes. Thank you so much!

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  20. About how many muffins does this recipe make? They sound amazing and am making them tomorrow!

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    1. Thanks Michelle! It makes about a dozen :) Let me know how you like them!

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  21. I finally made these - incredible! I made them with bananas and huckleberries, yum! The huckleberries plumped up like blueberries; these were moist and cool inside with a perfect sugary-crunch top. Sublime!

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    1. Wonderful!! Thank you Denise :D I am so happy you enjoyed them!

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  22. Made these today after typing in "banana berry muffins" on pinterest. Fab-u-lo-soh!! That crusty topping makes them divine. Thanks so much. Will be a family favourite for sure :)

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    1. Awww thank you Amanda! I am so glad you loved the topping, it's so crunchy and wonderfully sweet :)

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  23. Oh my goodness, I stumbled across these and felt felt compelled to make them! I am having friends from afar to stay this evening, and I definitely see myself rising early tomorrow morning to have a plater of these ready for breakfast! Yum!

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