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Banana Muffins for Mother’s Day

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching I thought it would be nice to do another muffin recipe.  My family rarely went out for Mother’s Day Brunch and instead opted to make Mom a nice dinner at home.  But when we did go out, we went to a quaint small historic hotel that served a beautiful brunch with an assortment of petite muffins on every table.  So, the memory of those fond times made me think of muffins for this Mother’s Day.

Since I’ve already shared a recipe for blueberry muffins, I wanted to do something very different and very special for Mother’s Day.  Immediately, I thought of banana muffins.  Then, I thought, how about banana chocolate chip?  After that, I thought about hummingbird cake.  Hmmmm… hummingbird is delicious, but way too many ingredients for this particular time.  Finally, I thought about coconut.  Oh yeah…  that would be lovely!

The only other thing this flavor profile needs is a nice crunch, so a streusel or crumb topping has got to be on this muffin.   That sugary sweet crunch on a soft delicious muffin elevates any ordinary muffin to dizzying heights.  Yum!

So, that was my thought process and here’s what today’s recipe is… 

… a banana chocolate chip muffin with a sweet and crunchy coconut crumb topping. The recipe is very similar to the muffin ingredients on the Breakfast Quick Breads Chart.  Essentially, all I have done is add mashed bananas and reduced the volume of milk.  Since I had coconut oil on hand, I decided to double down on the coconut and use coconut oil as the fat in both the muffin and the topping.

In making these this week I remembered a few tips that might help you:

Tip #1 – The secret to really delicious banana muffins, cakes, and breads, is to use very ripe bananas and actually, over-ripe bananas are the very best!  My special trick is to freeze any bananas that escaped being eaten in their prime.  I just peel them and put them in a plastic freezer bag.  Then, when I need prime bananas for baking, I have them on hand.  All I need to do is thaw them thoroughly before mashing and adding them to my batter.

Tip #2 – Baking cups and muffin liners.  You know… all those pretty ones that are on the market now?  Like these?

Cute paper muffin liners that stand on their own

They are adorable!  But, not all of them are grease proof.  Just be aware that they may look grease stained and spotted if you use them.  I actually love the aluminum baking cups and have used them for years.  They peel away easily from any baked muffin or cupcake and I think the aluminum is very attractive for some baked goods.

Tip #3 – Use a moderate oven.  The temperature for this recipe is 375 degrees and your bake might be closer to 25 minutes than 20 minutes.  I found that the coconut can get too brown at the moderately hot temperature, so a small reduction of 15 degrees was enough to give the coconut crumb topping a nice golden-brown color and still be crunchy when you take a bite.

Tip #4 – Lastly, do let these cool before serving.  The topping becomes extra crunchy! Again… Yumm!

Todays Recipe is:  Coconut Crumb Banana Muffins

Associated Charts:  Breakfast Quick Breads  and  The Creaming Method

Coconut Crumb Banana Muffins


Coconut Crumb Topping

¼ Cup Light Brown Sugar

¼ Cup White Granulated Sugar

¼ Cup Flour

1/3 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut

¼ Cup Coconut Oil


¼ Cup Coconut Oil

1/3 Cup Light Brown Sugar

1 Egg

1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1 Cup Mashed Over-Ripe Bananas (About 2 Medium Sized)

1/2 Cup Whole Milk

2 Cups Sifted Flour

3 Teaspoons Baking Powder

1/2 Teaspoon Salt

3/4 Cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips


Preheat oven to 375° F.

Place 15 free standing baking cups on a large baking sheet, making sure each is well spaced from others.  Size of baking cups used for this recipe is 1 ¼” high and 2 ¼” in diameter.

If desired, a medium sized muffin pan with liners can also be used.  Because the chocolate will stick, liners are best when making these muffins. If not using liners, grease the bottoms of each cup and let the muffins cool in the pan before removing.

Coconut Crumb Topping

In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, granulated white sugar, flour, and shredded coconut with a fork.  Add coconut oil and stir until mixture looks well combined.  Set aside for later.

Coconut crumb mixture in a stainless steel bowl.

 Banana Muffins

In a medium sized bowl beat together, coconut oil and light brown sugar.  Add egg and continue to beat well.  Stir in vanilla, mashed bananas, and milk, and mix well.  (Use The Creaming Method)

Creamed mixture of coconut oil, light brown sugar, egg, vanilla, mashed bananas, and milk.

 Sift together flour, baking powder and salt. 

Add the flour mixture all at once into the wet ingredients.  Using a rubber spatula gently fold the flour into the wet ingredients but mix only until batter is barely mixed.  Streaks and clumps of flour/dough should still be visible. 

Fold in chocolate chips.

Fill baking cups 2/3 full.  Top the center of each muffin with coconut crumb topping.  Bake in oven 20 to 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of a muffin comes out clean.

The muffin cups filled with batter and topped with the coconut crumb mixture. Ready to bake!

 Baking Cups Filled Before Baking

Baked and cooling Coconut Crumb Banana Muffins.

 Baked and Ready to Enjoy!


For best banana flavor, use over-ripe bananas.  Over-ripe bananas that have been peeled and frozen are absolutely the best!  Just thaw them before use.

All ingredients should be at room temperature.

Be careful not to overmix the batter.

Muffins are best eaten the day of the bake but can be stored in an airtight container up to 3 days.  Gently warming muffins will bring out the flavor, if serving them in the days after the bake.

Prep Time:  20 Minutes 

Bake Time:  25 Minutes 

Total Time:  45 Minutes

Servings:  15 Muffins

Difficulty:  Easy

Associated Charts: Breakfast Quick Breads and  The Creaming Method

Recipe by Jan Nunes, 04/15/2018

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