Say goodbye to boring banana muffins and hello to these moist, cinnamon swirl banana muffins topped with streusel. These muffins taste like coffee cake!
Let me simplify: ripe bananas + brown sugar cinnamon swirl + streusel topping = heaven! You’re going to LOVE these cinnamon streusel banana muffins. They have a light and fluffy crumb texture. The flavor is perfectly sweet and will have you going in for seconds.
This recipe calls for my go-to banana muffin recipe that got a few tweaks to make it extra special. I reduced the brown sugar in the muffin recipe since we are adding that cinnamon swirl in the middle and adding a sweet topping. To get that soft and airy texture, I used a mix of both oil and butter that keeps this recipe moist and buttery while not being too heavy.
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Why You’ll Love These Muffins With Streusel Topping
People who love banana bread love banana muffins. And people who love banana muffins are going to wish they found this cinnamon streusel banana muffin recipe sooner! The streusel topping makes these muffins so delicious and adds a little bit of crunch.
Made With Rich Ripe Bananas, Cinnamon and Brown Sugar
The key to making the best banana muffins is to use ripe bananas that are covered in brown spots. The riper the banana, the sweeter its taste! Lots of cinnamon and a brown sugar swirl dotted through the center also make these muffins extra delicious.
Step-by-Step Instructions for Cinnamon Sugar Banana Muffins
- Mix wet ingredients
To make the muffin batter, add the ripe bananas, eggs, brown sugar, melted butter and oil to a mixing bowl. Mix until the bananas are broken down into small pieces.
- Mix dry ingredients
Next, add the flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda. Begin to mix the wet and dry ingredients together until just combined.
- Grease muffin tin
Line a 12 cup muffin tin with parchment paper cups. Use cooking spray to grease the liners before fillings the cups halfway with muffin batter.
- Add cinnamon swirl
Mix the brown sugar cinnamon swirl filling and add a teaspoon to the centers of each of the muffin cups. Use a toothpick or knife to gently swirl the cinnamon sugar through the batter.
- Top with streusel
Top the muffins with the remaining batter and make the streusel. Top each of the muffins with the crumb topping before putting them in the oven.
- Bake muffins
Bake the muffins until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with few crumbs. The edges of the muffins should be lightly golden brown.
Inspired by Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake Mix
I grew up making crumb cake on the weekends and when I was developing this recipe and took a bite, this cake is exactly what I was reminded of. I loved taking a butter knife to swirl the cinnamon layer through the center of the cake and created a pretty design. Once the crumb cake was ready to eat, I’d search for the slice with the most cinnamon sugar and quickly claim it. Haha! My sweet tooth just couldn’t resist.
If you also loved baking cinnamon crumb cake, then I know you’re going to adore this recipe!
Easier Than Banana Bread
My favorite thing about making banana muffins is that they are out of the oven in less than 30 minutes. Traditional banana bread takes about an hour to bake. Turning your banana bread recipe into muffins also make them easier to eat. You can quickly grab a muffin and go!
Easy Banana Muffins:
- Granulated White Sugar
- Neutral Oil
- Vanilla Extract
- Milk of Choice
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- All-Purpose Flour
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Baking Soda
Cinnamon Swirl Filling:
- Softened Butter
- Powdered Sugar
- Cocoa Powder
- Vanilla Extract
- brown sugar
To make this recipe gluten-free, simply use 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. You can also use a mix of baking flour and GF oat flour if you’d like.
Want to add a mix-in?
If you want to add a mix-in to these muffins, nuts like walnuts or pecans, raisins or dates, or chocolate chips make great options. If adding a sweet mix-in like chopped medjool dates, I would not pack the brown sugar so the muffins don’t become overly sweet.
Oil or butter?
This recipe calls for a mix of both! Using melted butter and a neutral oil makes these cinnamon banana muffins super moist.
More Muffin Recipes:
- Cinnamon Pear Oatmeal Muffins
- Moist Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
- Banana Maple Bacon Muffins
- Healthy Lemon Blueberry Muffins
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Frequently asked questions:
These banana muffins last for about 5 days at room temperature. To keep them for about a week, you can put them in the fridge for the last few days to prolong their freshness.
You can easily store banana muffins in the tin loosely covered with aluminum foil and keep it on the counter.
Spooning and leveling your flour and not over-mixing helps to make light and fluffy muffins.
A mixture of both butter and oil is the secret to making perfectly moist muffins! Butter adds flavor and oil creates a moist crumb.
Streusel is traditionally made with flour, butter and sugar. This crumb topping uses cinnamon and brown sugar.