Do you always have bananas on hand?  I do and sometimes forget just how many bananas we’ll actually eat when I’m putting them in the cart.  When they get that spotty black color and turn soft, it’s time to do something.  Don’t throw them out, they are perfect for muffins.   These jumbo muffins with a streusel topping taste good with your morning cup of tea or coffee, or an afternoon break.

It takes 4 bananas, some unsalted butter, sugar, flour, baking soda, vanilla, an egg and some walnuts.

Melt the butter in the microwave for 20 seconds and then pour over bananas.  I use a pastry cutter and mash them all together.

Add in the sugar, egg and vanilla, stir it all together. Next add the soda and salt.

Add the flour a little bit at a time and and mix until you have all the flour incorporated into the banana mix.

Roughly chop a cup of walnuts and fold them into the muffin mixture.

Fill your muffin pans with the paper cups.  I wanted a big muffin so I filled them almost to the top of the paper cups.  This will make 12 muffins.

The streusel ingredients include flour, brown sugar, oats, butter, walnuts and a little cinnamon.

Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour, brown sugar and oat and cinnamon mix.  Don’t melt the butter for this one, keep it cold so it will make a crumbly topping.

Add the walnuts to the mix and run it through with the pastry cutter a couple times.  You’ll get a crumbly topping that looks like this.

Generously spoon streusel topping over the banana mixture.  Cover the whole muffin.  It looks messy now but wait, it will all be good. Bake 30 minutes and test with a toothpick.  When it comes out clean, it’s ready to come out of the oven.

Cool for 15 minutes and they will easily slide out of the muffin pan.

Banana Nut Muffins with Walnut Streusel

4 ripe Bananas
1/3 cup butter, melted
3/4 cup Sugar
1 Egg
1 teaspoon Vanilla
1 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/8 teaspoon Salt
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped

Mix the bananas and melted butter together with a pastry cutter. Add sugar, egg and vanilla, and stir into banana mixture. Add the baking soda and salt. Mix together. Add the flour a little at a time and mix together until you have all the flour incorporated into the mixture. Fold in the coarsely chopped walnuts.

Line a muffin pan with paper liners. Spoon banana mixture to the top of the the paper liners. Generously spoon Walnut Streusel over the banana muffin mix until all the muffins are covered.

Bake at 350 for 30 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes.  Makes 12 muffins.

Walnut Streusel Topping

1/3 cup Flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/3 cup Oats
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, heaping
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cold
1/3 cup Walnuts, coarsely chopped

In a medium size bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, oats and cinnamon.  Cut in the butter with a pastry cutter until the mixture becomes crumbly.  Add in the walnuts and run through the pastry cutter a couple more times.