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These muffins are loaded with granola, coconut and lots of bananas in these Banana Crunch Muffins that are sure to become a favorite!

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Photo Updated July 2013

Originally published July 21, 2008: I’m always looking for more ways to use those ripe bananas up, and this one from the archives is great! In fact, you may want to let those bananas get ripe just for this recipe!

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – I wish I could participate in all of the “foodie” events out there! It seems like every week an event is announced, and I promise myself that I will participate, but then time gets away from me. This happens way more often than I’d like to admit.

Ever since I heard about Ruth’s event – Bookmarked Recipes – I knew it would be a great event for me to participate in. I’m the queen of bookmarking recipes!! But then, just like every other great event, time has been getting away from me, and I haven’t had a chance to participate yet. I’m changing that now!!

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been designated to make the treats for birthdays at work. Well, we had one a few weeks ago – on July 3rd. We only had a half day at work that day, so we decided to do a birthday breakfast instead of treats after lunch, since we would all be leaving at lunch. I was asked to make some muffins to contribute. I knew I’d be able to find a great recipe in one of my cookbooks, but I decided to hit my bookmarked recipes to find one. I went through my recipes marked as “muffins”, and one title – Banana Crunch Muffins – stood out to me. And I actually had some on-their-way-out bananas at home. I clicked on the link, but it no longer existed! Then I realized that the blog it was bookmarked from – Mommy Cooks – (which I’ve mentioned recipes from several times) no longer existed. Luckily, Elizabeth, the writer of Mommy Cooks, started up a new blog – The Flowering Dogwood. So I went over to her new blog to see if she had re-posted the Banana Crunch Muffin recipe. As luck would have it, she had just posted about these muffins that same day I went looking!

These muffins were delicious! I was expecting more of a “crunch” with the granola, and I didn’t really get that, but it did add another layer of flavor and texture. I had some dried bananas that I topped mine with, but they would be great sprinkled with some extra granola as well. And they were a hit at work!

Banana Crunch Muffins
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These muffins are loaded with granola, coconut and lots of bananas in these muffins that are sure to become a favorite!
Serves: 18-28 muffins
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 extra-large eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
  • 1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 cup granola cereal
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • dried banana pieces
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 18 large or 28 regular muffin tins with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in the melted butter and mix.
  3. In another bowl, combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and mashed bananas. Mix into the bowl with the flour, just until combined. (Do not overmix.)
  4. Fold in the diced banana, walnuts, granola and coconut.
  5. Fill the prepared muffin cups with the batter. Top each muffin with a dried banana chip.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.

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48 Responses to Banana Crunch Muffins

  1. Maria says:

    I have some ripe bananas begging to be used! Thanks for the recipe! I will give this one a try.

  2. noble pig says:

    This has the awe facter, I love it, so love it…you inspire me my dear.

  3. eatme_delicious says:

    Oh my these sound SO good! I’ve never thought of putting granola in a muffin. I have a bunch of bananas at home that I can use tonight to make these.

  4. Colloquial Cook says:

    Damn, they look pretty good! I could have one right now, if it weren’t for a stupid ocean and a couple of continents.

  5. Courtney says:

    i am going to have to bookmark this, they look so yummy. thanks for sharing them. I didnt know mommy cooks had a new blog, i use to love that site. very happy she is blogging still.

  6. TheKeilShpeel says:

    Those muffins look delicious.

  7. Patsyk says:

    Those sound really yummy!

  8. Cara says:

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve written about it before too, and it is super. That Ina Garten knows how to make a muffin! Glad yours turned out great!

  9. Mary says:

    I need to start buying bananas again. These muffins looks scrumptious!

  10. Mansi Desai says:

    my favorite muffins indeed! they look pretty cute:)

  11. Grace says:

    awesome–these would be terrific with some kashi go lean crunch, one of my favorite granola cereals of all time. i love the slice on top–very artistic. 🙂

  12. Aggie says:

    I love that you used a dried banana slice on top, it looks delicious! I think I have the cookbook this recipe is in, I love banana muffins, will have to try these!

  13. PheMom says:

    Those look wonderfully tasty!

  14. Paula says:

    Yum, banana muffins. Actually banana anything sounds great to me. I like how this recipe uses different forms of banana to create flavor and texture. Great recipe!

  15. Kevin says:

    Those banana crunch muffins look and sound really good!

  16. glamah16 says:

    How fun with the bananna chips on top. Ineed to try this.

  17. Peabody says:

    I hear ya on the wanting to participate. I just never seem to find the time.
    Good looking muffins.

  18. Beth says:

    Im always looking for recipes that use up over ripe banana’s. This one looks great

  19. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, I wish I could take part in more events, too. 🙁

    These muffins have my sister’s name all over them – I’ll translate the recipe for her!

  20. Heather says:

    mmmm delicious! i love the pictures with the pretty banana slice on top!

  21. April says:

    These muffins look delish!!

  22. Claire says:

    These look great! A little different from the run of the mill banana muffins.

  23. Jenny says:

    Yum, your muffins look terrific. I love the sound of banana crunch. I made muffins too!

  24. Cakespy says:

    What a happy crunch those would give–I think this is cake you can feel slightly virtuous about in the morning!

  25. Jeena says:

    Wonderful banana recipe the words ‘banana crunch’ alone are making me hungry. 🙂

  26. jasmine says:

    Wah…I only have one banana left and it’s not really close to being ripe enough for my (baking) liking.

    Hopefully the timing will work out and I’ll be able to try these out…


  27. Shandy says:

    WoW! I bet everyone at work just LOVES you! Does your cooking ever inspire others to try cooking more at home?
    I saw bookmarked recipes too and so many of the recipes I make are from something I bookmarked. I so need to try to squeeze her’s in.

  28. kamailesfood says:

    These banana muffins look great! I’ve never tried making muffins with granola, but I love granola and I love muffins. I’ll have to try these.

  29. Emiline says:

    What a nice morning treat! I love banana anything. They look delicious.

  30. Ruth Elkin says:

    I really love the little crunchy chips of banana on top! Great contrast of texture.

  31. kat says:

    wow banana crunch sounds fabulous! I know what you mean about all the food events out there…you cook everyday & still not have something for every one

  32. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    I have really been wanting to participate in Ruth’s event too! Man, I wish I could do them all! So many great events out there. But you are right, this one is perfect for you and what a great entry!

  33. kimberleyblue says:

    Oh, I made these once! I really enjoyed them; yours look great!

  34. kellypea says:

    Love the ingredients in these — especially the chopped up banana and the granola. Yum! As far as being the designated baker type person for birthdays at work, how many are there? I can just picture you up to your elbows!

  35. Stephanie says:

    Yum! The idea of putting granola IN the muffins?? Delicious!

  36. Maria says:

    Wow great looking muffins, a definate must try!


  37. Scrumptious muffins, I love the granola!

  38. Jaclyn says:

    These look delicious! I love everything you’ve added into them and the granola for that added crunch, yum!

  39. These look so good! Love the dried banana chips on top!

  40. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    These look delicious, I love banana muffins and I bet the touch of coconut in these makes them taste incredible!!

  41. I love bananas! I always have them in the house. Will have to try these!

  42. Dina says:

    banana muffins sound yummy!

  43. Stacy says:

    I just made these and omg I am so in love!!! Thank you for posting this!!!!

  44. Anne says:

    I have three ripe bananas on my counter just waiting to be used. I will make these tonight without the coconut – my boys wont eat coconut, but love the rest of the ingredients!

  45. I have a muffin addiction and these look amazing! I love the idea of putting granola in muffins for added texture. I’m pinning these!

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