Banana Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

Banana Cinnamon Streusel MuffinsThe husband nearly died again–I think.  This time though, I take no responsibility.  Here’s the deal.  As usual, the boy had a few beers Friday evening.  He got in a bit late, then slept late on Saturday.  Fine.  Then Saturday was hot.  Like, really hot.  Nonetheless, we hopped on the bikes and rode down to Park & Co. for a burger fix (for the boy, of course–though I must say their iced tea is delicious).

Sitting under our lovely umbrella on the patio at Park & Co., the camel Scott washed down his BBQ burger and fries with one pint of Mama’s Little Yella Pils and three full glasses of water.  Boy was thirsty, I guess, but all was fine.  We hopped back on the bikes and headed for home.  En route, we decide on a brief detour to some shops.  That’s when Scott learns that Wax Trax has no A/C…

He catches up with me in Babysitter’s Nightmare and, looking like hell, states that he’s ready to go.  He’s hot and needs to get cooled down.  Okay.  So off we go again.  Once home, my poor monkey strips nekkid (mostly), has a drink, and lays on the carpet.  Again, not too odd.  Only this time, he takes forever to cool off and complains of feeling all achy and gross.  We attribute it to the heat and the manual labor he was forced to do on Friday evening (taking down cabinet doors as part of the kitchen renovation–but I digress).

Sunday, he wakes up even worse.  We hope it’s not flu and I give him Ibuprofen and DayQuil.  He drinks a pitcher of juice + more and stays in jammies all day.  Flip to Monday morning.  He wakes up fine, ready to go to the office!  Here I was expecting to get to take care of him all day…I admit, I was a bit disappointed.  Glad he’s better, but still.  Anyway, cutting to the chase, Sunday I made these muffins with lots o’ mashed banana.  I hear the potassium is supposed to be good for muscle repair.  Whatever.

1 1/2 c Flour (I like to mix 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour with 1 c All Purpose Flour)
1 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 c Mashed Bananas (about three)
1/2 c Sugar
1/4 c Brown Sugar
1 Egg, lightly beaten
1/3 c Canola Oil
2/3 c Brown Sugar
4 Tbs Flour
1/4-1/2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
2 Tbs Butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375.  Prepare your muffin pan by inserting some festive liners–yellow, if you have them, with monkeys printed on them (I wish I’d had those), then set aside.

Whisk together the 1 1/2 c flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl.  In a medium bowl, combine the vanilla extract, bananas, sugar, 1/4 c brown sugar, egg, and oil.  Add these combined wet ingredients to the flour mixture, stirring just until well-incorporated.

Combine the 2/3 c brown sugar, 4 Tbs flour, and pumpkin pie spice in a small bowl.  Cut in the butter until you get some course crumb-age.

Distribute the batter into your prepared muffin cups and top evenly with the streusel mixture, pressing it into the batter a bit.  You may have a little extra streusel–I did.  Oh well.  Now bake ‘em 20-25 minutes…until you can poke a toothpick in one and pull it out without being covered in batter.  Let ‘em cool and feed them to your monkey.

Yield: 12 Muffins

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5 Responses to Banana Cinnamon Streusel Muffins

  1. Jina says:


    When you told me about your blog today in pilates class I immediately put on my to-do list for the day! :) I am so entertained by your story and cannot wait to try your recipe to feed them to my 4 monkeys … teeheehee! You are a talented, brilliant and humorous story teller (in person AND in writing!) and such an incredibly sweet and beautiful spirit. How’d I get so lucky to meet you girlie?

    Hugs, Jina xoxo

    P.S. – You could easily develop a cult-following here and turn this into an spare or even full-time income! Either way, I am subscribing in hopes that I may get lucky that you post again darlin. I wish you and your ‘monkey’ a fabulous weekend!

    • Melissa says:

      You’re such a sweetie! Maybe if I can get more time, I’ll revisit this old thing. Maybe you can come over and bake with me–give me a little motivation! I am flattered by your compliments–I think you’re just peachy too! We should do something outside of class sometime–maybe grab a coffee? See you Monday!

  2. Megan says:

    Hi Melissa!
    Nice to see another high altitude baker on the internet. Just wanted to send over a hello :)

  3. Amanda says:

    Yes please, continue posting! I was googling high altitude red velvet and your blog came up. I love cooking and decided to give baking a fair shot, but it can be challenging adapting recipes from cookbooks (probably written at sea level) to edible products. I am sure I will be consulting your blog for future reference!

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