Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins

As we head into Spring next week, I'm trying to do Spring stuff. No, not buy a new wardrobe (dude, I live in Los Angeles, we only have one just put on or take off the jacket as needed ;). I'm trying to do some Spring cleaning. And that includes my cache of orphan blog posts.

This is where it is like spring cleaning. Pulling out stuff you don't remember buying. Things you meant to do. And picking up stuff and having no idea how it got there.

This is one of those recipes.

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins
I vaguely remember my mom throwing Costco bananas in my car after a visit. Then I remember them sitting on the table for a little too long. One fine morning long ago, I found this recipe and made it before work.

I took Bon App├ętit's (January 2003) recipe by Jennifer Martin for Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel and made it into muffins. Fast and easy. But I have no memory of how many were made or how long they took to bake.

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins
Because I didn't put a middle layer of streusel (like they do in the cake), I remember having a boatload of streusel leftover. So cut the streusel in half. And put more on...mine look skimpy in that department.

Expect a few more of these posts as I continue my computer Spring cleaning...if only I can find the recipe for this mysterious carrot cake bundt that is in my photo file. Sigh.

Adapted from Bon Appetit, Jan 2003, found on Epicurious, by Jennifer Martin, Portland, OR. Click here for the original 8x8 cake recipe.

Click here for printable recipe

Banana Coffee Cake with Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins

(This is about half the original streusel don't need that much for muffins because they don't have two layers of streusel)
3/4 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup (packed) golden brown sugar
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional) (I skipped this)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 large egg
1 1/3 cups mashed very ripe bananas (about 3 large)
3 tablespoons buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a muffin tin with liners or spray. Stir chocolate chips, brown sugar, walnuts, and cinnamon in small bowl until well blended; set streusel aside. Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt into medium bowl. Using electric mixer (I used my Kitchenaid with paddle attachment), beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg and blend well. Beat in mashed bananas and buttermilk. Slowly add dry ingredients until just incorporated. Don't overmix.

Scoop batter into muffin tins (2/3 full) Top with streusel. Bake until toothpick comes out clean. Cool and serve.

Note: I don't remember how long these baked...I would check after 13-15 minutes as it depends on your oven. I also don't remember how many muffins these made, but I see at least 14 in my photo above. Hey, it was early in the morning! If you make these, let me know! :) Cheer, - mary the food librarian
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Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

oh YUM! I have some bananas on my counter that are looking a little, ahem, spotty....I might have to make this!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Tiffany said... [Reply to comment]

That is one of my favorite recipes for Banana Bread! I never thought about making it into muffins. That's a great idea.

Audrey said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, Mary...I like your idea of spring cleaning! (and I hope you find that carrot cake bundt sounds wonderul).

Sasha said... [Reply to comment]

these muffins look awesome - the perfect way to spring into spring...even if you're not buying a new wardrobe ; )

beth said... [Reply to comment]

YUM, these look good. I have to say, though, I made this last night and it transforms chocolate & bananas. Check it out!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

These sound awesome Mary! Banana baked goods with chocolate and streusel = deliciousness!!

DailyChef said... [Reply to comment]

Banana coffee cake muffins - I can honestly see I've never seen these before! They look amazing!

Andrea said... [Reply to comment]

You know, I always make banana bread with my getting-old bananas, and I've never really thought to put them into something else. The streusel mist take these right over the top!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

They look marvelous. I haven't made anything with banana for a while!

Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

If you have more like this, keep the spring cleaning posts comin!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

I have bananas to use. Nice timing with this recipe:)

Kathleen said... [Reply to comment]

These are definitely the next muffin I bake!

Unique Chocolate Gifts said... [Reply to comment]

Yum!Yum!This looks so delicious. It's a nice idea making it Banana Coffee Muffins from Banana Coffee Cake.
Nicely done....

kimberleyblue said... [Reply to comment]

I have bananas ripening away on my counter right now, and leftover buttermilk in my fridge. Guess what I'm making tonight?

These look and sound like bits of heaven!

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

Ha! I love how you made these but don't remember how. I've been in that situation way too many times...

These look fantastic. I will have to try them soon.

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a sucker for streusel! These look delicious.

Trevor Sis Boom said... [Reply to comment]

Hi Mary! Thanks for stopping by! I seems I'm addicted to the Library. I made these muffins last night. Check them out:

Jasmine said... [Reply to comment]

I had some old bananas occupying space in my freezer that desperately needed to be used so I made this recipe for my office potluck.

I made mini muffins and there were probably about 40, all up. I did cook them for closer to 15-20 minutes.

By the way, in your recipe you say "beat sugar and sugar until fluffy" - I think you mean sugar and butter? That's how I took it anyway (:

And thank you for sharing this! Great photos and the muffins got rave reviews!

The Food Librarian said... [Reply to comment]

Jasmine #17, Thank you for the typo! I fixed it. I'm glad they worked out as minis. I'm going to try that next! - mary

Diane said... [Reply to comment]

Mary- I made these for Lily's playdate and they were a hit! I was making them at 8am and had to leave for the playdate at 9 - so I was kind of in a rush and I didn't read the directions - I just kind of threw everything in a bowl - I hadn't read the part about combining the sugar and butter, gently folding in the dry ingredients or not overmixing (I definitely did this!) but it didn't seem to matter - the muffins came out nice and fluffy! 13 minutes was perfect too! I will defintely make this recipe again

Diane and Lily

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