Banana Walnut Muffins

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic…just try not to eat all of the streusel first!

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!I’ve spent the last week playing with my childhood toys.  More specifically, I’ve spent the last week playing with baseball cards.  (Along with a few football and even a pack of golf cards.  Yes, golf.)  Over the last couple of years, I’ve slowly been transferring stuff from my Mom’s house down in Nashville to our house here in upstate New York.  Every time I’d visit, I’d pack as many childhood toys into my suitcase as possible.  And my Mom would do the same whenever she’d come north.  After several years, I can finally say that I’m done…at least with the baseball cards.

I knew I had a lot of cards, but I don’t think I realized exactly how many I had.  I also didn’t realize how much those cards weigh.  But after lugging them through multiple airports, I now know exactly how much they weigh.  (Hint: It’s a lot.)

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!I spent hours upon hours as a kid organizing and reorganizing those cards.  In fact, my Dad taught me how to use Excel when I was just 8 years old so that I could create a sortable list of all of my cards.  I have a few older cards in there, but most are from the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The days of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Bonds (ahem, cheater).  As a kid, I imagined I would save these cards for years and years and then one day they’d be worth a lot of money.  Great plan, right?

Problem is thousands of other kids had the same idea.  After a bit of Googling, I’ve learned that those cards are pretty much worthless.  In fact, one article said they have more value as kindling for your fireplace than as a collectible.  Ouch.  But you know what?  I’m keeping those cards!  They were a huge part of my childhood, and I’ve stashed them all away under my bed.  If nothing else, Robbie can play with them when he gets older.

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!My Mom is in town now actually (with different childhood toys in tow…), and I decided to make us some tasty Banana Walnut Muffins for breakfast.  I used my go-to banana muffin recipe, but I added a twist with a walnut streusel on top.  My Mom taught me how to make these banana muffins (and banana bread) years ago, and I still make that recipe quite often.  I usually mix walnuts or pecans right into the batter and bake it that way.  But this time I used walnuts along with cinnamon to create a crumbly streusel on top of the muffins.  Delicious!

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!I’m not gonna lie.  I kinda wanted to lick the streusel off the top of the muffins…before it ever went into the oven.  Somehow I managed, though.  These Banana Walnut Muffins were quite tasty, and they didn’t last long on the kitchen counter.  (I had to run off with a plate to take some photos before anyone could catch me…)

Now that the baseball cards have made their way north, it’s time to turn our attention to the Brio trains and Hardy Boy books.  Raise your hand if you remember the Hardy Boys!  (I’m sure I’ll be reading those books to Robbie soon…just like my Dad read them to me when I was a kid.)  But for now, enjoy the memories…and these Banana Walnut Muffins!

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!

Banana Walnut Muffins

These Banana Walnut Muffins are a classic...just try not to eat all of the streusel first!
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 22 minutes
Total Time: 42 minutes
Servings: 20 muffins
Calories: 175kcal

Ingredients

For the Walnut Streusel

  • cup walnuts finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • ¾ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour

For the Muffins

  • ½ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sour cream
  • ½ Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 large bananas mashed

Instructions

For the Walnut Streusel

  • Using a medium bowl, add walnuts, brown sugar, granulated sugar and cinnamon; stir until well combined.
  • Add the melted butter; stir until well combined.
  • Add the flour; stir until well combined. Set Streusel aside.

For the Muffins

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line 2 standard muffin tins (20 total tins) with paper liners; set aside.
  • Using a countertop mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy (~2-3 minutes on medium-high speed).
  • Add eggs and vanilla; mix on low speed until just combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt). Add dry ingredients to mixer bowl; mix on low speed until just combined.
  • Add sour cream, lemon juice and bananas; mix on low speed until just combined. (Don’t forget to scrape bowl as needed to ensure all ingredients get mixed.)
  • Fill each muffin tin ½-⅔ full with batter. Top muffins with the walnut streusel.
  • Bake for 22-24 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into a muffin comes out mostly clean. Let muffins cool in pan for 10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack to finish cooling.

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26 Comments

  1. So, funny thing talking about childhood toys. I have a warm place in my heard for a couple of childhood dolls that I had. Just recently, my mom gave me an anniversary edition of one of them (35th)…..like whoa!!! Hubby’s mother has a bunch of his childhood toys and a few years ago he didn’t care for taking them back off her hands out of his childhood home and now, all of a sudden, there’s like nostalgia or something and he wants it all, lol. Ahhhh….childhood and memories, right??
    Now, these muffins! I would totally eat the streusel first, so I would make sure there’s lots on mine…..hehehe. I really enjoy banana bread so these are similar in a nice portable form and perfect with a cup (or two) of coffee. Plus, there’s fruit in there so they are classified as healthy 😉 Have a wonderful weekend, my friend!!

    1. Woah…I bet that anniversary doll totally took you back to some good times, Dawn! You’ll have to share a photo! Childhood memories really are the best. I’d go back and relive some of those days in a second if I could! (Heck, maybe that’s what I’m hoping to do by getting all of these childhood toys from my Mom…haha). These muffins are totally a childhood favorite…we really did have banana bread around all the time. Yum! Hope you had an awesome weekend, my friend!

  2. hahaha, you sound like me as a kid taking the topping of muffins and crumble when peoples back was turned. Seriously though, given how delicious those muffins look, who could blame you?

  3. I haven’t made muffins in at least a year or so. Don’t get me wrong; I enjoy muffins as much as the next person, but with just me in the house I try to minimize my sugar intake, so baking is nonexistent. I never got into baseball cards, but I did enjoy looking at others collections. I love the passion collectors have when it comes to their collects.

    1. Yeah I totally get that, Mary. Back when I lived by myself, I would occasionally bake muffins…but then I’d have them for like a whole week. (Although to be fair, a muffin sliced in half and lightly toasted is definitely delicious!) Now as far as those baseball cards, I’m not so sure whether it’s passion or pure insanity. Haha. Either way, looking at all of those baseball cards totally takes me back a few years. 🙂

    1. Hey now, you can still cheat and have a bit of sugar! Haha. I totally get it, though, Agness. Laura and I have been tracking calories all through the holidays to lose a bit of weight, so I have to bank up my calories in order to have a treat like a muffin. But it’s so worth it! 🙂 Hope you had an awesome weekend, my friend!

  4. Banana and walnut: great combo. Muffin and walnut: great combo. Muffin and streusel: great combo. That makes these muffins triple-great!

    1. Yes! I should’ve called these the Triple Great Muffins. They really are quite delicious, though, Jeff…unless you lick all of the streusel off the tops of the muffins first. Then they’re still good, but just not as good as before the streusel licking incident.

  5. I’m sorry you didn’t find your fortune in all those old baseball cards. I am super impressed that you learned how to use a spreadsheet at 8! I’m still trying to figure out that business! Maybe if I had some of these banana walnut muffins I could get my spreadsheet game on!

    1. Yeah, I was really hoping that I’d have some super rare baseball card that would be worth millions and millions. Or at least thousands and thousands. Ok, maybe hundreds. Ok, how about just a buck? 🙂 I’ll send you a batch of these muffins so you can get your spreadsheet game going, ok, Rachelle?

  6. Dang!!! Here I was hoping those cards would be worthy of a trip of ten to Australia…. I wonder how worthless my Pokemon ones are. I think the most impressive thing here is EXCEL at 8 years old!!!!

    Hope you’ve been sharing these nicely with the creator of the base- Love the streusel addition 🙂

    1. I bet those Pokemon cards are worth a bundle, mate! Like millions and millions of dollars. Or maybe enough to scrape together a cup of coffee. Haha! And, yes, I really was messing around with Excel at 8 years old. One time I managed to type in hundreds of cards (several hours)…only to then manage to delete the whole list somehow. I’m still scarred from that experience.

    1. Yeah, that’s exactly what I’m hoping for with those cards, Kathy! I’m gonna keep those bad boys stashed away under my bed for another 25 years. And then maybe they’ll be worth enough to buy me a cup of coffee! Haha. 🙂 In the meantime, though, I’m just gonna stick to these muffins. Hope you had a great weekend, my friend!

  7. Never say never, David! Sometimes you could find something you didn’t anticipate at all. Who knows, perhaps that would be a unique and highly priceless card. Perhaps even a curling one:) And you can always sell them along with these delicious banana muffins to increase the cost. Trust me, you could get good money for such a deal. I would consider buying them but: a) I don’t collect these cards b) why would I do this if we’re friends, and you’ll send me some muffins any time, right?:)

    1. You know, you’re right, Ben! I’ll keep holding onto those cards and maybe (just maybe) one will be worth something one day! I mean they’re just occupying the space under the bed…so it’s not like they’re in the way or anything. I’ll just leave ’em there and maybe they’ll turn valuable over time? 🙂 I like your idea though! I’ll sell those cards with a muffin…and that way I can turn them into a profit! Haha! Plus, your batch of muffins was sent out on Friday. I’m assuming you got them, right?

  8. Bnanana Walnut muffins for the win! Gotta love childhood memories and unfortunately for me I have Zip, Nada, nothing but one small box from my dad of old photos. He sold the house after my mom passed away and literally sold everything in the house. I was so bummed he did that, but the memories were a bit too real for him and he started over. 🙁
    Anyways, these with streusel on top of the muffins would make my day… any day.

    1. You know, I can totally get that about selling the house. I’m glad that you at least have the box of old photos. Those must be a trip down memory lane! In the meantime, brew up a pot of coffee and bake up some of these banana walnut muffins. And if you want, I can send you some baseball cards so you can share in the memories. Hah!

    1. Ohhh…chocolate chip pumpkin muffins sound amazing, Nicole! I love a good muffin. It’s the perfect snack/breakfast/etc for a grab and go. The streusel might not be the healthiest addition…but man is it delicious! 🙂 Hope your week is off to a great start!

  9. I remember those Hardy Boy (and Nancy Drew) mysteries so well – I was huge fan of them myself when I was a young ‘un! And, I think I nursed a love for stamps like you did for baseball cards! I even inherited a small part of my great grandma’s collection and have them all stashed away with the hope that Lil Shashi can find some value to or in them someday!
    But, getting back to these muffins – I wanted to lick that streusel topping off myself and had I been there y when you made these, y’all might have had banana muffins sans walnut streusel topping! 🙂

    1. Stamps, eh? I’ve always seen the stamp collecting books and stuff, but I just never got into that one. (Laura’s probably amazed at that b/c she knows my love of collecting everything!) That is so cool that you have some of your great grandma’s stamps stashed away. I bet those are incredible! Anyways, I hope your week is off to a great start so far. You know what would always make it better, though? Licking some streusel off the top of a muffin! 🙂

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