What happens when you replace the butter in a streusel topping with peanut butter and then pack it on top of a peanut butter banana muffin? Pure peanut butter banana bliss!
These Peanut butter banana muffins are soft and moist with a large crumb befitting a bakery-style muffin. I pile the streusel generously atop to create a peanut butter banana masterpiece!
There is no shortage of streusel topping on the muffins!
And since I called these “muffins”, they are a completely acceptable breakfast food. You’re welcome.
Clearly my love of crumble doesn’t stop with berry desserts because I am not ashamed to say that I ate three muffin tops while taking photos of these muffins.
Yes, three. Yes, just the tops.
What? I’m human.
Did you think I wasn’t? That’s so sweet.
The banana, brown sugar and yogurt keep these muffins very moist, and pureeing the bananas with the peanut butter and yogurt evenly distributes both primary flavors throughout the batter, so that each bite is full of the peanut butter banana taste that you love! You will love how these light and fluffy muffins practically melt in your mouth!
There are five, yes, FIVE large bananas in this recipes, which means they are fabulously moist and bursting with banana flavor. In this recipe I also use bananas that are not just brown spotted but practically liquefied. Really, really ripe. These are bananas that are so ripe you wouldn’t want them to stay on the counter another day.
While yours don’t have to be quite this far gone, you want the banana flavor to be developed enough to be able to hold its own against the peanut butter. As long as they are passed the brown spotted stage, you should be golden.
I always use muffin liners, but I tested this recipe in unlined muffin tins and I regret it. I think the tin (even nonstick) imparts a subtly strange flavor to the very outside of the muffin. An unfussy and inexpensive liner will keep the peanut butter flavor pure.
Liners also help a frozen muffin stay moist in the freezer and during thawing. Bonus!
On a side note, if you ever come over, ask for a muffin! I always have several different kinds hiding away in the freezer! Or I will just make these Peanut Butter Banana Muffins with Peanut Butter Streusel Topping because nothing beats a muffin straight from the oven!
These Peanut butter banana muffins are soft and moist with a large crumb befitting a bakery-style muffin. The streusel is generously piled atop creating a peanut butter banana masterpiece! The banana, brown sugar and yogurt keep these muffins very moist, and pureeing the bananas with the peanut butter and yogurt evenly distributes both primary flavors throughout the batter, so that each bite is full of the peanut butter banana taste that you love!
For the Mufffins:
½ cup unsalted butter, very, very soft but not melted
¾ cup light brown sugar, packed
2 large eggs
½ cup Greek yogurt (I use Fage 2% because I think every other kind tastes funny…)
½ cup smooth peanut butter (I use Jiff in baking, if you use natural, please add 2 T more sugar)
5 large bananas (~2 ½ cups), very, very ripe
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 ¼ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
For the Streusel:
½ cup brown sugar, not packed
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons peanut butter (smooth, preferably not Natural)
Pre-heat the oven to 350°. Line 15 standard muffin tins with liners (or spray if you must).
Make the streusel first: In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugars and cinnamon. Add the peanut butter and mix with a fork until crumbles form. The topping should hold together and “crumble” when squeezed in your hand. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Now for the muffins! In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, soda, and cinnamon; set aside.
In another medium bowl (if you have an immersion blender) or in the cup of a blender add the yogurt, bananas, peanut butter, and vanilla; process until smooth. Use an immersion blender if you have one because the clean up is much easier.
In a large bowl cream the sugar with the butter until light and fluffy using a hand mixer on medium speed. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Add in the banana mixture all at once and incorporate with the hand mixer on medium speed.
Switch to a sturdy spatula and fold the dry ingredients into the wet, , scraping the bottom with each fold, until no large pockets of dry ingredients remain. Be careful not to over mix!
Fill each muffin tin almost all the way full using a large cookie scoop or the good, old-fashioned pour straight from the bowl method. Crumble a generous portion of the streusel topping onto each muffin, pressing down slightly. I like to squeeze it firmly in my hand first and then separate it slightly, keeping some large chunks, as I distribute it over the muffin’s surface.
Bake in preheated oven for 15-25 minutes, but I like to start checking after 10. My oven does what it wants and is unreliable at best, so I check early. That being said, I never open my oven door until the muffins have risen fully on top because if they are sunken in the middle, they aren’t done yet! I also bake the full pan of muffins first and let the other partial pan wait on the counter. No harm has ever come of the delay. In fact, the second batch will often bake up higher than the first contrary to popular belief.
Let cool 5 minutes in pans before removing to a wire rack to cool completely or be eaten.
This recipe make slightly more streusel than needed unless you get really crazy with the topping. You may cut down the recipe but I like to err on the side of having too much rather than too little!