Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed

Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed on AprilJHarris.com
One of my favourite breakfasts is muffins. I love that you can pack so much flavour – and even nutrition – in such a delicious little package. I’m always trying to sneak the nutritious stuff into muffins. Whether it’s my Carrot Walnut Bran Muffins or my Banana and Chia Seed Muffins, you can usually find something nutritious tucked into just about every muffin recipe I make. Well, maybe not every muffin recipe…but definitely most of them!

Good for you not withstanding, I do love a muffin with a streusel topping. Naked muffins taste good but there’s something about a streusel topping that makes a muffin look – and taste – extra appealing. These Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed are no exception.

Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed on AprilJHarris.com
Banana Streusel Muffins are a great way to use up leftover bananas, the riper the better. The addition of the flaxseed (also known as linseed) adds a great flavour as well as micronutrients, Omega-3 fatty acids (the good fats), dietary fiber and iron. The pecans are good for you too as they contain potassium, protein and vitamin E. The muffin itself isn’t all that sweet as the main recipe contains only half a cup of sugar but the crumbly, cinnamon sugar topping laced with finely chopped pecans really does make these Banana Streusel Muffins a treat.

Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed on AprilJHarris.com
The combination of a lower sugar muffin with a sweet, cinnamon spiked streusel topping makes my Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed the perfect balance between naughty and nice! Perfect for breakfast, teatime or a snack, these easy to make muffins are sure to become a family favourite.

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Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed
 
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Serves: 12 muffins
Ingredients
  • For the streusel:
  • 3 tablespoons cold butter, cut in small pieces
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar (Demerera (Turbinado) if possible but white sugar is fine)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans
  • For the muffins:
  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled and mashed
  • ½ cup mild olive oil
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons crème fraîche or sour cream (you can use light or low fat)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1⅔ cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons milled (ground) flaxseed
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • a generous pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup pecans, roughly chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C or 160°C for a fan oven).
  2. Line a 12 cup muffin pan with paper liners.
  3. First, make the streusel-
  4. Cut the flour into the butter using a pastry blender or two knives until it resembles coarse crumbs.
  5. Add the sugar and continue to cut in.
  6. Using a fork, stir in the cinnamon and the ¼ cup finely chopped pecans.
  7. Set aside.
  8. Now, for the muffins -
  9. Beat the oil and the eggs together in a medium bowl or jug.
  10. Beat in the vanilla and crème fraîche or sour cream.
  11. Stir in the mashed bananas and set aside.
  12. In another, larger bowl, mix together the flour, flaxseed, sugar, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ¾ cup chopped pecans.
  13. Add the oil and egg mixture to the flour mixture in the larger bowl and stir until just combined.
  14. Divide the batter between the muffin cups. (An ice cream scoop makes this easy.)
  15. Sprinkle a bit of the streusel mixture over each muffin.
  16. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the centre of the muffins comes out clean. (It's a good idea to watch the muffins after 15 minutes - oven temperatures can vary so radically.)
  17. Cool on a wire rack. Delicious warm or at room temperature.

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Article by April Harris

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  1. Having morning coffee as I type this wishing I had one of these delicious muffins.

  2. What a perfect way to start the day or to enjoy with my afternoon coffee. Looking forward to these muffins!

  3. I love that you make your muffins nutritious…now if I could get you to make them for me! 😉

  4. I don’t eat breakfast, but with my afternoon tea I’d eat a few of these happily 🙂

  5. What a yummy way to start the day!

  6. Banana streusel muffins with flaxseed is healthy and delicious April, I wish I can join you for an afernoon tea.

  7. April, these are so my kind of muffins and I plan to try them very soon! Have you ever used a whole-grain or GF flour in this recipe? I have all kinds of flours I like to “play” with such as spelt, oat, almond, white-whole wheat as well as GF mixtures. Would love to know what you think as you are the baking maven!

    • Hi Linda, Thank you so much! I have been meaning to try more gluten free flours but as yet I have not done as much experimentation as I would like to. I am sure that they would work though as muffin recipes are generally very forgiving. If using whole wheat flour I would probably go 50/50 with white flour just to keep the texture a bit lighter 🙂

  8. Your Banana Streusel Muffins with Flaxseed sound so yummy April! Pinning.

  9. Hi April,
    Thanks so much for sharing this awesome muffin recipe with us at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    We love having you and have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

  10. I can’t think of much better than one of these with my morning coffee – they look lovely and delicious! Thank you for sharing!

  11. I so enjoy streusel toppings on my muffins and pies. A healthy muffin just in time to celebrate fall.

  12. These sound so delicious!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  13. What a lovely setting to enjoy this delicious Banana Streusel Muffins. Hope you are having a great weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. Health, ease, and flavor! What more could anyone ask for from these beautiful muffins?!

  15. April these look so tasty. Thanks for the mention in your post and for sharing with us at #Throwback Thursday link party. Please join us again next week and invite your friends to join. Pinned

  16. These look perfect! Anything with streusel has my name written all over it!

  17. I’m not a big banana person but I have the feeling these muffins would be absolutely delightful with a hot cup of coffee in the morning!

  18. These look delicious – great way to get in those Omega 3’s!

  19. These look so good! I am hosting a brunch soon. I will be making these!

  20. Cute, easy, bite size, healthy, yummy. Did I leave anything out?

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