Banana, Almond & White Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins

Recipe for banana almond white chocolate chip streusel muffins

I can’t seem to stop buying cookbooks.  I have a lot of cookbooks, but whenever I see a cookbook in a shop I can’t walk past without flicking through the pages and feeling inspired by all the delicious recipes.  I think it’s an addiction.  Does anyone else have this problem?

Anyway, when I came across the SoNo Baking Company Cookbook, and saw all of the delicious muffins, cupcakes, cakes, danishes, tarts, and bread recipes contained inside I couldn’t help but want to add it to my collection.  Once I got home and sat down to read it properly, I loved the great array of recipes contained inside and set about tagging all the things I wanted to cook (I do this with all of my cookbooks, does anyone else do this?), only to find half of the pages in the book ended up being tagged.  That’s a sign of a good cookbook in my mind, one that provides lots of inspiring recipes you can’t wait to cook and adapt to suit your tastes, and make your own.

The first recipe I wanted to try, was banana streusel muffins.  My boyfriend had recently had surgery, and I knew that these would be the perfect thing to lift his spirits given his love of banana cake.  While I did modify the recipe considerably, to suit our tastes and the ingredients we had on hand, the muffins didn’t disappoint, and soon after trying them they were dubbed “awesome” by my boyfriend. I especially loved the crunchy streusel topping.

Now, onto the winner of the Barefoot In Paris cookbook competition.  The winner is Chocolate Shavings who provided the following answer to what is your favourite French food –  “I love gratin dauphinois ( a potato gratin with cream) – it’s the perfect food as we head into Fall!”.  Congratulations and thank you for entering the competition!  I will contact you by email to arrange delivery of your prize.

How to make banana almond streusel muffins

Banana, Almond and White Chocolate Chip Streusel Muffins
Inspired by The Sono Baking Company Cookbook

Makes 12 muffins

Streusel Topping

1/2 cup of plain flour
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg
55g of butter, at room temperature

1. Add all the ingredients to the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment and mix until the butter is mixed in and the mixture starts to form pea sized clumps.

2. Set aside in the refrigerator while you make the muffins.

Muffins

2 cups of plain flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of baking soda
110g of butter, at room temperatore and cut into cubes
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of coarse salt
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
3 overripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup of buttermilk
1 cup of almonds
200g of white chocolate chips
2 teaspoons of nutmeg

1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees celsius and place the almonds on a baking tray and roast for 10 minutes.  Check frequently to ensure they do not burn.  Remove from the oven allow to cool before chopping roughly.

2. Combine the flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and whisk to combine and aerate.

3. In a mixing bowl fitted with a paddle attachment combine the butter and sugar and beat on a medium speed until light and fluffy.

4. Add the eggs to the mixture, one at a time, and beat well between each addition.

5. Add the bananas, nutmeg and vanilla extract and mix to combine.

6. Switch the mixer to a low speed and add the combined flour, baking soda and baking powder and mix until combined before adding the buttermilk, almonds and white chocolate chips.

7. Fill a muffin tray with baking cups and use an ice cream scoop to scoop the mixture into the muffin cases ensuring the mixture is divided evenly before sprinkling the streusel topping over the top of each muffin.

8. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes.

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14 Comments

  1. chanel September 26, 2010  7:29 pm Reply

    I also have a bit of a cookbook addiction, but I hardly ever use them! I always just end up searching for something online

    What a lovely treat to give your partner :)

    • delicieux September 27, 2010  8:08 am Reply

      Thanks Chanel :) I found myself not using cookbooks too at one stage but I think that was because those books didn't inspire me enough. I've come across some beautiful books recently that have really inspired me. I love cookbooks that not only have great recipes but are also beautiful to look at.

  2. Lynne September 27, 2010  1:07 pm Reply

    I love buying cookbooks, but they take up so much room!
    Those muffins look amazing! And super duper yummy!
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    • delicieux September 27, 2010  3:04 pm Reply

      Thanks Lynne :)

      I agree, cookbooks do tend to take up a lot of room (especially if you have a large collection) but I love having them on hand to flick through to feel inspired.

    • delicieux September 27, 2010  3:04 pm Reply

      You're welcome :) I hope you like the book.

  3. Jess September 28, 2010  10:59 am Reply

    I really need to include streusel in my baking more often. If I buy a muffin at a cafe or something, I'm usually pretty excited if it has streusel on it (ok so apparently I get excited easily). Yet I never put streusel on my own muffins. Things will have to change...

    These muffins look fantastic and I want one so badly right now (it's just about muffin o'clock in my daily schedule - I always seem to want a muffin particularly badly between 10 and 11am).
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  4. Lisa September 28, 2010  2:46 pm Reply

    What gorgeous muffins. I absolutely love the streusel topping on them. I think streusel is my favorite part of a muffin. I could be content just picking that off and eating it bit by bit.

    • delicieux September 28, 2010  3:50 pm Reply

      The crumbly streusel is my favourite part too. I love them warm.

  5. delicieux September 28, 2010  3:52 pm Reply

    I loved streusel for a long time before I made this recipe. I have no idea why I'd never baked with streusel before. It definitely won't be the last time though!

  6. LimeCake October 4, 2010  8:22 pm Reply

    Mmm anything with a streusel topping has gotta taste awesome! nothing beats a muffin straight out of the oven.

    • delicieux October 6, 2010  2:49 pm Reply

      I agree, I love muffins or cakes straight from the oven. Nothing better!

  7. Chef A October 21, 2010  12:46 am Reply

    Oh dear; look at the ingredients. Bananas, almonds, white chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla. A natural winner right from the start...

 

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