Peanut Butter & Banana Streusel Muffins | Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Peanut Butter & Banana Streusel Muffins

Remember how I said yesterday that I should make muffins more often?  Well, I took my own advice....

And I made these Peanut Butter & Banana Streusel Muffins because I had some ripe bananas I wanted to use up and because the muffins are only 3 points+ each. 

I admit, I was skeptical.  How on earth could a  medium sized muffin with peanut butter AND a streusel topping be only 3 point+ each?  Well...I am here to tell you, it can be done.

I will be honest, these muffins are a bit on the dry side, because other than the peanut butter and the egg and the milk, there is NO added fat to the batter.  I think I might add a TBS of canola oil next time to the batter to see if it would help increase the moisture of the muffin. Although, adding it, might affect the point+ value.  I did use skim milk instead of the 1%, and maybe it would have made a difference with the 1%, so I am listing the ingredients as they were originally written in the book.   But the taste is wonderful.  I used Skippy Naturals Peanut Butter, the extra crunchy variety, and really liked the bits of peanuts throughout the muffins.  And I just LOVE the streusel topping!  This might be my new  "go to" streusel topping from now on!

Peanut Butter & Banana Streusel Muffins 
adapted from Prevention Weight Loss Recipes

Servings - 18   Serving size - 1 muffin   Points Plus per serving - 3 points+
Calories - 93   Total Fat - 4g,   Carb. - 13g,   Protein - 3g   Fiber - 2g

2 cups + 3 TBS. whole grain pastry flour 
1/2 cup + 3 TBS. packed brown sugar
1 TBS. unsalted butter, melted
1 tsp. honey
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 small- medium sized ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/3 cup peanut butter
1 egg
3/4 cup 1% milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract

1.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.  Coat two 12 cup muffin pans with cooking spray or line with foil or paper liners.  

2.  In a small bowl, combine the 3 TBS flour, the 3 TBS. brown sugar, butter and honey until mixture forms wet crumbs...set aside.  

3.  Whisk together the remaining flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt in large bowl until combined.  In another large bowl whisk together the banana mash, applesauce, peanut butter, egg, milk and vanilla extract until blended.  Stir flour mixture into banana mixture until just blended.  Do not overmix. 

4. Spoon batter into prepared muffin tin wells evenly and top with the reserved streusel topping. Bake for 16 - 18 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into middle comes out clean.  Serve warm or at room temperature. snowed here yesterday.  Enough to put a few inches on the ground.  Really not happy about that at all.  It made me want to eat, eat, eat.  Geesh!  Luckily, I had these muffins to go to.  I could have two even, and not do that much damage.  I am sooooo tired of winter this year.  It seems to be never ending. One of our local weather guys blew up the groundhog yesterday on the evening news!  haha  Loved it!   How about you?  Are you having a nice spring with warm weather where you live, or is winter holding on for dear life like it is here? 


  1. Saving, printing, making!!!! These look amazing, Renee!

  2. This is AMAZING! I love the combo of banana and PB or chocolate :)

    What do you do with all you bake!? You are a stronger woman than I am with baked goods. I would gobble them all up if I had them lying around the house! I haven't baked in ages for that reason unfortunately.

    It's been humid and raining all week but the weekend is supposed to be beautiful! :)

  3. @ Grace....well...I have two teenage boys, and that is about all I need to help keep the baked goods from sitting around too

  4. Not sure where you are but here in ATL we had some wonderful weather in the 80's last week and this week we are back in the 40's and 50's.

    The mangoes I have been having are from Peru and awesome, one box was from mexico and not so great.

    Hope spring comes your way soon :)

  5. When I was reading this I was thinking how moist these probably are and was surprised to read that they are on the dry side. They sound/look yummy though.

  6. Awesome looking muffins! What about increasing the amount of applesauce? That should increase the moisture too without hitting the fat. I love the looks of that topping. Its been rainy here but cannot complain- our temps are still good. I hope it warms up there!

  7. These really sound delicious. Lord knows they're pretty to look at. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  8. OOOH...these look so good. Do you think I could use plain whole wheat flour instead of pastry flour? I laughed out loud at the groundhog being blown up. (not literally of course) Have a great day Renee.

  9. Not only do these muffins look absolutely divine, the recipe sounds fabulous as well. It's so nasty outside today and I have been contemplating what I might make. Now I definitely know! Thanks for sharing doll.


  10. Yum! I love new muffin recipes, these look great!

  11. I made this with my daughter this weekend, they were a big hit with the kids. Thanks for the recipe.

  12. thanks for posting a review Jacky!


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