Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins | | Muffins for any time of day - breakfast, brunch, snacks and desert!

Simple Sundays | Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins

Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins | | Muffins for any time of day - breakfast, brunch, snacks and desert!
Simple Sundays | Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins

Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins | | Muffins for any time of day - breakfast, brunch, snacks and desert!

I’m sitting at the dining room table, in the dark, surrounded by boxes. My desk has been dismantled, the remnants of Halloween and scores of sweets exploding in every room, and our home in various stages of packing. I have been navigating the last few weeks with an extra shot of adrenaline, juggling life in general with the additional stress of selling our home.

It wasn’t in the immediate plan, but when the opportunity to move came and seemed to make sense, we seized it, and launched into this whirlwind. In a span of two weeks, we spun an idea into days that felt like the Tasmanian Devil himself placed the sale pending sign onto our front lawn.

Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins | | Put your ripe bananas to good use with these delicious muffins!

Nine years in a house is found in every cabinet and drawer we empty. We try our best to live a tidy life, but you would be surprised to find the memories tucked everywhere we clean. Drawings from a 5 year old little girl, dedicated to her parents and new best friend. Lego pieces in every drawer. Permission slips that were supposed to be recycled. Wedding invitations, erasers, pencils, and hair ties. Lots of hair ties.

We’ve put so much love into this house, and this is the longest we’ve called one place home. It all feels bittersweet.

Before I cleaned the oven one last time, I wanted to bake something. Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins to go with my morning coffee, to watch with Saturday morning cartoons, enough to share with neighbors we will miss.

Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins | | A streusel topping of coconut and pecan add a little extra something to banana muffins.

Banana Coconut Crunch Muffins

18 muffins | Prep: 15 minutes | Cook: 25 minutes

The sweet coconut streusel adds a wonderful crunch to these muffins!


For the Muffins:

1 1/2 cups flour

1/4 tsp salt

3/4 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup chopped pecans 

1 cups sugar

1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 large egg

1/2 cup buttermilk (or substitute 1/2 cup milk with juice of half a lemon)

3-4 very ripe bananas

For the Topping:

1/4 cup chopped coconut flakes

1/4 cup chopped pecans

1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter


Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Prepare two muffin pans by lining with 18 muffin liners.

Sift or whisk flour, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream sugar and butter. Mix in eggs, one at a time, then add the bananas. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk, alternating until incorporated.  Try to end with the dry ingredient addition, and be sure not to over mix. Using a standard sized ice cream scoop, drop the batter into the muffin pans.

In a small bowl, stir together the coconut flakes, pecans, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter. Scatter over the tops of the muffins. 

Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Topping adapted from Streusel Topping of Apple-Nut Muffins with 


  1. Turner

    I’m moving today too! I’m mostly in the unpacking phase now, which is slightly less painful. I wish I had one of these muffins to keep me company!

  2. Liz+@+Floating+Kitchen

    These muffins look gorgeous! Congrats on the move, but I know how hard it must be. I just moved myself about 3 weeks ago. Always hard to leave a place that you love. XO

  3. cristina

    How exciting to have a new start in a new home!  A new place to call home and share memories with your loved ones.  Have a happy move, Liren! :)

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