Lighter Banana Crumb Muffins


A basic banana muffin with crunchy topping. Fat free! I prefer organic applesauce.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
1 dozen muffins


  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon agave syrup

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • cup unsweetened applesauce

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 ½ teaspoons unsweetened applesauce


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease 12 muffin cups or line with paper liners.

  2. Whisk 1 1/2 cup flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl. Beat bananas, 3/4 cup brown sugar, agave syrup, egg, and 1/3 cup applesauce in a separate bowl until thoroughly combined. Stir banana mixture into the dry ingredients to make a smooth batter. Fill muffin cups about 2/3 full of batter.

  3. Mix 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, and cinnamon in a bowl; stir 1 1/2 teaspoons of applesauce into the mixture until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle topping over muffins.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until lightly golden brown and a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

Since packed brown sugar is not as sweet as white sugar, I added a tablespoon of agave honey/syrup. The bananas were very ripe (the skin was already brown) so if the bananas you have are not that ripe, you might want to add more agave syrup. I live in Yucatan's peninsula so preheated the oven at 150°C. If you live in a non-altitude place you might have to bake 20°C to 30°C less than what the recipe calls for.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

178 Calories
1g Fat
42g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 178
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 46mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 162mg 3%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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