Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins

Your family will go bananas over these grab and go breakfast treats.  The humble banana muffin is made a little healthier with the addition of whole wheat flour, oats and greek yogurt, then topped with a crunchy streusel mix and drizzled with caramel.  Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins will definitely help start your day off fantastically!

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What to do with overripe bananas?  That’s a common question here.  I bet it’s the same for every one of you too.  Unless you don’t like bananas.  I’m not a huge fan….I’m not craving a banana when I have things like Birthday Cake lying around here.  But when the bananas are looking a little brown and ready for another transformation, like Bruce Jenner….BTW, have you heard about that?  I’m completely blown away.  I really wanted to believe it was just another tabloid rumor but….no.  It’s not.  So, wow.  Just wow.  But whatever makes him happy and…..banana muffins.  Sorry, that news just makes me lose my place.  Back to the muffins.  Overripe bananas are transformed into these wonderful baked muffins packed with oats and they’re kinda good for you!

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I was inspired by a muffin I saw at a grocery store that rhymes with Schmole Foods.  It was a banana muffin loaded with a crunchy streusel topping and was literally staring me down as I walked by.  It was screaming my name, I could stifle the noise and it wouldn’t stop until I bought it, and ate it.  I felt like a big blob of grossness.  Isn’t Schmole Foods supposed to be healthy?  They give you that impression when you walk in the door…..all healthy, all the time.  That muffin was not.  But it was sooooo good.  Sooooooo good I didn’t really care, so the next time I went back to Schmole Foods….I bought another.  My life on repeat.  I had to fix my addiction.

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So, overripe bananas appeared on my counter.  Yep, like magic…especially since I just bought them a few days before.  I think the AeroGarden is making my produce ripen quicker than usual.  (Note to self…move the AeroGarden.)  Wow…I’m full of tangents today.  Anyway, I decided to make…you guessed it…Banana Muffins.  But not just ANY banana muffin….I was going to try to recreate the heaven and hell muffin from Schmole Foods.  Heaven while you eat it….hell when you get on the scale two days later. And I set out to create the very magical, very addictive Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins.  Two test recipes later….we had a winner.

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Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins itself is really healthy.  Made with whole wheat flour, oats and greek yogurt…you’re getting plenty of fiber and a little protein.  The topping itself is made with pecans, dried banana chips, oats, brown sugar and butter….not quite healthy but there’s only about a teaspoon on each and it makes them so incredible you don’t want to skip it.  I drizzled some of them with caramel because…Hello….caramel.  If you want to cut back on the sugar you can skip the caramel but…..really, life is short people.  Drizzle away.

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These are absolutely perfect with your morning coffee or tea.  Great to take as an on the go breakfast or to stuff in your kids lunch box.  My husband took his to another level last night by warming it in the microwave and slathering it with butter.  We.Are.Soulmates.  If you’re looking for something a little less over the top then might I suggest these incredibly moist and super tasty Morning Glory Muffins. They’re a classic and completely amazing.

Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins

Soft, tender banana oat muffins topped with crunchy dried bananas and creamy caramel sauce.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Baking, Breakfast, brunch
Cuisine American
Servings 24 muffins
Calories 130 kcal


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter softened
  • 1 2/3 cups mashed ripe banana about 3 bananas
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 2/3 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup dried banana chips
  • 3/4 cup whole raw pecans
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons oats
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter room temperature


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine the sugar and butter beating at medium speed until fluffy. On low-speed, add the banana, milk, yogurt, eggs and vanilla mixing until combined.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, oats, baking soda and salt. Keeping the mixer on low-speed and slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat just until blended.
  • In the bowl of a food process, plus the banana chips, pecans, brown sugar and oats until chopped fine. Add the butter and pulse until pea sized crumbles form. Set aside.
  • Pour the batter into muffin tins lined with baking cups until 3/4 full and top each with 1 teaspoon streusel topping. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean and the muffins are golden brown. Cool in pan for 10 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from pan and cool completely on rack.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, add 15 unwrapped caramels and 2 tablespoons milk. Microwave on high for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat at 15 second intervals until smooth. Drizzle caramel on top of the muffins and store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


Serving: 1gCalories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 120mgPotassium: 110mgFiber: 1gSugar: 12gVitamin A: 150IUVitamin C: 1.3mgCalcium: 18mgIron: 0.5mg
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27 comments on “Caramel Crunch Banana Oat Muffins”

  1. Banana with a gorgeous, crunchy top? Count me in because these look amazing! They would be the perfect treat to go along with an afternoon cup of tea.

  2. These muffins are perfect! That crunchy topping looks amazing!

  3. I love the crunch factor of these muffins!

  4. OMG! I am so, so excited about this recipe! We’ve been on a serious muffin kick lately and I’ve been looking for a new version. Loving the crunchy banana twist here! Making them tonight!

  5. These would make an amazing breakfast with a scrambled egg, or for a snack in the afternoon. They look so good!

  6. Oh my word, these sound so delicious! And I would never skip that caramel topping. Unless, of course, I was going with the slathered with butter option 🙂

  7. I am always looking for new banana recipes. These muffins look amazing!

  8. I happen to have 3 very, overripe bananas on my kitchen counter! I know what to make now… yay! And that caramel drizzle over the top looks incredible!

  9. The muffin itself sounds stellar, but top it off with streusel and caramel – wowza! I’m buying a double batch of bananas next time just to ensure I have enough left to make these.

  10. The Bruce Jenner news… man, I’m still not sure I believe it. It’s just so unexpected.

    These muffins look delicious though! I made banana muffins today but I definitely want to do add caramel to them now.

    • I hope it’s not true…not because I’m against the transformation but because it’s Bruce Jenner! And everything I know about him as an athlete. But whatever. These muffins make everything better, thanks so much!

  11. I’m always looking for different ways to bake with bananas. I made a new banana cake the other day. But now all I am thinking of are these muffins! That topping and that caramel drizzling over so perfectly!!

  12. Huh. That’s some interesting news indeed! But whatever makes him happy. 🙂

    And love that these are whole grain and that you used some Greek yogurt! So, so amazing looking / sounding.

  13. I try to avoid buying muffins because they fool me into thinking they are healthy when they are usually worse than a brownie! I love that you are making it okay to eat something yummy by making it healthier than those store bought ones.

  14. I just want to bite the tops off all of them. That’s okay right? Swoon.

  15. I am going bananas for this muffin! And that topping is calling my name!

  16. I have friends and family who are transgender, it’s a pretty tough way to go through life. Bruce is incredibly brave to put himself out there so people struggling can benefit from him bringing attention to gender issues. I really hope it helps raise some awareness.

    I am a sucker for banana muffins. My sister makes some that make me cry tears of joy. They are so good. I have to try these one. Caramel with banana has to be about the best thing ever.

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