Frugal Foodie Mama: Banana Spice Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel Muffins

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Banana Spice Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel Muffins

This week I am creating two delicious recipes from just one box of Spice Cake Mix.  Yesterday I shared my Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with a Biscoff Marshmallow Buttercream.  Today it is these moist, delicious Banana Spice Muffins with a crunchy Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel topping....
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I have pretty much been intrigued with creating a muffin recipe from a cake mix ever since I saw these yummy Cake Mix Lemon Blueberry Muffins from This Gal Cooks a couple of months ago.  
Cake mix to muffins?
Why hadn't I thought of that??  Genius! :)

After I had made my fall festive Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes with Biscoff Marshmallow Buttercream, I started brainstorming what I could do with the other half of my Spice Cake Mix... And then I remembered those cake mix muffins from This Gal Cooks...
Yep, challenge accepted!

I wanted to think outside the box (the cake mix box, that is ;) ) and not go with the typical fall flavors with the remainder of my spice cake mix.  Sure, some kind of apple or pumpkin or even butternut squash muffin would have been tasty, but when I think of breakfast muffins I always think of banana.  Why not a banana spice muffin? 

Let me tell you all... these muffins were amazing!  Moist, perfectly banana & perfectly spiced, and the crunchy, sweet oatmeal-walnut streusel??  *sigh*
Banana Spice Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel Muffins

by Frugal Foodie Mama
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 18-20 minutes
Ingredients (8-10 muffins)
  • 1/2 box (about 2 cups) of Spice Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled & mashed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp butter, melted
For the Oatmeal-Walnut Streusel Topping
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon,
  • 1 tbsp butter, cold & cubed
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line 8-10 cups of a muffin pan with liners. (I made 8 generous muffins, but you could make 10 regular muffins instead.) Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the spice cake mix, flour, & baking powder. Add in the egg, water, melted butter, and mashed banana and mix well.
Fill each lined muffin cup evenly with the banana spice muffin batter. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon. Add in the cubed butter and work it into the dry ingredients with your fingers. Once well combined and clumpy, stir in the walnuts.
Top each of the batter filled muffin cups with about 1-1 1/2 tbsp of the oatmeal-walnut streusel topping.

Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean and the streusel topping is golden brown.

Allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Enjoy slightly warm!
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These Banana Spice Muffins are perfect for whipping up on a Sunday morning and then stashing a few for a quick breakfast on the go for the beginning of the work/school week.  Plus, since you are only using half the box of cake mix, you won't be stuck with muffins coming out the ears that you are desperately trying to pawn off on neighbors and co-workers (not that I think they would mind too terribly much. ;) ).  
If you needed the full batch for a large group or for packaging up pretty & giving as gifts, just use the entire box of cake mix and double all the other ingredients.

Have you tried making muffins from cake mix before?
What is the yummiest creation you have made starting with a cake mix that didn't end up being a cake or cupcakes? :)

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