Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins with a Streusel Top

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping Super Moist Muffins recipe

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins with Streusel Topping

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins with a Streusel Top…oh, how I love thee. Not only are these muffins divine, they have a sentimental history for me.

I went to Nashville last weekend for the wedding of my dear friend Peggy’s son, Josh. That got me reminiscing about my time in that great city. I was sharing a hotel room with another of “The Nashville Girls,” Robin. We drove all over town remembering old haunts, places we lived, places our family lived, places that were filled with memories. The wedding was in downtown, so we were staying at the Hilton, which is new since I left there.

But, back in my career-girl days in Nashville, I worked in downtown Nashville. Our offices were originally in the L&C Tower, quite a famous landmark for the city. Then, later we moved into (what was then called) the Third National Building and the tallest building (at that time) in Nashville. Here’s a picture:

Nashville's Third National Building

Nashville’s Third National Building

That building always reminds me of muffins; muffins always remind me of the English nursery rhyme, The Muffin Man:

Oh, do you know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, do you know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane?

Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
The muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
That lives on Drury Lane.

Christie Hauck was Nashville’s Muffin Man. The Christie Cookie company was founded by him after he quit his job in the corporate world to make cookies. Christie Cookies aren’t good cookies, they are amazingly good cookies. The motto of the company is, “Guaranteed To Make You Smile.” Appropriate. Anyway, at that time in the late 1980’s Christie Cookie had retail locations. One of them was in the lobby of the Third National Building, on the left when you walked in the front doors.

In addition to their cookies, though, they made muffins in the morning. The aroma of those muffins would slap you in the nose as soon as you walked through the revolving door (something I’m sure Mr. Hauck counted on). He was brilliant; he’d occasionally stand in the lobby, wearing a tuxedo, handing out samples of his cookies and muffins. They were just so, so very good. Everything. All of them.

The favourite muffin, of mine, that they made was the Banana Macadamia Nut Muffin. They were enormous, Texas-sized, muffins with a sugary streusel top and I would eat every single bite. While I can’t claim that these are Christie Cookie muffins, they are so much like them to my taste buds that I guarantee they will make you smile.

Make them. Now.


ps: I don’t think The Christie Cookie has retail locations anymore, but their products can be ordered online to be shipped in their signature tins.

Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins with a Streusel Top
Over-ripe bananas and toasted macadamia nuts in a cinnamon and nutmeg laced muffin, all topped with a delightful streusel make for an extraordinary treat that is guaranteed to make you smile.
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 overripe bananas
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup madadamia (or whatever nut you choose), toasted, coarsely ground
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons madadamias, coarsely ground
  • 1 tablespoon sanding sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Line 6 Texas muffin tins with cupcake papers, or lightly grease (or 12 regular)
  3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder,cinnamon, nutmeg and salt; set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer, beat the bananas and sugar together until smooth.
  5. Add the softened butter, egg, and vanilla and beat for 2 minutes.
  6. Mix in the dry ingredients just until incorporated.
  7. Fold in the nuts with a rubber spatula.
  8. Spoon the batter into the muffin tins to fill them about halfway.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the streusel topping ingredients, with the exception of the sanding sugar if you're using it,
  10. With a fork, cut the butter into the other ingredients until the mixture is crumbly.
  11. Spoon the streusel mixture on top of the muffin batter in the tins.
  12. Sprinkle with sanding sugar, if using.
  13. Place the muffin tins into the preheated oven and bake until a toothpick stuck in the muffins comes out clean, about 35 minutes for Texas-sized (about 20 minutes for regular).
  14. Allow to cool for a few minutes before turning the muffins out of the baking tins onto a wire rack.


About P ~ The Saucy Southerner

I started cooking when I was ten years old. For me, the process of cooking, from inception of a dish, to the execution, to the washing of the pots is sheer delight. I am now retired from a business I still own, in partnership with my husband. I used to work six days a week and still cook every night. Now, I'm gardening, still cooking, always having fun and hoping to share my joy with you. Thank you for reading...and commenting! P~
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