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Mini Crumb Cake Bites

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You’ll be shocked at how easy it is to make Crumb Cake Bites at home!

Little Crumb Cake Bites - this recipe is so easy and perfect for breakfast or snack! Homemade crumb cakes are the best!

You guys, my baby started 5th grade yesterday!!! *sobbing*

I know I’ve been moaning all summer about how I wanted school to start. And I still do but…but…5th grade!! That’s, like, almost an adult. In 2 years she’ll be in middle school. Then high school. Then DRIVING. Quick, someone pull me back from the ledge!

I really, really like 10 years old. Sure, we have our disagreements, but she still loves me. We get along. She still listens to what I say…most of the time. By the end of 5th grade that’s going to be over.

Cue the waterworks. (And the emotional eating of a dozen Mini Crumb Cake Bites.)

Little Crumb Cake Bites Recipe

Since school is back in, we’re trying to get into a routine. The first few weeks are going to be interesting, to say the least. Getting back into dance, homework, schedules, and the kitchen remodel are going to test both of our limits, I’m sure. I always start out the school year with the best lunch intentions. Everything will be healthy! She’ll love every bite! I’ll make them look FUN!

…And then week two happens. But not this year. This year I’m really going to try and keep the momentum going. My goal for 5th grade is not only to have her still love me at the end, but also to teach her more about what she eats and when. We’ve been trying to work on recognizing when we’re full or when we’ve eaten too much but it’s a work in progress.

One of our daily struggles is snack time. That girl can snack – just like her mama – and she loves her carbs. She also loves those little mini muffins you buy in the grocery store, you know, the ones that come in packages?

(I have to admit, I like them too. But I really don’t like the price.)

I decided that, for the first week of school, I’m sending her with her favorite Little Crumb Cake Bites…that are homemade. (And then I can sneak some too!)

DIY lunch! Del Monte Fruit & Veggie Fusions, crumb cake muffins, and turkey cheese pinwheels!

The other struggle we have about school lunch? Not having salami every day, and the fact that she hates all vegetables. #thestruggleisreal

Jordan loves fruit cups and would eat them every day if I let her, which is why I’m so excited to tell you about the new Del Monte® Fruit & Veggie Fusions fruit cups.

Del Monte Fruit and Veggie Fusions

These Fruit & Veggie Fusions Fruit Cups have yummy fruit in a lightly sweetened veggie and fruit juice, and they have 1 full serving of fruits and vegetables. There is no high fructose corn syrup and there are no artificial colors or flavors in these cups. It’s like hiding vegetables in their lunch box. #genius

I surprised Jordan with the Peach Mango and the Apple Pear Watermelon flavors last week. She ate the fruit, slurped down the juice and then I told her there were vegetables in the juice. She was shocked, but still wanted a second cup. School has barely started and I’m already winning at the lunchbox game!

Little Crumb Cake Bites Recipe

Let’s talk about how awesome these mini crumb cake muffins are, mmkay? I could have inhaled them…if I wasn’t trying to save some for Jordan.

These muffin bites are based off of my mom’s coffee cake recipe. I’ve used her recipe to make so many versions (like pumpkin and banana and zucchini) but these muffins are the closest to the true coffee cake recipe I grew up with.

When I was a kid, I’d inhale the grocery store crumb cakes, but I always looked forward to my mom’s more. Mom’s know best, now don’t they? 🙂

I simply took her coffee cake recipe and made it into mini muffins. That’s it! The cake is tender and moist and the crumble is sweet and crunchy. They pair perfectly and they’re great for breakfast with some protein from a smoothie or bacon, or at lunch they make a great dessert.

Your kids will love them and you’ll save money not buying them at the store. That’s a win for everyone!

Your kids will LOVE these Little Crumb Cake Bites! This homemade crumb cake recipe is easy, fast, and better than store bought!

Just a couple notes about the recipe:

  • If you want to, you can add some chopped pecans or walnuts in the crumble.
  • If you’re feeling like a regular crumb cake and not muffins, make it in an 8×8 pan. Works every time!


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Servings: 33 -36 muffins

Mini Crumb Cake Bites

These little Crumb Cake Bites muffins are perfect for breakfast or lunch boxes! Easy to make and better than the ones from the store for sure, they'll delight your kids!


  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt — plus a pinch
  • 1 1/2 cups + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter — melted
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar — packed


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with nonstick cooking spray (I like using the nonstick spray that contains flour for these).
  2. Stir granulated sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl until combined. Stir in milk.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 1/2 cups flour. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Fill muffin pans with 1 tablespoon of batter per cavity (33-36 muffins).
  4. Melt the butter in the same bowl you used for the dry ingredients. Stir in cinnamon, 2 tablespoons flour, a pinch of salt, and brown sugar. Mixture will be crumbly. Place about 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon of crumb topping on each muffin.
  5. Bake for 9-10 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the muffin. Cool before removing from pan and serving. It’s easiest to use a knife to help remove these from the pan.
  6. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days for freeze for up to one month. You may also bake them in in mini muffin liners instead of straight in the muffin pan.

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  1. What a fun back-to-school treat, Dorothy! I’m sure your daughter loved these…I know I would! Love the crumb cake texture!

  2. Yep, all the parents of students I teach in HS tell me that it goes crazy fast. I’m already seeing the years get faster, and I swear, it’s not cool. Slow these children down!
    That’s the coolest lunch box I’ve seen in a while. Not the box, the contents. She’ll be the kid with the best lunch in school! And the best muffins. Love them!

  3. These are adorable, and I’m sure it made the first day of school seem that much more delicious!  🙂

  4. Fooled ya, Jordan! Love it! 

  5. Kids grow up too fast, don’t they? Anyhow, these mini crumb cakes look amazing.

  6. My kids love those little prepackaged muffins.  These are a must make to have on hand and avoid all those unknown ingredients in the packaged variety!

  7. Can I order a dozen?? Looks so good!!

  8. I love these little treats and that crumb topping! Hopefully somebody will stop me from eating 6 at a time. 

  9. Oooh, since they are so little that means I can eat more than one, right? 😉

  10. Are you kidding Dorothy?!! Please pass me the plate! These look so so good that I feel I can right now have few with coffee!! 

  11. I want some NOW!!!! 🙂

  12. How long would you bake these as regular muffins or the 8×8 pan? I need these ASAP!

  13. The years do go faster and faster.  Just last weekend my playgroup moms and I were marveling how it seems like just a few years ago we couldn’t believe the kids would soon be off to kindergarten, and now they are in middle school!  These bites look delectable. 

  14. These muffins look so yummy, and your lunch looks so cute!

  15. It is crazy how fast they grow!! 🙁
    Yummy little bites <3!

  16. MMMMM I can just smell these baking now!  I love coffee cake and how it makes the house smell so good and these little cuties would be sooo dangerous!!  No way would they make it into the kiddos lunches 😉

  17. Don’t even get me started…my son started driving this summer and my baby is in junior high!  How did this even happen?!?!?!  It’s crazy how fast time goes!  My kids do love those little packaged muffins too!  Love that we can make them at home and save some food costs though!!!!  They look crazy awesome!!!

  18. These mini bites are way too cute and such a fun breakfast idea.  Plus it’s a known fact that mini is always better 😉  

  19. Ok. So, um. Pretty much all of that. I moan and groan about the kids driving me crazy. But I totally cried on Wednesday taking them to school. Apparently 4th grade is the grade where you’re no longer allowed to walk with them to class. And I still love doing that…and Haley still loves me doing it. Just stab me in the heart, dumb school rules! At least I can still walk with Trevor. My long-time friend’s daughter just moved away for college, and she’s a mess. I don’t even want to think about when that day comes. I want to bottle these ages! Anyway, can I have like 40 of these crumb cakes? Because now I need to eat my emotions.  

  20. kids sure do grow fast, both of mine are in high school and WOW has the time flown by. These mini crumb cake bites look SO delicious and my son loves when his lunch includes anything from Del Monte and especially mango 🙂 

  21. Oh my gosh! These are the cutest! Mini is always better 🙂

  22. There something about crumbly desserts that makes me so happy. They are almost my favorite treats. I never thought about making them myself. I also like how you packed her lunch how it`s healthy but doesn`t seem healthy for kids. I also almost hate all veggies too. My mom tells me I can`t always eat fruit. 🙁

  23. Can you substitute the vegetable oil with coconut oil?

  24. The topping wasn’t crumbly, You want the butter melted so it was very moist it when topped on muffins it went down in the batter.

  25. Dorothy…….love ALL crumb cakes…….mini or maxi. Can I double the crumbs to make each mini more crumby……….if that’s a word??

  26. It was so good!! Substituted white sugar for brown sugar and my whole house smelled like Cinnabon! Gave some to friends and they LOVED it. So easy to make I love it.

  27. If I freeze these, will the topping end up softer?

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