Saturday, December 13, 2008

Banana Crunch Muffins

I finished my last final yesterday!! What relief. That was not a fun week and wow did I eat way too much bad stuff to keep myself awake or try to make myself happier about spending hours and hours studying. I was planning to bake after my last final but now all I want to do is eat healthy stuff.

I made these banana crunch muffins a while ago and had been wanting to make them for even longer. I originally found them on Deborah's site. They sounded so good - coconut, granola, diced and mashed banana, walnuts. Unfortunately they didn't live up to my expectations. They were good muffins for sure, but I think I was most disappointed by the fact that they had no crunch! Deceptive banana "crunch" muffins. Take into consideration my view on banana baked goods too though (not a huge fan).

If this sounds good, you might also like these muffins:
Applesauce-Oat Bran Muffins
Mom's Banana Apple Bread
Pumpkin Pecan Raisin Muffins
Orange Berry Muffins

Banana Crunch Muffins
Adapted from Ina Garten found on Taste and Tell

3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 extra large eggs
3/4 cup whole milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup mashed ripe bananas (2 bananas)
1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (1 banana)
1 cup small-diced walnuts
1 cup granola
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, plus more for sprinkling on top

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well, being careful not to overmix.

Fold the diced bananas, walnuts, granola, and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling to the top. Top each muffin with a bit of coconut. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes in the pan then unmold and move to cooling rack.


VeggieGirl said...

Congratulations on finishing finals!! And hooray for scrumptious muffins :-)

Ricki said...

Congrats on finishing up with exams!! Yay--holidays!

Too bad about the lack of crunch. They do LOOK great, though :)

Steph said...

Those muffins still look really good though! I know what you mean about eating way too much bad stuff. At times, I've even fallen asleep from too much junk.. haha. One more exam for me, but I'm pretty sure that I won't be eating healthy after exams considering it's the holidays!

Erin said...

These look great! Congrats on finishing your exams!

Helene said...

Finally your exams are over. Congrats! Love your muffin recipe. Thanks for sharing. I'm making banana bread tonight.

Snooky doodle said...

well these surely look nice and crunch. Pity they aren t so. I love banana muffins! Horray now you can enjoy Christmas :)

Anonymous said...

I love the addition of shredded coconut. I need to get me some bananas soon!

Oh, and congrats on finishing your exams! Woootz!

Grace said...

toasted coconut is so magical. your muffins are little pieces of perfection and i'm glad you're done with your finals!

Joanna said...

you know how i love muffins!!! these do look yummy. i wonder why there was no crunch. that's a bit annoying.

at least you are done finals!!! i have my last one tonight. uhhhh

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Congrats on finishing up finals! You definitely deserve a high five and a delicious muffin.

kickpleat said...

bummer on the muffins...hmmm, maybe top with toasted almonds for more crunch? they look really good, tho! and congrats on finishing up exams...time to play in the snow!

Bunny said...

Wow look at all the great stuff in these muffins!! And I like all of it!!

Deborah said...

I'm glad you tried them, but sorry you didn't really care for them! Yeah, the "crunch" is a bit deceptive...

Congrats on finishing finals!

kimberleyblue said...

I've made these a few times now, and love them, even without the promised crunch.

Melissa said...

Yum! That is the second tie today I have seen something with banana and coconut. I am going to have to try these!