Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coconut Banana Muffins

At first I wasn't sure whether I liked these muffins enough to share them on my blog, but I kept eating them and began to really love them. I think I would've loved them immediately had I not had the memory of these unhealthier addictive banana coconut muffins in my memory. These ones are similar but with some whole wheat flour, less sugar, less butter and more vanilla. My two favourite things about these muffins are that the banana doesn't overpower the coconut, and the texture (soft and slightly dense). If you want to make these muffins look fancy, sprinkle coconut on top. Sometimes I like to be fancy with my food though usually I just make things the way I like to eat them, so I mixed all the coconut into the batter.

I'm going to bike to work for the first time today and am super excited about it! It's cold out but I bought some cycling clothes to keep me warm, and the sun is out. It is going to be glorious. The bike ride is only about 20 minutes and it's mostly downhill on the way there. Coming home will be a good workout!

If these sound good, you might also like:
Pumpkin Muffins
Morning Glory Muffins
Banana Peanut Butter Oatmeal Muffins
Spiced Carrot Muffins

Coconut Banana Muffins
Adapted from Dinner with Julie

3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 mashed very ripe bananas
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1/3 cup plain unsweetened yogurt
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375F and line muffin cups with paper liners.

In a large bowl, stir together the flours, baking powder, salt and coconut. In another bowl whisk/mash together the bananas, brown sugar, butter, egg and vanilla; add to the dry ingredients and stir just until blended. Don’t overmix.

Divide batter among lined muffin cups. Bake for about 25 minutes, until puffed and golden, about 25 minutes. Makes about 10 muffins.


RFR said...

Sounds like a brief escape to a tropical island. How delicious! ps - I biked to brunch last sunday and it was a great workout. even the slightest slope was such an effort!!! I hope you aren't in too much pain on the way back! good for you!

Joanne said...

I love the idea of coconut and banana together...two tropical fruits turned into one beautiful muffin!

Anonymous said...

I loved your recipe coconut banana muffins,I ADD mixed nuts or even dued fruits .Delicious...........Thank you Maria.Happycook

Johanna GGG said...

great combination - and good luck with the riding - I don't ride to work so much but loved it when I rode every day - if it is cold I hope you have good gloves - makes such a difference

Hannah Kaminsky said...

Those do sound fantastic! Such an obvious combo, and yet not one I've tried for muffins. I would love to toast the coconut for even more flavor!

kimberleyblue said...

I have a recipe I love for banana coconut muffins...but they're even worse for you than the ones you talk about in your post. If these ones taste as good (and they sound like they do), then I'm willing to give them a go!

I took my bike to work for the first time today too. My ride is a good 40 minutes, but I love very second. Nothing's better than riding in the fresh air!

janet said...

How did the ride go? I got my first flat tire yesterday (boo!) but was able to successfully change it enroute.

Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said...

I'm glad these grew on you. They look like a tasty snack!

grace said...

banana bread is improved 149% upon the addition of coconut, and that's a fact. :)

Jacqueline said...

Yum, yum! I just posted a banana muffin too. I am thinking how well coconut would go with banana and thinking of sprinkling some over Cooper's chocolate (tofu) mousse.