May 16, 2009

Its been a while!

I can't remember the last time I made muffins. For a while there I was becoming known as the "muffin queen" because I was making them so frequently. I will admit I have thought about them. I just haven't had the urge to actually make them. Partly because *gasp* Grumpy doesn't care for blueberry, which are my favorite, and partly because I like to make something "unique" when I can't make my favorite!

This morning I was back on and typed in banana muffins for my search. I came across this muffin that instantly appealed to me because of it's title. These are more of a healthy muffin than they sound. They are dense but still delicious. Grumpy ate 2 of them - I'm not sure if it was out of hunger or because he liked them, but they are more on the healthy side than on the sinful side.
Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macadamia Topping
Cooking Light, April 2008


1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2)
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
3 tablespoons finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
Cooking spray


2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
1 tablespoon finely chopped macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon granulated sugar (I used light brown sugar instead)
1 tablespoon regular oats

**The batter tends to be looser than you expect a muffin batter to be. Don't be alarmed by this, they will still turn out wonderful!

Preheat oven to 400°.

To prepare muffins, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in pineapple, 1/3 cup coconut, and 3 tablespoons nuts. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.

To prepare topping, combine 2 tablespoons coconut and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.

Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of topping over each muffin. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.


J.Danger said...

I have been on a muffin kick for a little bit now too! I cant wait to be on leave and just cook cook cook!

Cristine said...

I love muffins, too, and these look fantastic!

Barbara Bakes said...

I have some coconut left over from the cake I made - now if I only had some nuts. These muffins sound great!

shellyfish said...

I was just thinking I haven't made any muffins in a while - yours look great!

Dawn said...

I think everyone knows I'm on a year-long coconut kick. Coconut in a muffin is the best, ever. and on the tops of the muffin too.

I don't think I've ever met someone who did not like blueberry muffins--maybe we should have your hubby checked. LOL

Linda said...

Another great banana recipe! They soound very good.

pigpigscorner said...

I've only made muffins once and they were rock hard! Totally my fault, I was trying to make super healthy muffins and didn't use any fats. Can't wait to try again though! Looks yummy!

Coleen's Recipes said...

You said you liked unique muffins, well I think you really nailed this one! It sounds delicious.

Katy said...

LOL. I've been thinking muffins as well! Great minds and all that. I certainly am intrigued with these! Macadamia, coconut, banana, pineapple...oooh, I think I hear ocean waves and palm leaves....

Bunny said...

I love to make muffins! These so very good Shelby!

Donna-FFW said...

These muffins are calling my name. I love the pineapple in there, it must add much flavor and moistness. They look fantastic and sound so tropical:)

Elyse said...

Blueberry are my favorite, too!! I love those muffins, and these banana ones look fabulous, too. Glad to see that you're making muffins again :) Sorry I've been away from blogging/commenting for so long. I just finished up with my exams and am finally getting around to my google reader :) Everything looks delicious!

Michelle said...

You've been given an Award!

Tangled Noodle said...

The moment I saw the coconut on these, I knew I'd love 'em! Love the tropical flavors in a muffin.

Bellini Valli said...

Both blueberry and cranberry are my favourites but these sure do look droolworthy to me. What a delicious way to use those bananas!!

Creative One said...

A great blend of ingredients in a fantastic looking muffin. Looks awesome Shelby!

Leslie said...

He doesnt like blueberry muffins??????? Oh I am soooooo sorry!lol
These look fabu!

Pam said...

Bookmarked! My kids will love these muffins - thanks for the great recipe.

noble pig said...

I made muffins too! I also saw these in Cooking Light and ripped out the recipe, glad to hear they were good!

Ingrid said...

After reading the name of the muffins I can totally see why these grabbed you. Mmmm, sounds good, looks good,and healthish? I'm in!

Lori said...

Yum, what a great idea for a muffin!

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