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 myrecipes.com 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


Muffins:

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

Topping:

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.

21 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. I love muffins, too, and these look fantastic!

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

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

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  5. 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

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  6. Another great banana recipe! They soound very good.

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  7. 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!

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

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  9. 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....

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

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  11. 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:)

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  12. 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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  20. 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!
    ~ingrid

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  21. Yum, what a great idea for a muffin!

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