Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Mar 4, 2013 by

Well, its been a while since I’ve made muffins for #MuffinMonday! I was so happy that I actually had something ready to share with you all today. I have been trying to add coconut to many things that I bake, when I can. These muffins gave me the perfect opportunity to experiment a little and also  to make something that my little ones will enjoy.

I really like baking with spelt flour and decided to incorporate it in this muffin recipe. I found this recipe on Canadian Living‘s website. The key ingredient for this weeks #MuffinMonday is Coconut. I used only Coconut Sugar as the sweetener, and used Coconut Oil instead of vegetable oil. Coconut Sugar and Banana were the only ingredients needed to sweeten these little muffins.

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Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins #MuffinMonday

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 1/2 Cup Spelt Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1/2 Cup Mashed Banana (1 med banana)
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 Tsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375F
  2. In a medium bowl, add flours, coconut sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a medium bowl, beat eggs, add buttermilk, bananas, oil and vanilla.
  4. Gradually mix the dry ingredients into the wet until combined.
  5. Fold in the chocolate chips
  6. Spoon batter evenly into greased muffin liners
  7. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool for about 10 minutes.
http://lovelypantry.com/2013/03/coconut-banana-chocolate-chip-muffins-muffinmonday/

 

I opted to leave out shredded coconut because I know my kids are picky about “bits” in their muffins. But I’m sure it would have worked well with this recipe. A quarter cup of shredded coconut would have been a nice portion for this recipe.

 

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Ingredients for Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

I reduced the recipe by half and used these cute colourful silicone mini-muffin cups. I find that the muffins come out so much better when I use them as opposed to paper liners. I avoid using the muffin tin directly whenever possible. I also mixed the entire recipe by hand. The batter was so light and easy to manipulate.

 

Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins Prep

 

Yet another delightful aroma coming from my kitchen! The kids really got excited and kept asking if the muffins were ready.

 

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Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

I baked these little muffins for my children and they loved it. They were just the right size and were much better for them in my opinion, since I added spelt flour and used coconut sugar.

 

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Coconut Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

 

Enjoy the first week in March!!!

~Lyn

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Mini Coconut Loaves

Jan 18, 2013 by

I’ve been in quite the baking mood recently. As some of you may have noticed, I tend to use coconut products in my baking (when I can). I love finding healthy alternatives to ingredients or just mixing things up a bit. I found a recipe on Taste Of Home called Coconut Loaf and I just knew, I had to try it. It had the name Coconut Loaf but the only coconut ingredient was the flaked coconut. I turned it up a notch or two and added more coconut loveliness. Now I can really call it Coconut Loaf!

 

Mini Coconut Loaves

Mini Coconut Loaves

 

Mini Coconut Loaves

Author: Lyn, adapted from Taste of Home
Prep time: 20 mins
Cook time: 35 mins
Total time: 55 mins
A dense, coconut infused bread
Ingredients
  • 1/2 Cup Butter, softened
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 3/4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until well combined
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating after each addition
  4. In a medium bowl, add all-purpose flour, coconut flour, baking powder and salt Combine with a whisk
  5. Add flour mixture alternately with the coconut milk
  6. Pour combined mixture evenly into three greased mini loaf pans
  7. Bake for 35 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean
Notes
This recipe makes 3 mini loaves or one standard loaf pan baking for an hour
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This bread was fragrant, sweet, crumbly and dense. Having something like this every now and again should be mandatory. I decreased the amount of shredded coconut from the original recipe. I figured since I was using coconut sugar, coconut flour as well as coconut milk…holding back seemed like a good idea.

 

Coconut Loaf Slices

Coconut Loaf Slices

 

I baked three of these loaves and was able to give 2 away. One  young lady that I gave a loaf to, ate almost half of it in one go. These loaves are fairly small so I guess it can be a single serving….

 

Mini Coconut Loaf

Mini Coconut Loaf

 

This is certainly a good treat for coconut lovers. Enjoy!

~Lyn

 

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Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel for #SundaySupper

Nov 11, 2012 by

I’ve been looking at this recipe for a few days now. I was determined to make it and thanks to #SundaySupper, I’m able to share it with you all today. You see, we are entering a wonderful season of giving – Thanksgiving in the USA, and of course Christmas is almost upon us. It is a beautiful thing to give a thoughtful home-made gift to family and friends at this time of the year. This weeks theme for #SundaySupper is Gifts From The Kitchen. The host this week is our very own Susan from The Wimpy Vegetarian. With our usual spectacular line up, we hope to inspire you with gift ideas for the season. Please take a look out our baked items, condiments, soups, snacks, drinks and yes, without a doubt…sweets. Maybe you’ll find something special and thoughtful for you to give as a gift.

I chose this recipe because of the ingredients and how easy it was to prepare. The aroma was just something to talk about. It was awesome when my husband came home from work and the house smelled wonderful. He was a nicer man and I know this cake had something to do with it!

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel

 

I gave one cake away already to a friend and she and her mother loved it. Giving home-made gifts are always nice, but it is very important to consider food sensitivities. I plan to bake another set without the macadamia nuts. I’m sure it will taste just as fabulous. The nuts are there to give added texture. Either way will be fine. The streusel has a nice crunch because of the Turbinado sugar.

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake with Macadamia Nut Streusel for #SundaySupper

Recipe Type: Cake, Dessert
Author: Adapted from Food Gifts 2012, Better Homes & Gardens SIP
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
A wonderful cake infused with banana and coconut with a sweet and crunch streusel topping. A perfect gift for any holiday season.
Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients:
  • 3 1/2 Cups All Purpose Flour, Unbleached
  • 3/4 Cups Flaked Coconut (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • Wet Ingredients:
  • 1 Cup (2 Sticks) Unsalted Butter, Softened
  • 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 3/4 Cup Coconut sugar
  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 Ripe Bananas, mashed
  • 1/4 Cup Strong Brewed Coffee
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Streusel Topping:
  • 1/4 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Coconut sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Turbinado sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 Tbsp Cold Butter, cut up in small pieces
  • 1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts, coarsely chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease and flour three 8X1/2-inch round foil cake pans and set aside
  3. In a medium bowl, add flour, coconut, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Sift to combine. Set aside
  4. In a large mixing bowl, add butter, granulated sugar and coconut sugar. Beat with a mixer until fluffy and fully combined
  5. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  6. Beat in coffee, coconut milk and vanilla.
  7. Beat in mashed bananas on low speed, just until combined
  8. Spread batter evenly in prepared pans. (about 3/4 full)
  9. For the streusel: In a small bowl, add streusel ingredients and mix with a fork, combining until it appears to be like coarse clumpy crumbs. Stir in the macadamia nuts. Sprinkle evenly over the cake batter
  10. Bake for 35 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool in the cake pans for about 30 minutes before serving.

 

I made a few adjustments to make it a little more interesting. I replaced brown sugar with coconut sugar. I replaced the milk with coconut milk. For the streusel, I went half and half with coconut sugar and turbinado sugar instead of using brown sugar. I believe this gave it a more coconut flavour than just the shredded coconut in the body of the cake itself.

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake With Macadamia Nut Streusel

 

The cakes came out beautifully. They were fully baked at 35 minutes as per the recipe.

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake With Macadamia Nut Streusel

 

I didn’t wait too long to taste the cake. It is an absolute MUST that the cook and the official testers sample the cakes before they are given away. Unless of course, its something that you bake all the time and you know exactly what you’re going to end up with.

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake With Macadamia Nut Streusel

 

I for one, was completely satisfied with this cake. It is a nice item to bring as a gift while making your rounds over the holiday season, and its something that can be easily shared among a small group of people. I was very grateful for the inexpensive foil baking pans. It made the gift convenient to bake in, and portable! I enjoyed dressing these cakes up. I’m sure they will put a smile on anyone’s face :-)

 

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake With Macadamia Nut Streusel

 

Here are the gifts from the #SundaySupper team:

 

Breads / Breakfast

Condiments / Ingredients

Soup and Snacks

Sweets

Drinks

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