{Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins}

Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins

Summary: 
These are so yummy. The ripe bananas sweeten these muffins naturally. You’ve got a fiber packed muffin made with whole grains, and other simple, natural ingredients. These muffins are EASY to make. If you are not much of a baker, start with this recipe. Plus did you notice? No eggs, no butter. These breakfast muffins will appeal to both vegans and none-vegans alike. The mashed bananas add moisture to these yummy little things so trust me butter not needed! And the eggs..? I still can’t understand why they use it in almost every baking recipe, sometimes it’s just not necessary! So there you have another great flavor combination – banana and coconut. Match made in heaven. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup old-fashioned, regular oats
2 ripe medium sized bananas
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, plus extra
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon, can add more if you are a cinnamon lover!
pinch of salt, adjust according to banana ripeness
You will also need: 
12 cupcake liners
cupcake baking sheet

Directions:

1. Preheat oven at 350ºF. Place the cupcake liners in the baking sheet.

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2. Mix the bananas, oil and sugar together in a mixing bowl. The mixture will end up a bit liquid but that’s okay… Next comes the dry ingredients. On a separate mixing bowl add the flour, oats, cinnamon, baking powder and soda. Now whisk together to incorporate – you don’t want to take a bite of baking soda in your muffin..don’t you? Now incorporate the dry ingredients into the wet ones. This will create a thick batter.

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3. Using a large soup spoon or ice cream scooper divide the mixture into the 12 cupcake liners. TOPPINGS – I made 6 of my muffins with extra coconut flakes on top, while the remaining ones were topped with chopped, lightly salted cashews. Yum. Choose your favorite! Nuts add healthy fats and are a good source of protein and omega-3s.

Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins

Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins

4. Bake for 15-20 minutes. At 15 minutes check your muffins by inserting a toothpick inside of them. If it comes out clean – they are done! Take them out. If you want the coconut flakes to brown like in the pictures, leave them a few minutes extra but do not exceed 20min total! I added a few extra flakes after they were baked so you get a nice contrast between brown and white flakes.

Yield: 12 muffins // Calories: 160 per muffin

Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins

Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins

… in a baking mode yet?

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7 thoughts on “{Banana-coconut oatmeal muffins}

  1. These look absolutely yummy! But I’ve never used coconut oil and am a bit hesitant. Are there health benefits to using coconut as opposed to other types of oil, canola for example?

    • Great question!! There are tons of benefits and actual ongoing research about the amazing properties of coconut oil. If hesitant you could always use vegetable oil or sunflower oil for baking recipes. In brief some of the major benefits are:
      1) IMMUNITY BOOSTER – rich in antioxidants
      2) Helps LOWER bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol HDL.
      3) Promotes WEIGHT LOSS by stimulating metabolism. One study found that people who consumed 2 tbsp of this oil for 12 weeks lowered their abdominal fat.
      4) Great for the hair and skin. You can use it as a moisturizer (if applied directly on the skin), make home-made scrubs, use it as a massage oil, etc. It’s smell is said to aid as a stress reliever.
      HOWEVER, due to its high saturated fat content most dietitians and health professionals only recommend their occasional use. But I mean when compared to butter, coconut oil has proven to have actual health benefits while butter has none. Hence I like to use it occasionally in some recipes but will be sticking with using extra virgin olive oil in my everyday cooking. Hope that helped clear the air.

      For more info visit this link which has a great article about the benefits of coconut oil and the controversy around it: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/04/coconut-oil-benefits_n_2805109.html#slide=2177663

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  4. I made these tonight but reduced the sugar to 1/2 cup & tossed in a handful of craisins. They were absolutely delicious & moist. Bet they will taste even better in the morning!

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