I don't know about you, but I would argue that banana bread is one of the best, most comforting foods out there. I am not entirely sure why I hold such an attachment to this baked delight, perhaps it has something to do with its warmth. I realize that is a strange way of phrasing it, but in the house hold of my child hood 90% of the loaf was devoured the instant it came out of the oven. We would smear each steaming piece with (I can believe it's not) butter, one after another, not caring in the slightest that we were ruining our dinner. Moments later the counter, as well as the fronts of our shirts, would be scattered with crumbs.
It was with this memory that inspired me to create these coconut laden banana muffins. I realize I am usually one to opt for a more "health conscious" recipe when creating a new dish... not this time kids! I threw caution to the wind! I USED REAL SUGAR and felt the diabetes instantly set in (totally kidding... but seriously, sugar coma is real).
-COCONUT BANANA MUFFINS-
What you will need for the muffin:
2 tbsp coconut cream
1-2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp raw coconut butter
3-4 overly ripe bananas mashed
2 tbsp almond milk
1 cup coconut (or brown) sugar
1 1/2 cup bobs redmill all purpose gluten free baking mix
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
For the crumble topping:
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 tsp cinnamon
3 tbsp butter (melted)
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
In a large bowl combine the coconut cream, vanilla, eggs, bananas, butters, coconut oil, almond milk, and sugar, blend together. Add in the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, and sea salt, stir until smooth. Set aside.
In a separate bowl combine all the ingredients for your topping. Mix together until the substance is crumbly. Set aside.
Pour batter into your cupcake tin lined with cupcake papers, filling each paper half way up. Top each muffin with a small spoonful of crumble.
Place in the oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until a tooth pick comes out clean.
Do try to not burn your mouth when you pull these decadent morsels from the oven. (Word to the wise, they may actually be better once they have cooled).
The holiday madness is over, time to face a new year. Time to make resolutions and build a better life. But before you go on that diet bender and resolve to loose ten pounds, do yourself a favor and eat (at least) three of these muffins (you know... for fuel purposes).