Banana Bread Muffins

I have never been so thrilled or excited to see and taste these muffins. I am not a big lover of banana bread because normally, in my opinion – and its all about me, they are way overpowered with bananas. But these have a hint of banana and also have coconut, applesauce, and molasses for depth of flavor. The coconut makes it sweet and provides an interesting texture, but again, not so much to make it all about one flavor. These simply are scrumptious!


Banana Bread Muffins
Yields 24 muffins 

2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 cup quick-1 minute oatmeal
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts
2 to 2.5 medium bananas
1 brown egg, lightly beaten, preferably from a local farm
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup granulated cane sugar, preferably organic
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup applesauce
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/8 cup molasses


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line muffin pan with paper liners.

Mash bananas in small bowl, stirring in vanilla, then set aside. In a food processor chop pecans and set aside.  Next, chop oats in processor and then combine, in a large bowl, with flour, baking soda, and salt.

Melt butter in a separate bowl and then stir in sugar until it has completely dissolved.

Next, mix in the applesauce, molasses, beaten egg, and coconut; stirring well.

Thought this picture was neat

Make a well in the bottom of the dry mixture and stir in butter mixture until almost combined but not completely.

Here is what the 'well' should look like before mixing in liquid ingredients

Then mix in the banana mixture and pecans, being careful to not over stir. Fill muffin cups with 1 1/2 to 2 tbsps of batter.

How full my muffin liners were

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-18 minutes, turning pan halfway through.




A week of muffins

Here in my house we adore muffins! I love to bake them and my kids love to eat them! So with all that muffin love, I thought I’d declare next week MUFFIN WEEK and share some of my favorite muffin recipes with you. From the classic blueberry to banana bread to lemon poppy seed….these are the visions of my heart. I’ve tried to make them as healthy as possible while still making them taste like a muffin should. They all have fruit in them and are all delicious!

So check in next week for some new takes on tasty muffins!

Have a great weekend ~ Jess

Blueberry muffins made from local blueberries

Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins