Muffin Monday: Banana Orange Coconut Muffins
With summer right around the corner, my mind slowly drifts into daydreaming about vacationing on a tropical island like Tahiti with a coconut smoothie in my hand. But considering that I’m going to have to start paying back $150,000 worth of student loans in about six months, I don’t think I’ll be able to have that kind of vacation anytime soon. But a girl can still dream, right?
Until that vacation happens, I have these muffins to keep me company. It has a banana muffin base with orange zest and shredded coconut, giving you a nice well-balanced tropical muffin filled with fun, fresh flavors. It’s a tropical paradise right in your kitchen.
Banana Orange Coconut Muffins (adapted from Epicurious):
Yields 9 muffins
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe bananas
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 large egg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Zest of 1 orange
- 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 cup coconut flakes, plus more for topping
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Line a 12-cup standard muffin tin with paper liners; set aside. (If you don’t want to use paper liners, you could coat a muffin pan with cooking spray instead.)
In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt.
In a large glass measuring cup or another bowl, mash the bananas.
Add the butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice and coconut; beat until well combined.
Pour mixture over dry ingredients and stir using a rubber spatula just until moist.
Scoop the batter evenly into the muffin tray. Sprinkle with coconut.
I wanted to be more decorative so I topped some of the muffins with a banana chip. A slice of fresh banana also works well.
Place into oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
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