Coconut Banana Muffins

Need a good way to start the day? These delicious and simple coconut banana muffins will do the trick!

I didn’t think that the daredevil phase of toddlerhood would come about so quickly… Running, jumping, climbing trees, sure, in time. But at 20 months old, wanting to slide down the slide – HEAD FIRST, was not one of the things I anticipated. But, here we are.

Next time you see me, if you spot a newly sprouted gray, please just don’t acknowledge it. I don’t have the heart to face it yet. ha!

We spent a lot of time at the park over the weekend, exploring some of the new ones in our town, and we have found out that Emmett is the most content kid when he is giving me raging anxiety and making loop after loop up and down, and around on every slide possible. I made sure he was staying safe, going down with him on my lap, then he would take off, adventuring on his own, leaving me in the dust to fend for myself with every emotion wreaking havoc on my nerves.

I’m quickly edging on Elizabeth Bennett’s mother’s crazy status here, people.

But with each trip down every slide he became more confident, then wanting to RUN down the slides.

Then, it was FACE FIRST down the slides. Completely, unabashedly, wild. This boy is going to test every last nerve of mine, it’s true, and that is fine, it’s what being a boy mom is I guess. But when those hard playing days are done, he is also perfectly content to spend the time in the kitchen, right by my side, standing on his “door” as he calls his step stool, to watch what I am doing, try to help, tip things over, and beg to be held so he can see what is going on right out of his reach and view.

There is no point in fighting it, no point in trying to keep his little chubby baby paws out of photos, and not be more in love with this boy with every passing day. My littlest love may not be so little, but in this moment between growing boy and babyness he possess, I’ll take every ounce of love and light I can get. Cheeky baby boy.

Yield: 12 muffins

Coconut Banana Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Flour
  • 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter, melted and cooled, (if using salted butter, eliminate salt listed above.)
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/3 cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Mashed Banana, about 2 overripe bananas
  • 1/2 cup Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (56 grams) shredded coconut + more for topping (I used coconut chips on top)

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners, or grease with nonstick spray.
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl whisk together the butter, egg, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture and fold until there are a few streaks of flour left. Do not over mix. Fold in the walnuts, and shredded coconut.
  • Fill prepared muffin pan to about 3/4 full with batter. Sprinkle the tops of the muffins with additional coconut. I used Trader Joe’s coconut chips on top, but shredded coconut is fine, just watch to make sure it doesn’t burn.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan about 10 minutes, then remove from muffin tin and cool completely on a wire rack.

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