Monday, January 11, 2010

Banana Crunch Muffins

I love muffins so this is a favorite. They remind me of banana nut bread but way better. They are really moist and the coconut makes it so yummy!

3 cups flour
2 cups sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 pound butter, melted and cooled (I actually use a little less)
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk (calls for whole, but I use whatever is on hand)
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup mashed bananas (2 bananas)
1 cup medium diced bananas (1 banana)
1 cup small diced walnut (can be omitted if you do not like walnuts)
1 cup granola
1 cup shredded coconut

Grease muffin tins or line with paper liners. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an an electric mixer. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla and mashed bananas in a separate bowl. After combined, add to the flour/butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don't over mix.

Fold the diced bananas, granola, walnuts and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into muffin tin, filling each one to the top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 mins depending on oven. Keep checking until the tops are light brown and the toothpick comes clean. Cool slightly and serve.

Recipe from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook by Ina Garten.

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