Thursday, April 24, 2008

Banana Piña Colada Muffins




To start this post off, I have to say; These have to be some of the best banana muffins I've ever tried!! Seriously, no joke. They seriously taste as though they came straight out from a bakery! It was when I pasted a local bakery that I decided today to bake Banana. And when I thought about it, I hadn't some in awhile, and, it felt like a great time to bake some.

When summer comes around, fruit is something that most people eat because it's hot, and, eating hot food or heavy food just doesn't sound good when you dieing from heat. You want some light and fresh tasty. Fruit is exactly that. And it's been feeling a lot like summer here in Florida. So we've got a lot of fruit floating around here. So, to but the bananas to use, I decided to make them into muffins.

I'm not joking when I say that these are good; Because they really have to be some of the best muffins I have ever made! Coconut and raisins, in my opinion, team beautifully together (especially in that famous rum drink, the piña colada for some of you). The two play just as nicely together in this whole-grain muffin. Banana adds pleasingly moist texture, and an additional taste of the tropics.





Recipe

2 cups flour
1/2 cup diced dried pineapple
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, light or dark
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 tsp. coconut flavor or rum flavor (optional)
1 1/2 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 large bananas)
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
3/4 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup shredded coconut


1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line 12 muffin cups with muffin cups.

2. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, sugar, vanilla, and coconut or rum flavor. Add the bananas, honey, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt, beating until smooth.

3. Stir in the flour, then add the pineapple and raisins. Spoon the batter into the muffin cups and sprinkle each muffin with coconut.

4. Bake the muffins for 25 to 28 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven, and let set for 5 minutes. Take muffins out of muffins cups and serve warm, or at room temperature. Store in an air tight container.





28 comments:

RecipeGirl said...

Tarah- these are super pretty!

nicisme said...

Hi Tarah! Wow, you have a super blog here, great photos and very droolworthy!
Nice banana muffins, and healthy with lots of fruit.

kimberleyblue said...

oh yum! these sound wonderful.
on the to-bake list!

Pixie said...

Hi Tarah

These sound wonderfully delicious and you convinced me they must be tried for myself.

Thanks for passing by.

Pix

Elle said...

I adore muffins! All kinds of muffins. these look like one to try!

Hallie Fae said...

They look like little presents or something wonderful. :)

nicole said...

These look and sound so good.

Deborah said...

These look absolutely delicious! I'm a coconut fanatic, so I'll be making these!

Brilynn said...

I wonder if they'd work with fresh pineapple too, I've got half of one waiting to be used and this looks great!

VeggieGirl said...

I believe you!! I bet they ARE the best kind of banana muffins out there - oh man, we REALLY need to do a bake swap, haha. I love all your treats!!

Kevin said...

Raisins, pineapple, coconut and bananas is a great combination for a muffin!

farida said...

I would have never thought to add pineapple in a muffin! Great idea! And a nice combo of flavors. Hmm, I am thinking if fresh pineapples would work too. I love them fresh. I have to give it a try. My next muffin experiment:)) Thank you for the recipe!

Tarah said...

If using fresh, I would recommend making sure this is no juice or else it may make them soggy. Thats why I did dried pineapple. :]

Mandy said...

your muffin looks seriously tempting. Did you come up with the recipe yourself?

Lore said...

I have some ripe bananas that have been crying for this recipe all morning. Now I can see why :)).

Jenny said...

I love the look of your muffins. Too cute. We were definitely on the same brain waves here!

Anonymous said...

It hurts my head to read your posts because of the plethora of spelling and grammar mistakes. Does it take that much time to spell check?

Also, when you use the word 'defiantly' I have a feeling you're attempting to use the word 'definitely'...the words have two separate meanings.

Tarah said...

Please don't comment on my post if you have nothing positive to say.

This is the way I talk.

Emiline said...

What a jerk.
I've gotten angry emails from people. For no reason at all.
These people don't HAVE to read your blog.

The muffins look great. I was thinking about making muffins, but I ran out of time today.

daphne said...

That's really pretty! Wow. I really like the use of shredded coconut as the topping.

pepsakoy said...

Fabulous..I want to give it a try ! Will let you know how it is..just hope it would be nice even not as much as yours..

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