fbpx

be a nourish you member

Get exclusive access to Tara's Private Cooking + Wellness Community with
new monthly resources, coaching and support.

I WANT IN!

CATEGORIES

RECIPES

LIFESTYLE

NUTRITION

business

Free Kit!

HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

Join my PRIVATE COOKING + WELLNESS Community

tell me more!

 I'm Tara - a health and business coach living in beautiful Melbourne. I help women and moms create vibrant health and build their dream business while being a hands-on mom.

Hello!

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Mini-Muffins

Recipes

August 2, 2019

These chocolate coconut banana mini-muffins are perfect for your kids’ lunchboxes, or as a quick healthy snack. My little boy loves muffins and so I always try to find creative ways of mixing up the flavors. One afternoon, we had very ripe bananas sitting in our kitchen counter, and you know what that means right? Ripe bananas usually mean banana breads, but this time I wanted something more handy for my little boy. And voila, mini-muffins it is!

Choco Chip Coconut Banana Mini-Muffins
CHOCO CHIP COCONUT BANANA MINI MUFFINS

Key ingredients in this chocolate chip coconut banana mini muffins

RIPE BANANAS. If you have been making my banana breads, I always emphasize how important it is to use very ripe bananas (like those with the brown spots on it). Why? Because, your breads and muffins would turn out more moist, and naturally sweeter. And which is why these muffins have less sugar than those you’ll find in store-bought ones, making this a guilt-free treat if you’re trying to watch your calories.

DESICCATED COCONUT. I love coconut on almost anything. I use it in tons of recipes, from my wholemeal coconut pancakes to my blueberry coconut smoothies. And it’s the perfect combo to banana, giving your muffins that nutty flavor. I also topped the muffins with shredded coconut for that added crunch.

CHIA SEEDS. Stuffing superfoods in baked goods is just genius especially if you’re trying to get your kids to eat more of those. Aside from overnight oats or chia puddings, chia seeds are very versatile and you can them in your brownies, cookies, and yes, muffins. They’re high in omega 3s, lots of antioxidants, and provide you with fiber, iron, and calcium for bone health.

CHOCO-CHIP COCONUT BANANA MUFFINS

EXTRA TIPS in baking moist muffins

Do NOT over-mix the batter. I’ve made dozens of muffins and have had baking disasters. From rock-hard muffins to utterly disgusting muffins that taste like sand. And one mistake I’ve been guilty of is overmixing the batter. This recipe calls for you to mix the wet ingredients either in a blender or food processor so just a few seconds of blending is enough. I also sometimes just mix by hand using a wooden spoon so I can control the amount of mixing. When you see the wet and dry ingredients combined, then you’re good to go. I sometimes still have banana chunks in the batter which is totally fine.

Measure your flour correctly. Dense muffins usually mean you added more flour than what’s needed. So how to measure correctly the flour? Don’t scoop the measuring cup directly from the container. Instead, use a spoon or fork to scoop the flour on to the measuring cup. Shake the cup gently, and then use the back of a knife to level the flour. I know it takes more time, but trust me on this, you really want to measure your flour correctly to have perfectly moist muffins.

Watch your oven temperature. If you’re not sure how hot your oven really is, use a digital thermometer attached to your oven. I use one, and it’s made a huge difference when it comes to my baking outcome. We are still renting a house now and the oven is pretty old, so I can’t totally rely on the temperature reading in the oven dial. Also, you can underbake the muffins for a few minutes and check by inserting a toothpick into it. If the toothpick comes out a little damp but not wet, it’s good enough. I usually keep my muffins in the muffin tin for another 5-7 minutes so it continues to cook after taking them out of the oven.

These mini-muffins are freezer-friendly. As the yield is about two dozens, I kept one dozen in the freezer to save for those busy days. You never know when you need a good muffin!

So now, shall we get baking?

Choco Chip Coconut Banana Mini Muffins
Choco Chip Coconut Banana Mini Muffins

Chocolate Chip Coconut Banana Mini-Muffins

These moist, and chocolatey, nutty mini-muffins are the perfect little treats for you and your kids.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: chocolate chip banana mini-muffins
Servings: 24 mini-muffins
Author: Tara Tan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 ripe bananas
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/3 cup mini dark chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven at 200 degrees Celsius. Prepare your mini-muffin tin by greasing with baking spray or using muffin liners.
  • Place the coconut oil, coconut sugar, bananas, eggs, and vanilla in a blender or food processor. You can also mix everything by hand using a wooden spoon. Set aside in a bowl.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, desiccated coconut, chia seeds and dark chocolate chips.
  • Fold in the dry ingredients into the wet, careful not to over-mix. Spoon about a tablespoon of the batter into the mini-muffin molds. Fill about 2/3 of the mould.
  • Bake for about 12-14 minutes. Let it cool for about 5 minutes on the tray before transferring to a cooling rack. You can store in the fridge for up to a week or on the freezer for longer.

Notes

Substitutions:
*Regular brown sugar can be used instead of coconut sugar.
*All-purpose flour or gluten-free flour can be used instead of whole wheat flour.

Learn tips, recipes, & time-saving hacks to prep healthy food at home that your family will love.

5-DAY HEALTHY MEAL PREP CHALLENGE

JOIN THE FREE CHALLENGE

share this post:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating




CATEGORIES

RECIPES

LIFESTYLE

NUTRITION

business

Free Kit!

HOW TO BECOME A CERTIFIED HEALTH COACH

Join my PRIVATE COOKING + WELLNESS Community

tell me more!

 I'm Tara - a health and business coach living in beautiful Melbourne. I help women and moms create vibrant health and build their dream business while being a hands-on mom.

Hello!