Monday, December 29, 2008

Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macadamia Topping

I hope everyone had a great holiday break. We got a ton of snow and have been a little stir crazy. It is freezing outside and I am ready for a break in the weather. Somehow, something with the word tropical in the title, is really appealing to me right now. I can just start to dream about warm weather. I really should live somewhere that is warm and balmy all year round. I just can't take this cold stuff anymore! Oh, well. I can dream, right?
I received some dried kiwi in the mail a couple of weeks ago from Oh! Nuts and I have been wanting to use it in some kind of baked good. These muffins were the perfect thing. I had ripe bananas and a ton of macadamia nuts, so I decided to mix these up and throw in about a cup of chopped, dried kiwi. The kiwi added a nice little surprise inside and these muffins disappeared quickly. Another batch is going to be made by demand!

Tropical Muffins with Coconut-Macadamia Topping from Cooking Light
Muffins:1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour (about 6 ounces)
1 cup regular oats
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed ripe banana (about 2)
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/2 cup canned crushed pineapple in juice, drained
1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
3 tablespoons finely chopped macadamia nuts, toasted
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons flaked sweetened coconut
1 tablespoon finely chopped macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 tablespoon regular oats

1. Preheat oven to 400°.
2. To prepare muffins, lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Make a well in center of flour mixture. Combine banana and next 5 ingredients (through egg) in a medium bowl; add to flour mixture, stirring just until moist. Stir in pineapple, 1/3 cup coconut, and 3 tablespoons nuts. Spoon batter into 12 muffin cups coated with cooking spray.
3. To prepare topping, combine 2 tablespoons coconut and the remaining ingredients in a small bowl.
4. Sprinkle about 1 teaspoon of topping over each muffin. Bake at 400° for 18 minutes or until muffins spring back when touched lightly in center. Remove muffins from pans immediately; place on a wire rack.

Coming Tomorrow- Tuesdays with Dorie- Cheesecake


Cathy said...

These look delicious, Mary Ann -- I almost feel like I'm sunning myself on a hammock somewhere in the tropics (but not quite). Dried kiwi sounds really yummy! I hope that you all have a little thaw soon. My poor kids are begging for snow, and I don't have the heart to tell them that they it's just not happening. We got a quarter of an inch a few years ago, and it was adorable (yet kind of sad) to see all of the 'Bama kids outside building tabletop snowmen (there was not nearly enough snow for a real snowman) and trying to sled on dusted grass.

Mary Ann said...

Cathy- I am laughing just thinking about the time in snowed a little in Athens and everyone was going crazy! Those were some sad looking snowmen with twigs and leaves sticking out all over the place. I guess I need to start counting my blessings!

Alexa said...

You make the best looking muffins, Mary Ann. I love the dried kiwis... it adds some fun! I could use some warming up too with all the snow we've had.

Aggie said...

I saw these in the magazine and have been wanting to make them!! They look awesome!

Maria said...

The topping looks fabulous! I love dried kiwi too!!

Anonymous said...

Ooh, I've made these muffins before and they are very delicious. I'm sure they are just as great with dried kiwi (which I've never tasted, but I can imagine. :P ).

Amy said...

So... seriously, I have no idea how you bake and cook and come up with these amazing things... Daily!

I'm in AWE.

The Blonde Duck said...

Coconut and macademia nut? Sold!

Andrew said...

these are awesome!