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Banana Trail Mix Muffins


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Have you ever used coconut oil before? This was my first time baking with this lovely substance and it added an AMAZING richness to these muffins. It was a Sunday afternoon, my room was messy, and it was raining. My brain was of course focused on baking. My little teeny kitchen is really not prepared for the amount of mix-ins this recipe calls for, but the mix-ins MAKE the recipe. I’m all about a trail-mix cookie, a blondie with a ton of added crunch, and have been waiting for the day when I make a trail mix sandwich.

The other day our intern at work threw out one of those big Kirkland merchandise bags of trail mix and I thought he was crazy (even after finding out the bag was expired :/). I can guarantee the mix-ins in these pics are NOT expired, for the record. So I was lucky enough to have a taste tester come by to verify that in fact, these WERE good.

I’m a huge fan of cookie+kate and lately have turned to her for more than just recipes. She has some great articles on her site about a whole variety of food topics and lately about cooking tools (I’m totally a drooler over that section). I’ve been wanting to make this recipe for awhile but realized I didn’t have a loaf pan at the last minute! Never fear, the muffin tin always saves the day.

Let me give you some very specific instructions on an appropriate occasion to eat these muffins in case hunger isn’t enough of a good reasons. You need to sit on a very comfy couch with a close friend and catch up on life. You may also need some Norah Jones playing in the background, a rainy backdrop and an open afternoon. On the other hand, they’d make a very appropriate snack for a camping trip. Similar, right?

Let’s bake.

Banana Trail Mix muffins, adapted very very slightly from cookie and kate

3/4 white wheat flour

1/2 cup oats

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp table salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/8-1/4 tsp nutmeg

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut

1/4 cup dried currants

1/4 cup chopped chocolate (I used a Hershey’s bar with almonds)

1/2 cup almonds and walnuts mixed, chopped

1 cup mashed ripe bananas (this was about 2 bananas for me)

1/2 cup honey

1 large egg, room temperature

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1. Set the oven to 375 and line your muffin tins with wrappers or grease them.

2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large bowl: flour, oats, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg

3. Then toss in your dried fruit, coconut, choco chips or chopped dark chocolate

4. In a separate bowl, whisk together the honey, melted coconut oil, vanilla, egg, and mashed banana until smooth. Pour the wet mixture into the dry and gently fold them together.

5. Scoop the batter into your muffin tins about 2/3 of the way full. Bake muffins for around 18-25 minutes depending on your oven, until the sides are just browning and the tops look just firm. Test by using a knife or toothpick, inserting it in the center of the muffins. If it comes out dry, they’re ready.


Serve these warm or cold as a sort of trail mix-y mid-day snack. Or five of them make a snack if you are a certain friend of mine who came over to taste test….I am SO excited about this recipe you guys, please make it! These are super moist yet packed with crunch as well. Who has other ideas for fun snacks/desserts turned into muffins??

I’m off to Chicago this weekend friends – any recommendations?

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Good Morning, Lord Muffins – King Arthur Flour inspired


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I’ve had this recipe for Morning Glory muffins on my pinterest page for sweets for zee lonnnggest time. The crack of dawn this morning seemed appropriate to whip it out. I don’t really remember my dreams, but I swear I must constantly dream about food bc I JUMP out of bed sometimes to make things. Or I can’t fall asleep until I’ve made them. This week has been a King Arthur Flour week for me. I am SO in love with the recipe page on their website, 100% because of the reviews.


I have so much trust for those recipes and am really into their white-wheat flour lately, it’s great for those medium-grainy recipes. One night I couldn’t fall asleep without having milk and cookies, so I burst out these guys way past my bedtime. So worth it, they were so soft and delicious…brought them to work and got some validation.

So, what’s with the title? In my head, I keep saying “good morning lord” muffins instead of “morning glory.” There was this teacher at my high school who started every prayer with “Good morning, Lord” and if you ask anyone from our school who says that phrase, I promise they would recognize it. This one goes out to you, Mr. Lorys, for fully engraving the phrase Good morning Lord in my memory forever. I WILL NOW always make this recipe because ITS SO GOOD.

And you know I often get mad because my muffins never get really muffiny, they look like cupcakes sometimes, but these look like big-ole regular muffins. Without further adue, here’s the recipe for Morning Glory aka Good Morning Lord muffins. I followed most of the recipe, using sweetened coconut and walnuts like the recipe suggests. However, I mixed up some walnuts with pecans bc that’s what I had on hand. Also, I used half brown sugar half splenda and followed some people’s recommendations, cutting the sugar by about 1/4 of a cup.


carrotscarrots, apples (diced not grated) nuts, coconut



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Procrastinating with muffins



I have a way for choosing the MOST awkward times to make muffins. Last year I had a pretty non-functional kitchen and would conveniently attempt a pumpkin peanut butter muffin batch at like 8 am while the 16 other girls I lived with tried to make breakfast. These carrot spice muffins were a vehicle for spring break packing procrastination at midnight the day before I left for the beach. What is it about a muffin that gets me so off track??

I’ve learned that whenever I’m having an itch to cook or bake, muffins will ALWAYS be well-received. Although the classic chocolate chip cookie will remain a staple favorite, the muffin appeals to the healthier sort as it can range from the supersweet banana chocolate chip to the grainy bran muffin.

I’ve also been on this kick of mastering the thickness of a muffin. Trying to eliminate some of the refined sugar makes the recipes healthier and more interesting, but quite often they come out a BIT too dense and awkwardly chewy like soda bread. These muffins are apple-ginger and the spring-break-road-trip-snack-ones were vegan carrot spice!

I’m telling ya, muffin craze!  –> http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jill-donenfeld/siggis-yogurt-makes-a-goo_b_2848715.html (watch the last recipe on the video!)

Apple-ginger muffins: Image




best kind of mornings


these Vegan Carrot Spice Muffins were SOOOO good. For an extra kick for those who wanted the SWEET side of muffins, I added a little peanut butter cream cheese frosting adapted from this recipe. I LOVE shredding things, but this grating on a microplane was a little much…Also I didn’t have flax seed, raisins, or walnuts, but I added some almonds I think. These are pretty flexible to whatever ya want to add