I actually believe that the muffins turn out better than baking an entire loaf of banana bread. As individual muffins, the dough rose better. These muffins even puffed up, instead of sinking in the middle like some other batches I have tried.
There is a little trick that I incorporated here: preheat the oven to 25 degrees warmer than the recipe calls for, then lower it to the baking temperature when you put the muffins into the oven. For example, for these I actually preheated my oven to 375 degrees, and then lowered it to 350 to bake the muffins. It seems to be very effective in helping muffins or cupcakes get that extra little dome on top. Old farmwives tale or something like that.
The muffins are mostly composed of bananas and eggs but they turned out wonderfully. My boyfriend didn’t even know they were Paleo when he tried one – that’s always a compliment! I decided to add a sprinkle of chopped walnuts on the top of the muffins because I like the added nutty taste. You could also use pecans or just skip the step.
These muffins have just the right combination of banana and sweetness from the coconut flour, with a little added crunch from the walnuts on top. Add a pat of butter, and you have got one delicious way to wake up in the morning.
Bonus Recipe: Paleo Banana Crumb Muffins
2 cups almond flour
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
4 medium ripe bananas, chopped
4 medium eggs
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
For the crumb topping:
¼ cup almond flour
2 tbsp unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp coconut oil, softened
1 tbsp almonds, chopped
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper cups. Set aside.
2. In a bowl combine the almond flour, pinch of salt and baking powder. Set aside.
3. In a food processor place the bananas and process until smooth. Add the eggs and process until well combined. Add the melted coconut oil and pure vanilla extract and pulse to combine. Add in the almond flour mixture and pulse until well combined.
Scoop the batter into the prepared muffin cups. Set aside.
4. To make the crumb topping, combine the almond flour, unsweetened shredded coconut and chopped almond in a bowl. Add in the honey and coconut oil and mix with a fork until large crumbs form. Sprinkle the crumb topping evenly over batter in each cup.
5. Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before serving.
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