Favorite Strawberry Muffins

16 May

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This is my family’s favorite muffin.  I can even get my pickier oldest to pack them in her lunch.  They’re made from nutrient packed coconut flour, super food coconut oil, sweetened only with strawberries and puréed banana, and inspired from one of my favorite recipe sites–Comfy Belly.  The strawberries keep them super moist and you’ll never believe they don’t have a ton of honey or agave to make them so sweet.

  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 heaping cup strawberries, diced fine (this is about one plastic container)

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine first three ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients (minus strawberries) to food processor or mini chopper and combine thoroughly.  Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and whisk thoroughly.  The batter will become thick quickly, this is normal.  Fold in diced strawberries.  Spoon batter into lightly greased (with coconut oil) muffin tins or non-stick liners.  Bake for 18-20 minutes.  Makes about 10-12 standard muffins or 18-24 mini muffins.
**Pictures are from a double batch

Enjoy,

Heather

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5 Responses to “Favorite Strawberry Muffins”

  1. halliedoyle September 5, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    I was wondering if you have any recommendations for substitutions for banana in recipes. Unfortunately, it’s not popular around here, and I know it’s a great thing to use to sweeten baked goods. I’m really enjoying your blog! Thanks!

    • the PRIME pursuit September 24, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks, Hallie! You could try unsweetened apple sauce. Pumpkin may work too but it’s not very sweet naturally. Bananas work great but you are right, they’re definitely detectable if you don’t care for them. I’ve also recently read about making a date paste, which I bet would be perfect for most recipes calling for honey, agave, or banana! Here is the link:
      http://thecoconutmama.com/2013/07/date-paste/

      Thanks again for reading,
      Heather

  2. holly price January 9, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Wondering if I could make these with almond flour/meal and blueberries. Thoughts/suggestions? Thanks!

    • the PRIME pursuit January 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm #

      Hi Holly, coconut flour and almond flour are not interchangeable without changing the amounts. However, you can try subbing 2.5 cups almond flour for the coconut flour, decreasing the eggs to 2, and replacing the cup of strawberries with blueberries. All the rest of the ingredients should remain the same. Let us know how they turn out!

      • the PRIME pursuit January 10, 2014 at 8:09 am #

        I would do 1.5-2 C almond flour, 3 eggs, 1/4 c Oil in order to ensure it binds together. Holly, you can watch the texture if you know what batter is supposed to look like. If it is too thick, you can add oil, if you can tell its too loose, add almond flour. you may have to kinda “walk into” it by watching the texture. Coconut flour is much more finnicky than almond flour, though…almond flour is more forgiving.

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