Sunday, May 1, 2016

Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins with Coconut Frosting

As a parent, I’m always being asked to bake treats for my kid's. Cupcakes are usually a hit, so I decided to make mine with a bit of nutrition packed inside.

Increasing fiber is the simplest and easiest way to add nutrition to your kid's meals. I've added whole wheat flour to the recipe and sweetened them with dates.

They're super easy to make, all you need in a high speed blender or food processor, a large mixing bowl and lots of love.

½ cup coconut sugar, ground to a fine powder
⅓ cup sunflower oil 
2 bananas
2 eggs
4-6 medjool dates, about a ¼ cup
1 cup whole wheat flour
¾ cup white flour
2 tbsp flaxseed/linseed, ground
1 tbsp lucuma powder (optional)
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp fine sea salt
½ cup chocolate chips

1 cup butter 
1 cup powder sugar
1 cups powdered coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla
½ desiccated coconut
¼ cup coconut milk

To make cupcakes

Start by adding the coconut sugar to a NutriBullet any high speed processor and blend into a fine powder. (You can add the sugar for the frosting at this time, just measure out a ½ cup for the cupcake batter). 

Add the oil and sugar to a large mixing bowl and stir to combine. 

Now add the banana, dates and egg to a high speed blender and blend until the dates are combined with the eggs and banana. Add this mixture to the oil and sugar and mix well. 

Add the flours, flaxseed/linseed, lucuma (if using, this just adds extra sweetness along with vitamins and minerals to the cupcakes), baking powder and salt then mix to combine. 

Finally mix in the chocolate chips and scoop by spoonful into a lined cupcake tray. Bake for 17-20 minutes at 350F/180C or until the cupcakes are firm and rebound when you lightly press on the tops. If frosting the cupcakes, let cool before frosting. 

To Make Frosting
  • Add all ingredients into a food processor or mixing bowl and cream together. Easy!
*To make powdered coconut sugar just add to a NutriBullet or food processor and blend until fine. You can make your own powdered sugar the same way but using white sugar. Powdered sugars are usually sold with anti caking agents and are more expensive then making your own. 

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