Sunday, 9 March 2014

Banana, Coconut & Macadamia Muffins with Brown Sugar Glaze

I have a love hate relationship with bananas. The flavour is sublime, the smell is mouth-watering, the texture is.. revolting. I have cooked with bananas hundreds of times and enjoyed every banana filled baked good, and yet, I still can't eat a single bite of 'au naturel' banana. Avocado, jelly and poached eggs have also suffered from my neglect. Claggy and slimy just isn't my thing, especially if it's cold. So for now, while I battle these unreasonable food demons, I will continue to bake with my beloved and yet unloved bananas.

The unashamedly plain appearance of these muffins is deceptive. They are packed full of flavour, and aren't dense at all like their banana bread cousin. They're light and cake-like without sacrificing on strong banana taste. The coconut is subtle. There's no disputing banana is the star of this show. While the macadamias bring their unmistakable, buttery glory to the game.

I know it can be tempting to forgo the frosting (and the associated calories) but that just isn't an option with these. I'm sorry, I insist! The brown sugar glaze seamlessly harmonises the aforementioned flavours. You won't regret the extra effort, I promise. ;)

Banana, Coconut & Macadamia Muffins with Brown Sugar Glaze

Recipe by A Rhubarb Rhapsody
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 muffins

Ingredients for the Muffins: 
  • 1 1/4 cups plain flour
  • ¼ cup corn flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 scant teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large very ripe bananas, pureed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or melted and cooled butter)
  • ½ cup roasted macadamias, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup shredded coconut

To make the Muffins:
  1. Preheat oven to 185°C/365°F. Grease a 12 hole muffin tin and set aside. 
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flours, baking powder, sugar, salt and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl. Stir through the shredded coconut and macadamias. 
  3. In a separate mixing bowl whisk together the milk, eggs, vanilla extract, bananas and coconut oil. 
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, gently fold together until just combined. 
  5. Pour batter into the prepared muffin tin. Bake until a toothpick comes out crumb-free and they're golden brown on top (about 20-25minutes). While the muffins are baking make the brown sugar glaze (no rest for the wicked!).

Ingredients for the Brown Sugar Glaze:
  • 50 grams (3 1/2 tablespoons) salted butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of corn flour

To make the Brown Sugar Glaze:
  1. In a small pot, mix the cornflour with a few tablespoons of the milk to avoid lumps. Add the rest of the milk and cook over medium heat, whisking until mixture has thickened. 
  2. Add the butter and sugar, whisk until both have dissolved completely. 
  3. Working quickly, dip the tops of the muffins into the glaze and then let them sit on a cooling rack for a few minutes. Serve and enjoy! 


  1. Those look amazing!! I love the brown sugar glaze- what a good idea!

    1. Thank you! I have to confess. I had originally planned to make some brown sugar boiled milk buttercream, but it curdled! So the glaze was my back up plan. :D

  2. Lorraine Not Quite Nigella2:43 am, March 14, 2014

    Hehe I have a friend who feels the same way. She also doesn't like pumpkin for the same reason :) I love bananas I have to admit but more in baked goods like this.

    1. Yes! Pumpkin! It took me ages to be able to tolerate pumpkin, and sometimes it's still a struggle. So finicky. :)

  3. The drippy glaze looks really delicious! I always feel a little sad for people who don't like raw bananas because I think there super yummy.

    1. Hahaha! I know, it's a bit of a sad situation. I love everything about bananas except for the texture. Very silly.

  4. This looks like a great recipe. It's always good to have something to add to my "non chocolate" list of things to bake.

    1. Variety is the spice of life! Having said that, I think about 95% of my favourite dessert recipes include chocolate. ;)

  5. Such a delicious sounding combinatioN! Bookmarking this :)

  6. These muffins look irresistible! I love bananas fresh (I eat two a day!) but I don't bake with them nearly enough. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. We're polar opposites! My son's like you, he has a daily banana quota that he absolutely must fill. :)