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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Ina’s Banana Granola Coconut Muffins

You can trust today’s recipe for two reasons. #1: My friend Amy made these muffins and shared the recipe with me. Amy is an amazing cook. Amy knows good food. Amy always finds the best recipes. #2: It’s an Ina Garten recipe.

I haven’t made this recipe myself yet, so I don’t have much to say except that it is DELICIOUS. These muffins were SO GOOD I just had to photograph them (thanks for being my hand model, Ana – J.P. Prewett would be proud) and share the recipe with you.

I’m trying not to think about how many of these muffins I ate. It was like I lost all self-control. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Banana Granola Coconut Muffins
My friend Amy, who is a fabulous cook, adapted this recipe from Ina Garten's Banana Crunch Muffin recipe. They are fabulous. 'Nuf said.
Serves: 18
  • - 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • - 2 cups sugar
  • - 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • - 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • - ½ teaspoon salt
  • - ½ pound unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • - 2 extra-large eggs
  • - ¾ cup whole milk
  • - 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • - 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (~2 bananas)
  • - 1 cup medium-diced ripe bananas (~1 banana)
  • - 1 cup granola
  • - 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line 18 large muffin cups with paper liners.
  3. Sift the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the melted butter and blend. Combine the eggs, milk, vanilla, and mashed bananas, and add them to the flour-and-butter mixture. Scrape the bowl and blend well. Don’t overmix.
  4. Fold the diced bananas, granola, and coconut into the batter. Spoon the batter into the paper liners, filling each 1 to the top. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the tops are brown and a toothpick comes out clean. Cool slightly, remove from the pan, and serve.
Jane note: I ate these muffins fresh out of the oven and then later on after they’d cooled. WAY BETTER fresh out of the oven. If you are able to resist eating the whole batch when they have just finished cooking, be sure to heat up the leftovers in a toaster oven at 200 degrees for 5-10 minutes. It will be worth it, trust me.


  1. All things delicious in one muffin! These are right up my alley! YUM!!!

  2. Yes, I’ve never made an Ina recipe I didn’t love. They’re so simple and delicious. Muffins are a danger to my waist line though so I’ll make sure these get baked on a weekend when I have lots of mouths home to help eat them!

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    Oooooh yum! Question: Is it 1 cup granola or 1 cup oatmeal/oats? If it’s oats, then I have all the ingredients to make these ASAP!

    • Jane Maynard

      I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOO glad you commented! I am running on not much sleep right now (thanks to my sweet 5 month old) and this whole time I was typing oatmeal over and over, I thought I was typing granola! shoot!

      I just fixed the post…although the url is stuck the way it is. oh well. 🙂

      BUT….even though the granola is kind of awesome in the muffins because it gives a nice crunch, I think if you don’t have granola on hand, oats may be worth a try for sure! but I must say, the granola is yum.

      thanks again for clarifying!!!!

  4. 4

    Thank You! Hope you get some sleep soon! 😉

  5. 5
    Diana B

    Made these tonight using Ancient Grains by Nature’s Path cereal (available at Costco) – basically a granola with almonds. Fit perfectly. I did add shredded coconut on top, made 12 muffins (which I purposely overfilled and got a nice crunchy edge to the delicious muffin top) , and poured the rest of the batter into a loaf pan which I baked for an additional 10 minutes. YUUUUMMMMM!!! They are still warm as I type this and I have had 2 muffins and 2 slices from the loaf…I think I will be kind to myself and others and bring the rest to a meeting tomorrow so I’m not “forced” to eat them all myself!

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m so happy you love them as much as I do!

      I LOVE that ancient grains granola from costco, glad to know it worked well since I’m sure that’s what I’ll use. and I am totally going to do coconut on top!

      wish I was at your house right now… 😉

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