Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins {gluten-free}

date08.17.15

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

Is anyone else dreaming about jet-setting off to Hawaii right about now? These coconut chocolate chunk banana macadamia nut muffins are like a trip to Hawaii all rolled into one fluffy morsel. (Say that title ten times fast). They’re filled with melty pockets of Aloha’s superfood dark chocolate and studded with dry roasted macadamia nuts straight from a Hawaiian farm.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

After parting ways from a tea and pastry date this spring, Alana of Fix Feast Flair and I exchanged about a billion emoji texts dreaming about a future girl’s trip to her home state of Hawaii. A short while later, a care package from Hawaii showed up on my doorstep! She went and bundled up some of her neighbor’s jam, her Aunty’s macadamia nuts, and other local goodies to make me feel like I went on a tropical vacay right along with her. She wins all the friend awards.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut MuffinsCoconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

When Aloha sent me a few bars of their coconut-y superfood dark chocolate to bake with, I knew it needed to join forces with Alana’s macadamias for a tropical twist to a traditional banana nut muffin. If you want to escape to Hawaii too, get yourself some dry roasted macadamia nuts and Aloha dark chocolate, and make these muffins pronto. (Then spend a full day eating all of Alana’s Hawaiian dishes…and probably these hapia ube cheesecakes too…swoooon)

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

Aloha’s chocolate comes complete with inspiration printed right on the bars. “Bliss, Happy, Love” expresses exactly how we feel right now because…drumroll…we just learned that our little #cheesebaby-on-the-way is a girl!

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

A few weeks ago, I was texting with my sister-in-law-to-be after one of our ultrasound appointments when she wrote, “Let me know when they tell you it’s a girl. :) If it’s a boy it will take me a month or two, but I will come around.” (She was mostly joking about this – She’d love the baby no matter what, but we’ve had lots of conversations about how hard boy’s names are!)

To tell the family the news this weekend, we texted a picture of a teal dress with funky leggings (in a group message because that’s how we roll). Here’s what we got back:

Brother: So a boy?

Mom: So excited! Of course I would’ve been just as excited if it was a boy!

Sister-in-law: Not me I am so relieved. 

Kiddingnotkidding…And this is why we keep her around.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut MuffinsCoconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

We were so giddy on our news that I didn’t even mind turning on the oven when our house was already a sweltering 85°F inside to celebrate with these muffins. For my first foray into coconut flour, these muffins are a godsend.

The bananas make them ultra-moist, while the flour and leaveners keep them light and fluffy. (Thanks for Amy and Alanna for their coconut flour support!) Coconut flour enhances the coconuty sweetness from Aloha’s dark chocolate chunks, and mixed up with bananas and macadamia nuts, then topped with more roasty toasty macnuts and coconut flakes, these muffins taste like a bite of Hawaii.

Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins

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Coconut Chocolate Chunk Banana Macadamia Nut Muffins {gluten-free}
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Yields: 14 muffins
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, oat flour, millet flour, sweet rice flour, xanthan gum, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or a medium bowl using a hand mixer), combine the mashed banana, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk on medium-low speed until smooth.
  4. Add the sugar and honey and mix thoroughly to combine.
  5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the banana mixture, mixing on medium low until thoroughly combined.
  6. Add ¼ cup of chopped macadamia nuts and all of the chopped chocolate and mix to combine.
  7. Divide the batter among 14 lined muffin tins, filling each cup about ¾ full.
  8. Toss the remaining chopped macadamia nuts with the toasted coconut and sprinkle it on top of each muffin.
  9. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick stuck in the middle comes out clean.
  10. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Notes
Grated coconut: The coconut I use is much more fine than "shreds," but regular shredded coconut will work. The result will just have a different texture. I get mine in the bulk section at the produce market, but I did see some at the major supermarket in the organics aisle where all the Bob's Red Mill products are - this is different for every grocery store, but just grab the one that's got the finest shreds of coconut.

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36 Comments

  1. Dude, Macnuts?? How come I never thought of that?? Although it really is so fun to say macadamia, so I don’t know why we need an abbreviation :) I’ve been wanting to try out coconut flour, these look like the perfect project! I love the shot with all the muffins lined up.

  2. Sarah says:

    These look fantastic! Your pictures are gorgeous and I’m dying to have one of these muffins right now!

  3. Tieghan says:

    Alana is one of the sweetest people. SO nice of her to send you all those goodies and yes, I SO want to be on a plane to Hawaii right now…but these muffins will do since they include chocolate and coconut (my favorite combo!)!

    Also, YAY for a girl! :)

  4. Hi Sarah! First of all, so excited for your BUN in the oven! Second of all, I’m actually taking my first trip to Hawaii next week. We’re going to Maui, and I have macadamia nut pancakes on my list of “must eats.” These muffins are getting me extra excited! Woohoo!

  5. Lorena says:

    These look mouth watering! Wouldn’t mind turning on the oven for them either no matter how hot it is.

    Yiipyy for a girl!! I have a boy and a girl and I love both, haha.

    • Thanks Lorena! Of course we’d be excited about both, but now that we know it’s a girl, it all feels more real…like it’s a real human!

      • Lorena says:

        I know what you mean. We named our kids as soon as we knew what gender they were. We announced it to friends and family right away. It was set in stone from week 20ish and that absolutely makes it a real human :D

  6. Yay for girls!!! SO exciting, congrats!!!!!! I happen to have all the ingredients (minus the aloha chocolate) in my pantry/fridge for this. SO happening! I’ve been craving banana bread like crazy lately and this is just perfect!

  7. I could SO use a Hawaiian get-a-way right about now, but I would settle for a muffin or two with my morning coffee – and CONGRATS on the baby girl :)

  8. Can’t wait to meet Baby Girl Menanix!!!!! And these muffins look delish – I demand you send me some immediately :D

  9. Sarah, yes, please! Let’s all board a plane to Hawaii right this minute. But I guess I”ll just have to be satisfied with the tastes of that fine state with these beautiful muffins :)

  10. These look positively divine! I also love your pictures. Pinned! :)

  11. todd wagner says:

    You knocked it out of the park with these muffins, Sarah!! STUNNING! I’m pretty sure I could live off these for (insert unrealistic length of time here). And I agree, Alana is the BEST!! So sweet of her..

    I can’t wait our little girls to meet, play, and bake together with their talented mamas, while their dads do dishes and cleanup pet hair :)

  12. yum what fun words on the chocolate and great overhead shots. Congrats on having a baby girl (girls are better hahaha!) Fiance wants 4 boys so he can have a basketball team, and I’m like nope, I need a girl to go shopping with

  13. Congratulations on your little girl! (I would have said the same for a boy, but I love your SIL’s response!).
    These muffins are just what a mama growing a precious bundle needs, or a non-mama like me who is merely growing into her stretchy pants ;) I love the combination of chocolate and coconut and I can’t wait to try these muffins. I just know my Dad is going to love them too!

  14. How did I miss your epic announcement?! CONGRATULATIONS! That’s so exciting, I’m so happy for you! Girls are SO much fun! I just went back and read your announcement post – morning sickness can suck it. I had it so bad with both my girls it lasted until I was around 25 weeks both times :-/ Hopefully you’ll be feeling better soon!

    • Hehe – thanks Sharon!! Oh man – I hope things get better soon and don’t last 25 weeks! It’s been better the past couple of days since it’s been a little cooler, but dang, that heat really brings it back!

  15. Ok not only are your muffins way too beautiful to end up in my kitchen, but i’m dying for that chocolate :) I swear I can cook, but my baking never looks very pretty!

    • Duudde – that chocolate is swoonworthy – I vote you get your paws on some ASAP! Also – thank you so much! These muffins make themselves pretty, so I’m certain they’d show off for you too:)

  16. Alana says:

    Hi, I love you. And these. And that you’re having a BBGURL. Also, I want all of these!!!!!! xoxoxooxoxooxoxoxo

  17. I would LOVE a Hawaiian vacation right now!! And I would also love one of these muffins *drool*

  18. Gwen Watson says:

    These classic Hawaiian flavors make a delicious muffin! The fact that they’re gluten free is an even bigger bonus. I like to drizzle my muffins with melted chocolate after they come out of the oven.

  19. Oh my goodness these muffins look heavenly – LOVING that streusel topping! And the white painted board you have photographed them on – that overhead shot with the muffins in a line is gorgeous <3

  20. These look amazing! I’m in love with the flavors you chose. I bet they worked together beautifully :)

  21. That golden and crumbly topping is beyond, I love these muffins!

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