Coconut oil banana muffins have a delectable crumb topping that makes them hard to resist. They make a fantastic breakfast any day of the week.
My first Mother’s Day is coming up. It’s pretty monumental. For the last few years, it’s been a somber occasion inside my brain. Infertility can do that to a girl.
But this year? This year is joy personified. Not everyone knows why they were put on this Earth, but I was certain from a young age that my purpose in life is to mother. To be Evan’s mother. Of course I have other pursuits and passions – evolving into the best wife I can be to my husband, and things like creating recipes for you and me to enjoy. But EJ – he’s going to do something to better the world, and his dad and I plan to show him the way.
That may sound grandiose, but I feel like each of us changes the world every single day, with big and little decisions we make. When I first started working with Green Mountain Coffee years and years ago, I had the opportunity to learn more about Fair Trade, and what a difference it means to the people who grow our food, our coffee and tea, who make our clothes.
Buying Fair Trade is incredibly important to me and my family. My foremost reason is the guarantee it gives farmers and manufacturers that their work receives a fair wage. Not only that, being part of Fair Trade guarantees safe working conditions, education and health care for the farmers and their families.
All Fair Trade products are organic, free of pesticides and GMOs. The products are quality because they have direct access to feedback to help create products the global marketplace wants. And this increases the farmers’ incomes and communities.
This Mother’s Day, I’ve joined with Fair Trade to create an incredibly simple recipe that your Mama would love with her breakfast in bed or at the family lunch table alongside Fairtrade fruit and coffee.
Coconut oil, chocolate tea, dark muscovado sugar, fair trade bananas and spicy cinnamon, and yummy pecans combine to make the most lightly sweet, subtly chocolate breakfast muffin I’ve ever had. Mama’s gonna love ’em.
Not only are these muffins perfectly delicious, they’re positively healthy. Whole wheat, healthy fats in both coconut oil and pecans, and cinnamon that’s good for your blood sugar and digestion. What more could Mama need to know that you want her around for a long time?
I’ll say it again. Buying Fair Trade is important for the planet, for the global economy, and for making a better world – one purchase at a time. I buy Fair Trade because I want to show Evan that even a simple decision, like what coffee I drink, can have an impact on someone half a world away. To me, it’s as important as recycling, or buying local when I can.
You’ve got to make these muffins. They’re full of flavor, and so very good for you!
For the Muffin Batter
- 1 3/4 cup white whole wheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Frontier Natural Products Co-Op Fair Trade cinnamon
- 1/3 cup Nutiva Virgin Coconut Oil melted
- 1/2 cup India Tree Fair Trade Dark Muscovado Sugar
- 2 large eggs , room temperature
- 1 cup Fair Trade bananas , mashed
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup Numi Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Rooibos Tea , brewed
- 1 cup pecans , chopped (optional)
For the Crumb Topping
- 1/8 cup coconut oil , solid state
- 1/4 cup Muscovado sugar
- 1/8 cup pecans , chopped
Begin by preheating the oven to 325°F and brewing a cup of Chocolate Rooibos tea. It takes up to 10 minutes to brew to a strong strength.
In a small bowl, combine all purpose flour, baking powder, kosher salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together to combine and aerate.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, add melted coconut oil, Muscovado sugar, eggs, mashed bananas, and vanilla extract. Mix on low to medium speed until well combined.
Add 1/3 of the flour mix to the wet ingredients and mix on low. Then add a bit of the brewed tea and mix again. Keep alternating until all of the flour mix and all of the tea have been added.
Add chopped pecans and mix in with a spoon. Set batter aside.
Line a 12 count muffin pan with paper liners, or spray with cooking spray.
In a small bowl,combine the crumble topping ingredients and mix with your hands or a fork until you have small, sandy chunks.
Divide batter evenly among the 12 wells in the muffin pan. Top with crumble topping.
Bake for 19 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool on a rack, then enjoy. These also freeze well.