Mango Macadamia Muffins
Please note that these really work best if you make 12 standard muffins plus a mini-loaf (3” x 5”). Otherwise the muffin tins get too full, leaving the centers uncooked when the edges are done.Yield: Makes 12 muffins + 1 mini-loaf
|1 tablespoon||toasted wheat germ|
|1 tablespoon||brown sugar|
|1 teaspoon||ground coriander (preferably freshly ground)|
|1/8 teaspoon||scant ground cloves|
|1/8 teaspoon||scant cinnamon|
|2 tablespoons||chopped macadamia (or other) nuts (optional . . . leave them out if allergies are a problem)|
|1 7/8 cups||all purpose flour (that’s 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons)|
|1/4 cup||toasted wheat germ|
|1 teaspoon||ground coriander|
|1/4 teaspoon||ground cloves|
|1 teaspoon||baking soda|
|1/2 cup||coconut oil, warmed until it’s liquid|
|1/2 cup||brown sugar, packed|
|2||eggs, at room temperature|
|1 1/2 teaspoons||vanilla extract|
|1 1/2 cups||mangos puree (i buzzed 2 medium mangoes with an immersion blender, leaving a few small bits)|
|1/2 cup||mashed banana (1 small)|
|1/2 cup||chopped macadamia nuts (or almonds, pecans or walnuts)(substitute yellow raisins if you don’t like, or can’t eat, nuts)|
|butter or oil for greasing your muffin tin and mini loaf pan.|
Preheat oven to 375 degrees (or 350 if using a convection oven). Generously grease a 12-muffin tin and one mini-loaf pan (The one I used is 2 3/4” x 4 3/4” on the bottom.)
Mix all the topping ingredients together in a small bowl.
In a medium bowl, whisk all the dry ingredients (but not the brown sugar) until well combined.
In a large bowl whisk together the oil and brown sugar until thoroughly combined. Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking well after each addition. Then add the vanilla extract and the mashed banana and beat well with a spoon until fully blended.
Add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir gently to combine. Then add 1/2 of the mango puree and stir until combined, and repeat with another third of the dry ingredients, then the remaining half of the mango.
Finally, add the remaining third of the dry ingredients along with the nuts. Gently stir, just to combine. (If you beat it too hard or too long, gluten will form and the muffins will be tough.)
Fill the greased muffin tin -- batter will come up about 3/4 of each cup -- and the mini-loaf. Then sprinkle a bit of topping on each muffin and the mini-loaf.
Bake the muffins for 22 - 25 minutes, rotating the tin halfway. They’re done when they spring right back when lightly touched with your finger. The mini-loaf should take another five minutes or so. Use the same method to test, right in the middle of the loaf.
Remove to a cooling rack right away and allow to cool for at least ten minutes before eating.